BY LEL’s Rick Law. Diana Law, and Rick Law are partners at the multi-generational law firm of Law Elder Law in Aurora, IL. The Estate, Asset and Retirement Tax law firm at Law Elder Law serve pre-retirees, retirees, seniors and their families. LEL’s own Attorney Diana Law has once again been selected as a Leading Lawyer and was featured in the Network’s magazine. In 2009, Diana was first selected as a leading lawyer, and both her and her father – elder and estate planning attorney Rick Law – have received this honor several years in a row. Diana plays an integral role within the Law Elder Law, focusing on the elder law niche, including litigation due to financial abuse of an elder, guardianship, and estate administration. She is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, and has won a number of awards, including the Kane County Bar Association’s Outstanding New Lawyer Award in 2007. In 2011, She became the youngest ever president of the Kane county Bar Association, and has also served as second vice-president of the KCBA’s Executive Board of Managers, in addition to being involved in several bar committees. Diana and the rest of the Law Elder Law team make it their goal to meet not only the legal needs of clients, but to address their worries, pain, and conflict caused by the burden of long-term care needs. Law Elder Law touches clients where they are hurting and provides wise and experienced counsel. Clients need guidance through difficult family situations and to understand complicated public benefits. The legal team communicates with clients in a hands-on and understandable way. The goal is to provide clarity and direction in getting through the byzantine and often adversarial Medicaid, VA benefits, and long-term health care systems, advocating to make sure that clients are aware of the many community resources that are available. At Law Elder Law, a key goal is to help clients age-in-place with dignity, safety, and peace of mind. Our clients’ goal is to never be out of money and quality health care options — and the firm works to help them achieve that goal. Too many families needlessly lose everything they have. Don’t let that be you. If you need help building a fortress around your estate to protect it from creditors, predators, and the cost of chronic disease, give our office a call at 800-310-3100. Your first consultation is absolutely free. We’ll let you know what steps you need to take, right now, to protect yourself and your family. Call now, because when you’re out of money, you’re out of options! Sincerely, Rick L. Law, Attorney, Estate Planner for Retirees. Rick was named the #1 Illinois elder law estate planning attorney by Leading Lawyer Magazine. He has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, AARP Magazine, TheStreet.com, and numerous newspapers and articles. Rick is the lead attorney for Law Elder Law, LLP, focusing in Estate Planning, Guardianship, and Nursing Home Solutions. His goal is to give retirees an informed edge when it comes to dealing with an uncertain future. Get flexible retirement strategies that work during good times and bad, plus information on how you can save your home and assets from being used to pay for long term care. Call 800-310-3100 for your free consultation now!
- Ranked #1 in Top 10 Elder Law Lawyers
- Ranked #7 in Top 10 Elder Law Lawyers
Based on Illinois Lawyer’s votes, Leading Lawyer Magazine Fall/Winter Edition announced:
The Top Ten Elder Law Attorneys
1. Rick L. Law
2. Diana M. Law
We are grateful for our colleagues and we deeply appreciate the professional recognition.
We congratulate the other members of the Top Ten List: 3. Kerry R. Peck, Peck Bloom LLC 4. D. Rebecca Mitchell 5. Eve C. Epstein, Epstein and Epstein 6. Kenneth M. Bloom, Peck Bloom LLC 7. Mark B. Epstein, Epstein and Epstein 8. Janna S. Dutton, Dutton & Casey PC 9. Joseph T. Monahan, Monahan & Cohen 10. Howard Samuel Berk, IL Disability Association & IL Disability Pooled Trust
Other 2011 NIU alumni award recipients were: Mark D. Gilwit, Esquire, Alumnus of the Year; Honorable Renee L. Robinson (posthumously), Outstanding Service Award; Honorable Ronald G. Matekaitis, Distinguished Service Award; Mrs. Betty DeGunther, Honorary Law Alumna Award; Chief Justice Thomas L. Kilbridge, Public Service Award; and Rachel Hernandez Hoag, Esquire, Mentor of the Year Award. For more information on the recipients and their awards, click here.When the kids are growing up, you always worry about how they’re going to turn out. While I always worried about my daughter Diana, she has far exceeded all of my hopes for her. She has become a great law partner, outstanding attorney, and an excellent wife and mother. I could not be more proud of her. The Northern Illinois University College of Law Alumni Council recently recognized Diana as the 2011 Young Alumna of the Year. The Alumni Council stated, “Her practice focuses on serving seniors and those who love them…Most often, Diana’s cients are burdened by a long term care crisis. With passion and purpose, she serves the frail, elderly, children with disabilities, and disabled adults.” The Alumni Council also recognized that Diana is the president of the 1,345 member Kane County Bar Association, and that the Illinois State Bar Association named her Young Lawyer of the Year for 2010. She was selected to be a “Super Lawyer Rising Star,” and Leading Lawyers Network selected her as a top elder law attorney for 2010-2011. Along with renowned Chicago attorney Kerry Peck (of the Peck Bloom Law Firm), Diana is the co-chair of the Task Force for Senior Fairness. By Diana’s Dad, Rick L. Law, Law Elder Law LLP Pictured below: Diana receiving the Young Alumna of the Year Award
Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (IHFS) proposed its first draft of Medicaid rules changes in May of 2010, we felt the regulations were critically important enough to give it our full attention. And give it our full attention we did! We created the Task Force for Senior Fairness. The task force included concerned attorneys from all over the state of Illinois and the Cook County Public Guardians Office. We have worked alongside the Illinois Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). With this amazing group of people we have been able to achieve far more than we had initially thought possible, including:“Legislators Block Proposed Illinois Nursing Home Medicaid Rules”—that was this morning’s newspaper headline in our state capital. That headline would not have happened except for major efforts on the part of our legal/political/lobbying team. Here is a little background: Last year, I needed to take a break from blogging so we could create a team to lobby in defense of the frail and the elderly citizens of Illinois. We had not planned on taking a one-year-long blogging hiatus—but when the
- Hiring a capable lobbyist to help us communicate an understandable message to our legislators in the House of Representatives and the Senate, as well as the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (which administers Medicaid).
- Convincing legislators that while overhauling the Medicaid rules must be done in compliance with new federal law, it would be unfair to make the new Illinois Medicaid rules more harsh than the federal mandate.
- Creating a website (www.DontHurtGrandma.com) to help deliver information to politicians as well as to public interest groups and the average concerned citizen.
Crawford Country Store and Motel—a combination convenience store and motel in Crawford, Colorado. I had chosen to live at this clean and basic lodging during a five-day horse training clinic on the western slope of the Rockies. After I found and entered my room, I dropped my bags and headed for the bathroom. I walked in, turned to my right, and flipped the light switch—nothing happened. “The light bulb must be burned out,” I thought. I tried again—and nothing. Well, I hustled back downstairs to the country store area and told the folks behind the counter that my bathroom light did not work. A young man looked at me, chuckled, and said, “You need to flip the switch behind the towel.” My jaw dropped and I asked, “There’s a switch behind the towel?” He assured me that there was, as he had just used it that morning when he cleaned the room. Shaking my head and wondering about whomever had decided to install a towel rack over a light switch, I went back upstairs to see if this was really true. I put my hand behind the towel and felt a switch. Bingo, the light turned on! I thought about this for a moment… I had a low opinion of the decision to place a light switch “behind the towel”—but then it reminded me of how often in life the real answer to something is hidden from us. The obvious answer is often not the right answer—this is why we need to find those professional counselors, health care providers, and lawyers who know where to find the light switch we need. Imagine for a moment that you suddenly have a diagnosis of some grave physical ailment. You would most likely consider immediately hustling off to see experts places such as the Mayo Clinic or the Cleveland Clinic. Another example: even though we are lawyers ourselves, we often hire other lawyers to give us advice in specific legal problem areas. When we need to hire a lawyer, we seek out an experienced practitioner with a proven record. You see, when I need an attorney, I want the best! We don’t just hire the first person who says, “I’m sure I can take care of you, but I’m going to have to do some research in the area first.” We hire legal counselors and refer our clients only to attorneys who can readily say, “Oh yes, we handle situations like yours every day.” Those legal advocates know where the hidden light switches have been placed. When it comes to dealing with the issues of the frail, elderly, and disabled, Law Elder Law knows where those hidden light switches are. Our areas of concentration are elder law estate planning, disability, Medicaid, and V.A. long term care benefits. Our outstanding Law Elder Law team turns on the lights for our clients every day!I had just checked into the
