REBECCA A. HOBBS
Rebecca A. Hobbs, Esq., CELA, s an associate attorney with the law firm O’Donnell, Weiss & Mattei, P.C. She is a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) by the National Elder Law Foundation as authorized by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Ms. Hobbs focuses her practice in elder law, special needs planning, estate planning, estate and trust administration, and Veteran’s benefits. Ms. Hobbs is accredited as a United States Veterans Administration Attorney. She is also a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) and the Pennsylvania Association of Elder Law Attorneys (PAELA). She is an active member of the Montgomery County Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA). She serves on the PBA Charitable Organizations Committee and the PBA Legal Services to Persons with Disabilities Committee. She is also a graduate of the Tri-County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Class of 2013-2014. As an elder law attorney Ms. Hobbs is able to provide exceptional legal guidance while also understanding the sensitivity and compassion needed for assisting families in a time of crisis. Ms. Hobbs resides in Phoenixville with her husband and two children.
KATHLEEN M. MARTIN
Kathleen M. Martin, Esq., CELA, is a principal attorney at O’Donnell, Weiss & Mattei, P.C. Her areas of practice include elder law, estate planning and estate administration. She is a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) by the National Elder Law Foundation as authorized by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and accredited before the U.S. Veterans Administration.
Ms. Martin is a 2002 graduate of Widener University School of Law. She is a Registered Nurse, most recently working as the Nursing Supervisor of the Visiting Nurse Association of Pottstown and Vicinity before going to law school. As an elder law attorney, she approaches the client’s needs holistically, incorporating the social, financial, medical, and interpersonal needs of the client and family in helping the elder live his or her life with dignity as they age.
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Elder Law and Special Needs Planning
The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) defines elder law by the client to be served, rather than by the type of law practiced by the attorney. In other words, a lawyer who practices in the area of elder law has a specific type of client, seniors and clients (young and old) that have a disability. Elder Law is the legal practice of counseling and representing older persons as well as persons that have a disability, their representatives and families. Elder Law includes health and long-term planning, guidance on public benefits, legal capacity, estate planning, and administration of trusts and estates. Legal problems that affect the elderly and persons that have a disability are growing in number, and becoming more complex. Moreover, a single action taken by a senior citizen or person that has a disability can have unwanted and unintended legal effects if consultation with an elder law attorney is not undertaken.
The Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) designation has frequently been referred to as "the gold standard" for elder law and special needs attorneys. This designation represents the hard work and the production of evidence that is required before an attorney can proudly declare that he or she holds the valued designation. OWM Law is pleased to have two elder law attorneys that hold the CELA certification, Rebecca A. Hobbs, Esquire and Kathleen M. Martin, Esquire. As of the date of this article there are only forty-nine attorneys in the state of Pennsylvania that hold the CELA designation. Both Attorney Hobbs and Attorney Martin see clients in our Pottstown and Phoenixville offices. The CELA certification program is administered by The National Elder Law Foundation (NELF). CELAs must demonstrate that they have practiced law for at least five (5) years, with three (3) of the most recent years of practice being focused in the area of elder law and special needs planning. Additionally, a CELA must pass a rigorous full-day examination, undergo a review by peers and colleagues, and demonstrate that their law practice is actually focused on special needs and elder law. Once certified, a CELA must continue to practice primarily in elder law and special needs planning, and complete continuing education credits specifically targeted to advanced attorneys in these areas. Most of the leading figures in the elder law and special needs field today hold the CELA certification. NAELA has an published article titled, The Top 6 Reasons to Hire an Elder Law Attorney. You can read the article by clicking the blue hyperlink and find out more information on the importance of working with an elder law attorney.
You can contact Rebecca A. Hobbs, Esquire and Kathleen M. Martin, Esquire via telephone at (610) 323-2800 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com to schedule an elder law or special needs planning consultation. Also, please watch OWM's September 2016 Legal Talk program regarding Elder Law and Special Needs Planning on our website here.
David A. Megay, Esq., speaking at Chester County Night School Seminar at Owen J. Roberts High School, Room 124, Pottstown, PA, on 09/28/16 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. entitled “Buying and Selling Real Estate in PA,” and on 10/26/16 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. entitled "Starting and Operating Your Own Business" (contact Chester County Night School at 610-692-1964 or online at www.chestercountynightschool.org).
Kathleen M. Martin, Esq., speaking at Chester County Night School Seminars at West Chester B. Reed Henderson High School, West Chester, PA, on 9/28/16 from 7:00-8:30 p.m., and at Owen J. Roberts High School, Pottstown, PA, on 10/12/16 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. entitled "Understanding the Unique Needs of Aging Adults from an Elder Law Perspective"; and at Owen J. Roberts High School, Pottstown, PA, on 10/26/16 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. entitled "Beyond the Simple Will" (contact Chester County Night School at 610-692-1964 or online at www.chestercountynightschool.org).
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