Jeffrey H. Minde

Attorney And Counselor At Law P.A.

"Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. As a peacemaker the lawyer has superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough."



The Professional Association of Jeffrey H. Minde Attorney and Counselor At Law has been providing general legal services throughout the State of Florida since 1994. 

Our primary offices are located in Coral Springs, Florida, just minutes from I-95, Florida's Turnpike, I-75, and the Sawgrass Expressway. 

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We can assist you in civil practice

including Special Needs, Trusts and Estates, Benefits Claims, and Small Business.  

In addition, Jeffrey H. Minde, Esq., principal of the Firm, has over twenty years professional experience, both as a lawyer and as a social worker, in the area of special needs. Mr. Minde's own experiences as a person with a disability have given him a special insight into the needs of clients with disabilities. He is a national advocate for the use of Special Needs Trusts.

Mr. Minde is President of the National Special Needs Network.

We look forward to working with you!

Jeffrey H. Minde Attorney and Counselor At Law P.A.

4613 North University Drive # 242

Coral Springs, Florida 33067

Phone:    561.447.4152

Fax:    561.447.4152


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University of Miami School of Law

Juris Doctor awarded 1993


University College London (Bentham Faculty of Laws)

Comparative Legal Studies Program completed 1992


Adelphi University School of Social Work

Master of Social Work (Social Policy and Planning) awarded 1985


Adelphi University

Bachelor of Science in Social Welfare awarded Magna cum Laude 1984


State University of New York, Nassau Community College

Associate in Arts awarded Magna cum Laude 1983



State of Florida: Attorney and Counselor-At-Law

State of New York: Licensed Clinical Social Worker



Southern Palm Zen Group of The White Plum Asanga: Jukai (Reception of The Precepts) 2007

Southern Palm Zen Group of The White Plum Asanga: Tokudo (Ordination as Clergy) 2009



 Jeffrey H. Minde Attorney and Counselor At Law P.A.

Coral Springs, Florida 33067


Areas of General Practice:  

·         Administrative Law

·         Social Security practice

·         Governmental benefits and entitlements representation

·         Insurance claims

·         Trusts and Estates Planning

·         Probate


Areas of Business and Corporate Practice:


·        For-Profit and Not-For-Profit Incorporations

·         501(c)(3) preparation and Florida Charitable Solicitations Act preparation

·         Business Plan consultation, development and promotion

·         Venture Capital initiatives


Representation of Special Needs Clients:


·         Special Needs Trust and Cooperative Master Trust estate planning 

·         Plenary and Limited Guardianship and Guardian Advocate practice

·         Special Needs Trustee services

·         Americans With Disabilities Act practice

·         Rehabilitation Act of 1973 practice


Residential Facility Development:


·         Establishment of residential care facilities in association with support organizations

 ·         Residential care facility licensing procedures

 ·         Not-for-profit organization registration procedures


Seminars, Workshops and Presentations: 


·         Establishment of standards for the Certification of Qualified Special Needs Professional

·         Provision of public informational seminars on Special Needs Estate Plan

         ·         Provision of training seminars and workshops to professionals  

·        ·         Development of public relations multimedia materials for support groups

·        ·         Development of multimedia materials for professionals

·        ·         Web designer/webmaster of site providing specialized information on disabilities

·         Research and Litigation Support

·         Expert Witness


The National Special Needs Network Inc.

Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33067


Principal, President, and Chief Counsel of a service corporation engaged in the development and administration of specialized life care services and products for the disabled. The corporate policy of the National Special Needs Network is to develop and promote the full usage of available governmental benefits and local disability resources for persons with congenital and acquired disabilities and chronic health issues. In addition, NSNN works to encourage the use and development of Special Needs Trusts and Cooperative Master Trusts as an adjunct to traditional benefits and services as vehicles for alternative funding of services for disabled and chronically ill individuals

Present nationwide membership is comprised of approximately 150 independent associates. Independent associates include professionals in the medical, therapeutic and future planning fields and lay individuals with an interest in Special Needs

As Chief Executive Officer responsibilities include:

·        Exploration and development of existing and new resources serving the national special needs community

·         Initial contact with local service providers, and establishment of working relationships

·        Consultation with local service providers

·        Supervision and coordination of central office services

·        Liaison with care management resources

·        Liaison with Trust administrators and banking executives

·        Responsible for design and implementation of Special Needs and Cooperative Master Trusts 

·        Provision of public informational seminars on Special Needs Estate Planning and Trust Management.

