Elder Law

“Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.”
– Alan Lakein
American author and Time Management Expert
As a kid growing up in the Bronx, I always knew I wanted to be an attorney, but I didn’t know what type of law I wanted to practice. Little did I know that my Uncle John would have a profound impact on my decision to become an elder law attorney. My Uncle John and his wife, Aunt Carol were influential to my upbringing. I would spend almost every weekend at their home and was very close with their five children. Uncle John and Aunt Carol cherished their family. Every weekend they would host Sunday dinners and would share stories about growing up in Jamaica and migrating to the United States. They also enjoyed walking two miles a day, traveling, and just spending time with one another watching Wheel of Fortune. During their 40 years of marriage, Uncle John and Aunt Carol, never spent a night apart and frequently talked about “growing old” together.

In 2010, our cherished Sunday dinners suddenly stopped and life for Uncle John and Aunt Carol changed forever. That year, Uncle John learned that his left foot was gangrene. Uncle John was initially told that his left foot would be amputated; however, after a series of medical tests, he was told that he needed an above the knee amputation. Uncle John and the family were understandably in shock by this news. Uncle John was always in good health. We all wondered how his life would be after the amputation.

While dealing with Uncle John’s new normal, the family also had to deal with the unexpected medical expenses as well as nursing home care. After having his left leg amputated, Uncle John entered a nursing home to undergo physical therapy and rehabilitation. While Uncle John had Medicare, he had no idea that Medicare only covered his stay in the nursing home for a short period of time. Uncle John did return home; however, he would soon return to a nursing home because his care became too much for Aunt Carol to handle. Aunt Carol and the family visit Uncle John all the time, but life, especially Sundays have never been the same.

Uncle John did not plan to become disabled; however, through crisis planning, we were able to protect what Uncle John and Aunt Carol worked so hard for. What happened to my uncle, could happen to any one of us.

I became an elder law and estate planning attorney because I want to help other uncles, aunts, grandparents, and parents age with peace of mind. No one likes to think about the possibility of their own disability or the disability of a loved one. Many of us also prefer not to think about planning for how we will be taken care of as we advance in age because we believe it will somehow all work out. Now is the time to plan for your future!

Our firm is committed to assisting you or a loved one create a plan so you can know your choices, maintain control, and age with dignity and compassion. Our firm offers a full range of options for long term care planning and small to large estates, including probate administration and guardianship proceedings. Please contact our firm if you or someone you know require estate planning or administration or long term care planning.