Travis Finchum

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Travis Finchum

Special Needs Lawyers, PA

901 Chestnut Street, Suite C
Clearwater, FL 33756
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Mr. Finchum received his Bachelor’s of Science Degree and Law Degree from the University of Florida. Mr. Finchum is Board Certified as an Elder Law Specialist by the Florida Bar. He is the Managing Partner of Special Needs Lawyers, P.A. and is a partner with the law firm of Karol, Hausman, Sosnik & Finchum, LLP where he has practiced law for fourteen years. He Chairs the Special Needs Trust Committee of the Florida Bar’s Elder Law Section and sits on the Executive Council. He is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and the Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys. He also serves on the Committee on Board Certification for the Elder Law Section of the Florida Bar. 

Travis also has served on the boards of numerous non-profit organizations that serve the frail elderly and disabled and that focus on advocacy and local services for the disabled and mentally ill. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Florida’s Voice on Developmental Disabilities, the Upper Pinellas ARC (UPARC) Foundation, the Advisory Board for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Pinellas County Chapter and on the National Non-Profit for Americans with Disabilities, Inc. 

Mr. Finchum serves as Co-Trustee of the Guardian Pooled Trust which assists disabled individuals in protecting their assets for use during their lifetimes without disqualifying them for much-needed public benefits. Mr. Finchum is also a principal in Elite Trust Services, Inc. which administers various types of Special Needs Trusts. 

Mr. Finchum frequently speaks on the topics of Medicaid qualification, Special Needs Trusts, estate planning and taxation, including planning for incapacity and nursing home care, protecting assets from creditors, sheltering assets for disabled family members and public assistance programs. His practice also consists of probate, trust administration (particularly special needs trusts), trust reformation, and sophisticated estate planning strategies.

 He sits on the faculty of the Lighting the Way Program, providing statewide training on Guardianship and Guardianship Alternatives sponsored by the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council. The Guardianship website is

Mr. Finchum has been a resident of Pinellas County since 1977, where he lives with his wife Kiersten who is a registered nurse, his son Ethan and daughter Lillian

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