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

Elder law includes estate planning (Wills, Powers of Attorney, Advanced Medical Directives, etc.) as well as Long Term Care Planning (including LTC Insurance, Medicaid and VA Benefits), Guardianship/Conservatorship proceedings, advocacy for families or residents dealing with assisted living or nursing facilities including Care Planning, disputes with Medicare and Medicaid and much more.

Attorney Doris Gelbman believes clients need an opportunity to find out if her expertise in elder law will be helpful to them; she offers a free, 20 minute initial consultation to any potential caller. A consultation may be conducted in person or over the telephone.

Many of Gelbman Law’s clients find it difficult to travel to appointments 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 may be located. Gelbman will meet you in your home, in a hospital, an Assisted Living or Nursing facility – whereever you are most comfortable.  There is no extra charge for mileage

Elder Law Mobile

Elder Law Mobile” — makes housecalls!

or travel.Gelbman sees her job as simplifying things for clients, not complicating them.

Call for an appointment or your free consultation 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 … Continue reading


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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 … Continue reading


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 … Continue reading



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 … Continue reading


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 … Continue reading


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 … Continue reading