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|FL||Member in Good Standing||2006||01/30/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Board Certified - Elder Law||Florida Bar||2012|
|Co-Trustee||Guardian Trust||2007 - Present|
|Partner||Special Needs Lawyers, P.A.||2007 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Clearwater Bar Association||Board of Directors||2013 - Present|
|Clearwater Bar Foundation||Trustee||2012 - Present|
|Academy of Special Needs Planners||N/A||2011 - Present|
|National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys||N/A||2007 - Present|
|Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys||N/A||2007 - Present|
|Stetson University College of Law||Elder Law||LL.M - Master of Laws||2012|
|Stetson University College of Law||Concentration in Elder Law||law||2005|
|Albany College of Pharmacy||Pharmacy||BS - Bachelor of Science||1989|
Posted by Thomas
Steve and everyone in is office are the best. When my wife and I first met with him at the initial consultation, he determined that he couldn't help us. However, he still took time to explain our options to us even though he wouldn't receive any benefit. When our situation changed, I went back to Steve for help. This time he said that he could help my wife apply for medicaid. We became clients of his and I'm glad we did. A couple of issues came up during the application process and Steve knew exactly what to do. He was very thorough and made sure everything was in order before submitting the application. When medicaid eligibility was denied, he knew that the reason given wasn't valid. Steve challenged the denial and they tried another reason for denial, but Steve knew that wasn't right either. Steve kept fighting for what he knew was right and after challenging three reasons for denial, Steve finally got my wife's application approved. Steve is an experienced Elder Law Attorney. He and everyone in his office are very patient and caring. I highly recommend them.
Posted by Kimberly
My family hired Mr. Hitchcock to act as a neutral party to administer a very restrictive trust for my step father. The special trust came with an executed agreement which specifically stated that my step father could not access the trust funds. Although named in the agreement, Mr. Hitchcock, stated that he did not read the accompanying agreement. After asking for an accounting of the trust several times, we received an accounting which demonstrated that Mr. Hitchcock had allowed all of the funds to be distributed to my step father. This was both a violation of the terms of the trust and the terms of the agreement. The trust only allowed for use of funds to pay for incidentals for my step father that medicare did not pay for (i.e. books, saving cream, slippers, etc.). Mr. Hitchcock allowed 5k to distributed monthly to my step father, until the account was completely depleted. When asked how this was allowed to occur, Mr. Hitchcock stated that he had not read the accompanying agreement.
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