Out With the Old… In With the Older!
Today I stop living a lie! Despite the old photo I have been showing you, I really don’t have brown hair anymore—and unfortunately, I now need to wear my eyeglasses all the time. The photos above are both of me, Rick Law, 2004 and 2009. I promise to no longer hide behind my former, more youthful 55-year-old portrait. No siree, I’m now a 59-year-old white-haired grandpa, and proud of it! Let me reflect on the passage of the last five years—“Rick Law, 2004-2009.” Someone insightfully said that the “dash” between dates symbolizes all of the life events that took place during that time. As an elder law attorney who works with the issues of the frail, the senior citizen, and those with disabilities of any age, some of the biggest changes that I have noticed over the last five years are:
- Now the Boomers are coming into my office. Five years ago, my practice was totally focused on my parent’s generation, the Greatest Generation—but now it’s our turn. We, the Boomers, are starting to die, become disabled, have memory issues and mobility issues, experience young-onset Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, and have other longevity problems.
- The federal and state governments have insufficient resources to meet the demand, so they keep creating even bigger barriers to accessing long term health care benefits. This is true despite the current president’s recent health care promise that “I will not let a bureaucrat come between you and quality health care.”
- The speed of change forces my legal team and I to have to “sprint” to remain honed and ready advocates.
- The startup and growth of our law practice, which is focused in the areas of estate protection and planning, disability, Medicaid, and veteran’s benefits for the over-65. We have gone from three employees to a great team of twenty!
- The birth of my four beautiful grandchildren—Lucy, Daphne, Evan, and Phoebe.
- Having served over 1,500 clients throughout Illinois.
- Delighting in the presence of our bright young attorneys—Diana M. Law, partner; Gina Salamone, Esq.; and Zachary Hesselbaum, Esq. It makes me feel good to know that when and if something happens to me, these three can lead the legal team while serving our clients and their families.
- The founding of the Veterans Benefit Institute, which has been one of my greatest legal experiences. It has allowed us the opportunity to provide education about VA benefits for the over-65 wartime veteran to more than 80 law firms from around the country.
- My entrance into the blogging world, which has allowed me to get to know some of the most wonderful, caring, and life-lifting people that I have ever met in my life.