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Robert S Bullock

Estate planning Attorney at Washington, DC

4.9   154 reviews

Licensed for 50 years

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Robert S. Bullock, Esq., CELA, CAP is the principal of the Elder & Disability Law Center and is licensed to practice in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. His practice focuses in the areas of Medicaid planning and eligibility, public benefits, Life Care Planning and Management, guardianships, conservatorships, disability planning, supplemental needs trusts, estate planning and general legal issue of competency, insurance coverage, Medicare and Elder Law issues.  

He is recognized as a Certified Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation (CELA) is a member of the Counsel of Advanced Planners (CAP), Chairperson of the District of Columbia Senior Resource Group (DCSRG) and a former Director of Shared Horizons, the Vimer Pooled Trust in the District of Columbia. He recently completed his term as a Commissioner on the Virginia Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Commission. Previously he served as Chairperson of the Special Education Advisory Committee to the Alexandria, Virginia School Board for two terms and as a member of the Governor's Advisory Committee on Special Education for the Commonwealth of Virginia.

In 2004, 2006, 2009 and 2011 he was recognized as one of the top Elder Law attorneys in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area by the Washingtonian. He received the Education and Leadership Award from the Association of Retarded Citizens - Riggs Bank.  Mr. Bullock is qualified to serve as a guardian ad litem in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. In 2007, he served on the Estates, Trusts and Probate Committee of the District of Columbia Bar and was recognized by that Committee for, “his extraordinary contribution and dedicated leadership in the field of Elder Law.”  He also was recognized by the United States Department of Agriculture for his expertise in the field of Elder Law.  

Mr. Bullock is an honors graduate of Lafayette College, and received his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.  He is the only Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) practicing fulltime in the District of Columbia.

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Licensed for 50 years
State MD
Status Active
Acquired 2007
Updated 07/12/2022
State VA
Status Authorized to Practice Law
Acquired 1976
Updated 10/01/2022
State DC
Status Good Standing
Acquired 1972
Updated 06/08/2022

