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Elder Law in Charlottesville and Central Virginia

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Member: National & Virginia Academies of Elder Law Attorneys

Gelbman Law PLLC is focused exclusively on Elder Law in Central Virginia, including the City of Charlottesville, the surrounding counties and Shenandoah Valley.

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Member: Charlottesville Aging in Place Business Round Table

Gelbman believes that most people would not buy shoes without trying them on; they should not hire an attorney without “trying them on” either. Therefore, a half-hour initial consultation, either by phone or in person is always free of charge.

Many of Gelbman Law’s clients find it difficult to travel to a law office, due to barriers of parking, stairs, fragility due to age, or illness or both; as a courtesy, Gelbman frequently travels to her clients wherever they are located. Consultations can take place intheir home, in a hospital, an Assisted Living or Nursing facility – whereever they are most comfortable.  There is no extra charge for mileage or travel.Gelbman sees her job as simplifying things for clients, not complicating them.

Call today for an appointment to consult with her today.


Long Term Care

Assisted Living – What to Look For? What to Avoid?

Recently, a friend of mine, who works in this field, asked, “how do I advise friends and clients who are in the uncomfortable position of having to choose a new home for mom or dad?” First of all, I want to point out that there are several other choices besides Assisted Living Facilities (“ALF”) and … Continue reading Assisted Living – What to Look For? What to Avoid?

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Multi-generational alternatives benefit everyone.
Nursing Homes, Assisted Living or…some alternative?

I’ve written a lot about the process of choosing an Assisted Living or a Nursing Facility or other alternatives. Actually what I’ve typically written about is the lack of choice we have in such matters and that most of us arrive at that weigh station through a medical crisis with a parent or loved one … Continue reading Nursing Homes, Assisted Living or…some alternative?

Mother & Daughter – Assisted Living Time

There are days – most days – that I really love what I do.  Working with older folks and their families can be a very rewarding and joyful experience. Those days, for example, when I get to tell an older couple, fallen on tough times and who are having many medical issues and who have … Continue reading Mother & Daughter – Assisted Living Time


Planning

Multi-generational alternatives benefit everyone.
Nursing Homes, Assisted Living or…some alternative?

I’ve written a lot about the process of choosing an Assisted Living or a Nursing Facility or other alternatives. Actually what I’ve typically written about is the lack of choice we have in such matters and that most of us arrive at that weigh station through a medical crisis with a parent or loved one … Continue reading Nursing Homes, Assisted Living or…some alternative?

Going Home for the Holidays? Help Them Stay Safe, Healthy and Independent

This week, we discussed it. My brothers and sisters. My mother. It’s our time. Is wasTime for THE Talk. No, no, no! Not the birds & bees talk!  It’s time to look for ways we can keep my increasingly frail mother safe, healthy and as independent as possible. Not in her home, alone, anymore.  We … Continue reading Going Home for the Holidays? Help Them Stay Safe, Healthy and Independent

How Old is Elder?

For you newcomers, you should know that some of my writing is only tangentially related to legal subjects. That is because my practice, while specifically focused on Elder LAW is really about elder ISSUES.  Many of the problems brought to me have less to do with the law than with family dynamics, institutional bureaucracies and … Continue reading How Old is Elder?