Our personal life experiences have prepared and motivated us to serve as your guides and advocates. If you are still healthy, we can help you establish your options and get comfortably prepared for the future. Most of us hope to pass peacefully, when the time comes, in the comfort of our homes, surrounded by memories and loved ones. This requires significant advance planning; we take inventory of the specifics of your assets, age and health, projected retirement income, any veteran’s status, and your preferences, comparing your profile with statistical probabilities and our knowledge of national trends and local options. This helps us develop a plan of realistic options for you. Our strategic work to preserve your wealth and independence is supplemental to a qualified financial planner; we prefer to function as team members with your financial planner and accountant. If you are a caregiver of an older loved one, you probably have questions about what care options could be considered or how you can pay for necessary care while preserving family assets and avoiding personal responsibility. Our staff understands the stress that comes with your devotion. Through the combined efforts of experienced attorneys and accredited elder care coordinators, we help our clients not only preserve family wealth but also live with dignity. We’ve been in your situation and understand what you’re going through. Please take a moment to read our individual stories below.
When concerned family members come into our office, wondering how they will afford long-term care or how to protect their hard-earned savings for the good of the family, I draw on years of experience with guiding people safely through crises.
During ten years of service as a Senior Deputy Attorney General, I gained extensive experience in the state and federal courts of Pennsylvania. While representing hard-working people who were nervous about litigation, I learned to evaluate and organize the critical facts of a case, present them to a jury, and obtain favorable outcomes for my clients. At Keystone Elder Law, clients call on me in cases of elder abuse or the mismanagement of property belonging to a vulnerable person or an estate. I represent clients in court when guardianship is the only available option for a person who is incapacitated by an illness, has special needs that require extensive help from another person, or who is the victim of abuse or exploitation.
While serving as Counsel to the Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee, I worked with experts to understand how families can best plan for long-term care, make important decisions for themselves and their children in case they are incapacitated, and preserve their property through estate planning. Together we anticipated problems that could arise and we made improvements to the law relating to guardianship, advance health care directives, powers of attorney, and digitally stored assets in estate planning. I worked extensively on the problem of elder abuse and financial exploitation by individuals who are trusted to manage an elderly person’s most important interests.
When I am not in the office, I regularly work on legal updates as a co-author of Pennsylvania Appellate Practice (West Publishing), a three-volume resource relied upon by judges and attorneys statewide.
I received my college and law degrees from the University of Notre Dame. I have received extensive training from ElderCounsel and the Elder Law College, organizations that are devoted to the highest levels of competence for those who represent the elderly, the disabled, and the veterans of our armed forces. I am accredited to practice before the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and it is my mission to help veterans understand the benefits that are available to them.
It is an honor to apply these experiences in the service of clients at Keystone Elder Law P.C. From foundational estate planning to more complex planning for long-term care, I prepare people for whatever life sends their way and restore their peace of mind.
Attorney Of Counsel
After passing the baton of leadership and ownership to attorney Patrick Cawley, I am enjoying the retirement stage of life. I feel privileged to remain involved as an occasional advisor. Are you curious about the origin and mission of Keystone Elder Law P.C.?
When my wife, Marcia, and I decided in 2010 to start Keystone Elder Law from scratch, I had never practiced law and had no clients. My recent career experience mostly had focused on real estate activities for business use and investment. We felt blessed financially.
As a young man, mentors coached me that “service is the rent we pay.” I began my vocational career in the public sector working with troubled teenagers, neighborhood revitalization, expanding affordable housing, and public education. The development of wisdom helped me to realize that serving others has been a constant source of joy for me.
The elder care journey of helping my parents and in-laws frustrated me. Each had enjoyed an active and healthy life as a professional educator. Then, when they reached their early 80’s, strokes and Alzheimer’s disease caused their rapid decline.
Despite our best efforts, the challenging circumstances of each parent eventually required the care of a long-term care facility. Many nice people helped us with a specific issue. However, we did not encounter a professional who seemed to understand how each piece of our parents’ circumstances could fit together like a puzzle.
I concluded that the long-term care system either was broken or had not yet been invented. After our parents passed, I realized that we had been well-prepared by our experiences, and my under-utilized law license, for the opportunity to start an elder-care law firm. Marcia agreed with me to commit our personal resources to develop the comprehensive care planning and guidance organization that we wished had been available for us. It was a formidable task without a clear blueprint. We joined a number of national organizations and found some kindred spirits at many seminars and conferences. So much information was offered that I felt as if I were drinking from a fire hose!
We learned some lessons the hard way. It is difficult to build a team of individuals who truly believe the Rotary motto of “Serve Above Self.” It took a while to convince other care-providing organizations that Keystone Elder Law is committed to collaborate to improve a client’s care plan, and not to litigate alleged shortcomings. Over the years, Keystone Elder Law’s has grown a reputation of offering a solid combination of services and compassionate guidance. Many long-term care professionals express confidence by referring clients, family, and friends to us. Internet search engines recognize our website as an authoritative source of free content. It thrills me that Keystone Elder Law has become a sustainable resource which continues to grow and evolve. Its foundation is as solid as any neighborhood or building that I was ever part of developing. Please give Keystone Elder Law an opportunity to meet your needs.
