How One Elder and Special Needs Attorney Institutes Covid-19 Safety Measures for Clients

The Global Covid-19 pandemic has altered the way everyone does business. For law offices the pandemic has given rise to remote depositions, virtual seminars and a variety of tele-presence meetings and consultations. When it comes to working in the office, contact between staff must be kept to a minimum and accommodations must be made to keep visitors safe. For clients intending to visit a law office, life has become more complicated. Many law firms are trying to find ways to balance the safety needs of their clients and staff with the duties of their practice as the institute new technologies and practices for their attorneys and staff.

For Elder and Special Needs Attorney, Mark Shalloway, this meant establishing new health and safety protocols for the entire office. To safely accommodate clients meetings during this time of Covid-19,  the firm limits visitors to the office to one client at a time. Each person entering the office must wear a mask. Upon entry each visitor must have his or her temperature taken. From there, the next step is interacting with a receptionist through a glass panel where documents are examined and scanned. The firm has also added safety shields for documents signings.

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Whenever possible consultations are conducted remotely via ZOOM or conference call technology.

Speaking about the new health and safety measures G. Mark Shalloway explains the decisions behind the protocols:

We wanted to create a safe way for our clients to come into our offices while minimizing any risk to our team. Without question the pandemic has changed so much about the world of law and our practice. These new measures are our way of staying on top of the pandemic as much as possible and keeping our services operating for our clients as we keep the office open for our staff as well.

For law offices in the United States, the American Bar Association has published a series of Covid-19 safety guidelines and practices as part of its task force. The resources provided by the ABA include links to important federal and state authorities, guidelines on how to conduct remote services, and a collection of free videos.

 

 

NNRC Announces Their Database of Partners

(Folsom, California) August 18, 2020

The National Network Reporting Company (NNRC) is pleased to announce their database of partners. Since the 1980s, the NNRC has been one of the leading legal resources that set standards for quality reporting. To become a partner of the NNRC, court reporting companies must go through a strict vetting process that assures their speed, accuracy, and customer service lives up to the needs of the NNRC’s prestigious clients.

On this page, clients can find a list of court reporting firms across the world that can provide them the litigation support they need. Whether in Texas, British Columbia, or London, attorneys and paralegals can book any litigation support service they need with professionals they know they can trust no matter where in the world they are. Find out which court reporting firms support your area by exploring the database of court reporters.

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The NNRC and its dedicated partners offer the best legal resources in the game. Each firm offers a variety of litigation support services and cutting-edge technology to fit their many clients’ needs. Court reporters are fast and accurate. Videographers produce content with crisp and clear audio and video. Remote depositions give clients the ability to meet with their entire legal team over a secure, online server. No matter what an attorney needs, they can always expect the best of the best from the NNRC and its partners.

For more information on the NNRC, call (916) 451-9187, email debbe.dreher@nnrc.com, or fill out their contact form.

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Medicaid Planning and Assisted Living

Nursing homes, assisted living, and homecare services for an elder in need are a difficult expense for many middle-class families to manage. Home health care can be anywhere from $2,000 to $12,000 a month. Assisted living can be anywhere from $3,000 to $8,000 a month. Nursing homes can be anywhere from $9,000 to $14,000 a month. The responsibility to help pay for these services falls on the shoulders of the elder’s children, and while it is a reality many don’t want to face, when their parent frequently falls, wanders, or drives when they should not be, it becomes exceedingly clear just how important extra care is to the elder’s wellbeing.

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A few typical diseases that require long-term care versus short-term care are:

  • Alzheimer’s
  • Parkinson’s
  • Stenosis
  • Neuropathy
  • “Dementia“
  • Stroke

Medicare will not pay for care unless you specifically purchased “long-term care
insurance.” All other insurances, including the military Tri-care for Life, will not pay for so-called “unskilled” or “custodial” care. Medicare and its various Advantage Plans and Supplemental policies cover “short-term skilled” care and will not pay for care longer than about 100 days– be that in a nursing home, your personal residence, or anywhere else. The situation isn’t any better for veterans. Many veterans and their families mistakenly believe the VA will pay for at-home health aides, assisted living, and nursing home care because they use VA doctors and get their prescriptions from the VA. Typically, only service-connected disabled vets are an exception, but not for their spouse.

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Medicaid is often the answer for those who need help. Financially, the demographics that benefit most from Medicaid planning are middle class married couples worried about impoverishment, a spouse due to the diseases and conditions above, a widow or widower, or an elder’s kids worried about running out of money for their parents and having to pay out of pocket.

