Seeking Associate Attorney for Well-Known Elder Law Firm

Please read this posting thoroughly before applying; it is long to eliminate applicants who are not a good fit for our firm. This position is not for the faint of heart!

Seeking associate attorney in elder law and estate planning firm with main office currently in Coral Springs with satellite office in Delray Beach. Position is full time; however part time will be considered for the right person.

We are an established boutique elder law and estate planning law firm with a staff of eight. We are looking for an associate attorney for a long standing position. Any and all legal experience especially in the areas of Elder Law and Estate planning or taxes is greatly desired; however, all life experiences are important and will be considered.

Principal of the firm desires to pursue and expand new business opportunities; therefore, please, only serious individuals who want to actively practice law and in search of a career opportunity need apply.

Principal is board certified in Elder Law and is AV rated. Principal is very versed in the law and procedures regarding and elder law and estate planning process and has an excellent reputation in the community. We have a terrific and experienced support staff. Training will be available to the extent applicant needs it.

Our clients are often families or spouses in crisis regarding an elderly family member; applicant must have the correct temperament to work with a vulnerable and very stressed population.

Duties include but are not limited to: meeting with clients, preparing estate planning and elder law documents, working with senior attorney and in general participating in all aspects of a small boutique elder law estate planning firm.

Although the candidate will be trained and supervised, Candidate must be able to work independently since principal is not a micro manager but prefers to serve as a coach, mentor and teacher. Applicant must be organized and open to learning new things and appreciate and welcome coaching. Additionally, applicant is expected to add to the financial success of the firm, and will be coached in this as well.

The firm has many procedures, policies and systems which must be followed by all staff in order for 10 people to work together successfully and to maximize firm profits and customer service. These include procedures for meeting with clients, meeting with potential referral sources etc. While creative and independent thinking is encouraged and appreciated, the candidate must be comfortable and willing to follow established systems and not go off “half cocked”.

Compensation is small salary plus production which includes signing on new clients of the firm as well as bringing in new business. Training takes approximately 3 months. Applicant should expect the first 3 months to make only base salary because applicant will probably not be meeting with new clients during training period. Prior associates have earned approximately $60,000 in their first year plus health benefits, although there is no guarantees with regard to future success, which will, in part, depend on candidates willingness to role up his/her sleeves. Opportunity to speak with former associate available.

Applicant should expect networking to be a critical component of the position. Applicant should be prepared to be very involved in two organizations that are agreed upon between the parties as a good place to receive and/or cultivate referrals. Such organizations can be bar organizations, committees, etc. Candidate should also be prepared to visit and meet with allied professionals, write letters, make phone calls, etc all toward growing the practice. Again, applicant will be coached on how to maximize these opportunities.

Applicant should be entrepreneurial, not afraid to charge fees and desirous of learning all aspects of the business.

Please forward your resume and a paragraph on why this job is of interest to you.

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My Mom Has Stage 5 Alzheimer’s, And Is Always Looking For Her Children. Would a Doll Be Helpful?

As with all questions related to Alzheimer’s – especially at an advanced stage – what works for one patient may not work for another.

It’s worth a try, though.

All of us – Alzheimer’s patients included – have the basic human need to nurture. Sometimes the patient believes the doll is a real baby, and she may carry it around with her to make sure it’s cared for. And this can often be beneficial.

But there are no guarantees. I can recall a woman at an adult day care center who was constantly agitated. She had been a nurturing person, volunteering at hospitals her entire life In order to calm her down, the staff decided to give her a doll. At first, the tactic worked.

However, after a few hours, she began to worry about the “baby” needing to be fed. She then became agitated about it. In order to calm her down, the staff took the doll and said they were babysitting it. Once the doll was gone, the woman began to calm down. A few months later, the staff gave her the doll again. And this time, she was fine.

So you can have different results at different times…with the same person!

Your mother needs reassurance, and validation. Often, when Alzheimer’s patients ask about their children, they’re actually seeing their children as children. So tell her that her children are safe, secure, and doing well. Also, you need to be constantly aware of the need to re-direct her attention elsewhere, if necessary.

