Karen is a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA), the certification specialty awarded... more
Karen is a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA), the certification specialty awarded by the National Elder Law Foundation (NELF). She is a VA accredited attorney for veteran benefit claims before the Department of Veterans Affairs. Karen is a member of the Allegheny County Elder Law Committee, the Elder Law Section and the Probate, Trust and Real Property Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Associat... view profile
In addition to his legal practice, Michael J. Hanson is Managing Director of IKOR of... more
In addition to his legal practice, Michael J. Hanson is Managing Director of IKOR of Western Pennsylvania. IKOR provides professional medical advocacy and guardianship services for seniors, the disabled, and for children with special needs and their families. Mr. Hanson has worked in the claims division of three major insurance companies throughout Pennsylvania in multiple jurisdictions and ven... view profile
Attorney Kim A. Bodnar is licensed to practice in both Pennsylvania and the state of... more
Attorney Kim A. Bodnar is licensed to practice in both Pennsylvania and the state of Florida. Attorney Kim A. Bodnar currently operates a full service law firm to serve the residents of Western Pennsylvania Attorney Bodnar currently actively practices in Allegheny, Westmoreland, Washington, Beaver, Somerset, and McKean County courts, as well as in the federal courts. Attorney Kim A. Bodnar co... view profile
A power of attorney is a document you sign to give someone else the right to make legal decisions for you. Unlike a guardianship, you determine the decision makers' authority by the language used in the power of attorney form; you can limit it to health matters, financial issues, or any combination of powers that suits your needs. For example, if you are having heart surgery, you might consider appointing a family member with power of attorney over your health care, in case decisions need to be made and you aren't able to make them. Lawyers with expertise drafting power of attorney forms make sure the decision-making authority you are giving someone matches what you have in mind.