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Is Elder Law Focused Exclusively on Medicaid Planning and Real Estate? [VIDEO]

Shana Siegel, Chair of the Norris McLaughlin Elder Care & Special Needs Law Practice Group, answers your questions. This video addresses if elder law is focused exclusively on Medicaid planning and real estate.

Hi, I’m Shana Siegel. I’m the Chair of the Elder Care and Special Needs Group at Norris McLaughlin.

Is elder law focused exclusively on Medicaid planning and real estate?

Elder Law is so much more than Medicaid planning. We work with families to develop estate plans to ensure that their wishes are honored and to appoint someone to step in if they can’t make their financial decisions or they’re unable to make medical decisions. We help seniors and individuals with disabilities understand the programs that they might be eligible for. Like the VA, Social Security, Medicare, PAD, and DDD. We guide our clients through the long-term care process. We also help seniors and vulnerable individuals protect themselves from exploitation.

About the Norris McLaughlin Elder Care & Special Needs Law Practice Group

Our experienced elder care and special needs law attorneys go beyond traditional planning to address the needs of seniors and individuals with disabilities by assisting them in long-term care planning, guardianships and conservatorships, special needs advocacy, and end-of-life planning. We address the financial burden of the cost of care by advocating for our clients and maximizing their eligibility for government benefits, including Medicare, Medicaid, and Veterans’ benefits. We also assist our clients in locating appropriate care, as well as coordinating private and public resources to finance that care. Our services blend estate planning with long-term care planning, as we believe that estate planning is not just about what happens after you die, but how you will live.

To better serve our clients, our elder law group includes Lori Kayne, Geriatric Social Worker, and Laura Ocskay, Medicaid Specialist. In many complex matters, especially those involving high-assets, we have the advantage of being able to work with attorneys from our other practice areas including those with experience in litigationcorporatetaxreal estateimmigrationfamily law, and estate planning.

If you have any questions about this post or any other related matters, please feel free to email Shana at

Peace of Mind is a video blog production series from the Elder Care & Special Needs Law Practice Group at Norris McLaughlin, P.A. For related topics and more information on Shana Siegel, Norris McLaughlin, or the legal services we offer regarding elder care and special needs, visit