The Elder Law Center of San Fernando Valley
Who We Are And What We Do
We are a compassionate and fiercely dedicated team of elder law attorneys. We guide and advise our clients through the maze of complexity surrounding elder law and provide them with cost-effective solutions.
As a community based elder law practice, we utilize a broad range of diverse professional skills to help our elderly clients better manage their legal and financial goals. We also partner with other types of professionals in various fields in order to provide our clients with a single resource for all their current and future legal needs.
Finally, we advise and serve our elderly clients by helping them preserve and protect their assets, while helping them reach the highest possible quality of life. We serve families in all income brackets based on each client’s financial goals and needs.
Should you have any questions or want to learn more about our services, you are invited to schedule a free initial consultation with us by calling: 818-906-1441 or toll free at 800-627-6566, or simply contact us online.
For years, you have been paying into the Social Security retirement system. Find out if you are eligible to begin receiving monthly cash retirement benefits and whether there are retirement strategies that will enable you to receive the maximum benefits. Learn how to meet the specific eligibility requirements and how to file for benefits. Learn more how Social Security retirement benefits are calculated. To schedule a free initial consultation with us, call 818-906-1441 or toll free at 800-627-6566, or simply use the Contact Us Form to contact us online. Learn More…
SSI is a Social Security program that pays you monthly benefits if you become disabled before reaching retirement age and are unable to work. Social Security program rules assume that you have access to other financial resources to provide support during periods of short-term disability such as savings, workers’ compensation, insurance, and investments. Find out if you qualify for disability and learn how to apply for these benefits. To schedule a free initial consultation with us, call 818-906-1441 or toll free at 800-627-6566, or simply use the Contact Us Form to contact us online. Learn More…
Protecting and providing for those you love requires early planning. Whether it’s a simple will or a living trust, you will want to make sure you understand your full range of options and obtain the advice you need to protect your family. We can also help you set up an estate plan that minimizes your tax exposure while making sure your assets remain protected. If indicated, we will also help prepare Medical and Financial Powers of Attorney, End-of Life Health Care Directives and establish Conservatorships. To schedule a free initial consultation with us, call 818-906-1441 or toll free at 800-627-6566, or simply use the Contact Us Form to contact us online.
Unfortunately, elder care has become increasingly competitive and in some cases predatory. Although aggressively regulated, the economic forces driving the private elder care industry is to fill as many beds as possible while reducing operational costs at every conceivable level. A common result of this tension is negligent care and in far too many instances, elder abuse. Fortunately, the elderly have important legal rights and protections under federal and state law. Our firm is dedicated to protecting these rights and wherever possible making sure our clients are duly compensated for the wrongs committed against them. Learn more about elder abuse. To schedule a free initial consultation with us, call 818-906-1441 or toll free at 800-627-6566, or simply use the Contact Us Form to contact us online. Learn More…
The elderly often fall victim to medical malpractice. Medical malpractice is especially common in nursing home settings and has become in recent years a specialized area of the law. Prosecuting these cases requires both a deep knowledge of the medical sciences, as well as a comprehensive understanding of elder care law. Our firm has the expertise and resources needed to successfully prosecute such cases. If you believe you or a loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice, schedule a free initial consultation with us, call 818-906-1441 or toll free at 800-627-6566, or simply use the Contact Us Form to contact us online. Learn More…
For the elderly, being in a car accident, even a minor one, can cause serious bodily injury. This is especially true if the impact aggravates a preexisting arthritic or other medical condition. Under the law, the person responsible for causing the accident is legally responsible for the re-injury and/or aggravation of a preexisting condition. To schedule a free initial consultation with us, call 818-906-1441 or toll free at 800-627-6566, or simply use the Contact Us Form to contact us online. Learn More…
The elderly are most susceptible to suffering a severe and life-changing brain injury. The brain injury can be caused by trauma of a simple fall, car accident or through the medical mismanagement of these forms of traumatic injuries. A common form of medical malpractice is the mismanagement of a stroke or the failure to prevent its onset. With over 35 years of litigating medical malpractice cases, our firm has both the experience and resources necessary to obtain the financial recovery you and your family deserve. To schedule a free initial consultation with us, call 818-906-1441 or toll free at 800-627-6566, or simply use the Contact Us Form to contact us online. Learn More…
To better serve you, if you are physically unable to visit us at our offices, one of our elder law attorneys will visit you at your home or hospital.
