Dennis has concentrated his practice on Elder Law, Estate Planning, and planning for individuals with disabilities since 1992. He understands that Estate Planning is more than the preparation of documents. With this philosophy, he has been helping his clients develop a plan in the event a family member becomes incapacitated as well as helping his clients ensure the proper distribution of their assets at death.
Dennis has extensive knowledge about Medicaid and law and has helped hundreds of clients figure out ways to keep themselves at home for as long as possible as well as protect the home. He also develops plans to protect their assets and achieve Medicaid eligibility for nursing home care when staying at home is no longer possible. As a son of a parent with Alzheimer’s and as a founding member and president of the local Alzheimer’s Association, he understands Alzheimer's and other disabling diseases and has helped hundreds of families deal with the many issues and problems, legal and otherwise, that they face.
Dennis has also worked extensively with clients who have disabilities or have children with disabilities. He knows how critically important maintaining public benefits (Medicaid or Supplemental Security Income [SSI]), are for the person and his or her family. He has extensive knowledge and experience in making sure his clients’ eligibility is not jeopardized as a result of an inheritance from a parent or spouse or from a personal injury settlement. He helps the person with disabilities has the highest quality of life possible and his or her parents and family to develop plans to make sure the person with disabilities is taken care of in the event the parent or caregiver becomes unable to care for the person with disabilities. This is often achieved through the use of Special Needs Trusts.
Dennis also works with personal injury lawyers to help them settle a personal injury case of a person with disabilities to ensure that the person does not lose public benefit eligibility. This experience led Dennis to co-found the Special Needs Alliance, which is a nationwide invitation-only group of attorneys who practice in almost every state and who are dedicated to providing legal, financial, and counseling assistance to persons with disabilities.
Dennis graduated from Michigan State University in 1972 and Marquette University School of Law in 1976. His early legal practice focused on civil litigation and real estate law.
Dennis has been a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) since 1993. He served on its Board of Directors for two terms and was honored as a Fellow of that organization. NAELA is the leading, national legal organization educating its members and advocating on behalf of our clients who are dealing with and solving the problems encountered as we age, as well as clients who have disabilities and their families.
Dennis is also a past board member and Vice President of Palmetto Pathway Homes, which was a non-profit organization dedicated to clients with paranoid schizophrenia. He was also appointed by the Governor of South Carolina to the Governor's Commission of Advanced Directives.
For fourteen years Dennis hosted Senior Focus, a call-in radio show answering callers questions about Elder Law, Estate Planning, Probate, Trusts, Medicare, Medicaid, Special Needs Trusts and Disability planning, Veteran’s Benefits and helping people solve the problems we face as we age. He also speaks to civic groups, church groups and senior groups, and speaks to lawyers on these topics for more than twenty years.
He is married and has two children.
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