The Special Needs Companies

Legal Services. Care Management. Trustee Services.

The Special Needs Companies is exactly what I wished for when my family was young: a complete suite of professional services for special needs families. This website is a gateway to those companies, and also portal to other resources for those families. And everything is driven by our mission: “Compassionate Advice for All Stages of Life.”



Who We Are

“The Special Needs Companies is the fulfillment of our dream to provide our special needs families with a complete suite of professional services.

It began with Special Needs Law Group of Massachusetts, which provides estate planning, advocacy, and related legal services to clients of all ages, with a focus on the special needs of individuals and their families. We then began serving as trustees of special needs trusts and providing care management services. 

The focus on special needs individuals and their families enables the Companies to be particularly sensitive to the multiple stresses that our clients confront on a daily basis, which are compounded by the complexities of the American legal, educational, and health care systems.

The Special Needs Companies help clients navigate these systems by providing answers where they are hard to find and identifying unique solutions to each client’s particular needs and goals.

This site is a gateway to our companies, but it is also a resource for special needs families. Our books are available here and Annette’s blogs are here, providing multiple resources for special needs families.”

Annette Hines and Mark Worthington, Founders and Attorneys

Our Companies

Special Needs Legal Services

Secure the counsel and support of knowledgeable attorneys who focus on Special Needs Advocacy and Planning.

Special Needs Care Management

One-time or periodic assessment of needs and ongoing care management and coordination for our special needs families.

Special Needs Trustee Services

Relieve family and friends from the burdens and potential liability of serving as trustee or co-trustee of your special needs trust.

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Butterflies and Second Chances

Now Available


The world Annette Hines knew exploded when her infant daughter Elizabeth was diagnosed with Mitochondrial Disease—a degenerative, life-limiting illness. Annette’s joy quickly turned to apprehension and she knew nothing would ever be the same again.

Butterflies and Second Chances is the inspiring true story of a mother’s special needs journey, and her struggle to secure the best possible life for her child in the face of bureaucratic resistance and marital crisis. It is a story of sacrifice, dedication, and the life-altering adjustments a special needs parent has to make when confronted with the unthinkable. But most of all, it’s about love and an extraordinary mother-daughter relationship that flourished without words in the darkest shadows of adversity.

Annette and Elizabeth’s powerful story provides hope, solace, and a path forward for parents of special needs children, and it will resonate with families everywhere.

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