Mark W. Worthington is Senior Counsel at Special Needs Law Group of Massachusetts, P.C. Mark received his J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law and his LL.M. in Taxation from Boston University School of Law. He is a Certified Elder Law Attorney (as certified by the National Elder Law Foundation (Massachusetts does not recognize legal specialties for certification) and past President (2007) of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. Mark has been named to the Massachusetts Super Lawyers list every year since 2008.
In 2018 he stepped down as full-time Professor of Law and Director of the Graduate (LL.M.) Program in Elder Law and Estate Planning at Western New England University School of Law to practice full-time with Special Needs Law Group. He continues as an Adjunct Professor in the LL.M. Program. He has also taught at Northeastern in the J.D. Program. Mark is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and before the United States Supreme Court.
Families of loved ones with disabilities need trusted counsel experienced in protecting and securing their future. Our law firm is dedicated to helping families like yours with a wide variety of legal issues that often affect your family.
As founding partner of Special Needs Law Group of Massachusetts, P.C., Annette M. Hines provides dedicated legal representation to people living throughout Massachusetts. She focuses her practice on special needs planning and advocacy, estate planning, probate court litigation and elder law. She handles matters involving special needs trusts, guardianships and conservatorships, public benefits eligibility and trust administration.
Having a child with special needs herself, Ms. Hines understands the challenges that families of children with disabilities face when it comes to estate planning and public benefits. She is uniquely suited to not only help clients create long-term plans that ensure the highest quality of life possible for their children, but also to counsel them through a range of short-term crises. She is a passionate advocate for access to disability based programs such as Social Security, MassHealth and the Department of Developmental Services, and in the Probate Courts regarding guardianship, conservatorship and trust administration cases.
Her daughter, Elizabeth Hines, passed away in 2013 at age 17. Annette recounts, "Losing Elizabeth has brought me closer to my practice and my clients than ever before. It continues to fuel my passion for the advocacy work that I do here at Special Needs Law Group. It is an honor to work with the families that I meet in my practice and be a small part of their success."
Ms. Hines also acts as Guardian, Conservator and most often as Trustee for disabled individuals. Special Needs Law Group has a thriving Trust Management practice with her at the helm, along with her partner, and husband, Attorney Mark W. Worthington.
Staying active in the legal community is a priority for Ms. Hines. She is a member of numerous organizations, including The Massachusetts Association of Women Lawyers, the Massachusetts Bar Association, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc., and the Academy of Special Needs Planners.
Before her law career, Ms. Hines founded and directed Special Families-Special Care, Incorporated, a nonprofit home care company, until it was merged with Shriver Nursing Services. She is a zealous advocate for children and adults with complex medical conditions.
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