So how can Medicaid help relieve some off that strife?  There are three key places:

  • Free home aids up to 5 hours a day. Medicaid will also pay for optional adult day care, diapers, prescriptions, medical transportation, physical and occupational therapy, and more. You can add or hire more hours a
    day to this on your own if you need.
  • Care at the assisted living facility. You pay for room and board (rent and food), and Medicaid will pay the care portion of the monthly bill. For example, if the assisted living costs $3,200 a month, Medicaid will pay $1,200 for care, and you pay $2,000 for rent for the apartment and food for the month.
  • Medicaid Pays the entire nursing home bill after your personal monthly income copay. Your share of cost in a nursing home is never more than your personal monthly income.I f you are married, your spouse may be entitled to keep a portion of your income for his or her own living expenses, lowering your care costs even more.
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There are many variables that go into one’s qualification for Medicaid, which is why an elder law attorneys is so crucial throughout the process. One wants a lawyer who can handle their particular legal situation and has expertise in the area of law relating to one’s legal needs. While all lawyers are allowed to advertise, only certified attorneys are allowed to identify themselves as “Bar Board Certified” or as a “specialist”. Certification is the highest level of recognition by the state Bar of the competency and experience of attorneys in the areas of law approved for certification by the state Supreme Court.

 

Certified Elder Law attorneys deal with legal issues involving health and personal care planning, including: advance directives, lifetime planning, family issues, fiduciary representation, capacity, guardianship, power of attorney, financial planning, public benefits and insurance, resident rights in long-term care facilities, housing opportunities and financing, employment and retirement matters, income, estate and gift tax
matters, estate planning, probate, nursing home claims, age or disability discrimination, and
grandparent’s rights.

To be certified, the lawyer was required to have substantial involvement in all aspects of planning for aging, illness, and incapacity in the five years preceding certification. Each certified lawyer has passed peer review, completed 60 hours of continuing legal education within the three years immediately preceding application, and has passed a written
examination demonstrating knowledge, skills, and proficiency in the field of elder law to justify the representation of special competence.

When scheduling a board-certified elder law attorney, clients can rest easy knowing they are working with a professional who not only knows what they are doing, but cares about their clients’ well-being. To those going through such a hard time, this is a relief.

Utilizing the Web for Education on Legal Matters

Months ago, when people needed legal advice, the answer was simple. Look up an attorney who practices whatever legal needs one might have, and stop by their office for a consultation. Some attorneys, like Mark Shalloway of Shalloway & Shalloway in West Palm Beach, go a step further and offer free legal seminars to his community monthly. This allows anyone in Palm Beach County to learn about applying for Medicaid, asset protection, avoiding the cost of probate, and many more topics that are covered under the wide umbrella that is elder law.

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However, given our current public health crisis, holding seminars in person that are designed to facilitate large groups of people is not exactly feasible. Large gatherings are to be cancelled or postponed until a later date, which unfortunately cuts off these learning opportunities for potential clients who want this valuable, free resource before scheduling a consultation with an attorney.

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But some law firms fight to perpetuate the spread of knowledge. The staff at Shalloway & Shalloway still offer these seminars, but virtually. These seminars still take place monthly on three different days to accommodate the most people possible, but instead of being packed in a conference or meeting room, the “audience” can now attend via video or call. All an attendee has to do is reserve their free spot by calling (888) 366-0062. The next set of virtual seminars, or webinars, are May 12th, May 13th, and May 14th from two in the afternoon to four in the afternoon. Now, present and future clients can learn about all things elder law from the comfort and safety of their home. 

Even legal conferences are still occurring in a webinar format. The annual Fundamentals of Special Needs Trusts Administration Event, an event hosted by Stetson University, took place virtually on April 24. Speakers at this event— including the likes of Attorney Robert Fleming, Chief Fiduciary Officer Gentry Byrnes, and Mark Shalloway— discussed administrative issues trustees, attorneys, financial planners and others involved in Special Needs Trust administration regularly face. It was a fantastic resource for attendees who wanted to learn more about the SECURE Act, examining the use of SNT, and much more. In this virtual setting, everyone was able to stay safe.

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The internet and the technology legal professionals have at their disposal allows them to keep in contact with their current and future clients while keeping everyone safe. Not only can clients learn more about elder law and the surrounding areas of practice, but once they know they need an elder law attorney, they can contact the firm. Remote consultations via video of phone call get clients the same legal help they need from the attorneys they trust.

For more information on Mark Shalloway and his firm, call 561-686-6200, or fill out this contact form.

1400 Centrepark Blvd. Suite #600, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

One-Stop-Shop For Litigation Support in Las Vegas

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While Las Vegas doesn’t hold the title of “the city that never sleeps,” it certainly rings true. Las Vegas hustle and bustles at all hours of the day. With an abundance of restaurants, casinos, entertainment venues, hotels, and small businesses, Las Vegas has something for everyone.

