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I’m a Baby Boomer. My interest in Elder Law did not begin in law school, which I attended in the evening as a middle-aged real estate developer. However, when my parents and in-laws’ physical and mental health began to decline suddenly, the issues we now address as an Elder Law firm became real and personal for me and my wife, Marcia, as we became the primary caregivers for our four parents.
Over an eight year period, we experienced a wide variety of issues related to our parents’ dementia and other chronic illnesses. It was a constant challenge to balance our desire to preserve our parents’ dignity and help them to remain independent at home, along with our strong desire for them to be safe and not accelerate the decline of the relatively healthier caregiving spouse. As each of our parents eventually did enter the long term care system for one reason or another, we were confused and frustrated by the conflicting interests or regulations that affect hospitals, rehab facilities, skilled nursing homes, custodial care facilities, continuing care retirement communities, hospices, and individual medical professionals. The difficulties we faced were formidable challenges for which we were unable to find, at any single place, the access to answers or appropriate direction to help us to locate the resources we needed to help our parents. It felt remarkably chaotic; and we wished we had a guide or advisor to make us feel more confident that we weren’t overlooking an opportunity to comfort or assist our parents during this difficult stage. The “elder law” attorney who told us how to do the Medicaid paperwork, did not do the paperwork for us; failed to advise us that our parents qualified for more than $20,000 per year that they could have received in a special pension from the Veterans Administration; did not have a social worker on staff; had no expertise in matters of insurance or real estate; and did not once visit our parents at the facility where they lived.
After the passing of our parents, I began seeking “a better way” to serve our community with a service that would maximize the quality of independent living for older persons, and reduce the pain of transitioning to alternative care arrangements when it became needed for their safety, or as the only economically viable option to assist with their increased need for help with their activities of daily living. Much research led to a strong belief that it is important to involve experienced social workers to focus on care planning and coordination, not only in response to an immediate crisis, but, better yet, to anticipate and avoid a crisis or need for a nursing home placement. Keystone Elder Law P.C. has adopted this approach, and our multi-disciplined team of experienced Elder Law professionals shares a profound commitment to this service.
Prior to becoming a principal of Keystone Elder Law P.C., I was an executive of a private corporation, and a real estate broker-developer who completed transactions worth hundreds of millions of dollars over three decades in twelve states. I served as a national chair of the Office Condominium Forum and the Private Developers Forum of the National Association of Office and Industrial Properties (NAIOP), and president of the Greater Harrisburg Association of Realtors Industrial, Commercial and Investment Council. I am a former school board member and administrator of federal and state grants on a local level. I received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wake Forest University, a Master of Public Administration degree from Penn State University, and a Juris Doctor degree from Widener University School of Law. While in law school, I supported my family with full-time employment and received the American Jurispudence Awards for Real Estate Transactions and Education.
I am Certified in Long Term Care Insurance (CLTC), retain Pennsylvania licenses as both a real estate broker and a producer of life and health insurance, and I am a “Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM)” of the Commercial Investment Real Estate Institute. I believe in continuing professional education, and have completed hundreds of hours of training in real estate, law, management, mediation, and leadership. I also regularly teach accredited continuing education courses to various professionals; and I accept as many invitations as possible to speak to local service and professional organizations about Elder Law and long term care issues.
I am thrilled and professionally rejuvenated to have the opportunity to organize and be part of a team of experienced and mature professionals who believe that Extended Care Planning is a fresh approach to serve older adults and their families effectively. We are able to stay on top of the latest changes in law and resources through our active membership with a number of national and state organizations. Although I wish that my parents and in-laws could have benefited from having such a comprehensive service available to them, we feel blessed to have the opportunity to be the first to initiate that level of service in Central Pennsylvania.
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|Attorney, Owner||Keystone Elder Law P.C.||2010 - Present|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Pennsylvania Association of Elder Law Attorneys||member||2011 - Present|
|National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys||member||2010 - Present|
|Life Care Planning Law Firms Association||member||2010 - Present|
|ElderCounsel||member||2010 - Present|
|Widener University School of Law, Harrisburg PA||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1995|
|Pennsylvania Sate||Public Administration||Masters||1982|
|Wake Forest University||Politics||BA||1975|
|US Army War College, Carlisle, PA||“Caring for Aging Parents”||2014|
|PA Bar Institute, Mechanicsburg||“Ethics and Alzheimers Disease”||2014|
|Pennsylvania Bar Institute||“How to Save the Family Home”||2013|
|General Information Seminar||Don't Go Broke In a Nursing Home||2013|
|Cumberland County Bar Association||“Long Term Care: Your Elder Client’s Nightmare”||2010|