Collier Moore is originally from White Hall, Arkansas and joined RMP Law as a partner in March of 2014. His trust and estate practice includes traditional estate-planning techniques (Wills and Trusts), but also includes an emphasis on asset protection in the context of special needs and long-term care planning. Mr. Moore is often called upon by attorneys throughout Arkansas to assist with various aspects of special needs planning. To this end, he has been involved in structuring special needs trusts in multimillion-dollar plaintiff matters, and he is often a key player in the drafting, establishment, and funding components that are necessary to meet the strict requirements of Social Security and Medicaid.
He is also recognized as a leading attorney in Arkansas for assisting families with special needs children. His involvement with these families is often more comprehensive than simply drafting a supplemental needs trust. Often these relationships involve assisting with guardianship matters, Social Security qualification matters, as well as seeking qualification for various Arkansas Medicaid waiver programs that will benefit the child with special needs.
Aside from special needs planning practice, Collier is recognized as one of the state’s leading attorneys in the field of asset protection and Medicaid crisis planning. He is one of only three Certified Elder Law Attorneys in Arkansas and is very often called upon by other trust and estate attorneys to assist in situations where a client is facing imminent long-term care. His practice involves utilizing national level asset-protection techniques for the purpose of qualifying for public benefits, as well as the filing and processing of Medicaid applications with the Arkansas Department of Human Services, where he has become proficient in administrative law.
Married to Kara. Three children, Creed, Emery and Ellison.
- Ouachita Baptist University B.A (magna cum laude) 2002
- University of Arkansas J.D. (cum laude) 2005
- University of Missouri LL.M. (Tax) 2006
- Stetson University College of Law LL.M. (Elder Law) (with distinction) 2009
- Asset Protection
- Elder Law
- Estate Planning, Probate and Trusts
- Long-Term Care Planning
- Special Needs Planning
Community & Recognitions
- Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC)
- Best Lawyers in America in Trusts and Estates (2020)
- Lawyer of the Year in Trust and Estates (2021)
- Certified Elder Law Attorney (“CELA”) – Certification through the National Elder Law Foundation, An American Bar
- Association Accredited Certification
- American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) – Graduate of the 2018/2019 Inaugural class of the
- Heart of America Fellows Institute
- 2016 – Appointed as Special Justice to the Supreme Court of Arkansas by Gov. Asa Hutchinson
- 2018-Appointed as Special Justice to the Supreme Court of Arkansas by Gov. Asa Hutchinson
- Frequent volunteer at various events to speak and provide continuing education on special needs and long-term care planning
Associations & Memberships
- Member, Arkansas Bar Association (Elder Law Section/Probate and Trust Section)
- Member, Washington County Bar Association
- Member, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (Prior member of the academic subcommittee)
- Member, Academy of Special Needs Planners
- Member, Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association
- Member, ElderCounsel
- National Elder Law Foundation
Member of NELF
- Arkansas (2006)
- Tennessee (2006)
Significant Cases and Settlements
- Drafted Legislation that ultimately reformed regulations associated with the use of qualified
income trusts (Miller Trusts) for Arkansas Medicaid beneficiaries
- Provided substantial assistance in removing estate expansion in the context of beneficiary deeds and Medicaid
- Represented Medicaid recipients in ultimately changing policy interpretation to
establish Pre-Eligibility Medical Expense offsets
- American College of Trust and Estate Counsel – Heart of America Regional Meeting (May 2019).
- New regulations imposed by the Veterans Administration concerning transfers, 3-year lookback, and defining “covered assets” for penalty determination purposes.
- ABLE accounts and the use for individuals with special needs.
- Methodology for establishing special needs trusts after the 21st Century Cures Act.
- Sole Benefit. New guidance issued by the Social Security Administration via the Programs Operations Manual concerning what “sole benefit” in the context of trusts.
- Spousal Impoverishment Rules. Overview of Initial Assessment and Community Spouse Resource Allowance calculations within the Spousal Impoverishment Rules.
- American College of Trust and Estate Counsel – Arkansas Fellows Meeting (February 2019). Overview of Arkansas long-term care planning options and Medicaid requirements.
- Arkansas Bar Association (June 2018). Analysis of common scenarios and how each scenario would impact an individual’s access to certain public benefits.
- National Business Institute (March 2018). Distinguishing between needs-based benefit programs in contrast to non-needs-based benefit programs and analysis of what each program would provide an individual.
- National Business Institute (March 2018). General eligibility requirements and the necessity of meeting “otherwise Medicaid eligible” for the purpose of triggering a period of ineligibility.
- National Business Institute (March 2018). Complex asset-protection planning options in the context of long-term care.
- Arkansas Bar Association (February 2018). Elder Law section of the Arkansas Bar Association.
- Recent Special Needs Trust developments – Review of In re Corn and Draper v. Colvin.
- Trusts in Long-Term Care Planning.
- Arkansas Legal Aid State Conference. Distinguish between first-party and third-party trusts and when 42 U.S.C. 1396p(d)(4)(A) requirements should be met.
- Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association (June 2014).
- Arkansas Wrongful Death statutory beneficiaries and the use of special administrators in wrongful death matters;
- Discussion of the necessity of guardians and the process for appointment in the context of personal injury litigation; discussion of limiting scope of guardianship
- Special Needs Trusts. Discussion of timing, establishment, and funding requirements of special needs trust in the context of litigation.
- Best of CLE-Arkansas Bar Association (May 2013). Overview of public benefits planning, special needs planning, as well as the use of various trusts for individuals with special needs.
Alex Miller, Joe Reece, John Neihouse and Collier Moore are speaking at the Top Estate Planning Techniques seminar today in association with the National Business Institute. ALEX G. MILLER, with Reece Moore Pendergraft LLP in Fayetteville, Arkansas focuses his...