My name is Diane Weinberg and I specialize in Elder Law. I’m the attorney that you didn’t know you need. Elder law is a relatively new field of law, maybe 40 years old, and the name is something of a misnomer. In my practice, I help disabled individuals of all ages plan for their long term care. My clients include the 85-year-old Alzheimer’s patient who needs Medicaid to help finance her stay in the nursing home. It includes the 40-year-old dad with MS who wants to receive services through a Medicaid waiver programs so that he can live at home with his children while receiving care. I also assist the parents of autistic children, who want to plan for their children’s future.
There is a darker side of Elder Law. The abuse, neglect and financial exploitation of the elderly and disabled. Unfortunately, this abuse often occurs at the hands of the adult children and other immediate family members of the elder or vulnerable person. These cases seem to have two common features, first, the abuser wants access to the disabled person’s money, regardless of how much money the abuser actually has. Second, the abuser wants to prevent all but a few select people from having access to that person. These are complicated cases that may need to be fought in multiple courts, sometimes in multiple states, and they must be managed by experienced counsel.
I’m one of the few Elder law attorneys in Georgia who has a litigation background and who will litigate these complicated matters. Being an Elder law attorney is a privilege. I get to fight on behalf of my clients to protect their vulnerable family members from predators. They say if you love your job, you never work a day in your life. I’m truly fortunate to have found my calling, and I look forward to helping and your family.