          ·       Supervising the development of public relations multimedia materials for the corporation

          ·       Provision of professional training seminars and workshops on special needs and health issues

          ·       Supervising the development of professional training multimedia materials

          ·       Web designer/webmaster

Responsible for the creation of fifty residential facilities in association with local parent support organizations, and other agencies, including: 

           ·      General project management and supervision of implementation staff

           ·      Incorporation                                                                                                                                              

           ·      IRS not-for-profit 501(c)(3) design and application procedures

           ·      State and local not-for-profit registration procedures  

           ·      Compliance in regard to State-required facility licensing processes

           ·      Site evaluation  

           ·      Establishment of initial agency policies and forms     

           ·      Initial staffing

           ·      Residential and day program design

As a Disability Advocate

        ·   Initiated Continental Airlines' policy of providing reduced fare seating to discrete trial trainers of the autistic

  ·  Author of “Humanitarian Welfare Reform,” a Proposal which spurred the adoption of tax incentives for the purchase of Long-Term Care Insurance, as per the Welfare Reform Act of 1996, and the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Program (1999), permitting persons with disabilities to retain eligibility for governmental benefits while sustaining employment

  · Author of the “Roslyn and Martin Gold Amendment to the Social Security Act,” creating broader exceptions to Medicaid Waiver income and assets “deeming” policies as per the Community Spouse doctrine.

  ·  Designed the initiative for a Lexis/Nexis program in affiliation with the University of Miami School of Law providing no-cost legal research resources to students with disabilities


Center For Developmental Disabilities

Woodbury, New York 11797

Clinical Chair and Family Services Clinician in the Children’s Day Program nonresidential school component of an agency serving the autistic


Daleview Nursing Home Inc./Daleview Manor Inc.

Farmingdale, New York 11735

Director of Social Work in a Skilled Nursing Facility/Health Related Facility


New York State (Nassau County) Department of Social Services

Mineola, New York 11501

Child Protective Services Officer


United Cerebral Palsy of Nassau County “Renaissance”

Bayville, New York 11709

Clinical Chair and Client Coordinator in an Intermediate Care Facility serving the severely disabled


New York State Office of Health Systems Management:

Qualification in Social Work


State of New York:

Qualified Mental Retardation Professional


Incorporated Village of Freeport, New York:

Certificate in Drug and Alcohol Abuse Counseling



The Florida Bar

National Association of Social Workers

American Bar Association



The Florida Bar Member Benefits Committee (2006-2008)


Clinical team consultant for the film Rain Man

Legal Consultant to The Guardian television program

Disabilities consultant to Adelphi University student recruitment film Ivy

Special Needs Trust consultant to Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates

Special Needs consultant to the Los Angeles Dodgers



“Palin Says Obama Planning To Tax Special Needs Trusts” ABC News. October 28, 2008

“The Screening Room.” WHDT-TV. March 6, 2006

“Personal Responsibility versus Political Correctness.” The Empower Hour. February 19, 2006

“Seeing Special Needs.” The New York Times. November 17, 1996  

“Couple With Cerebral Palsy Fights Home.” The Sun-Sentinel. March 24, 1996



State of Florida Governor’s Developmental Disabilities Council

Featured Co-Presenter, conference on “Legal and Financial Options of the Disabled” (1999)


