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Posted by Vicky, a Elder Law client, Flag
Zach and the Law Elder Law team went above and beyond in helping my family during a very difficult time. Our Mother became very ill in a short time. Zach helped get all of her legal and financial affairs in order. Because our Mother was bedridden on a ventilator, Zach traveled to the nursing home in Barrington from Aurora to meet with Mom to explain and reassure her that all of her elder needs will be taken care of. Zach worked with us for 2 1/2 years, during that time I became very dependent on his advice. Zach never hesitated to return my calls or e-mails no matter how many questions I had for him and his staff. I never got the feeling that I was a bother to them. Sadly our Mom passed in August of 2012 which has ended our relationship for now. When the time comes for My husband and I to need legal advice and planing from a Elder Care Lawyer, I will not hesitate to seek council from Zach Hasselbaum and the Law Elder Law team.
From a very satisfied client,
Posted by David, a Estate Planning client, Flag
We came to Zach for help getting our affairs in order since I retired. He was so helpful, and kind through the whole process. He guided me through exactly what needed to be done, and made it such a smooth process - I really appreciated that. My wife and I would recommend Zach to anyone in a heart beat! He put our minds at ease about our future.
Posted by Diane, a Elder Law client, Flag
Zach helped our family navigate the Medicaid process and follow a comprehensive asset protection plan customized to meet our family's situation and particular needs. His Elder Law knowledge and experience along with his respectful and responsive personal style made him the perfect legal advisor for our family.
Posted by Pam, a Elder Law client, Flag
My widowed mother has Alzheimer disease. I was truly at a loss of what to do with her estate. Then, I met Zach. He explained all my options and helped guide me in the estate planning for her. I didn't have a clue what was available or how to help my family through such an overwhelming task. Zach made it all so easy. He held my family's hand through every stage. He was there for me in many aspects as he guided us through all paperwork and legal documentation. Even when I'd email him at the oddest hours, he was quick to reply. And what a confidence builder. I truly don't know what I would have done without him. He is very approachable, easy to speak with, attentive and an all around wonderful person. He took the stress out of the entire process. We will all come to a point in life where our parents will need our help to make sure they live their golden years comfortably. I worried about how I was going to do this, I didn't want her ending up in a horrible place that just ate up the money. Zach helped my family plan for all her needs. She's happy, we are grateful. I can never thank him enough for all he has done for my family. If you want the best for your loved one, you need to speak with this attorney. You won't find a more professional, impressive and well versed attorney as Zach. I've recommend him to many of my friends in the same situation. I promise, you won't be disappointed.
Very Truly Yours,
Posted by Mike, a Elder Law client, Flag
Zach worked with us to establish our family trust and continues to advise us on a regular basis. He is extremely knowledgeable and easy to work with. He is careful to make certain that we understand our options and the impacts regarding our decisions. He always demonstrates a caring attitude and is always prompt in responding to phone calls and emails. We place a high degree of trust in the advice Zach gives us. I would not hesitate to recommend Zach to my closest friends and family.
Posted by a Elder Law client, Flag
Zach Hesselbaum provided elder law services to my mother and my family regarding setting up a will and trust for mom, the application process for the VA aide and attendance benefits for Mom (that we had no idea was available to her), as well as assistance with applying for Medicaid. Zach responded to my many questions in a very prompt and professional manner. After my mother's death, Zach provided the advice and direction our family needed, again with great professionalism and fairness.
I highly recommend Zach for assistance with any elder law matters. Not only is he knowledgeable; he is also patient and caring. We felt very comfortable having Zach handle everything.
Posted by Lisa G., a Elder Law client, Flag
Zach walked me through the whole process in what needed to be done to help with my Grandfather's affairs. From the beginning stages and even now that my Grandfather has passed, I know I can always go to Zach with questions no matter how small they may seem. He really made this process easy for me to understand. Everyone in their office is always professional and pleasant on the phone. I would definately recommend Zach to anyone who is in need of setting up Elder Care for a loved one. Thank you Zach
Posted by Tim, a Trusts client, Flag
If you are looking for a lawyer that will set your family at ease, Zach is your man! Zach is the definition of nicest guy you ever want to meet. He is easy to work with, personable, down-to-earth, with great social skills to match. Zach accommodated our needs,not only in the office but also by traveling to the hospital for signatures of my 82 year old father when he wasn't able to travel. He made all of my family, especially my Mother, feel comfortable in the decisions made. All of my parents Trust work that needed to be fixed because of living in 2 states was handled and explained to us.All VA , medicare and long term planning concerns were worked through so my parents could make sound decisions. Our ongoing questions and concerns are addressed promptly and efficiently.I never hesitate to call when there is a question about what needs to be done to keep everything correct for my parents Trust.Being Trustee is a daunting task for anyone to take on but having someone like Zach to lean on makes the decisions much easier to make.
We have never regretted going forward, with the Law ElderLaw firm. The whole team at the firm really impressed us. They were approachable, professional and results oriented. We are grateful to have Zach working for our best interests and very appreciative of the results obtained.
