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Want to request a legal referral?

Call the HelpLine and ask to leave a message for the Legal Center.

Special Needs Estate Planning Resources

The goal of Special Needs Estate Planning is to provide for the special needs of loved ones with disabilities when we are no longer there to organize and advocate on their behalf. It is important to plan now for the coordination of the legal, financial, and care components that will provide for the maintenance of the quality of life and dignity of the beneficiary of the plan.

Unfortunately, NAMI does not have the staff or resources to provide individual representation to the many people who contact us on a daily basis for legal help. We do not have individual advocates and cannot provide specific counsel.

The following resources may help you to find legal assistance.

Legal Resources

Academy of Special Needs Planners Names of attorneys all over the country specializing in special needs estate planning
Special Needs Alliance
Names of attorneys all over the country specializing in special needs estate planning


NAMI Resources

Planned Lifetime Assistance Network (PLAN) Information about the Planned Lifetime Assistance Network (PLAN), developed to meet the needs of families who are actively planning for the future of an adult child with a disability.
Special Needs Estate Planning Guidance System A step-by-step introduction to Special Needs Estate Planning
Local NAMI affiliate contacts
Support groups or educational courses near you. These groups are a safe place to go where you can talk to other people who are going through similar situations, and are often a wonderful resource for referrals.





NAMI does not warrant or guarantee results of referrals from the Legal Center. However, we use the Disability Directory of the American Bar Association, the Directory of the American Council of Trust and Estate Attorneys, the Directory of the Planned Lifetime Assistance Network, the Directory of the Legal Aid and Defender Offices and our own Directory of Mental Health Attorneys. We make our best effort to find legal support for people making inquiries to the NAMI Legal Center.