Attorney Michele Fuller, Founder of the Michigan Law Center, is a sought-after speaker and author on a wide range of estate planning topics, particularly special needs planning, elder law, probate administration and settlement planning. At the Michigan Law Center we are committed to providing the best possible legal counsel to individuals and families in these highly specialized areas of the law. As part of this commitment, we welcome the opportunity to assist our fellow attorneys, advisors, fiduciaries and other professionals looking for ways to best serve their existing clients in these particular areas. The articles below are a start—and we are always available to meet with you to answer any questions you might have about the areas we focus on.
Special Needs Settlement Planning
If you are litigator, particularly a trial lawyer focused on Personal Injury, we can provide you with valuable assistance in the highly specialized area of Special Needs Settlement Planning. As you probably know, Special Needs Settlement Planning encompasses a comprehensive set of legal services that often prove pivotal in the successful long-term settlement of personal injury cases. As one of the few attorneys in the country with significant experience and training in this particular area of the law, Michele Fuller can help you preserve your clients’ eligibility for public assistance during settlement. She can also evaluate and address the many interrelated issues that often accompany complicated personal injury cases. These include: special needs trusts, Medicare and Medicaid lien resolution, Medicare Set Aside (MSA) arrangements, court approval of proposed settlements, creation of qualified settlement funds and structured settlement planning, among others.
It is important to note that trial lawyers have been held liable for failing to recognize and advise their clients on the effect a settlement may have on their eligibility for other benefits. This helps explain why litigators focused on Personal Injury and related practice areas are increasingly turning to Michele for Settlement Planning advice and counsel. We invite you to explore some of the articles below to learn more about the basics of Settlement Planning. Or, please contact us as soon as possible for assistance with a case you are currently settling. We welcome the opportunity to work with you and help you protect the best interests of your special needs or personal injury clients.