Attorney Jeff Yussman

Jeff is an active member of the Louisville community, having served in leadership roles as a board member of multiple organizations, including the the Special Needs Alliance, Wellspring, the Community Foundation of Louisville, Leadership Louisville, and Metro United Way, where he was involved for over twenty years.  Jeff was recognized with the Allen Society Community Service Award and the Alberta Wood Allen Continuous Service Award by Metro United Way.

Jeff is known nationally as a writer and lecturer on topics of special needs law, estate planning, business succession and charitable planning. He has served as an adjunct professor of law at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law and the Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida.

Jeff Yussman
Accolades & Expertise

Awards & Activities

  • Woodward White’s The Best Lawyers in America® in the areas of Elder Law and Trusts and Estates, 1999-2018; Estate Planning Lawyer of the Year, Louisville, 2011
  • Highest Professional AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
  • Recognized by his peers in Kentucky Super Lawyers®
  • Recognized as one of the “Top Lawyers” in the area of Disability Law, Elder Law and Trusts, Wills & Estates Law by Louisville Magazine, 2016
  • Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Louisville and Kentucky Bar Associations, Probate Committee
  • Life Plan of Kentucky (Advisory Board Member)
  • Wellspring Schizophrenia Foundation, KY, Inc. (Board of Directors and Past Board Chairman)

Publications & Speaking Engagements

  • Legal Planning for Protecting Government Benefits Available to Persons with Special Needs, Western Kentucky University’s Special Needs Summit, October 13, 2017
  • Transition, Estate and Trust Planning for Young Adults with Special Needs, Summit Academy of Greater Louisville, January 25, 2017
  • Special Needs Trust Planning for Families, Kentucky Society of CPAs’ “CPAs & Seniors” Conference, December 8, 2015
  • Tax Basics: Special Needs Planning for Families, American Bar Association webinar, December 2, 2015
  • Special Needs Trust Planning for Families, Kentucky Society of CPAs’ Elder Law Conference, January 14, 2015.
  • The Law of Nonprofit Organizations, Adjunct Professor, University of Louisville School of Law, 2016 & 2013 spring semesters.
  • Estate Planning:  How to get going and why not to do it yourself, National Webinar, American Bar Association, 2014
  • Special Needs Trusts – When and how to use them, Seminar, Lexington Estate Planning Council, 2014
  • Special Needs and Charitable Planning, Quarterly Meeting, Partnership for Philanthropic Planning, 2014
  • The Lawyer’s Role on Nonprofit Boards, Leadership Academy, Louisville Bar Association, 2014
  • Special Needs Trusts – an Update, Elder Law Conference, Kentucky Bar Association, 2014
  • Special Needs Trusts and Government Benefits, Annual meeting of risk managers, KY Society of Health Risk Management, 2014
  • A Look at Estate Planning and Charitable Giving, Annual Conference, CASE Kentucky, 2014
  • Wealth Transfer Planning for the Closely Held Business Owner, Seminar, University of Kentucky School of Law, 2013
  • Medicare Compliance and Medicaid Preservation, Subrogation Seminar, Kentucky Justice Association, 2012
  • Five Things You Need to Know about Drafting and Using Third Party Special Needs Trusts, Special Needs Trusts – National Conference, Stetson University School of Law, 2012
  • Tax Exempt Organizations from Start to Finish, Seminar, National Business Institute, 2012
  • Succession Planning for Aging Business Owners, Seminar, Stetson University School of Law, 2012
  • Advising Closely Held Business Owners, Annual Business Update, University of Kentucky School of Law, 2012
  • Using a “Benefits Lawyer” as a Neutral in a Mediation, Annual Subrogation Seminar, Kentucky Justice Association, 2011
  • Kentucky Estate Planning Handbook (4th ed. 2015), University of Kentucky College of Law, Office of Continuing Legal Education, Author of the chapter “Special Needs Trusts.”

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