If you’re an Alzheimer’s caregiver, you know it’s a 24/7 job. And perhaps the most stressful, lonely job in the world. But we can help.

At The Law Offices of Alice Reiter Feld & Associates, we’re Elder Law attorneys. For one thing, we’ve got one of the largest Alzheimer’s/dementia resource centers in South Florida. For another, over the past 33 years, we’ve walked thousands of South Florida families through the Alzheimer’s Journey. And we’ve helped them prepare in advance for it, as well, with comprehensive estate planning, wills, trusts, powers of attorney, long-term care planning, asset protection plans, and assistance with the VA and Medicaid.

We can walk you through the journey, too. And we’re just a phone call away.

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What Kinds of Support Are Available For Someone With Alzheimer’s?

Yes, fortunately, support is available for an Alzheimer’s patient.

After your loved one is diagnosed, one of your first stops should be a website calledwww.alzhope.com. It’s a loving community of families in similar situations. And it will reassure you that you’re not alone…and will give you the chance to vent, to listen, and to post questions. They’ll wrap their arms around you and welcome you like an old friend.

Your second stop on the support-trail may be the Alzheimer’s Association, at www.alz.org. Here you’ll find a list of the programs offered…including one for the patient. And you’ll also find a link to your local association, and resources close to home.

You may want to check out your local association’s early-stage support group. These groups are designed to meet the needs of the patient. Your loved one will have the opportunity to participate in group discussions with other newly-diagnosed patients, led by a skilled facilitator who’ll address all the issues – medical, financial, emotional, and family – that need to be addressed.

Your loved one will laugh, cry, talk, and work on common problems with the other patients. These groups usually meet every month. And while your loved one is meeting with others in the same situation, so will you – family members have their own meeting in a separate area.

Of course, there are also avenues of individual support…such as counseling, clergy members, or home health agencies.

Two helpful contacts:

Alzheimer’s Disease Education & Referral Center (ADEAR)

800-438-4380

www.nia.nih.gov/alzheimers

National Institute on Aging/Alzheimer’s Disease Information

800-222-2225

www.nia.nih.gov

And there’s another organization that can help, as well – The Law Offices of Alice Reiter Feld & Associates.

For one thing, we have one of the largest Alzheimer’s Resource Centers in South Florida. For a second, we’re Elder Law attorneys. For a third, over the past 33 years, we’ve walked thousands of South Florida families through the Alzheimer’s Journey. And for a fourth, we’ve also helped these families prepare in advance for a possible Alzheimer’s/dementia journey, with comprehensive estate planning, wills, trusts, powers of attorney, long-term care planning, asset protection plans, and assistance with the VA or Medicaid.

We can walk your family through the Alzheimer’s Journey. And we’re just a phone call away.

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My Loved One With Alzheimer’s Isn’t Sleeping At Night. What Can I Do?

Many people with Alzheimer’s experience insomnia at some point…or at many points. Needless to say, if you’re the caregiver, that makes a tough job –your job – that much tougher.

It’s a serious issue. And if your loved one isn’t getting enough sleep, the effects on his/her well-being (and our mood!) can be significant.

Here are a few tips…

  • Limit coffee and caffeine (soft drinks, too!) intake. And don’t allow it at all in the evening.

  • Try to keep your loved one as active as possible during the day, so he’ll be more tired at night.

  • Discourage naps during daytime hours.

  • Create a soothing atmosphere close to bedtime…soft music, candles, etc.

  • Schedule activities that are potentially upsetting to him during daytime hours.

  • Try to keep a consistent routine for bedtime…without being totally inflexible.

  • Ask your doctor about any medications that may be interfering with her sleep.

  • A light snack before bedtime (nothing sugary or heavy!) can have a calming effect. And if your loved one seems calmed by it, make it part of the nighttime routine.

  • Bathroom time is right before bedtime.

  • Your loved one is an adult – don’t make bedtime unrealistically early.

  • Pick your battles, Part 1: If he falls asleep on the couch, let him stay there!

  • Pick your battles, Part 2: If she wants to go to sleep in her regular clothes, rather than sleeping clothes, let her.

  • Favorite blankets or pillows can have a calming effect.

  • Safety First! Put night-lights in the bedroom, bathroom, and hallways!

