Travis D. Finchum
Travis D. Finchum is a Florida Board Certified Elder Law attorney and the founder of the law firm Special Needs Lawyers, P.A.. Mr. Finchum specializes in Medicaid qualification for institutionalized individuals as well as Special Needs Trust drafting and administration. His practice consists of estate planning, probate, trust administration and guardianship, with a special emphasis on helping families plan for a member with special needs. He also helps families plan for incapacity through alternatives to guardianship.
He is a past Chair of the Special Needs Trust Committee of the Florida Bar's Elder Law Section and has served as the Chair on the Elder Law Board Certification Committee. He is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and the Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys. He is a Liaison between the Elder Law Section and the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar and sits on the Executive Council of both Sections.
Travis 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 the Arc Tampa Bay, the Guardian Trust Foundation, Inc., and on the Advisory Board for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Pinellas County Chapter.
Mr. Finchum serves as Co-Trustee of the Guardian Trusts which assists individuals with disabilities in protecting their assets for use during their lifetimes without disqualifying them for much needed public benefits. He graduated from the University of Florida with his Bachelor’s of Science and Juris Doctor degrees.
Kole J. Long
Kole J. Long is an Associate Attorney with the law firm of Special Needs Lawyers, P.A. where he practices Elder, Probate, Guardianship and Special Needs Trust Law. Kole is Board Certified as an Elder Law specialist by the Florida Bar.
Kole currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys and the Human Rights Committee for the Arc Tampa Bay. He formerly served as the Chair of the Elder Law section of the Clearwater Bar Association and as a Board member of the Spina Bifida Association of Central Florida.
In addition, Mr. Long serves as Co-Trustee of the Guardian Trusts which assists individuals with disabilities in protecting their assets for use during their lifetimes without disqualifying them for much needed public benefits.
Mr. Long received his Bachelors of Business Administration with a Minor in International Business from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida. He received his Law Degree from Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville, Florida. Prior to joining Special Needs Lawyers, PA and Guardian Trust, Kole clerked for the sitting Judge in the Sixth Judicial Circuit, Probate Division, Clearwater. Mr. Long is admitted to the Florida Bar and is a member of the Elder Law Section and the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section. Mr. Long is also a member of the Clearwater and St. Petersburg Bar Associations.
Kole is a native Floridian and currently lives in Tampa with his wife, Kelsy.
Linda R. Chamberlain
Linda R. Chamberlain is a Florida Board Certified Elder Law Attorney who has practiced in Clearwater and the surrounding area since 1991. Linda shared office space with Special Needs Lawyers, P.A. for many years prior to joining the firm in 2015.
Linda has achieved Martindale Hubbell's highest rating as an AV® Preeminent™ Attorney. Her Elder Law practice includes Medicaid Planning, Medicaid Applications, Long Term Care and Disability Issues, Qualified Income Trusts, Special Needs Trusts, Veterans Benefits and Estate Planning. Linda is the Founder and President of Aging Wisely, LLC, a professional care management company and EasyLiving, Inc., a non-medical private duty home care company.
Linda serves as an Adjunct Professor at the Stetson University College of Law. She currently serves on the Board of the Clearwater Free Clinic. Prior to practicing law she was the Director of Social Services at Lancashire Hall Rehabilitation Center in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, a Field Services Director of the Area Agency on Aging in Kirksville, Missouri, and a Discharge Planner at Doctors Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. She received her BA degree in Social Work from Oral Roberts University and JD degree from the University Of Cincinnati College Of Law. Linda is a Past Chair of the Elder Law Section of the Florida Bar and remains an active member. She served on the Executive Committee of the Elder Law Section of the Florida Bar 2003 – 2010. She served on the Florida Bar BLSE Elder Law Certification Exam committee 2005-2009. She served as the Co-Chair and Chair of the Elder Law Committee of the Clearwater Bar Association from 2005-2007. She has served on the Gulfcoast Legal Services Board of Directors from 2004-2007 and on the Clearwater Bar Foundation Board during 2006. She served on the Clearwater Yacht Club Youth Sailing committee from 2002-2004. She served on the Board of Directors of Partners in Self-Sufficiency from 1998 – 2003 and served as Board President from 1999-2001. She previously served seven years on the Board of Directors of St. Paul’s School, and has served as a liaison for Youth Leadership Pinellas and Leadership Pinellas Board of Directors.
Professional memberships include the Florida Bar, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Florida Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Elder Law Section of the Florida Bar, Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar, Clearwater Bar Association, Elder Law Committee and Probate Committee of the Clearwater Bar, St. Petersburg Bar Association, National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers and the Florida Council on Aging.
Charles F. Robinson
Charles F. Robinson is a Florida Board Certified Elder Law Attorney with Special Needs Lawyers, P.A. in Clearwater who specializes in Elder Law, including asset protection planning (Medicaid), incapacity planning, veterans benefits planning, disability planning, special needs planning, probate, and fiduciary services (trust and estate administration). He is a futurist with special focus on the future of the legal profession.Charlie has been a practicing attorney in Clearwater since 1967, He is a popular speaker with professionals and lay people locally as well as nationally on the topics of Elder Law and the Future of the Legal Profession. Charlie received his AA Degree from St. Petersburg Junior College and his BA and JD degrees from the University of Florida.