Elder law attorneys have a common challenge: keeping up with the constant changes in their field. As one experienced lawyer told me while I was writing a Wisconsin Lawyer article, “There’s a lot of information out there, but you can’t read it all and practice elder law and make a living.”
That’s when I got the idea for Elder Law in Wisconsin. I want to be the person who synthesizes that information to create new resources for Wisconsin elder law attorneys, so they can practice elder law, make a living, and have all the information they need at their fingertips.
Fair hearing decisions are a case in point. When I research a Medicaid issue, I sorely wish I had something like On Point, the State Public Defender blog that comments on criminal opinions, but for fair hearings. That’s the kind of thing I’d like to do with Elder Law in Wisconsin.
I am a writer and a lawyer. I’ve been practicing elder law since 2017. Before that, I spent six months as an attorney editor at the State Bar of Wisconsin.
It was exciting to work on the books so many Wisconsin lawyers use and rely on in their practices. My job was to work with attorney authors, update and improve the books, and develop new books. I got to think big-picture and sweat the details. I loved it.
The pressure of student loans pushed me towards a higher paying job, though. I didn’t want to place a six-figure bet on public service loan forgiveness. So when I got the surprise chance to join a firm and learn elder law, I took it.
I never shook my desire to write, edit, and publish, though. I had lots of ideas as an attorney editor about how to publish useful information for lawyers. Now I have lots of ideas about the resources I wish existed as a young, new elder law attorney.
That’s why Elder Law in Wisconsin exists. It’s my project to write and publish the things I want for my own practice. I hope it will prove useful for yours, too.