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Michigan Law Center

Michele Fuller

Special Needs Planning Attorney of the Year, Women in Law 2016. Elder Law, Pooled trust, Special Needs Expert.

Michele Fuller is Founder of the Michigan Law Center located in Sterling Heights, Michigan. The practice focuses on elder law, special needs planning, Veteran’s Administration planning, and and settlement planning, including a national practice estatblishing Qualified Settlement Funds (QSF).

Michele is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) and is serving her second term on the Board of Directors of the Michigan Chapter, and presented at the 2014 national conference. She is an Advisory Board Member of the Academy of Special Needs Planners (ASNP), and served as Chair of the 6th Annual conference, in addition to being a frequent presenter at the annual conferences and webinars. She has also presented for the American Bar Association and American Association for Justice regarding various aspects of special needs trusts and planning. 

Michele was quoted in a New York Times article regarding utilization of pooled trusts.  She was also the featured attorney in the Lawyer’s Giving Back section of Lawyers and Settlements. Michele is also a contributing member of ElderCounsel, and has presented on various aspects of special needs planning and the impact of the Affordable Care Act. 

Michele co-authored several nationally published articles, including Traps for the Unwary During Special Needs Trust Administration, in Estates and Trusts Magazine, the Future of Planning for Persons with Disabilities which was published in the Fall 2013 edition of the NAELA Journal, and Pooled Trusts: An Approach to Special Needs Planning for Families of Modest Means, published in the May-June 2013 edition of BiFocal, a Journal of the ABA Commission on Law and Aging. Parenting Magazine also named Michele Top Special Needs Child Advocate in 2013. She also contributed to the November 2014 edition of the Michigan State Bar Journal, Planning for a Person with Disabilities. Michele is also co-author of a book entitled Special Needs Trusts: Protect Your Child’s Financial Future, 6th Edition, NOLO Press. She is also author of Saving Grace, which is about an elder law client’s experience.  

Michele is a long-standing member of the Michigan Association for Justice (MAJ) and has given national and statewide presentations regarding special needs settlement planning and related issues.  Michele is currently the Secretary of the Elder Law and Disability Rights Section (ELDRS) of the State Bar of Michigan and presents for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education. She also drafted the pending Michigan Pooled Trust Act. She has also presented for the Michigan Brain Injury Association of Michigan and the Michigan Guardianship Association. 

Michele graduated with Honors as a member of the James Madison College at Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations.  Michele then attended American University International Law Masters program and obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.




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D1 8:30am

Comprehensive Overview of Public Benefits for Persons with Disabilities

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D1 1:30pm

Special Needs Planning with Military or Veteran’s Benefits

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D1 3:45pm

Navigating the SSA Programs of (SSI) and (CDB) Benefits for SNT Beneficiaries

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D1 5:15pm

Putting Together the Public Benefits Puzzle for SNT Beneficiaries

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D2 8:30am

Creating Systems to Properly Administer Special Needs Trusts

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D2 10:30am

Making Sustainable Budgets and Monitoring Prudent Investments in a Special Needs Trust

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D2 1:30pm

Properly Paying for Housing for an SNT Beneficiary and Avoiding Unintended Consequences

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