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The Elder & Disability Law Center
1020 19th Street NW
Suite 510
Washington, DC, 20036
The Elder & Disability Law Center - Tyson’s Corner
8300 Boone Blvd
Suite 500
Vienna, VA, 22182
The Elder & Disability Law Center - Bethesda
7316 Wisconsin Ave
Suite 200
Bethesda, MD, 20814
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4.9 / 5.0
  154 customer reviews
Posted by Peggy | November 16, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
compassionate, knowledgeable attorney
Robert’s wealth of knowledge in his field and his compassion helped guide me through the process of long term care planning for my family. He is a true advocate for his clients and the services he provided went beyond my expectations. I would not hesitate to refer my friends to Robert.
Posted by Laura | August 5, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Passionate Advocacy
We are in the midst of trying to place our mother with Alzheimer's in a facility in the DC metro area. In our consult Robert asked me and my sibling all the questions about our case which were necessary to help us understand both the big picture and the precise details needed to formulate a game plan. He followed up several times with us to make sure we had the information we needed to move forward, and gave advice on other people we might add to our team to help us find the right place. He's a straight shooter, and clearly knows the elder landscape inside and out. He was knowledgeable and sharp, and gave us great advice on our next steps. Clearly he's a passionate advocate, and I would happily recommend him to others.
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Posted by Carla | November 22, 2022
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Robert Bullock is the best!
I consulted with Robert Bullock today and he is absolutely Amazing. He understood exactly what my needs, answered all questions before I asked, and knew how to help me get to the root of my complex challenge with addressing my elderly parent's needs. I'm so thankful for his practical advice and he has a great personality.
Posted by Gary | November 10, 2022
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Client
Robert Bullock assisted me in two areas--the protection of my real estate assets and getting professional care for my 90-year-old mother. Specifically, Robert arranged for a professional eldercare specialist to conduct and onsite evaluation and interview with my mother and her primary caregiver. With regard to my real estate properties, after getting a clear understanding of my assets and liabilities, he was able to recommend additional attorneys with expertise in this area of the law. Robert took the time to extract the information that he needed from me to make the best recommendations possible.
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Posted by John | July 14, 2022
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| Consulted Attorney
Outstanding first impression
Mr. Bullock was recommended to me for estate planning by another very respected attorney. I spoke with Mr. Bullock over the telephone yesterday afternoon. The conversation served as an introduction to his law firm and his estate planning philosophy in furtherance of our preparation for our initial consultation. I was very impressed with Mr. Bullock’s knowledge, experience and especially with his sense of humor, candor, and extremely high energy level. I was surprised by how much time Mr. Bullock dedicated to this first interaction. My wife and I are looking forward to working with Mr. Bullock and his firm.
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Posted by anonymous | July 11, 2022
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Insightful and generous with his time
Robert Bullock spoke with me for 1.5 hours and reviewed legal documents in an effort to understand our legal situation. It was very helpful to have his insight and I know he will be a fierce advocate should we decide to hire him. He is passionate about his work.
Posted by Andrea | May 17, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
WOW!!!
Robert Bullock was referred to me regarding an issue with my elderly mother's care at an assisted living facility. His assistance and guidance were invaluable, and I was so impressed that he spoke to me at length, and didn't refer me to a subordinate for our first discussion. Robert is certainly a strong personality, and some may find him too honest and direct but I found him to be a breath of fresh air! His credentials are very impressive, however once you speak with him, you will see the full scope of his experience, intelligence and focus.
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Posted by anonymous | April 7, 2022
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Excellent Consult
Mr, Bullock is a highly regarded attorney, and he gave me an insightful consult today on a question I had regarding planning issues.
Posted by Joe | March 24, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent service
Consulted with Mr. Bullock regarding mental health issues for a family member, including guardianship. He did some research on my particular circumstances. Since he knew i was anxious, he called me back on the evening from his home. Very knowledgeable, very helpful. Seemed like he really cared about the situation I was going through. I would recommend Mr. Bullock and his firm to anyone.
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Posted by anonymous | March 15, 2022
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Thank you, Robert.
I am so grateful to know Robert and trust that he will provide me straightforward, honest advice. Thank you.
Posted by Jeannette | February 11, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend Robert Bullock & EDLC!
I was so relieved to find Robert Bullock who helped me resolve a lot of moving parts related to my brother’s challenging situation. Robert answered my many questions about disability eligibility, social security, trust management, Medicaid, and housing. He worked with me on a plan to get my brother established in a better situation and guided me through hurdles along the way. He established a Power of Attorney so that I could effectively support my brother and referred me to needed professional resources (real estate agent, care manager, and tax accountant). I continue to seek Robert’s and his staff’s guidance now three years later – on issues such as developments in medical insurance coverage. Robert has been a passionate advocate, with a wealth of experience and knowledge that I and my brother have truly benefited from. I so appreciate his responsiveness and the generous time he has spent with me. I have worked closely as well with Robert’s staff, and so appreciate their expertise, care and support over these years. I highly recommend Robert Bullock & EDLC.
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Posted by Jeff | November 2, 2021
