About Special Needs Lawyers

Special Needs Lawyers PA was started in 2011 by Travis Finchum. Mr. Finchum started his legal career in 1991 as a legal assistant with one of the founders of the Florida Bar’s Elder Law Section. In 1997 he joined the firm of Karol, Hausman, Sosnik & Finchum, LLP, as the resident Florida partner of a New York Based boutique firm focusing on sophisticated estate planning, probate and elder law issues. That firm still exists today as Karol, Sosnik & Finchum, LLP but Mr. Finchum practices primarily with Special Needs Lawyers.

Today Special Needs Lawyers is the only Florida Law firm with three Board Certified Elder Law Attorneys. Certified attorneys Travis Finchum, Charles Robinson and Linda Chamberlain are teamed with attorney Kole Long in focusing their practice on legal problems related to aging and disability. We also have several legal assistants and paralegals with extensive experience in our areas of focus.

We strongly believe that our compassion, ability to listen and effectively communicate are the foundations for our success. We understand that, even in this age of information and technology, it is difficult to find accurate information. Our value to our clients is that we have the ability and the experience to pull together information and data from a myriad of sources and synthesize it into valuable usable legal advice to solve real-life problems.



We are here to help you and your family in Navigating Life’s Greatest Challenges. In addition to knowing the fine nuances of the laws, we are here to counsel and help you find solutions to some of the biggest problems we all face.


  • Having a Child with Special Needs.

  • Dealing with Incapacity.

  • Needing Long Term Care.

  • Losing a Loved One.

  • Becoming Disabled.



901 Chestnut Street, Suite C, Clearwater, FL 33756

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Get help with understanding governmental programs for your family members with a developmental disability

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Creating and administering a Guardianship for your loved one is a complicated process. Let us make it easier for you.

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Long term care, decision making – taking care of your elderly family members raises legal issues we can help you with.

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Estate planning is important, but it doesn’t have to be that complicated. We are here to make it much simpler for you.

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Let us assist you with Medicaid programs that can help you get long term or medical care expenses under control.

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With over 1,000 Special Needs Trusts drafted, we help you enhance quality of life for your special needs beneficiaries.

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Get help in navigating through Veteran Benefits programs and receiving the assistance you or your spouse have earned.

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After a loved one passes away, someone must pay the deceased person’s debts and then transfer assets to his or her heirs.

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Our Attorneys & Staff


Executive Assistant

Kari joined Charlie’s firm in 2014 as the front desk manager and accountant. Read more…


Legal Assistant

Elizabeth “Liz” joined Special Needs Lawyers in 2016 after working with Attorney Charlie Robinson for 2 years. Read more…

Charles F. Robinson, Esq.

Elder Law Attorney

Charles F. Robinson is a Board Certified Elder Law Attorney in Clearwater, who specializes in Elder Law, including asset protection planning (Medicaid), incapacity planning, veterans benefits planning, disability planning, special needs planning, probate, and fiduciary services (trust and estate administration).  He is a futurist with special focus on the future of the legal profession.

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Office Manager

Kimarie is a graduate of the University of South Florida and also attended the University of West Florida in Pensacola and Spring Hill College in Mobile Alabama where she played on both school’s College Women’s Basketball Teams.

Travis D. Finchum, Esq.

Elder Law Attorney

Travis D. Finchum is a Board Certified Elder Law attorney since 2002.

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Linda R. Chamberlain, Esq.

Elder Law Attorney

Linda R. Chamberlain is a Board Certified Elder Law Attorney who has been in practice since 1991.

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Kole J. Long, Esq.

Elder Law Attorney

Kole J. Long is an Associate Attorney with the law firm of Special Needs Lawyers.

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