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Janis Ann Carney

Elder law Attorney at Saratoga, CA

5.0   7 reviews

About Janis

Learn Janis’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Elder law
    50%
    My Elder Law practice focuses on promoting Quality of Life and Quality of Care for my chronically ill elderly or disabled clients. The firm employees a Care Coordinator who works with me on our Life Care planning team. We also offer pre-need long-term care planning for clients to protect assets ahead of a chronic illness and are happy to plan for VA benefits and Medi-Cal eligibility where needed. We plan for incapacity with AHCDs and DPAs and do conservatorships when clients failed to plan.

  2. Estate planning
    20%
    California is a very "trust friendly" state. My practice handles all asspects of estate planning and offers a unique "retainer program" to add our clients in keeping their estate plans up to date.

  3. Trusts
    20%
    Living trusts are a basic part of most estate planning in California. In addition, I prepare many irrevocable trusts as a part of long-term care pre-planning, Life-Care Planning, VA planning and Medi-Cal planning in my elder law practice, including a "House Trust", a "Protector Trust" and both first and third party "Special Needs Trusts".

  4. Probate
    10%
    When a probate is needed, or desirable, in a case, I and my partners handle all aspects of such proceedings.

I have been a member of Rotary International, serving in two Rotary Clubs, since 1993 and am committed to the ideals of Rotary, especially "Service Above Self".

 

My husband Tom and I enjoy hiking the beautiful mountains trails all around the San Francisco Bay Area and the Lake Tahoe basin.  We have taken two amazing hiking vacations in the past: one was the 50 mile High Sierra camps loop trail and the other was the 33 mile Milford Trek in New Zealand.  This spring we will take off to hike the high altitude lodge trail to Machu Picchu in Peru.

 

 

Licensed for 32 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1990
Updated 09/15/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Janis

Carney Elder Law
19100 Cox Avenue.
Suite A
Saratoga, CA, 95070

Reviews

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Posted by Michael | October 19, 2018
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Janis A. Carney to the rescue
I was really in a rough situation with my Uncle. Unfortunately, he was quickly passing away and only had a few days to live. I called an attorney that the hospital case managers suggested in order to set up a trust. That attorney was not in. I asked the hospital case mgr for the name of another attorney and they gave me Janis A. Carney. Janis was in and took my call. I explained the situation to Janis over the phone. She told me she would be at my Uncles bedside with us in an hour. In approx one hour from hanging up the phone Janis came into the hospital room at Kaiser Permanente introduced herself to all family that was present and told us all to leave the room and come back in an hour. We did just that and 75 minutes later the doors to my Uncles room opened. Janis told us she had what she needed and told us she’d be back in a few hours for my Uncle to sign trust documents. She was back in a few hours and my Uncle did sign the documents. Because of Janis doing this, most of his assets will go where he wanted it to go and will not end up in probate or with people my Uncle didn’t want to have it. This gave him peace of mind and made his last 3 days with us much more bearable. We can’t thank Janis enough for making his last hours worry free. Our case is still ongoing after almost 14 months and will go on for another few months before it’s finished due to complications with other family members. However, we are confident with Janis’s help we will overcome these last hurdles and completely settle my Uncles trust as he wanted.
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Posted by Jane | August 28, 2018
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Caring and Helpfully
Janis was my Mothers attorney for many years and was always helpful in her advice and timely in meeting Mother's legal needs. Her caring, compassion and kindness were greatly appreciated.
Posted by anonymous | August 1, 2018
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Long Term Care Planning & Protection of Assets
Janis was referred to us by another attorney because she specializes in financial planning for long term care and establishing trusts to provide for future generations. My husband was diagnosed with dementia, and I was concerned and confused about long term care facilities and having the assets to provide for his care. Janis guided us through the process, step by step, explaining the laws related to MediCARE and MediCAL; the resources available; and how to best provide for our financial needs as we age. My family and I feel that we are in good hands. Not only does Janis have the expertise, but she has been very kind, empathetic, and supportive throughout this difficult journey. We give her the highest recommendation.
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Posted by Peggy | July 19, 2018
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Henry Chavez Trust
Thank you for re-arranging the trust and offering multiple options that could meet our families long term goals.
Posted by Richard | June 15, 2018
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Thorough and Responsive Estate Planning
We started working with Janis Carney after attending her estate planning presentation. In our initial interview, she clearly explained the process and milestones to create our estate plan, along with her pricing. Her pricing and billing are transparent and we always understand what we are paying for at each step. Janis and her associates worked patiently with us to understand our requirements and incorporate those into the plan. Several times they were able to suggest options that brought our plan closer to satisfying what we really wanted, rather than what we thought we wanted at the outset. In the end, we were satisfied that the plan met our needs. Now when we see articles about estate planning in the news and online, we find that issues in the articles that apply to our situation have already been addressed in our estate plan. That gives us great confidence in the quality of the estate plan they created for us. We are happy she has an ongoing service to address changes in the tax and legal environment and changes in our needs. She and her team took our concerns seriously, whether about the plan or process. They always responded quickly and thoughtfully to our calls and emails. Janis addressed our questions about document and data security honestly and completely. Not only is their practice serious about security, but they continue to improve, adding a data portal for secure messaging and document sharing. We would not hesitate to recommend Janis and her team. They are professional, patient, complete and dedicated to quality.
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Posted by Spencer | April 18, 2011
Elder Law / VA benefit specialist
Janis Carney successfully assisted my father in elder planning with specific preparations to file for VA benefits. Ms. Carney is very knowledgeable and highly trained in this sub-specialty of elder law. In fact she is certified to practice before the VA, a somewhat exclusive designation. I found Ms. Carney extremely fair, generous with her time and, most importantly, effective in her work. My father is enjoying a more financially secure retirement thanks to the Carney, Sugai & Sudweeks firm. I have worked with many lawyers in my professional career, and I recommend Carney, Sugai & Sudweeks unreservedly
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Posted by Jane | February 1, 2011
Caring and Knowledgeable
Janis Carney was hired to help with my aunt. My favorite aunt had Alzheimer's and was placed in a care center by her step-son, someone she had never liked or trusted. I live in Kansas, my mother (younger sister of my aunt) in New Mexico, and we were unable to get any information about my aunt's care, medical condition or finances. It took several years to get everything taken care of, but Janis Carney's knowledge, determination and caring demeanor eventually got a conservatorship set up for my aunt - both for medical and finances. Janis, and her connections in the community, allowed us to care for my aunt at a distance. My Mom and I are most grateful for having had Janis Carney on our side and highly recommend her as an attorney and as a caring individual.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Carney Elder Law
  • 2014 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Carney, Sugai & Sudweeks LLP
  • 2010 - 2014
  • Attorney
  • Carney & Sugai, LLP
  • 2005 - 2009
  • Attorney
  • Carney Law Firm
  • 1993 - 2004
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Education