This makes for a robust legal scene. Attorneys from all areas of practice make a home for themselves to serve the people of Las Vegas the justice they need. Cases here could be anything from workers compensation, to copyright, to criminal, and every area of practice in between. There isn’t one type of law that goes unrepresented in a city like this.

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No matter where they practice, attorneys are busy. This is doubly true for those in Clarke County. And with their heavy workload, attorneys and paralegals can’t afford to shop around between litigation support firms in search of each and every one of the legal resources they need. They don’t want to have to schedule a court reporter from one firm, a conference room from another, and a videographer from a third. These days, attorneys want to find that court reporting firm that is a one-stop-shop for all their legal needs. Too many court reporting firms fall behind on this trend. As a result, they are unable provide attorneys the litigation support they need, which leads to a lull in business that is difficult to recover from.

Monice Campbell wanted to make a difference in the Las Vegas legal scene that other litigation support firms couldn’t match. She realized that what really makes a difference in a deposition “boils down to two real people: the person who answers your call to schedule the deposition and the court reporter seated in the deposition who is responsible for the record.”

As a result, Campbell developed Envision Legal to serve attorneys across Nevada with the quality litigation support they deserve. Envision’s responsive staff prides themselves on getting the job done right the first time on cases big or small, and deposition or trial. These Las Vegas court reporters have served on cases such as the Venetian Lein Claim Discovery, the Regional Justice Center, Hyatt v. CA Franchise Tax Board, and so many more. The firm proudly displays a number of cases they’ve served on online for potential clients to browse. 

While their resume is impressive, part of what makes Envision Legal such a desirable court reporting firm to work with is the variety of services offered. Each and every one is approached with the same, meticulous attention, so clients can be confident they are scheduling a service that will exceed their needs. Their certified court reporters have national certifications and are recognized for their speed. When a client requests real-time depositions, they can expect their transcript streamed for the counsel to be at least 99% accurate. The firm’s certified legal videographers provide clients broadcast-quality video synchronized with the transcript of the legal proceedings. For clients in need of e-Discovery or Document review, they can expect hosted discovery on leading review platforms with managed review by multiple-degreed attorneys from JurisClerk’s team.

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With Envision Legal, attorneys don’t have to hop from firm to firm in search of the litigation support they need. This saves them valuable time to spend helping their client win their case. For many attorney’s Envision Legal’s name is like a seal of approval. Clients know that scheduling a service means speed, accuracy, and a dedication to customer service that many firms just do not possess.

“Envision Legal really goes above and beyond to make their clients feel like individuals with individualized needs,” Philip Gabelli, an expert from Sarasota, Florida says. “Many businesses in major cities like Las Vegas don’t have a grasp on customer service like that. Envision Legal is really something special.”

For more information on the firm, call (702) 805-4800, or email scheduling@envision.legal.

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How Attorneys are Adapting to the Coronavirus Crisis

The coronavirus, or COVID-19, is a highly contagious virus that is currently causing substantial problems for professionals across every industry in every corner of the world. In order to keep everyone safe, local and federal governments are taking initiative and urging the public to stay at home. This is the best way that individuals can keep themselves, and their loved ones, safe from the deadly virus. As long as the general public only leaves their home when absolutely necessary, we can curb the spread and return to our lives as soon as possible.

This causes problems for certain professionals. Retail stores are forced to close for the safety of the public and employees alike. Restaurants are opting to have take-out only, vastly cutting down their staff. Teachers have to give class online. The companies that have chosen to work remotely are navigating how to accomplish that. The same goes for legal professionals. Court reporters are opting to turn to remote depositions, allowing attorneys and their clients to proceed with their case from the comfort of their home.

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Attorneys understand that just because a health crisis is occurring, that doesn’t mean that people won’t need legal representation. In fact, it is possible that they may need an attorney now more than ever. Professionals like elder law attorney Mark Shalloway in West Palm Beach gladly offer their clients consultations via phone-call or video. As long as a client has internet or cell service, these consultations can occur with the same efficiency as an in-person meeting.

“Now more than ever, it is important to have your legal and financial obligations secure and under control,” Mark Shalloway says.

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The fields surrounding elder and special needs law are especially important in this time. Shalloway urges his clients to get all important documents in order. This could mean Medicaid planning, asset protection trusts, health care proxy, last will and testament, and so much more. For those who are concerned that they (or their family members) do not have all of these aspects in order, the staff at Shalloway & Shalloway are just a phone call away. No matter what, Shalloway’s staff has always been there for their clients. Now, more than ever, Shalloway’s attorneys desire to be there for the people who need them.

