Credit: Lutheran Senior Services
With more and more baby boomers reaching the ripe age of retirement, one would think the topic of elder law would be more readily discussed. The unfortunate and sad truth, however, is that many are too afraid to breech the topic. While estate planning, wills and trusts, and assisted living are important aspects of life to have planned, these are not conversations anyone enjoys having.
But avoiding the unpleasant leads to being unprepared, which causes problems and unnecessary stress. Because of a lack of planning, many struggle to pay for the medical and living expenses that arise when a senior citizen retires. Without that same income and insurance coverage that many jobs provide, covering medical costs and assisted living facilities can seem hopeless for the elder and their family.
This is where many do (or should) turn to elder law attorneys. Enlisting the help of a competent elder care lawyer lifts that cumbersome weight off one’s shoulders. These professionals work to provide elders the support and resources they need to live out their golden years comfortably. With the help of a skilled professional, elders don’t have to worry about any of these expenses ever again.
In places like West Palm Beach, Florida, elder law is especially important. Nearly 25 percent of the city’s population is comprised of seniors—just about double the national average. All the snowbirds make south Florida a prime location for elder law, but not every attorney knows how to make the financial and mental burden easier.
Mark Shalloway and his team of experienced attorneys at Shalloway & Shalloway know how to make that difficult conversation and life transition painless. Since opening its doors 30 years ago, the firm has been noted a number of times for their respectful, honest service. It is apparent to all who enter the office the staff is there to serve them.
Many firms spread their attention and time so thinly that their clients don’t truly receive they help they need. Shalloway & Shalloway is not like other firms. No matter the time of day or the number of clients, Shalloway & Shalloway’s staff makes time for their clients. In such a difficult time in their clients’ lives, this is one of the most important qualities a firm should possess.
“My husband and I have been dealing with … Shalloway and Shalloway for some time now,” one client says. “Their honesty and integrity and caring for their clients is what makes our connection with them so pleasant. Even when faced with problems … their understanding of the situation leads to solutions that help us get desirable results. The staff … is wonderful. Calls are always answered in a timely manner.”
Providing knowledgeable and attentive service are factors Mark Shalloway built his firm on in 1989. Since the firm’s inception, Mark Shalloway made it a point to be involved in the community of elder care and elder law. It is how he became one of the first Elder Law Attorneys to be certified by the National Elder Law Foundation, and what inspired him to further his accolades.
Shalloway has not only served as a member, but chairman of a number of different boards and committees formed for the representation of elder law. He has worked locally as the founding chairperson of the Palm Beach County Bar, statewide as the chairman of the Florida Bar Elder Law Section Medicaid Committee, and nationally as President of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). Each committee works to improve the lives of elders across the nation
But Shalloway is more than your run-of-the-mill elder law attorney. Clients can come to Mark Shalloway for a variety of areas of practice that may encompass all things elder law. Shalloway specializes in Medicaid/long-term care/asset protection, veteran benefits, PI settlement consulting, special needs planning/trusts, guardianship, estate planning, wills and trusts, trustee and fiduciary services, and probate and trust administration. No matter which area of practice best fits a client’s needs, Shalloway works diligently to get his clients precisely what they need, when they need it.
As well as serving as one of the top elder law attorneys in Palm Beach county, Shalloway understands that to properly handle ones assets, they need to be educated on the topic. He serves as chair of the Board of Alzheimer’s Community Care’s educational conference, and has lectured for both Palm Beach Community College and Stetson College of Law on a variety of topics his firm covers—such as Special Needs Trusts, and Estates and Administration.
At the beginning of the month, he hosts free seminars on financial readiness and estate planning. These seminars are open to the public, as everyone should understand these important aspects of law. For those in the Palm Beach area, this is a highly valuable resource to take advantage of.
Passion separates Mark Shalloway and his firm from the others. He isn’t looking to scam or confuse—Shalloway is in this business because it is important, and because someone needs to be a face for these under represented populations. Mark Shalloway’s passion is what makes Shalloway & Shalloway a well trusted and respected firm.
To contact Shalloway & Shalloway, call (561) 686-6200, or visit their website.