Travis D. Finchum has been practicing law since 1996 and has been a Board Certified Elder Law attorney since 2002. He is the President and founder of the law firm Special Needs Lawyers, P.A.
Travis received his Bachelor's of Science Degree and Law Degree from the University of Florida. He is the past chair of the Special Needs Trust Committee of the Florida Bar's Elder Law Section and past chair of the Elder Law Board Certification Committee. In 2019 Travis was awarded the Elder Law Section Member of the Year award for his outstanding service. He currently serves as the Florida Bar’s Real Property, Probate, Trust Law Section (RPPTL) – Elder Law Section Liaison and serves on the Executive Council as the Liaison for both Sections. Travis serves on the Advisory Board of the Academy of Special Needs Planners, and is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and the Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys.
Travis has served on the boards of numerous non-profit organizations that serve the frail, elderly and those with disabilities that focus on advocacy and local services for those with disabilities and mental illness. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Florida's Voice on Developmental Disabilities, the Arc Tampa Bay Foundation, the Guardian Trust Foundation, Inc., and on the Advisory Board for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Pinellas County Chapter.
Mr. Finchum founded the Guardian Trusts in 2002 which assists individuals with disabilities in protecting their assets for use during their lifetimes without disqualifying them for much needed public benefits. (www.guardiantrusts.org)
Mr. Finchum frequently speaks on the topics of Medicaid qualification, Special Needs Trusts, estate planning, including planning for incapacity and nursing home care, protecting assets from creditors, sheltering assets for family members with disabilities and public assistance programs. His practice also consists of probate, trust administration (particularly special needs trusts), trust reformation and sophisticated estate planning strategies.
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.
Special Needs Lawyers, PA, offers a highly professional, yet completely personalized, approach to an individual's and family's Elder Law and estate planning needs. We understand that these subjects are at times a difficult topic for discussion and implementation. It is our belief that our ability to communicate and our commitment to implement our clients' goals in a manner that meets their needs while comforting our clients is the foundation to our success.
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