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Thomas Cothran is an estate planning and elder law who attorney who practices in Lexington, KY. He creates wills, trusts, and powers of attorney; helps people with special needs qualify for public benefits; and represents adopting parents.

Thomas Cothran makes it a priority to help those who face a disability, who may need long term care, and parents of children with special needs. He focuses on estate planning for those who have children with special needs, along with creating special needs trusts. He also focuses on estate planning for those who may need nursing home care and wish to protect their assets.

Thomas also practices adoptions and represents children as a Guardian ad Litem. Finally, he helps families facing divorce use alternative dispute arrangements to avoid conflict and settle without going to court.

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Elder Law​ Services​

Thomas Cothran’s elder law services include:

  • Medicaid and nursing home planning
  • Living wills
  • Guardianship and conservatorship
  • Health care decision making
  • Probate and trust administration
  • In home care
  • Trust creation, and
  • Asset protection strategies​

Elder law is changing every year. A basic will or rudimentary estate plan is no longer enough for most people. One critical and growing area is in nursing home planning. Most of us at some time will need some form of long term care or be incapacitated. Thomas Cothran uses asset preservation strategies to protect your assets for yourself and your family.

Children with Special Needs

​​Thomas Cothran offers a number of estate and public benefits planning services to those who have children with special needs including:

  • Special needs trusts;
  • Public benefits planning;
  • Asset protection
  • Estate planning that provides for children with special needs; and
  • Guardianship and conservatorship

Parents who have children with disabilities need more than just a cookie cutter estate plan. Thomas helps to craft an estate plan so that children with special needs can be protected even after their parents are gone. Tools like special needs trusts, public benefits planning, or even nonprofits can ensure your child is protected even when you have passed on.

Estate Planning

Thomas Cothran’s estate planning services include:

  • Wills
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Living wills
  • Nursing home planning
  • Probate and trust administration
  • Trust creation, and
  • Asset protection strategies


Thomas Cothran performs a number of different types of adoptions:

  • Steparent adoptions
  • Agency adoptions
  • Adult adoptions
  • Petitions to find biological parents,
  • International adoptions, and
  • Independent adoptions

Family Law Services

Thomas Cothran offers family law services including:

  • Adoptions
  • Legal separations
  • Uncontested divorces
  • Pre-nuptual agreements
  • Qualified Domestic Relations Orders

Thomas Cothran does not handle contested divorces or custody actions. His practice in family law is focused on minimizing controversy and achieving the best results for families and children.