Meeting Our Clients' Needs with Compassion Proudly Serving Persons with Disabilities for Over 30 Years

Richard La Belle, Esq. Richard La Belle, Esq. 


Richard La Belle is the CEO of Family Network on Disabilities, which has served persons with disabilities and their families throughout Florida and the U.S. for over 35 years. Prior to becoming CEO in 2005, Mr. La Belle practiced law for nearly 20 years, concentrating in the areas of disability law, including special needs trusts. Mr. La Belle and his wife are the parents of four grown children, including those who have disabilities.

He has long been active in promoting the rights and welfare of persons with disabilities. Some recent examples include:

  • In 2008, he was appointed by Governor Charlie Crist to the Governor’s Task Force on Autism Spectrum Disorders (until 2011)
  • In 2009, Mr. La Belle was honored by being named an “Everyday Hero” by Bay News 9
  • In 2013, he was appointed by the Commissioner of Education to the State Advisory Committee for the Education of Exceptional Children (SAC), on which he continues to serve
  • In 2017, he was named to the Pinellas County, Florida Disability Advisory Council

Mr. La Belle received his law degree from Florida State University. He was awarded a Master of Science degree from the London School of Economics in London, England. Mr. La Belle received a B.A., with a major in political science, from Florida State University.

What Sets FND Trust Services Apart?

  • Quick Response

    Our goal is to make sure that our beneficiaries have access to funds that they need, when they need them, with as little difficulty as possible.

  • Service

    We provide a “no mess, no fuss” solution to special needs trust administration to our beneficiaries and the professionals that serve them.

  • Transparency

    We offer beneficiaries and their representatives instant access to balance and account information. We also provide monthly statements and annual accounting.

  • Stability

    FND has been in existence for over 25 years. We have many programs including Federal and state grants for persons with disabilities, their families, and those that serve them.

  • Accountability

    Since we are fortunate to receive a number of Federal and State grants, we are required to have annual independent audits of all our programs and operations.

  • Independent Financial Management

    We retain independent financial advisors, money managers, and custodians, who all serve at the discretion of the Trustee in an arm’s length relationship.

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