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Uncategorized | November 3, 2018

Does Family Asset Protection Planning Sometimes Conflict with Estate Planning?

Does family asset protection planning sometimes conflict with estate planning?  Yes! How does an attorney explain that to a client?  Directly! an elder law attorney to be proactive and forthright in explaining what those natural tensions are, thereby assuring that the client is making an informed decision.  This is one of two important ethical obligations. The other is that any transaction created for asset protection must be real, with no implied or subsidiary intent to subvert the underlying contract – not even a wink & nod agreement or hint to act beyond what is written.  That is a fraudulent transaction, … Continued

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Uncategorized | May 23, 2018

Check out this great book by one of our members!

    One of our members, Jason Neufeld Esq., has written a book – available now on Amazon – and already with rave reviews! How to Get Medicaid to Pay for Some or All of Your Long-Term Care Expenses Without having to wait 5 years Without having to sell your house Without having to go broke first” Congratulations, Jason, from all your fellow members!  

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In the News | May 22, 2018

Big Names – Big Success

  Highlights from this year’s “Upping Your Practice” program…   A Deep Dive into Special Needs Planning: SSI, Medicaid and Special Needs Trusts, with David Lillesand, was the first such instruction on the newest rules promulgated and published (5/1/2018) by the Social Security Administration.  David is a charter member of the national Academy of Special Needs Planners, National Organization of Social Security Claimant Representatives (NOSSCR), author and frequent lecturer on special needs trusts.   Irrevocable Medicaid-Planning Trust: Understanding, Drafting and Deployment – an intense study and Q & A with this subject’s acknowledged expert, Bernard Krooks.  Mr. Krooks is a nationally-recognized … Continued

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Elder Law Trends | April 3, 2018

Market Trends in Elder Law [GOOGLE TREND DATA]

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I’ve received a number of the questions that revolve around what the consumer market is doing in Elder Law and how it’s trending. I decided to pull up a couple reports on Google Trends and show you what I found – Google Trends tracks keyword search trends over time. You can look up virtually any keyword or phrase and see how searches for that keyword have trended over time. It’s a great tool to gauge how interest in a topic has changed over time. More interest = more searches on Google. For example, you can see how interest in “Trump” … Continued

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Elder Law Trends | April 3, 2018

The *REAL Reason Elder Law Has More Potential Than Any Other Area of Law [DATA INSIDE] 

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I have a quick bit of information I’d like to share with you – As you may know, I am the Communications Director for the Elder Law College. In addition to this role, I run a legal marketing firm (Harper Beck), helping attorneys define their brands, create their web presence and generate clients – mostly through digital advertising. One of the questions I regularly get asked by attorneys considering adding or transitioning to Elder Law, is – what kind of revenue potential is there in Elder Law? So, I thought I’d take a quick screenshot to show you why Elder … Continued

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Uncategorized | October 23, 2017

Welcome new members!

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Welcome new members – from two classes! First an ooops and an apology for missing the opportunity to welcome our Denver graduates and also for not having a group photo.  Please look for individual photos in their profiles on the member directory for CARLA, RICHARD, JASON, ROBYN, KEVIN, ERRIKA, CHRISTOPHER, KELLEY, KAY, JACK, DENISE, MISSY, ERIN, LOWELL, DAVID, TOM, AND CHUCK.  A warm, albeit belated welcome to these 17 bright, eager, and knowledgeable new elder law attorneys from 13 states. And, drum-roll, please… We welcome our most recent graduates from the class in Boca Raton – complete with a class … Continued

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Uncategorized | September 30, 2017

Advance Health Care Directives

Advance Health Care Directives and Anatomical Gifts Scott M. Solkoff ELDER LAW COLLEGE September 25, 2017 Introduction In Elder Law, there can be no more a fundamental, core issue than that of end‐of‐life health care decision making. The right of a person to manifest his or her own health care destiny does not come from words in the constitutions. Still, the courts have found that some of our most fundamental freedoms appear in the federal constitution and that of the various states because they were assumed by our founders to be so inalienable and so fundamental as to be necessary … Continued

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Interviews | September 21, 2017

Elder Law College in Action – An Interview with ELC Grad Vicki Vasser-Jenkins

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Vicki Vasser-Jenkins, Arkansas Elder Law Attorney, tells us how the Elder Law College helped start and then grow her practice… — Vicki, can you share with us your experience of what it’s like being an Elder Law College graduate, and how ELC helped you grow in your practice? Sure! First, attending ELC was a good experience and it rejuvenated my interest in Estate Planning in general. I came from a background in Family Law and I’d always had a desire to focus more on Estate Planning. I changed firms about two years ago and was given more opportunity to be … Continued

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Questions + Answers | August 2, 2017

What Does An Elder Law Attorney Do?

What do Elder Law attorneys do and how can they help? In contrast to the role of traditional estate planning attorneys, who help clients plan for the end of life, Elder Law attorneys focus on their clients’ needs during their lifetime. They are advocates for the elderly, the disabled, and their loved ones, assisting them and their caregivers to deal with issues related to health care, long-term care planning, guardianship, retirement, social security, medicare/medicaid, and other important matters. Seniors and the disabled are vulnerable because they are dealing with unique and complex legal concerns. Therefore, it is important for people … Continued

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