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Martha is the Founder of Geisler Patterson Law, she has over 30 years’ experience in the law.  She was a winning litigator as a Deputy City Attorney.  She decided she wanted more in life than winning trials, and gravitated to Elder Law because she knew she could make a difference in people’s lives while helping people with Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Parkinson’s, those who have had strokes, and people living with disabilities.


Martha has spent thousands of hours becoming an expert.  There are only a few attorneys in the State of California who have Certification from the National Elder Law Foundation.  The Certification requires both experience extensive knowledge, and recommendations Martha knows the rules related to both Medi-Cal and Veteran’s Benefits. She has helped hundreds of clients obtain Medi-Cal and/or Veteran’s Benefits to pay for care. 


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Practice areas


  1. Elder Law: 70%
  2. Estate Planning: 30%
    27 years



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Geisler Patterson Law

2600 W. Olive Avenue 5th Fl
Burbank, CA, 91510

Geisler Patterson Law Firm

500 N. State College Blvd., Suite 1100
Orange, CA, 92868



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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Certified as an Elder Law AttorneyNational Elder Law Foundation2009
Accredited AttorneyVeterans Administration2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyGeisler Patterson Law Firm2009 - Present
AttorneyLaw Offices of Martha Jo Patterson1992 - 2009
AttorneyMarkman, Arczynski, Hansen, & King1984 - 2003
Association namePosition nameDuration
Veteran's Advocates Group of AmericaN/A2010 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationN/A2007 - Present
San Fernando Valley Bar AssociationN/A2001 - Present
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysN/A1993 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaN/A1983 - Present
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (Southern California chapter)President2011 - 2012
Southern California Council of Elder Law AttorneysPresident2009 - 2011
Southern California Chapter of NAELAVice President2008 - 2009
San Fernando Valley Estate Planning CouncilBoard Member2006 - 2012
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Conservatorship of Casey KasemClient Appointed
Conservatorship of Casey KasemClient Appointed
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Publication nameTitleDate
RC PressNursing Home Dilemma2013
RC PresWhat If2013
Geilser Patterson LawDon't Go Broke in a Nursing Home2012
GPLFConsumer's Guide to Medi-Cal and Veteran's Benefits2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
California State University, FullertonN/AOther - BachelorsN/A
Western State University, San DiegoN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Elder Law and Medicaid PlanningSpecial Needs Trusts: Creation, Taxation, Administration2015
Elder Law and Medicaid PlanningLong Term Care Planning: Cost and Funding Options2015
Financial LiteracyPowers of Attorney2014
Lunch Network and LearnChanges in Healthcare under the Affordable Care Act2012
Lunch Network and LearnNew Law Affecting Veterans2012
Parkinson's AssociationAsk the Lawyer2011
Parkinson's AssociationVA Aid and Attendance2011
Medi-Cal UpdateMedi-Cal and Medicare2011
Medi-Cal UpdateMedi-Cal Update2011
Lunch Network and LearnWho Pays For Care?2011
San Fernando Valley Estate Planning CouncilMedi-Cal Asset Protection Trusts2010
Lunch Network and LearnAvoiding Conservatorships2010
Caregiver Support GroupVeteran's Benefits2010
Orange County Bar AssociationFighting for the right to withdraw nutrition and hydration in the Casey Kasem caseN/A
Garden's at Park BalboaAdvance Healthcare DirectivesN/A