Posted by Scott, a Elder Law client, Flag
We used Elder Law for my wife's grandmother as she had the beginnings of Alzheimer's and we needed to find her a good nursing home and we had no idea about how any of this worked. Zach explained all our options - financial and general knowledge. Pointed us to the right places. We couldn't have done it without him. He was very good with communication, helping us understand what was going on and the timing of things and followed up with us to ensure things were going as we wanted. I highly recommend Zach.
Posted by Jennifer Pugh, a Elder Law client, Flag
Zach has been very informative, understanding and compassionate to his clients. I will often hear his clients say how he was able to put their concerns at ease, as well as being a genuinely good person. Zach's expertise with the VA pension and Medicaid planning truly helps seniors and their families understand the importance of long term care planning. Zach is organized and always has time to answer your questions and concerns. He is a wonderful resource and I am honored to know him.
Posted by Home Helpers Oswego, Illinois, a Elder Law client, Flag
As owner of Home Helpers, I use Zach as a great resource for my clients. His expertise in elder law is unparrelled plus he simply is just a great guy. Zach cares for all of his clients and each one of them he builds a relationship with to understand his clients needs and he ensures that all of their needs and questions are handled accordling. I would highly recommend Zach to any of my clients or my family.
Posted by Judee, a Elder Law client, Flag
We were referred to Law ElderLaw by Rosenthal , Starling & Associates in Louisville, KY. My father-in-law was already in an Illinois nursing home for several months. It was apparent the family needed help, but due to the logistics involved, it seemed an overwhelming and impossible task. Zach Hesselbaum was assigned our case and immediately became our Savior!
After several free consultations over the phone, Zach presented his plan/design via phone conference. With patience and guidance, he walked us through each stage of implementation. He was very efficient, thorough, knowledgeable, confident and responsive. He made a daunting taskâ€¦.seamless. Our plan is ongoing, adaptable and all inclusive. We trust Zach thoroughly and know he is working for us now and in the future.
If you are looking for an aloof, pretentious, â€œlawyer typeâ€, Zach in not your man! Zach is the nicest guy you ever want to meet. He was so easy to work with, personable, down-to-earth, with great social skills. Zach accommodated our needs, by traveling over 60 miles for signatures. He made all of my family, especially my ill Mother-in-law, feel comfortable in the decisions made. Our ongoing questions and concerns are addressed promptly and efficiently.
We have never regretted going forward, with the Law ElderLaw firm. The whole team really impressed us. They were approachable, professional and results oriented. We are blest to have Zach working for our best interests and very appreciative of the results obtained.
Posted by a Elder Law client, Flag
From my initial introduction with Zachary J. Hesselbaum he was knowledgeable and informative When Zach met with my 91 year old mother to sign the Powers of Attorney, he was patient. He explained the documents. He took his time and answered her questions. Ma remarked to my husband and me in the car, after our appointment, that she liked our choice. She said she felt comfortable in Zach's presence and not awkward as she had anticipated.
Zach made himself available. He answered all my questions in a timely fashion. I would call him with a list of questions every few days. Some of my questions were intelligent; others were nonsensical. No matter what I needed to know, Zach would go down my list with me. And, of course, many of his answers only prompted me to ask more questions. However, before we said goodbye, I was given the information I needed to move ahead toward completing: the Medicaid Application, locating a Supportive Living Facility for Ma, protecting most of her assets for her future needs, and dealing with Ma's house that had a Reverse Mortgage.
The turnaround time for telephone calls, documents, papers to be notarized, were quick and timely. Zach directed me at every phase of the process to organize my mother's estate. His professionalism never waivered. Yet, he continually asked about Ma and how I was managing gathering years of documents for Medicaid and residential placement. Zach is calm, smart, positive and exact. He also has a great sense of humor which definitely helped lower my blood pressure.
I found a Supportive Living Facility promptly; Ma was interviewed and put on a waiting list of about four months. The Medicaid Application was moving right along. Gee, this is easier than I thought--with the right attorney!
About two months later, Ma was hospitalized. The doctors and I agreed she would need rehab and Long Term Care. Discouraged, I called Zach who offered support and comfort. Plan A went to Plan B. I forged ahead, found a Rehab LTCF and had Ma taken off the wait list at the SLF. The change to Plan B generated more questions about costs and the filing of the Medicaid Application. And,Zach remained in character: unflappable, kind, supportive, concerned and knowledgeable.
I have worked with lawyers both personally and professionally. Profesionally, my contact has been in the fields of: real estate development, insurance underwriting, and the criminal/juvenile law system. Zach is not just a lawyer. He has heart. He is a whole person. Needless to say, I recommend Zachary J. Hesselbaum to anyone who is looking for an Elder Law attorney! I could not have traversed the complexities of my mother's estate without him.
Posted by Mary, a Elder Law client, Flag
I had to take over my mother's finances in July 2007. Zach and the team of Law ElderLaw made my work extremely easy!