  • If sleeping remains a problem, you need to have a serious talk – probably in person – with the doctor.

If you’re caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia, you know that sleep is just one of many potential problem areas. But we can help.

At The Law Offices of Alice Reiter Feld & Associates, we practice Elder Law. We’ve been helping South Florida families through the Elder Care Journey for 33 years. And we can help your family from beginning to end…with comprehensive estate plans, wills, trusts, powers of attorney, long-term care planning, asset protection, and assistance with the VA or Medicaid.

We’ll get you through. And we’re just a phone call away.

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How Can I Better Understand What My Loved One With Alzheimer’s Is Going Through?

Of course, you’ll never totally understand it, and you’ll never totally be able to feel it…in large part because your loved one will never totally understand it, let alone be able to express her feelings about it.

There may be lonelier and sadder jobs in the world than being a caregiver to an Alzheimer’s patient…but not many of them. And, unfortunately, the journey toward better understanding what they’re going through, and what they’re feeling, must be grounded in the realization that you’ll never fully know.

The good thing about Alzheimer’s, though – if thereis a good thing- is that resources are available to find out some of these answers. People are writing about it, people are talking about it, and people are studying it more than ever before.

You can learn a bit about what your loved one is feeling if you join a caregiver support group. (And you’ll also benefit from the realization that there are many other people in the same predicament that you are…you’re not alone!) Other good sources are your local Alzheimer’s Association (alz.org), and your local Area Agency on Aging. One of the best sources of information is National Institute on Aging, an arm of The National Institutes of Health (alzheimers.org).

If we listed all the good websites with information on Alzheimer’s, we’d need a book, not a blog.

And speaking of books, there are – literally – hundreds of good ones available. Ask your Alzheimer’s Association for some good ones. Or just go on Amazon and explore titles about Alzheimer’s. Believe me, there are enough to keep you busy for a long time!

And there’s another good resource available, as well…a Board-Certified Elder Law attorney who can walk you through the Alzheimer’s Journey.

At The Law Offices of Alice Reiter Feld & Associates, we are Elder Law attorneys. And, over the past 33 years, we’ve waked thousands of South Florida families through the Alzheimer’s Journey…with professionalism, with compassion, and, when necessary, with a soft shoulder. In addition, we can also help you with comprehensive estate planning, wills, trusts, powers of attorney, long-term care planning, asset protection, and issues with Medicaid or the VA.

This is one journey you don’t have to make alone. We’re just a phone call away.

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Should My Loved One Be Evaluated? And By Whom?

If you’re starting to ask yourself this question, then the answer is simple: Yes.

When a loved one’s forgetfulness or confusion becomes obvious, it’s time for a complete examination by a physician. This is the best way to determine whether the symptoms are temporary – perhaps caused by depression, poor nutrition, drug intoxication or interaction, alcohol, or organ dysfunction – or if they’re permanent, and caused by dementia or Alzheimer’s.

We’re talking about a complete work-up here – physical exam, medical history, neurological testing, lab tests, brain imaging, and function tests.

If your loved one has never been evaluated, it’s best to see a neurologist or geriatrician. If, on the other hand, he’s already been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, you should see a geriatric psychiatrist, who can look for signs of depression, agitation, or behavioral issues.

If you don’t know where to look for a doctor, check a physicians’ referral service. And if you participate in caregiver support meetings, ask the other participants.

A word of warning – Don’t Settle! If you’re not comfortable with a physician…find a new one! You’ll be working closely with this person the rest of your loved one’s life. And you need someone you trust…someone with whom you feel comfortable!

Once you have a diagnosis, make sure the primary physician is kept in the loop; after all, she’s still the one you’ll be seeing for general check-ups and regular health issues.

The best doctors in this field are the ones who realize that Alzheimer’s is a family illness…and that the caregiver must be carefully monitored, as well, for signs of stress or depression.

This is a very stressful time for the entire family. And, for many families, a very confusing time. But you don’t have to go through this process alone. Help is available.