My 4 year-old granddaughter, Lucy, has been explaining my recent illness by flatly stating, “Grandpa’s got a bug in his lungs.” Thankfully after an almost two-week illness, I am ready to head back to the office… for half a day. (After all, “In Sickness and in Health” is the official name of my weekly blog, even though its host website is https://lawelderlaw.com/blog/.) During my bout with sinusitis—which morphed into bronchitis—I experienced several things worth sharing. First, when we are healthy, we do take a lot for granted. I am grateful to be able to sleep in a bed again after many nights of trying to sleep in a chair. Second, being a lawyer is not very helpful when you need medical care. One physician who did a follow-up checkup told me that the prior doctor warned her that “he is a lawyer.” I was not exactly sure how I should feel about that, but it was obvious that we lawyers cause medical personnel to act as though they are treating a sick cobra. Third, I enjoyed using Wikipedia to look up everything I could about my illnesses and medications. As a predominantly left-brained analytical, it is very satisfying to come home from a doctor’s office or the urgent care and look up information. It was very helpful to understand the diagnosis of bronchitis. I actually understood my own anatomy better and could better apply what the doctor had told me to do and what to expect. In addition, I had been admonished to NOT use a cough suppressant medications. “But why?” I wondered. “I feel like I really need some cough medicine!” To better understand that order, I looked up cough suppressant medicines and learned that with bronchitis, its better to “promote coughing.” Cough suppressants actually make it more difficult to clear the bronchial tubes. It really helped to check all of the information out via Wikipedia ( www.wikipedia.org) and WebMD (www.webmd.com). I could better understand why I got a little crazy after spraying Albuterol into my body. Nonetheless, that medication is a life-saver for asthmatics and folks afflicted with acute bronchitis. For more on that, see the article entitled “Ventolin remains a breath of fresh air for asthmatics after 40 years.” I am extremely grateful to my wife, Rose, and the entire legal team at Law Elder Law. We recently celebrated our 5th anniversary as an elder law-focused practice. When I decided to dedicate myself to the frail elderly and the disabled, one of my biggest concerns was my own age. One of my chief goals has been to make sure that if and when something happens to me, in that I cannot serve as the leader, the Law Elder Law team would be strong enough to carry on. Based on recent experience, I can assure everyone that Law Elder Law is being ably managed and staffed by my successors. Nonetheless, it’s time for me to get back to work!
Norridge HealthCare Facility recommended that I talk with you folks. Well, after our second meeting with Jonathan and many phone calls and questions, we returned in about November of 2008 and contracted with your firm for assistance. I put off as long as I possibly could placing Auntie in a nursing home, and then only because our sixth caregiver was returning to Poland and Auntie had exhausted all her life’s savings in addition to what I paid for from my savings. I have MS (Multiple Sclerosis) and it was difficult to care for my aunt and mom, so I had to quit my job two years ago. But this letter is not about me—it is about my Auntie Florence. Auntie went to live at Norridge HealthCare Facility on June 18, 2009 and sadly, she passed away on February 9, 2010. We were very satisfied with this facility and its staff. During this time I was assigned to Gina Salamone as our attorney at Law Elder Law. I know I drove Gina and Sean (and everyone who answered the phone) nuts with all my calls and my frantic questions and nervousness. I do believe Gina and I have a bond, though, and I trusted her with my precious family member and for that I am very grateful to her. I have recommended people to your firm and I have even gone as far as handing out Jonathan’s and Gina’s phone numbers—and advised these people to get all their ducks in a row now rather than wait. I have attached a picture of Auntie Florence and I wish you to express my family’s sincere appreciation for all the thousand times I called, ranted, cried, and went nuts—but your staff never gave up, not once. Gina even went to the DHS regional manager on our behalf. Mr. Law, I really appreciate everything your entire staff did for Auntie, and I promise you I will always recommend people who need this type of help to your firm. God bless everyone at Law Elder Law in Aurora, Illinois. Thank you all again on behalf of Auntie Florence and the Buscemi family—we truly thank you. Please enjoy the catered lunch on Thursday that my family is having delivered to your office. Jo BuscemiOur Law Elder Law motto is “Serving Seniors and Those Who Love Them.” Jo Buscemi, niece of Raffaella Calabrese (more affectionately known as “Auntie Florence”), shared these words with me and asked me to share them with you: Dear Mr. Law, Around October 2008 my mother and I had our first meeting with Mr. Jonathan Johnson in regards to my Aunt Raffaella Calabrese (“Auntie Florence”). My aunt had suffered for years with dementia and had various (six in all) live-in caregivers. I was told by many to keep my aunt in familiar surroundings for as long as possible and I being her power of attorney, I did exactly that. I came to your Aurora office one day and had our initial meeting with Jonathan. I was very apprehensive.