Upcoming Events

The Special Needs Law Group of Massachusetts, PC participates in community and professional events throughout the region, and we extend an invitation for clients, colleagues and community members to join us. A list of our professional or community events can be found below.

To have one of our attorneys speak at your event, please contact dclemons@specialneedslaw.com.

Ask the Expert: Turning 22

Presented by
Annette M. Hines, Esq.
Founding Partner of Special Needs Law Group of Massachusetts

Decisions regarding transition can be very difficult to make and the planning requires time and a strong support team. A successful transition to adulthood includes looking at many elements of adult living including: employment opportunities, where to live and with whom, independent living skills, social relationships, self-advocacy, income planning, and more…

Attorney Annette Hines will answer your questions, and lots more, in a low-key dinner meeting with Advocates families. This is not an old-fashioned lecture (you’ve been to those already.) This is your opportunity to ask the expert in a 100% question, answer, and discussion session. You will learn as much from each other as you will from Attorney Hines.


Tuesday, October 1, 2019

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Advocates Life Skills & Learning Center, 290 Elliot Street, Ashland, MA


MADDNA 20th Anniversary Emerald Conference

The Massachusetts DDNA Chapter is committed to advocacy, education, and support that strengthen intellectual and developmental disability (IDD) nurses. Our goal is to empower each member with the resources and tools necessary to practice in this expertise successfully.

The Special Needs Law Group of Massachusetts, PC will be exhibiting at the conference. Stop by and say hello to Michelle Picard, R.N., who is one of our care managers.


Thursday, October 3, 2019

8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Four Points Sheraton, Wakefield, MA


Shared Living & AFC (Adult Foster Care) Conference

Our Mission - to educate and promote best practices of all forms of shared living options through a national annual conference.

Our Vision - to provide and exchange practical information and innovative ideas that promote shared living as a model of choice where people can live in a dignified, normative living arrangement.

Annette Hines, Esq., founder of the Special Needs Law Group of Massachusetts, will be presenting a workshop titled: "Special Needs Planning and Advocacy"  during the afternoon workshop session.

Course Description:  Come learn about critical estate planning issues for siblings and parents

Brief outline of workshop content: Understand and learn about:

  • The legal authority for decision making
  • When is guardianship appropriate
  • What alternatives are out there
  • The changing issues in public benefits, including SSI/SSDI and MassHealth

Workshop Learning Objective: To inform families about special needs planning and advocacy.


Thursday, October 3, 2019

8:45 am - 5:00 pm

Royal Plaza Trade Center, Marlborough, MA



7th Annual Raise the Bar HIRE! Conference

This one-day conference features prominent national keynote speakers, educational sessions, exhibitors, networking opportunities and sharing of best practices on disability employment. We hope that you can join us on October 10th!

Raise the Bar HIRE! is coordinated by Work Without Limits. Work Without Limits is a program of Commonwealth Medicine within the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Annette Hines, Esq. (Founder), Natasha Ispravnikova (Paralegal/Trust Administration) and MacKenzie Mahoney (Paralegal) of the Special Needs Law Group of Massachusetts will be exhibiting at the conference. Stop by and say hello them.





Thursday, October 10, 2019

8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Four Points Sheraton, Norwood, MA


AFAM 15th Anniversary Celebration!

A festive reception and dinner to mark fifteen years of vigorous advocacy on behalf of people with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families. We will be honoring some very special people who have played important roles in our past accomplishments. 

Annette Hines, Esq., founder of the Special Needs Law Group of Massachusetts, will be a sponsor at the conference. Stop by and say hello to Annette.




Thursday, October 24, 2019

6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Crowne Plaza, The Verve, Natick, MA


RNE Annual 2019 Conference

RNE's mission is to bring together New England patients, families and providers touched by rare and complex disorders. We offer educational opportunities, create awareness of available resources, and build foundations for support to improve patient quality of life.

Annette Hines, Esq. , founder of the Special Needs Law Group of Massachusetts, will be speaking and exhibiting at the conference.  

"A Brief Introduction to Legal Planning For Life’s Transitions"

by Annette Hines, Esq.
For families and individuals facing the impact of a rare disease, the natural stages of life can bring on new and diverse challenges. Attorney Hines will walk the audience through some key considerations in estate planning, incapacity planning and legal authority and access to essential public benefits and supports.


Saturday, October 26, 2019

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Double Tree Hotel, South Portland, ME

Woburn High School 2019 Transition Fair

Learn about community-based services and organizations for youth with disabilities.

Annette Hines, Esq. , founder of Special Needs Law Group of Massachusetts, is attending the conference.  


Tuesday, November 5, 2019

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

88 Montvale Avenue, Woburn, MA


The ARC of Massachusetts Transition Conference

Charting the LifeCourse during the Transition Years

This full day conference will feature the Charting the LifeCourse Frameworks and Tools from the Institute for Human Development at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. Co-founder and parent Jane St. John will lead us through the frameworks and tools to use in transition planning. The conference will also welcome families of teens and adults ages 12-26.

Annette Hines, Esq. (Founder) and Natasha Ispravnikova (Paralegal/Trust Administration) of Special Needs Law Group of Massachusetts, will be exhibiting at the conference. Stop by and say hello to them.



Saturday, November 16, 2019

8:00 am - 4:00 pm

College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA


The Daniel W. Rosenn Connections Conference

This conference for adults on the spectrum, parents, and professionals will include:

  • 14 breakout sessions / 2 workshops options
  • Continuing education credits for professionals
  • Information tables highlighting local community resources and programs
  • Opportunities to connect and network

Annette Hines, Esq. (Founder) and MacKenzie Mahoney (Paralegal) of theSpecial Needs Law Group of Massachusetts, will be attending the conference as a sponsor and exhibitor. Stop by the table and say hello.



Saturday, November 16, 2019

8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Best Western, Marlborough, MA

Plan for now & the future