My interest in Elder Law was not ignited in law school, which I attended in the evening as a middle-aged real estate developer, but when my parents and in-laws’ physical and mental health began to decline suddenly, Elder Law issues became real and personal. My wife, Marcia, and I were the primary caregivers for our four elder parents, who collectively needed nearly constant attention over an eight year period. We experienced the systemic hell that occurs when the elder and their families are confused by the conflicting interests of hospitals, CCRCs, hospices, individual medical professionals, and the emotional needs of other family members.
After the passing of our parents, I began seeking “a better way” to serve my community with a service that would maximize the quality of independent living for elders and reduce the pain of transitioning to alternative care arrangements when needed to assist with activities of daily living. Much research led to the model of the Life Care Planning Law Firms Association, which Keystone Elder Law P.C. has adopted. Our team of experienced Elder Law Professionals shares a profound commitment to this service.
Prior to becoming a principal of Keystone Elder Law P.C., I was an executive of a private corporation and a real estate broker-developer who completed transactions worth hundreds of millions of dollars over three decades in twelve states. I served as a national chair of the Office Condominium Forum and the Private Developers Forum of the National Association of Office and Industrial Properties (NAIOP), and president of the Greater Harrisburg Association of Realtors Industrial, Commercial and Investment Council. I am a former school board member and administrator of federal and state grants on a local level. I received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wake Forest University, a Master of Public Administration degree from Penn State University, and a Juris Doctor degree from Widener University School of Law, where I also received the American Jurispudence Award for Real Estate Transactions and Education. I retain a Pennsylvania real estate broker’s license and am a “Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM)” of the Commercial Investment Real Estate Institute. I believe in continuing professional education and have hundreds of hours of training in real estate, law, management, mediation, and leadership.
I am thrilled and professionally rejuvenated to have the opportunity to organize and be part of a team of experienced and mature professionals who believe that Life Care Planning is a fresh approach to serve elders and their families effectively. We are able to stay on top of the latest changes in law and resources of elder care through active membership with a number of national organizations including the Life Care Family Planning Law Firms Association, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, and Elder Counsel. Although I wish that my parents and in-laws could have benefited from having such a Life Care Planning service available to them, my wife and I feel blessed to have the opportunity to initiate the service in Central Pennsylvania.
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