Law Offices of Kenneth W. Drake & Associates, Inc.
21241 Ventura Blvd. Suite 288
Woodland Hills, Ca. 91364
Woodland Hills Office Serves The Following San Fernando Valley Communities:
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Q I believe my mother may be developing a bedsore. She is eighty-eight years old and currently lives in a Board & Care after having suffered a stroke that resulted in her right side being completely paralyzed. She is unable to walk or sit-up in bed. Her body position is often is a stationary position for […]
What If I Need A Conservatorship Right Away? Q & A My head is spinning. My 87-year-old father has rapidly declined in his mental and physical functioning. I spoke to my neighbor who has told me it is probably too late to have a Power Of Attorney set-up because my father no longer has the […]
Q. I am 63 years old and have worked for the same car-parts wholesale dealer for the past thirty years. The company offered a very attractive shared-pay pension plan, which I was expecting to collect on when I reached the age of 65. Between my pension and my social security, I thought I would have […]
My husband passed away two months ago at age 68. I am 60 and work part-time as a real estate agent. I would like to know whether I am eligible to receive my husband’s social security benefits. My husband had both life insurance and a monthly pension from his work. How do I find out […]
Q. I ran across a friend the other day and she was telling me about her neighbor, an 82 year-old grandmother and that an in-home caregiver had sexually assaulted the elder. I was shocked when I learned this since my mother, who suffers from serious dementia, lives in a nursing home and I never even […]
Who needs long-term-care?
Nearly 70 percent of Americans who reach the age of 65 will need some form of long-term care in their lives for a period of three years or longer. Currently, almost 12 million Americans are currently in need of long-term-care and support. This figure is estimated to increase to 27 million in 2050.
Who provides long-term-care?
Informal caregivers provide 80% of all long-term care services; 61 percent are women. Medicaid covers approximately 62% of total long-term care spending.
How much does it cost?
Nearly $220 billion per year for paid caregiving compared to an estimated $450 billion per year for unpaid caregiving. Nursing home care average cost: $81,030 for a semi-private room and $90,520 for a private room per year.
Elder Resource Links
American Association of Retired Persons
Provides a variety of elder topics including Social Security and Medicare. They promote elder advocacy at the national level.
A research, education and support organization that provides a nationwide network of 24/7 support centers to those inflicted with Alzheimer’s disease and their families.
American Hospice Foundation
Provides information and support programs for the terminally ill and their grieving families.
Center for Medicare Advocacy
Provides attorneys, paralegals, nurses, and technology specialists. The Center offers a wide variety of Medicare information such as self-help guides and updates.
Provides information on Senior Living and Eldercare Services
Organization provides information on affordable health and long-term care and includes a directory of related sites that cover Medicaid and managed care. Also offers a wide range of materials to helpful elder care organizations.
The Hospice Patients Alliance
The Hospice Patients Alliance a nonprofit organization committed to serving the hospice patients, their families and caregivers.
A non-line community and resource site that is devoted to improving end-of-life care by delivering educational programs involving professional caregivers, educators and citizens.
Also known as “Meals-On-Wheels” and offers resources to local senior meal delivery services and offers direct financial support by providing online contact assistance between volunteer organizations and the people that need their services.
Medicare Rights Center
A nonprofit center committed to ensuring that our elderly population with disabilities receives appropriate and affordable health care. The site provides helpful information and resources on Medicare and its health care programs.
Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers
Committed to the development, advancement, and promotion of humane and dignified care for the elderly.