Karen E. Kaslow, RN, BSN
In June of 2013, I joined Keystone Elder Law after learning about the firm’s commitment to improving the quality of life of seniors and their families. Navigating today’s health care system requires a multidisciplinary approach in order to understand the services that are available and the regulations that govern those services. Sometimes, combinations of services are required to meet the increasingly complex needs experienced by seniors as they age. Through education and service coordination, we can help individuals and families meet their physical, emotional, social, and financial needs. My health care knowledge is especially beneficial.
My educational background and training includes a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. My experience in the care of the elderly started while I was still in school, as I worked in an extended care facility as a nursing assistant. After receiving my degree, I continued to develop my skills through positions on hospital orthopedic and respiratory units. Subsequently, I moved on to a continuing care retirement community, where I was able to work with individuals in all levels of care from independent living to personal care to skilled nursing. For me, helping the elderly move through the continuum of care reinforced the importance of compassion, communication, and organization in order to ensure smooth transitions for all involved. In my twenty plus years of providing nursing care, I was also able to experience home care both professionally and personally as a caregiver as well as extended acute care situations. My desire is to use my knowledge and abilities to help clients maintain dignity, maximize their potential, and reduce the stress of adapting to changes in their health status.
In my role as Care Coordinator, I enjoy serving as a facilitator of varied services for seniors and their family members as well as a liaison with area organizations that provide services and support. In my free time, I enjoy the outdoors and spending time with family.
Pa.C.P., CDP, Paralegal
I joined Keystone Elder Law as an Administrative Assistant in December 2017. After learning the story behind why Dave and Marcia started this firm, I immediately knew that I wanted to support their vision to help others to be able to thrive and continue well into the future. As someone with a lifelong passion for helping others, cultivated through raising children of my own and giving back to the community through my volunteering efforts at LGBT Center of Central Pennsylvania, I feel truly at home on a team dedicated to supporting others in need.
When I first went to college, I was a semester away from earning my degree in Accounting, when I made the decision to put that on hold and concentrate on raising my four children. After they were all off to college, I went back to earn my Bachelor’s Degree in Human Performance Management from Immaculata University, graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2012. During my time at Keystone Elder Law, I have expanded my knowledge of the different aspects of Elder Law, and have found my niche by working closely with our attorneys in the handling of the Estate Administration for our firm. I love meeting our clients and knowing that we are doing everything we can to help them navigate the difficult issues they are facing together with their families. Outside of work, I enjoy traveling the world, relaxing at the beach, and spending time with my children and grandson.
Business Development Coordinator
I’m originally from Western Pennsylvania and, yes, I’m a Steelers Fan! I graduated from St. Francis University in Loretto, PA, with a Bachelor’s of Science in Social Work. I married my husband, Larry, two years after I graduated and was so fortunate to be able to travel to many locations in the United States and Europe. As an Army spouse, I had the opportunity to substitute teach, run a religious education center, serve as president of a school board and help with the Army Wives Support Group. All these experiences helped me in sales and marketing.
Our final move, with my husband and four children, was to Carlisle in 1995. Upon his retirement, I began full-time employment which included human resources and event planning. I soon found a passion for sales and marketing. After fifteen years in advertising sales, I was offered a position in marketing with a home health care provider. Working with families brought me back to my social work roots.
Joining Keystone Elder Law in 2017, I’ve been able to continue marketing and networking with care provider agencies in the area. I still find time to keep up with volunteer work as I serve on the leadership team for the Caring Continuum, President of the board for a non-profit daycare center and volunteer for my church.
My responsibilities at Keystone Elder Law include meeting with care and service providers, determining advertising needs, coordinating social and educational events for clients, the general public and professionals who work with older adults.
I joined Keystone Elder Law in October 2020 after 24 years working in the health care industry. Most recently, I spent over 11 years coordinating the accounts receivable process for a local senior living corporation. My passion is to be more involved in serving our senior population and their families. I was drawn to Keystone Elder Law’s dedication and individualized approach to providing an array of services.
I graduated from Penn State University with Bachelor of Science degree in Health Policy and Administration. Most of my career has been spent working in a long-term care setting. I bring a tremendous expertise in long-term care, Medicare, Medicaid and other areas to serve our clients.
Throughout my career, I experienced firsthand the issues families face understanding the complexity of their health insurance coverage. I have found that I can empathize and truly understand what many of our families are going through both on a personal and professional level. As Keystone Elder Law’s Benefits Coordinator, I will gather financial information and guide clients through every step of the Medicaid application process.
I grew up in a rural area of Clearfield County and moved to the southcentral PA area a few years after graduating from college. In 2005, I married my husband, Ty. When not working, I enjoy spending time with my husband and our 2 rescue dogs, Sherlock and Sookie.
I joined Keystone Elder Law in June 2021 and am humbled to be working with a team that is driven by
compassion to provide the utmost care to those who walk through our doors. Growing up, I found out
that I have a heart that is meant to serve others and now, I am privileged to be the one who welcomes
you, whether on the phone or in person! I will greet you cheerfully with a kind smile and a cup of coffee
or tea as you prepare for life’s ups and downs. I look forward to meeting you and getting to know you!
My favorite thing to do is to listen, especially when others are sharing something that lights their face up
with joy. I also enjoy listening to music, snuggling with my cat, Marshmallow, and reading.