What first got me inspired to go into guardianship and elder law is my mother was a nursing home nurse for 30 years. My mom was one of the early adoptees of the hospice movement in the 1970s. She was a hospice nurse before this was even a common term. I was a young boy, but at the time I became very sensitive to what is needed and what is critical to both the hospice patient and the hospice family, and I sense that my mom is on my shoulders when I'm dealing with my elderly clients.
In the guardianship practice, we're really navigating two very challenging things: one, a legal system, and two, the declining health of a loved one. The key to guiding the client from the beginning of the matter to the end is consistent, honest, forthright communication. Really get to know them, spend time with them. They're not just a file; spend time talking to them. What do they like to do? What are their interests? The story of their life. We all love stories. I love telling them, but I also love hearing them, and every client has their own life story to tell. And you don't even have to pay me to listen to what they have to say, and it makes working with them a joy.
Brooklyn Law School, Juris Doctor
Syracuse University, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Political Science and Government