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|Maryland State Bar Annual Convention||Ethical Challenges when Dealing with Clients with Diminished Capacity||2012|
|COMMUNITY SERVICE PROVIDERS POTOMAC MARYLAND||Are you Prepared For Long Term Care||2012|
|Montgomery County Women's Bar Association Museletter||What every WOmen Needs to Know about the Importance of Long Term Planning||2012|
|Winter 2011 District 4 NAWJ newsletter||Judges, Are You Prepared?||2011|
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|Maryland State Annual State Bar Convention||Ethical Challenges When dealing with Clients with Diminished Capacity||2012|
|Elder Law for Estate Planners||The Intersection between Estate Planning and Medicaid Planning||2012|
|Third Annual WomenFest||Live a More Balanced and Fulfilled Life||2011|
|Medicaid: What You Need to Know||Medicaid: What You Need to Know||2011|
|Ethics Continuing Education Seminar||Managing Ethical Challenges with Elder Clients||2011|
|Caring for the Patient with Dementia||Caring for the Patient with Dementia||2011|
|Maryland Animal Law Section||Pet Trusts||2010|
|How to protect your assets from Nursing Home costs||Medicaid Planning||2010|
Posted by Charles
I first contacted Mindy Felinton in March 2008 about preparing an Estate Planning package (Living Trust, Will, Advance Medical Directive, Durable Power of Attorney, etc) for my 93-year-old father, a MD resident. I'd had a brief phone conversation with several lawyers, and I selected Ms. Felinton (acting on behalf of my Dad), for reasons noted below.
My Dad was, at the time, living with me in NY after my Mom's recent passing, and he was relying on my help and judgment. In my initial phone conversation with MD lawyers, as I explained my Dad's situation and his needs, Ms. Felintion was the ONLY attorney who offered condolences to my Dad and me about my Mom's passing BEFORE further discussion of the purpose of my call. Her immediate expression of sympathy communicated a warmth and sensitivity that was clearly lacking in the others.
Importantly, Ms. Felinton also graciously adjusted her schedule to meet with us, since we were trying to Take Care of Business (including driving between NY & MD) around weekends, so that I'd miss less time from my job and my Dad wouldn't miss his scheduled physical therapy sessions. We really appreciated Ms. Felinton's understanding and flexibility in this regard (Other lawyers seemed reluctant to 'bend' their work schedules by even 30 minutes.).
At our meeting in MD, Ms. Felinton quickly established an excellent rapport with my Dad (and with me) ... warmth and congeniality blended with business professionalism and legal expertise. Importantly, Mindy knows how to work very well with a "senior" population. She directed her attention and questions to my Dad, so that she could get to know him and HIS Estate Planning needs and wishes. Although I often asked questions and raised issues or concerns, Mindy always made a point to involve my Dad in the conversation and ascertain HIS wishes. My Dad, after all, was 'The Client' (and he afterwards commented that Mindy made him feel like a VIP!).
Mindy clearly explained the documents she would be preparing, and she detailed the cost of her services, again making sure my Dad understood everything.
At our second meeting, Mindy presented and again explained each document, noting how each contained provisions reflecting my Dad's stated wishes. HOW she "managed" this meeting was important: It wasn't a somber or morose occasion; rather, she emphasized the security and peace-of-mind that estate planning documents provide. The meeting was "upbeat," incorporating warmth and humor. On the drive back to NY, my Dad turned to me and said, "Thanks, kiddo! I'm relieved everything's 'in place' -- and I know I've got a GOOD lawyer!"
The "measure" of a 'good' lawyer ISN'T based solely on the quality of the relationship between a lawyer and his/her client; the better "measure" of a 'good' lawyer is the quality of the work that the lawyer provides. And the OUTSTANDING legal work of Mindy Felinton proved to be invaluable.
In December 2008, my Dad went to Germany with my sisters for a holiday trip. They had a great time, until my Dad developed chest pains on New Year's Day 2009. He was admitted to a hospital in Berlin, diagnosed with pneumonia, and his condition quickly worsened ... He contracted a deadly bacterial infection, went into septic shock, was placed on a respirator, and suffered complete kidney failure (requiring dialysis). After a family consult with doctors, I returned to NY to get my Dad's "important papers" and then returned to Berlin. After my Dad had been 14 days on a respirator and was unresponsive to treatment, we knew there was no hope of his recovery or his return to any semblance of normalcy, and we were faced with The Decision.
It wasn't easy, especially dealing with the medical system (and laws) of a foreign country ... TRAVELLERS, BEWARE: All the "rules" change if you're outside the USA. The hospital wouldn't accept the Health Care Proxy my Dad had executed in NY in 2007, saying it was "broad, not specific."
Fortunately (for my Dad and we kids), the hospital COULDN'T refuse to accept and acknowledge t
Posted by Carol
My husband and I sought out Ms. Felinton's services to help us with our estate planning...she did an excellent job. She also assisted in forming a Limited Liability Corporation for my husband's family and again did an excellent job. I would highly recommend her.
Michele Procino-Wells, Estate planning Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
Mindy is a knowledgeable, compassionate lawyer who gives her all to her clients. She is a true advocate for her clients and is passionate about the practice of law. I hope to refer many Maryland clients to her!
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