  • Santa Clara University School of Law
  • 1990
  • California State University, San Jose State University
  • 1976

Associations

  • Women's Long-Term Care Project
  • Professional Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Silicon Valley Bar Association, Trusts and Estates Section
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • member
  • 1994 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • Silicon Valley Bar Association
  • President
  • 2009 - 2009
  • Silicon Valley Bar Association
  • Founding member of board of trustees
  • 2001 - 2001
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (Northern California chapter)
  • Board Member
  • 1995 - 2012
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • Member of the Estate and Trusts section
  • 1991 - 2000
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Northern California Super Lawyer - Elder Law
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Northern California Super Lawyer - Elder Law
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Northern California Super Lawyer - Elder Law
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Northern California Super Lawyer - Elder Law
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Northern California Super Lawyer - Elder Law
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Accredited Attorney
  • Veteran's Administration
  • 2009
  • Northern California Super Lawyer - Elder Law
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Super Lawyer -Elder Law
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2008
  • Super Lawyer - Elder Law
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2007
  • Super Lawyer - Elder Law
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2006
  • Certified Elder Law Attorney
  • National Elder Law Foundation
  • 2005
  • AV Preeminent rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell.
  • 2005
  • Super Lawyer
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2004
  • Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law
  • State Bar of California
  • 1995
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Publications

  • Advantage Group Media Publishing
  • Co-Author of Book: Protect Your Family! Don't Write a Blank Check to the Nur$ing Home
  • 2012
  • CANHR Legal Network News
  • Veterans Pensions vs. SSI and Medi-Cal Similarities, Differences, and Interaction
  • 2010

Speaking Engagements

  • February meeting of the California Society of CPAs Estates & Trusts Committee
  • The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, The Good The Bad and The Ugly
  • 2014
  • Belmont Village Assisted Living Facility
  • An Overview of Elder Law Matters
  • 2011
  • Sandwich seminar for the Silicon Valley Bar Association
  • Veteran's Benefits
  • 2010
  • Professional Fiduciary Association of Calif fall conference
  • Veteran's Benefits
  • 2010
  • Medi-Cal basics for the Silicon Valley Bar Association
  • Medi-Cal
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (5)
Elder law Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend and endorse Attorney Janis Carney in elder law matters. Janis is an extremely smart, talented, and caring attorney who truly cares about her clients' best interests and is a zealous advocate on behalf of her clients. I have absolutely no reservations in recommending anyone to her who needs California-based elder law or special needs legal representation."
Elder law Attorney | Nov 18
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Janis and I have known each other for close to three years. We work together in a leading lawyers group, and I always look forward to hearing her at our meetings. Aside from being knowledgable in elder law, she has an intuitive sense of how to communicate with people, a very patient way of listening, and goes above and beyond when it comes to both serving her clients and advising her colleagues."
Elder law Attorney | Sep 13
Relationship: Other
"Janis is a superb attorney. She has the great ability to analyze a situation and make thoughtful, caring and compassionate reccomendations. She is a contributer in her community and often has the solutions that other attorneys and community organizations seek. I highly recommend her."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I have worked for Janis and have an extremely high opinion of her. She has more than 15 years of experience in estate planning and elder law and often is contacted by other attorneys as a resource for elder law issues, VA issues and medi-cal questions. Janis has a great ability to connect with her clients. She often spends 2 hours explaining legal principals to her clients and takes great strides to make sure that her clients are comfortable with the information she has provided and explained. I strongly recommend Janis to prospective clients as well as other attorneys looking for a resource."
Elder law Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Janis Carney is an excellent lawyer who knows her area of practice in great detail. In addition to being very knowledgeable, she has a very practical approach that avoids the "cookie cutter" solutions so many attorneys in this area of law provide. I strongly endorse Janis Carney as someone that can be relied upon to do a great job for your clients."

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Saratoga Elder law Lawyer Janis Ann Carney
Janis Ann Carney
Elder law Attorney
Saratoga, CA
Licensed for 32 years