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Expert elder law fiduciary for decades: it shows today in both legal and personal ways.
My family heartily recommends Attorney Bullock. After conducting extensive research on prospective attorneys, we then hired him and promptly got a first meeting (and then others in a timely manner as we requested) resulting in concrete insights. We saved time, energy, worry, false starts, a legal-translations-dictionary purchase, and funds – regarding complex, intertwined elder law/estate issues, which he decoded for us. His legal savviness, high-energy commitment, sincere interest and listening skills, and ability to think both strategically and tactically – all while speaking “layperson’s English,” interjecting appreciated levity, and providing step-by-step facts-based counsel – translated into a sterling value at any price. Really, Mr. Bullock's tab was extraordinarily fair, and further he generously offered sidebar time and his cell phone number for follow-up advice … into the evening. He constantly sought to provide the most direct, results-driven, and affordable path for our family, and along with his whole team was 100% professional, pleasant, responsive, interactive, dedicated, impactful, and driven. We suggest Attorney Bullock be put on folks’ short list of candidates when seeking a must-succeed legal counselor. Such a high percentage of five-star-ratings likely exists for important reasons like ours.
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Posted by Jasper | October 20, 2021
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Stop looking. He’s your guy.
If you are looking for a lawyer who is passionate, thorough, no bs, all while having a fantastic sense of humor… look no further. He’s your guy. He saved me tons of money but cutting right to the chase and told me what I needed to hear and not what I wanted to hear. Thank you, Mr. Bullock, you truly are a class act.
Posted by anonymous | October 19, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
My Guardian Angel
I'm trying to get my Mom in a faculty for long care she has dementia. I call Mr. Bullock office and left a message someone got back with me the same day. He called me I explain that I needed to get power of attorney he is very knowledgeable and knew just what to say, he gave me some good advice told me what to do and how to get my problem sobbed. I would be very happy to to recommend him to everyone. He really bless me I can sleep good tonight.
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Posted by Robin | October 15, 2021
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Straight forward, and extremely knowledgeable
I have known and worked with Robert and his law firm, the Elder and Disability Law Center for more than 10 years. When I first started with him, he provided a business counsel, involving contracts, finance, ownership agreements and business formation. When he started to focus in the area of Elder Law, I continued to consult with him with regard to the care of my mother and more particularly her eligibility for long-term care Medicaid. His services, as well as those provided by his staff has been nothing short of excellent. He has solid knowledge in many areas of the law, and always provided competent and timely advice, and, he does not waste time. Robert is direct, gets right to the point, and he delivers it all with a sense of humor, and responds regardless of the time of day and even on weekends. He is a trusted counsel, and has remained loyal and committed to assure my personal affairs, my mother's long-term care and Medicaid eligibility are actively maintained. He knows how to get the job done.
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Posted by Jeff | October 5, 2021
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Very helpful
Mr. Bullock was recommended to me by my former attorney (now doing different law) for help updating my will and trust, as I had some significant changes to my personal situation. Mr. Bullock took the time to listen to my situation and then gave me several helpful, immediate suggestions I could use now, as well as some suggestions for the long term. I really appreciated that he used plain language to discuss the options and legal situations. I would highly recommend Mr. Bullock for help understanding and unravelling eldercare-related wills and trusts (and reading the other reviews on here, many other things as well).
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Posted by LaVerne | September 8, 2021
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Fantastic
This attorney is the best Inheritance lawyer in the DMV. He answered all of my questions. Gave me good sound advice (For free). He spoke to me in layman's terms.
Posted by Lateya | August 5, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
What great personality and wealth of information!!!!!
I called Mr. Bullock to get guidance on How to handle my grandparents’ estate as it relates to their Medicare eligibility. Mr. Bullock went above and beyond to ensure I understood the situation at hand and presented viable options. We were on the phone for over an hour as he took the time to really hear my concerns and understand the intended goal. Bullock was direct and straight forward as he gave informative and sound advice. He didn’t only speak from the perspective that would be beneficial to him but often times made suggestions that could mean me seeking counsel elsewhere. After we ended the call he even called back to offer more information and ways to save time and money by doing my own research. After speaking to Bullock I feel confident on my next steps.
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Posted by Alexander | June 7, 2021
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Expert in Elder Care
Robert guided me through one of the most painful experiences of my life - the decline and loss of my father. Robert's advocacy was crucial in helping to ensure my father got the care he desperately needed, and Robert's guidance helped me navigate the unique legal challenges related to my father's circumstances. I'm immensely thankful to have had Robert's help during such an incredibly difficult time, and I can't recommend him enough.
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Posted by DrJerry | June 4, 2021
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| Consulted Attorney
Very knowledgeable and personable
Had a brief consultation with Bullock about general questions pertaining to elder law and estate matters. I found him to be extremely knowledgeable, consistent with my prior awareness of him as one of the pioneers in a specialty that has come to be known as elder law. That he has a great sense of humor made the discussion all the easier, even enjoyable.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • The Elder & Disability Law Center
  • 2000 - Present