University of Miami School of Medicine

Faculty, Center for The Aging Developmentally Disabled


Long Island Center For Independent Living

Past Member-at-Large, Board of Directors


Mental Health Association of Broward County, Inc

Professional Member; Keynote Speaker at 1996 Annual Meeting


Coral Springs Advocacy Committee for the Disabled, Inc

Past Program Advisor


Retired Seniors of America Foundation

Past Member, Board of Directors


Florida Special Arts Center

Past Member-at-Large, Board of Directors


Tamarac Bulldogs, Inc.: A Special Needs Organization

Past Member, Advisory Board of Directors
United Cerebral Palsy Associations, Inc.
Life Member, United Cerebral Palsy Association of New York



 The Special Needs Advocate (in preparation)

A treatise designed to provide information and referral resources to a general readership interested in special needs

 “Home Sweet Home” by Lois K. Solomon. Appeared in the Sun-Sentinel August 31, 2009. Contributor to article detailing the opening of new group homes in Boca Raton, Florida.

 “The Developmentally Disabled Are Aging Too” by Rebekah Gordon (2005)

Contributor to article prepared for the Columbia University School of Journalism


“Grandma As Trustee: Losing More Than Just The Pie” (2001)

Article discussing the requirements of Special Needs Trusteeships.  Appeared in Q Notes, the Quarterly Newsletter of the National Association of QMRPs, Vol. 3, no. 2


“Serving Special Needs Kids” by Pamela Savage Forbat (2001)

Contributor to article appearing in Registered Representative magazine, no. 266, September 11, 2001


““First Do No Harm”: An Overview of Liability Issues for Respite Providers” (2001)

Prepared for the ARCH National Respite Care Network

What Is a Special Needs Trust?’ © 2000, Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner and Smith. All rights reserved

“What Families Should Know” (with L. Jerry Cohn, Esq.) (1997)

Article discussing the specifics of Special Needs Estate Planning. Appeared in The ARC Family Focus family services newsletter, Vol. VI, no. 2

“Residential Care and Resident Sexual Behavior” (with L. Jerry Cohn, Esq.) (1996)

A guidebook for residential programs outlining current legal and other issues of facility liability in relation to client sexual behavior. Contains a fully adaptable model sexuality policy and full discussion of client rights  


Project “PREPPARE” (1995-1996)

As part of a design team at University of Miami School of Medicine created teaching modules and curricula on life care issues of aging persons with disabilities for the use of geriatric and disability specialists, other professionals, students and families of the geriatric disabled


University of Miami International and Comparative Law Review (1991-1993)

Member of Editorial Board of inaugural and sophomore issues


“Mental Health Funding in Florida” (with Alexander J. Labora) (1992)

Original research monograph addressing parity in the fiscal appropriations scheme of Florida’s State-managed residential mental health facilities


United Cerebral Palsy of Nassau County, Inc. “`Renaissance’ Intermediate Care Facility Policy on Client Privacy and Intimacy” (1986)

Prepared for United Cerebral Palsy of Bayville, Inc


 “A View from the Other Side” (1977)

Article discussing the impact of public perceptions on disabled adolescents. Appeared in Spectrum newsmagazine, Vol. III, no. 5



Brooklyn Dodgers Historical Society

Board of Directors


Delray Beach Film Festival

Member, Advisory Board of Directors


Southern Palm Zen Group of Boca Raton

Member, Planning Committee


Buddhist Peace Fellowship

Member, South Florida Regional Affiliate


Zen Peacemakers Order




Sword of The Golem---A Novel (with Ken Tucker) © 2004

The Council of Eleven: Shall We Not Revenge? (with Ken Tucker) © 2005

The Ratline (with Ken Tucker) (in preparation)



University of Miami School of Law Disabilities Issues Committee (1991-1993)

University of Miami School of Law Committee for Human Rights (1991-1993)

University of Miami School of Law International Law Society (1990-1993)

University of Miami School of Law Maritime Law Society (1990-1993)

University of Miami School of Law Federalist Society (1990-1993)

Adelphi University School of Social Work Curriculum Committee (1983-1985)



Phi Alpha Delta

Phi Theta Kappa


Theodore Roosevelt Association

Friends of Sagamore Hill





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