At the Law Offices of Alice Reiter Feld & Associates, we’re Elder Law attorneys. And, over the past 33 years, we’ve walked thousands of South Florida families through the Elder Care Maze, with comprehensive estate planning, wills, trusts, powers of attorney, asset-protection planning, long-term care planning, issues with Medicaid or the VA, and, of course, Alzheimer’s/dementia questions. And we’ve done it with professionalism, compassion, and, when needed, a soft shoulder.

You don’t have to make this journey alone. We’re just a phone call away.

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Re-Defining Aging: Guess Who Just Turned 72?

On May 24, an American icon turned 72. Can you guess who it is?

Let’s drop some hints…

*Some say he’s looked 72 since he was 22.

* He has a voice that, depending on your taste, is either glorious or grating.

* His temperament is best described as grumpy on a good day, and a train-wreck

on a bad one.

He’s had more personal iterations than Houdini…from Electric to Folkie to Born Again

to Gypsy to Hobo Minstrel to Pop to Country Gent to, for a mercifully-brief moment,

Rapper.

You often need an English translator to understand what the heck he’s singing.

* He had weaknesses for drugs and women.

He could have probably benefitted from the services of a good sinus/adenoid surgeon.

Got it, yet? OK, a few more hints…

* He was born and raised in Minnesota.

* To those who believed – and there were many – he was the voice of his generation.

OK…it’s Bob Dylan! He turned 72 on May 24. So, how’s Bob relaxing in his dotage?

By touring America, that’s how! In fact, from June 26, where he starts his tour in West Palm Beach, until August 4, when he finishes it in California, he’s got 26 performances lined up! In 39 days!

Bob Dylan, like many Boomers, is re-defining “aging.” After some 55 years on the road, he’s got a schedule that would exhaust a 22-year-old. He’s an example of how Boomers see “aging” differently than their parents, who most likely dreamed about good books and empty golf courses. And he’s a perfect example, too, that getting “older” doesn’t mean getting “old!”

Bob Dylan is probably secure as far as his estate planning. But many Boomers aren’t. And that’s where we come in…because we secure futures for Boomers who aren’t superstars.

At The Law Offices of Alice Reiter Feld & Associates, we practice Elder Law. For the past 34 years, we’ve worked with thousands of South Florida families to secure their futures, with comprehensive estate planning, wills, trusts, powers of attorney, long-term care planning, asset-protection plans, and assistance with Medicaid and the VA.

We can secure your family’s future, too. And we’re just a phone call away.

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Estate Planning For Non-Traditional Families – Part 3

If you’re in a non-traditional family, you know that estate planning is, as Winston Churchill once said about Russia, “A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.” But here’s some advice that’ll help.

DOMESTIC PARTNERSHIP/LIFE PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT

This can be a helpful tool, because it can specify the boundaries and responsibilities of the arrangement. And it can be helpful even if the relationship is non-romantic.

A Life Partnership Agreement can establish how property is owned and titled. It can establish whether income, gifts, or inheritances belong to one partner, or both. It can establish who does what around the house, and who pays for what. And it specifies how finances and ownership will be determined if the relationship ends.

Additionally, this agreement can provide legal evidence of the relationship if it’s ever needed.

WHAT ABOUT KIDS?

If there are kids involved, a Parenting Agreement might be beneficial…especially if you ever have to prove in court that you and your partner have agreed to care jointly for the children. One caveat: In most states, courts are not bound by Parenting Agreements; they simply have to provide for the best interest of the child. But if a surviving partner can show a Parenting Agreement in which both partners have provided for the best interest of the child, your chances are better. Also, like a Life Partnership Agreement, a Parenting Agreement can delineate specific responsibilities when it comes to caring for the child(ren), and who pays for what.

The laws are very confusing, and always changing. And they vary from state to state.

Estate planning for non-traditional families can be a complex and tiring legal journey. But we can get you through it.

At The Law Offices of Alice Reiter Feld & Associates, we’ve been walking South Florida families – both non-traditional and traditional – through the Elder Law Journey for 34 years. And we’ve helped thousands of them establish estate plans appropriate for them – with comprehensive estate planning, wills, trusts, powers of attorney, long-term care planning, asset-protection plans, and assistance with Medicaid and the VA.

We’ll get you through the Elder Law Journey. And we’re just a phone call away.

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