My initial consultation provided me with the basic facts of Medicare and Medicaid. When I left that meeting, my head was spinning. Zach was very patient with me and my numerous phone calls and e-mails. My responsibilities were broken down into manageable portions.
He helped me fill out an application for a VA benefit for my mother. He called on the progress of the application many times and kept me informed as to what he learned. Eventually, he gave me the name of a woman who I called and the claim was done and approved in a matter of days.
I was full of dread when I thought about Medicaid. Zach's organization of all of the needed documentation for the appication made it a very easy task.
Thank-you to Zach and the team at Law ElderLaw.
Posted by Sandra, a Elder Law client, Flag
Zach devised a plan that would help me care for my 91 year old mother, would provide for the needs of my disabled brother, and would protect our family home. In addition he helped me to do estate planning for myself.
Specifially, Zach helped me open a Special Needs Trust for my brother, and a final needs trust that will cover his funeral expenses. And, with great patience, he guided me through the process of compiling documentation for a Medicaid application for my mother. He instilled confidence in me, as we put together the seemingly interminable number of documents needed for the application. He gave me clear, concise answers to my numerous questions. When my energy lagged, he demonstrated great determination that the documentation would be completed, the application filed, and approved without penalty, which it was.
In addition, to assisting me with my mother's immediate medical needs, Zach helped me open a final needs trust for my mother's funeral expenses. As my mother is 92 now, the opening of the trust has given both my brother and I great solace in knowing that in our time of loss and mourning, the expenses will be covered.
Zach also helped me consider my own future, the protection of my assets, and even the protection of my health information with with a Docubank membership.
I recommend Zach wholeheatedly.
Posted by Susan, a Elder Law client, Flag
Zach was very patient and professional. He walked my family through the legal stuff and put it into layman's terms so that we were able to understand and make the correct decisions to help our parents in their time of need. Zach was always able to answer any questions that popped in my head, he made me feel like no question was a dumb question. I felt very comfortable in all of my dealings with him. I would definitely recommend him.
Posted by Frank, a Elder Law client, Flag
I have worked with Zach Hesselbaum on several occasions with regards to my dad's elder care legal needs. In all encounters, Zach was accomodating, available, helpful and professional. He always had time to answer a question. It was nice knowing I had someone in my corner and ready to help when I needed it. It has been a pleasure working with Zach.
Posted by Debbie, a Elder Law client, Flag
He is kind, proactive and honest. I highly recommend this lawyer. I went to some one else prior to him and that really made me appreciate him all the more.
Posted by Carol, a Elder Law client, Flag
Zach was very helpful with p[utting my fathers affairs in order. He explained everything in detail and made sure we understood what was happening. He answered all our questions in person or if I needed to call him, he returned the call promptly and was able to help. I would highly recommend him to anyone needing a lawyer.
Posted by Richard, a Elder Law client, Flag
Mr. Hesselbaum dealt with a difficult situation, stuck with it, handled it correctly, responded to my inquiries in a timely manor, and things ended with a successful outcome.
Posted by Beth, a Elder Law client, Flag
Zach was knowledgeable and hlepful while assistin my mother and me in filing for VA benefits as a widow. He was personable and available for questions and followup information.
Posted by Shawn, a Elder Law client, Flag
Always responded on the same day, very educational, supportive, facilitated results, strong integrity, exceptional, available at our convenience, sincerity inspired our mother's trust at 83 years of age, never implied our questions were foolish or our concerns were silly, strong empathy, never steered us wrong, sought other's expertise on his team when needed, gave us peace of mind throughout.
Posted by Brian, a Elder Law client, Flag
My brother and I used Zach and his firm Elder Law to handle some estate planning needs of my elderly parents. I was referred to the firm from an elder law attorney and friend here in Michigan. We were quoted a flat fee for the work we needed done and had a very tight deadline to get accomplished what we were trying to do. Zach and his para professionals at the firm handled everything in a timely manner including traveling more than 60 miles to my parent's home to get the required signatures. Because of the firm's willingness to travel to my parent's home, my brother (who lives on Guam) and I were able to do everything over the phone. This was a real benefit to me as I would have had to miss two to three days of work if I would have had to travel to Illinois.
If you have a need, give Zach a call. Our initial consultation was at no charge.
Posted by a Elder Law client, Flag
Zach Hesselbaum helped us put my dad's assets in trust and apply for Veteran's assistance after he had brain surgery. It was a difficult time for everybody and his professionalism made things very easy. He arranged everything for us and made the process smooth and successful, but more importantly treated my dad with the extreme kindness and respect that he deserves. I would highly recommend him.
Posted by Jeff, a Elder Law client, Flag
I have worked with Zach over the past year and he has been outstanding in every aspect. Very personable, approachable and always has the answers I am looking for. Very quick responses to emails also. Overall we were very satisfied.
Posted by a Elder Law client, Flag
Zach took over a project and completed it quickly and efficiently. He guided me and was patient with me as I completed tasks necessary or gathered the docmuments he needed. There was a satisfactory outcome to his work from which my mother continues to benefit. He even helped with the first annual update, gratis.