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Richard A Courtney

About me

In 1979, I became the father of beautiful twin daughters.  Melanie was challenged with cerebral palsy.  I made the decision to become expert at public benefits and planning for persons with disabilities.  Melanie has received benefits through three different Medicaid programs, the SSI program of Social Security, Social Security Disability income, Medicare medical and prescription drug coverage, and Vocational Rehabilitation services.  Over twenty years ago, i transferred our experience and knowledge about planning, public benefits and caregiving issues to meeting the needs of older clients as they plan for and deal with the retirement and aging process. 

I have associate attorneys who are very competent in these areas, and a professional Certified Care Manager to help meet non-legal needs of our clients. Together, we strive to practice our firm Purpose Statement:  Legal Solutions for Lifetime Health and Wealth for Older Adults, Families and Persons with Disabilities.


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Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 20%
  2. Elder Law: 20%
  3. Trusts: 20%
  4. Probate: 20%
  5. Medicaid & Medicare: 20%



Hourly ($250-350/hour), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Frascogna Courtney PLLC

4400 Old Canton Rd Ste 220
Jackson, MS, 39211-5982


MSAuthorized to practice law197811/11/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Lawyer - Estate and Trust LawBest Lawyers in America2015
Best Lawyer - Elder LawBest Lawyers in America2015
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2014
Fellow AwardNational Academy of Elder Law Attorneys2014
SuperLawyer - Elder LawMid-South Super Lawyers2014
Best Lawyer - Estate & Trust LawBest Lawyers in America2014
Best Lawyer - Elder LawBest Lawyers in America2014
Lawyer Citizenship AwardMississippi Bar Association2013
Best Lawyer - Estate & Trust LawBest Lawyers in America2013
Best Lawyer - Elder LawBest Lawyers in America2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2011
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2010
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerFrascogna Courtney, PLLC1985 - Present
Assistant Dean for Professional ServicesMississippi College School Of Law1985 - 1987
PartnerWells, Moore, Simmons & Stubblefield1983 - 1985
PartnerCourtney & Courtney1978 - 1983
Association namePosition nameDuration
American College of Trust and Estate CounselFellow2011 - Present
Mississippi Bar, Estates and Trusts SectionChair2006 - 2008
Special Needs AllianceDirector, Officer2002 - Present
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Trusts and Special Needs Trusts SectionMember, Director1998 - Present
American Bar Association, Real Property, Trust and Estate Law SectionMemberN/A
Mississippi Association for JusticeMemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
GuidebookEssential Planning Guide for Families Dealing with Dementia2014
Mississippi Lawyer Magazine (Mississippi State Bar)Planning Your Legacy2013
Exceptional Parent Magazine• Getting It All Together: Essential Legal and Financial Planning for Children with Special Needs2005
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Mississippi School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1978
Mississippi CollegeN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1975
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
14th Annual Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease and Psychiatric Disorders in the ElderlyUpdating Health Care Reform: Nailing Jell-O to a Tree2013
North Mississippi Rural Legal Services Elder Law ConferenceThe Intersection of Special Needs Trusts and Public Benefits2012
Social Work/Case Manager Continuing Education Series, University of Mississippi Medical CenterIncapacity, Conservatorship and Medicaid Update2011
Mississippi Chapter National Association of Social Workers Annual ConferenceA Total Package: The Fusion of Social Work and Legal Planning for Special Needs Families2007
Million Dollar Roundtable Annual ConferenceThe Fusion of Elder Law and Financial Services2007