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Steven E. Hitchcock is a Florida Bar Board Certified Elder Law Attorney, who practices in the areas of Developmental Disabilities law, SSI and Medicaid, Special Needs Trusts, Guardianship and Guardian Advocacy, Long Term Care Planning, Veteran's Benefits law, Estate Planning and Probate and Trust Administration.  Mr. Hitchcock is a Partner in the law firm Special Needs Lawyers, P.A., in Clearwater, Florida.

Mr. Hitchcock received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy from Union University in upstate New York.  Mr. Hitchcock received his Law Degree, Cum Laude, with a Certificate of Concentration in Elder Law, and his LL.M. in Elder Law, with Distinction, from Stetson University College of Law in St. Petersburg, Florida.

He is a member of the Elder Law, the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law, Health Law and Administrative Law sections of the Florida Bar.  He serves as Chairs of the Ethics Committee of the Elder Law Sections of the Florida Bar, Chair of the Probate Section of the Clearwater Bar Association and serves on the Board of Directors of the Clearwater Bar Foundation.  Mr. Hitchcock is also a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), the Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys (AFELA) and the Academy of Special Needs Planners (ASNP).

Mr. Hitchcock is licensed to practice law in the State of Florida, the United States District Court of the Middle District of Florida, and is accredited to practice before the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Mr. Hitchcock 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. Hitchcock is active in the local community, providing service to those less fortunate members of the community by assisting local charitable organizations in providing pro-bono clinics and workshops.  He has also served as Court Appointed Counsel in Guardianship, also Court Appointed Attorney Ad Litem, and Guardian Ad Litem and has twice been honored with a Florida Supreme Court Pro-Bono Service Award.

Mr. Hitchcock is also a registered Pharmacist licensed in the State of Florida. 


Practice areas


  1. Trusts: 30%
    10 years
  2. Guardianship: 30%
    10 years
  3. Probate: 20%
    10 years
  4. Elder Law: 10%
    10 years
  5. Estate Planning: 10%
    10 years



Hourly ($350/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

901 Chestnut St
Clearwater, FL, 337565618


FLMember in Good Standing200606/19/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Board Certified - Elder LawFlorida Bar2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Co-TrusteeGuardian Trust2007 - Present
PartnerSpecial Needs Lawyers, P.A.2007 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Clearwater Bar AssociationBoard of Directors2013 - Present
Clearwater Bar FoundationTrustee2012 - Present
Academy of Special Needs PlannersN/A2011 - Present
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysN/A2007 - Present
Academy of Florida Elder Law AttorneysN/A2007 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Stetson University College of LawElder LawLL.M - Master of Laws2012
Stetson University College of LawConcentration in Elder LawJD - Juris Doctor2005
Albany College of PharmacyPharmacyBS - Bachelor of Science1989