heleneAbout the Attorney

My law practice includes Estate Planning: the timely preparation of wills, trusts and powers of attorney for health and financial management; post-death probate and trust administration; and ElderWorks: planning for the possibility of incapacity;  conservatorships when planning has not been done before loss of capacity; long-term nursing home care; and Medi-Cal eligibility.

For two years before opening solo practice, I was Staff Attorney at California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (www.CANHR.org), fielding questions from consumers, private bar attorneys and legal aid staff throughout California on matters relating to aging at home, assisted living, nursing home placement; and Medi-Cal eligibility, including pro-active asset management to avoid spousal impoverishment and estate recovery at the death of a Medi-Cal recipient.

I am a past-President of the Northern California chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (www.NAELA.org) and served on its Board.  As an elder law attorney, I believe it is vital that I be involved in the aging community. Over the course of 20+ years of law practice, I have regularly addressed care-givers, church and community groups, residents of assisted living facilities and their families on the many important and complex legal issues of estate planning and elder law. Planning ahead is an act of love.

Before becoming an attorney, I taught undergraduate, graduate and Elder hostel classes on literature and contemporary issues at San Francisco State University and Yale University. I earned a B.A. in French from Barnard College in New York and a Ph.D. in French language and literature at U.C. Berkeley. I received my J.D. from New College of California School of Law and was admitted to the California Bar in 1994.

HELENE AT 4 yrs old - About the Attorney

Even as a very young child, I sought the company of “grown-ups” and whenever possible, I did my homework in their midst while my parents were entertaining. I credit these experiences, my Grandmother Becky’s example of charity and benevolence and my parents’ abiding love and confidence in me during my mid-life career change and for my focus on elders.