Elder Law Basics

Date: Monday, November 16, 2015
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N. McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater 33759
Speaker: Linda Chamberlain, Esq.

The luncheon meeting will be held at Ruth Eckerd Hall, Margarete Heye Great Room located at 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater 33759. The meeting will begin promptly at Noon.

Advance reservations are required.

Meeting Location:

Ruth Eckerd Hall, Margarete Heye Great Room - DIRECTIONS

1111 N. McMullen Booth Road
Clearwater, FL 33759

“Elder Law Basics” presented by Linda Chamberlain, Esq.

Linda R. Chamberlain is a Florida Board Certified Elder Law Attorney who has practiced in the Clearwater area since 1991.  Linda has achieved Martindale Hubbell's highest rating as an AV® Preeminent™ Attorney.  Her Elder Law practice includes Medicaid Planning, Medicaid Applications, Long Term Care and Disability Issues, Qualified Income Trusts, Special Needs Trusts, Veterans Benefits and Estate Planning.  Linda is the Founder and President of “Aging Wisely, LLC” a professional care management company and “EasyLiving, Inc.” a non-medical private duty home care company. Linda serves as an Adjunct Professor at the Stetson University College of Law. She currently serves on the Board of the Clearwater Free Clinic.    Prior to practicing law she was the Director of Social Services at Lancashire Hall Rehabilitation Center in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, a Field Services Director of the Area Agency on Aging in Kirksville, Missouri, and a Discharge Planner at Doctors Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.  She received her BA degree in Social Work from Oral Roberts University and JD degree from the University Of Cincinnati College Of Law. 

Linda is a Past Chair of the Elder Law Section of the Florida Bar and remains an active member. She served on the Executive Committee of the Elder Law Section of the Florida Bar 2003 - 2010.  She served on the Florida Bar BLSE Elder Law Certification Exam committee 2005-2009.  She served as the Co-Chair and Chair of the Elder Law Committee of the Clearwater Bar Association from 2005-2007.  She has served on the Gulfcoast Legal Services Board of Directors from 2004-2007 and on the Clearwater Bar Foundation Board during 2006.  She served on the Clearwater Yacht Club Youth Sailing committee from 2002-2004.  She served on the Board of Directors of Partners in Self-Sufficiency from 1998 - 2003 and served as Board President from 1999-2001. She previously served seven years on the Board of Directors of St. Paul's School, and has served as a liaison for Youth Leadership Pinellas and Leadership Pinellas Board of Directors.

Professional memberships include the Florida Bar, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Florida Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Elder Law Section of the Florida Bar, Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar, Clearwater Bar Association, Elder Law Committee and Probate Committee of the Clearwater Bar, St. Petersburg Bar Association, National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers and the Florida Council on Aging.  

Publications include:

The Florida Bar Administration of Trusts in Florida (2d ed. 1999, 3rd ed. 2001 and 4th ed. 2005) ”Medicaid Trust Administration" Chapter, co-authored with Attorney Charles F. Robinson.

Florida Banking Association magazine article “Client Capacity Issues,” co-authored with Shannon Martin.  

Presentations include:

Clearwater Bar Association, Joint Probate and Elder Law Section, March 2015 on “Defining Capacity Outside of Guardianship: How to Protect your Client and Yourself.”

American Society on Aging, San Diego, California in March 2014 on “A Better Approach to Eldercare Planning.”

Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Basic Probate, Guardianship and Elder Law in February 2014 on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

Florida Bar Health Law Section 5th Annual FUNdamentals: “Medicaid in a Day” in September 2013 on Medicaid Long Term Care from the Consumer’s Perspective.

Tampa Bay Financial Planning Association continuing education presentation in August 2013 on Special Needs Trusts: 1st and 3rd Party Special Needs Trusts and the Effect of the Affordable Care Act.

Florida Bar Elder Law Section’s Elder Law Annual Update and Review Course in January 2012 on Health Insurance and the Affordable Care Act.

Florida Bar Elder Law Section and Health Care Section The Affordable Care Act – Patient and Provider continuing education presentation in July 2011 on Practical Practices for the Practitioner - The ACA, Medicaid ICP, Med Waiver and SSI/SSDI Special Needs Trusts.

Linda's love and compassion for older adults began at a very young age when she helped take care of her grandmother.  Her grandmother fell and broke her hip when she was 76 years old in 1971, unfortunately due to the lack of available rehabilitation and financial assistance her grandmother never walked again and was maintained in her own home by her husband and family for 5 years prior to passing away.  Helping people through the journey of the aging process has been a lifelong passion. 

During 2008 Linda’s mother, who lived locally, was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer.  While fortunate to survive two years after diagnosis, Linda experienced the day to day experience of caring for a loved one while working and maintaining a family.  Linda’s mother died during 2010.  Linda is fortunate to have her father still living close by.  Linda enjoys many outdoor activities and spending time with her husband and family.

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