Advocacy Update: Emma Hemness Named to Special Needs Alliance 2021 – 2022 Board of Directors

Have you heard the news? Our very own attorney Emma Hemness has been named to the Special Needs Alliance (SNA) 2021 – 2022 Board of Directors. SNA is a national organization of attorneys in the practice of special needs, disability and elder law. We are so very proud of her and hope you will join us in extending congratulations to her on this impressive accomplishment.

The Special Needs Alliance (SNA) is a national organization of attorneys who practice law and advocate for people living with special needs and disabilities, the elderly, and their families. SNA was formed in 2002 to maintain a professional organization of attorneys skilled in public benefits, estate, trust and tax planning, and legal issues for individuals with physical and cognitive disabilities. Membership in the Alliance is only obtained via an invitation from the SNA and is limited to those who meet its professional standards in the area of disability law and advocacy. Further, SNA is instrumental in connecting individuals with disabilities, their families and their advisors, including personal injury attorneys and financial advisors, with local members who have niche practices in special needs and disability law and elder law.

Emma continues her commitment to law practice excellence in this area. From creating the estate plans of grandparents who are planning for disabled grandchildren to working with injured disabled parties who received settlements from personal injury cases to helping minor children with disabilities enter safely into the age of majority through the Florida guardianship advocacy program, Emma is a tremendous advocate of the disabled community in the Tampa Bay area.

“We’re excited to welcome our new board of directors and look forward to what this line-up of professionals will bring to the organization,” said SNA Executive Director Jihane Rohrbacker. “We also want to thank our past president, Jefferey Yussman, and board for their leadership and dedication during a most challenging year and know that our members will greatly benefit from this year’s stellar team.” The Special Needs Alliance has more than 150 members in 45 states. Its membership is obtained via an invitation from the organization and is limited to those who meet its professional standards in the area of disability law and advocacy. Membership signifies that the member attorney is recognized amongst her peers as a notable attorney practicing special needs law.

Both she and her partner, Danielle Faller, know that there is no case that is too big or too small when it comes to protecting the rights of people with disabilities. These are special types of estate planning and guardianship cases that require an experienced eye to be able to ensure that not only does the disabled individual continue to receive the benefits he or she needs to sustain everyday life but that he or she has an experienced advocate on his or her side. Do not wait to schedule your first meeting with Emma to say congratulations and also to obtain the planning that you need for yourself and your loved ones with disabilities.

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