Supported Decision Making and Guardianship


The Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of Dane County provides information about resources and support on all aspects of life related to aging or living with a disability. The ADRC is a one-stop shop for older adults, people with disabilities and their caregivers and families. ADRC staff are unbiased and knowledgeable professionals who listen to your concerns, help clarify your options and direct you to appropriate resources. The ADRC is also the access point for information about long-term care options and applying for public benefits. Services provided by the ADRC are free and available to all Dane County residents regardless of income or assets.

Location by County/County(ies) served
Ages Served
Birth – 2 years old, 3-5 years old, Elementary School Age, Middle School Age, High School Age, 18-21 years old, Adults

Special Needs Planning
Planning for the care and support of family members with special needs encompasses planning for living, vocational, and financial support.


Many families have disabled children or other beneficiaries who are or will require governmental assistance to meet their medical and basic living needs. Our attorneys are well-versed in the complex laws and regulations that govern an individual’s right to receive Medicaid and/or Supplemental Security Income (“SSI”) benefits.

These laws and regulations must be considered when preparing an estate plan that will benefit disabled beneficiaries who receive these types of benefits.

We can assist individuals and families with the drafting of an estate plan that will allow an individual who receives public benefits to continue to receive those benefits upon the receipt of an inheritance. We also advise individual and corporate fiduciaries on administration issues relating to special needs trusts, to ensure that an individual’s benefits are not jeopardized.