Education

  • University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1971
  • Lafayette College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1968

Associations

  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Member
  • N/A
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Top Lawyers in Washington in Elder Law
  • The Washingtonian
  • 2013
  • Top Lawyers in Washington in Elder Law
  • The Washingtonian
  • 2011
  • Top Lawyers in Washington in Elder Law
  • The Washingtonian
  • 2009
  • Certificate of Appreciation in Planning for the Future
  • United States Department of Agriculture
  • 2009
  • Extraordinary Contribution and Dedicated Leadership
  • The Estates, Trusts and Probate Law Section of the District of Columbia Bar
  • 2008
  • Top Lawyers in Washington in Elder Law
  • The Washingtonian
  • 2007
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Attorney endorsements

Received (35)
Given (3)
Elder law Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I consider Robert to be a mentor and a friend. His years of experience make him an Elder Law maven, and his dedication to client service makes him an unparalleled advocate."
Guardianship Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Robert is a pioneer in the elder law community who is generous with his time and in sharing his expertise with colleagues. I had occasion to seek Robert's counsel in a contested guardianship matter and his advice was spot-on."
Medicaid and medicare Attorney | Oct 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Robert's knowledge, experience, and expertise were invaluable when I had a series of difficult issues I needed help resolving. I endorse him."
Elder law Attorney | Jul 27
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Elder law Attorney | Jul 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Robert for over 35 years and have worked with him on a number of legal matters. Robert is a leader in the Elder Law community, possessing a wealth of knowledge in probate, estate planning and, of course, Elder Law. I have referred and will continue to refer clients to Robert, confident that they will be in good hands."
Elder law Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Atty. Bullock as I have referred clients to him who have been very satisfied with his counseling and representation. He clearly knows the law and can apply it well to various difficult situations, thus attending to quality representation of clients."
Estate planning Attorney | May 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Robert Bullock has gone above and beyond, in providing expertise and legal advice on estate, medical, disability, and other related issues. He has been an excellent resource and generous, and I highly recommend him."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I was seeking counsel for a client who has holdings in his practice area. Attorney Bullock was immediately responsive, grasped the complexity of the situation we were facting and provide astute, legally sound solutions. I endorse Robert Bullock. My client is very pleased as am I."
Guardianship Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Other
"Robert was recommended to me when I needed counsel on a personal matter as someone who could be ferocious when necessary and knew about guardianship. He was all that. His advice was absolutely correct. He was generous with his time and caring about my family member. I highly recommend Robert if you are in a tough situation and need someone in your corner who knows the law and has experience dealing with difficult situations."
Elder law Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I had a client in TX that needed counsel in VA for matters related to his aging parent. Mr. Bullock was extremely knowledgeable, helpful, and I was very confident in referring my client to him."
Elder law Attorney | Dec 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Bullock is very knowledgeable, experienced and resourceful in elder and disability law matters. Moreover, he is a pleasure to work with."
Elder law Attorney | Nov 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Bullock is very knowledgeable, experienced, and a zealous advocate for his clients. He is often requested as a speaker as he is a wealth of information in the areas of probate, estate planning, special needs planning, and elder law."
Elder law Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Robert is a highly experienced, resourceful, and relentless advocate for his clients, particularly, his elderly and special needs clients. And Robert is a leader among the Elder Law attorney community generously giving of his time and talent to further this important area of legal practice."
Elder law Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Bullock is a zealous advocate who focuses on accomplishing his client's desires."
Elder law Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Robert for over 30 years and have worked with him as a fellow attorney on cases. I highly recommend him as the expert in the field of Elder Law. He is not only a subject matter expert but he has a wealth of experience in this most specialized of legal fields. He is talented and industrious."
Elder law Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Robert Bullock is the undisputed Master of ElderCare Law. Having worked with Robert Bullock as a fellow attorney, I applaud his unrivaled knowledge of Eldercare Law including all of its diverse legal issues. However, Robert Bullock also understands the personal struggles families and elderly individuals endure in facing difficult decisions. He knows what he's doing and he cares about what he does! A decade ago, I recommended Robert Bullock to my mother for her elderlaw planning issues."
Guardianship Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Elder law Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I routinely refer clients to Robert Bullock. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience and is well-respected by his colleagues. Robert is a true professional and a recognized leader in elder law. He is thoughtful, thorough, conscientious and a great advocate for his clients. There are few lawyers who consistently get results the way Robert can."
Elder law Attorney | Jan 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Elder law Attorney | Dec 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Robert Bullock without reservation. Having referred many of my clients to him over the years I can say without equivocation that he is a top notch elder attorney. My clients have been well served by him and I find his expertise unmatched in the elderlaw community. Having spoken with him over issues facing my clients I find him to have an encyclopedic knowledge of the law along with a compassionate and caring spirit. Anyone would be well served by retaining Robert to handle any Elderlaw, Estate Planning or Lifecare planning issue."
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Washington Estate planning Lawyer Robert S Bullock
Robert S Bullock
Estate planning Attorney
Washington, DC
Licensed for 50 years