I am pleased to announce that a new edition of Elder Law in Pennsylvania has just been published by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI). Elder Law in Pennsylvania, Third Edition is now available for purchase from PBI Press. The book is a comprehensive reference source for lawyers and other professionals who advise older Pennsylvania residents and their families.
I wrote the first edition of Elder Law in Pennsylvania in 2005. It became one of PBI’s most popular titles and was the 2006 recipient of the international Association for Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA) Book Award for Outstanding Achievement. A second edition followed in 2008. But the area of elder law is constantly evolving and the time has come for a new publication.
Last year I asked a wonderful group of experts in elder law to help me put together a completely updated new edition of Elder Law in Pennsylvania. Elder law lawyers have always been generous in sharing their best ideas, forms, and practice tips with other lawyers. We seem to have a sense of common purpose and understand that by pooling our knowledge, energies, and talents we can better protect our clients. The 2012 update of the book benefits from the accumulated knowledge of the wonderful group of lawyers who agreed to help. I’ve listed their names below.
To be able to meet the needs of our older clients, lawyers must be able to move beyond the traditional legal realms of estate and tax planning, and provide advice on Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, estate recovery, powers of attorney and health care decision making, elder abuse, veterans benefits, and the network of public and private services and programs that can help families who are struggling to cope with a long term illness. These are the topics presented in ElderLaw in Pennsylvania, Third Edition.
Aging can present overwhelming problems for our older clients and their families. As lawyers, we can’t make mom or dad young again, or cure them if they are sick, but if we are willing and knowledgeable and committed we can guide our clients through the maze of issues confronting them, lift a lot of burdens off of them, and do a lot of good for people who may be particularly powerless and dependent.
The challenges for the lawyer are great, but so are the opportunities and satisfactions. The new Elder Law in Pennsylvania, Third Edition, is dedicated to helping the Pennsylvania lawyer meet these challenges.
The co-authors of the Third Edition are:
Janet Colliton, Esq., Colliton Law Associates, West Chester
Brian Scott Dietrich, Esq., Law Office of Brian Scott Dietrich, P.C., Blue Bell
Martin J. Hagan, Esq., Law Firm of Martin J. Hagan LLC, Pittsburgh
Marielle F. Hazen, Esq., Law Office of Marielle Hazen, Harrisburg
David R. Lipka, Esq., Law Offices of David R. Lipka, Plymouth
Dionysios C. Pappas, Esq., Vasiliadis & Associates, Bethlehem
Professor Katherine C. Pearson, Dickinson School of Law of the PA State University, Carlisle
Sanford L. Pfeffer, Esq., Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, Philadelphia
Jennifer K. Roche, Esq., Heckscher, Teillon, Terrill & Sager, West Conshohocken
Margaret E.W. Sager, Esq., Heckscher Teillon Terrill & Sager, P.C., West Conshohocken
Sally L. Schoffstall, Esq., Schoffstall & Focht, Orefield
Jacqueline J. Shafer, Esq., Elliott Magee & Shafer, L.L.P., Doylestown
Ellen R. Wase, Esq., Wase & Wase, Philadelphia
Jeffrey A. Marshall, JD, CELA, Editor & Author, Elder Law Firm of Marshall, Parker & Associates, LLC, Williamsport