Many are concerned that even if they get these documents together with their attorney, it is not official because it cannot be notarized. In some states, including Florida, this problem is solved. By contacting an attorney through phone call or email, clients can have their important documents notarized through audio-video technology. Times are difficult, but thankfully we live in an age where we have the resources to overcome roadblocks our parents may not have been able to overcome in the past.

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For those who feel unprepared and may not be ready to schedule an appointment with an elder law attorney, the staff at Shalloway & Shyalloway offers virtual seminars and podcasts. These informative listenings are designed to not only educate clients and the community, but to divert attention to another topic for a while. Stream these seminars on shalloway.com.

Throughout all the uncertainties we face today, it is crucial to keep an open mind and open heart. Check in on your neighbors, especially the elderly and those with special needs, to make sure they are all right and have supplies and food that they need, but may be unable to get. Know that, if we all work together (but separately) this can and will be over soon. Keep a close eye on the updates given by the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization. Incorporate this advice into your daily life, stay healthy, stay safe, and stay optimistic.

For more information, call (561) 686-6200 or fill out this contact form.

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Ryan Reporting’s Response to COVID-19

Client and employee health and safety is of the utmost importance to the staff at Ryan Reporting. As the situation surrounding the coronavirus, or COVID-19, rapidly changes, the staff at Ryan Reporting closely follows the updates provided by the professionals at the World Health Organization (WHO) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and actively employs their advice. Ryan Reporting’s offices have been, and always will be pristine, but the firm now takes further measure to ensure proper sanitation and disinfection.

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Businesses across Florida have been shutting down and instructing employees to work from home in hopes of curbing the spread of the virus. The staff at Ryan Reporting understands that many attorneys may not want to leave home to keep themselves, and their families, safe, but they still want to proceed with their cases. The discourse of law coming to a standstill is difficult for attorneys and their clients alike.

To help combat that problem, Ryan Reporting proudly offers remote deposition and videoconferencing services. By scheduling a remote deposition service, attorneys can meet with their legal teams from the comfort of their home.

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Ryan Reporting offers the latest and greatest technology that the world of law has to offer. With their quality audio and visual equipment, clients will see and hear everything said and done as though it was in person. When an attorney schedules a remote court reporter, they can expect the most accurate transcript possible.

For more information on Ryan Reporting’s service, call (321) 636-4450, email  info@ryanreporting.com , or fill out this contact form.

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Staying Afloat in the Court Reporting World

The world of court reporting isn’t what it once was. As technology has grown, adapted, and changed, so have the needs of attorneys. A court reporter who is timely, effective, and accurate is highly important, of course, but that isn’t all attorneys need. These days, attorneys expect far more than what was previously expected of their litigation service, and court reporting firms who don’t incorporate these needs into their practices sink.

What are these key factors?

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Court reporting firms should offer a wide variety of litigation services. Videography has become a staple of the court reporting world, but successful firms offer realtime reporting, subpoena services, conference rooms and so much more. They offer 24/7 online scheduling for busy attorneys. These are the bare bones of what court reporting firms need to offer to be competitive in this climate.

So when a court reporting firm has been in business for over 40 years, clients can be confident that the company has cracked the code of what works in the legal world. In Miami, there are few litigation support services that have stood the test of time like Laws Reporting. Since 1976, Laws Reporting has served as the premiere location for court reporting, and other legal services, in South Florida. No case size is too intimidating or too small—after decades of work, nothing surprises the staff at Laws.

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“A lot of businesses in big cities miss the mark for what their clients need,” Jasel Patel, CEO of NGOTechnologies says. “Laws Reporting has found that sweet spot between big city expectations, and small city personalization and standard of customer service. They are truly a force to be reckoned with.”

These Miami court reporters check off each and every box that makes a great court reporting firm. The staff is well known for their speed, accuracy, and effectiveness. When it comes to getting a clearer transcript, attorneys in South Florida won’t find one. But Laws Reporting is more than just a stellar court reporting firm—they are a full-service litigation firm. They offer the services attorneys have come to expect along with well over a dozen more. With Laws Reporting, attorneys and paralegals can schedule translators, streaming services, and aids of execution. That is just the tip of the iceberg.

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The staff at Laws understand how important it is to have a court reporting firm you can trust wherever you are. Their connection to the National Network Reporting Company allows them to extend their services worldwide, but Laws has taken a more personal approach in South Florida. South Florida clients don’t have to drive to Miami or Fort Lauderdale to meet with Laws’ staff—there is likely a satellite office near them. From Fort Pierce all the way to Key West, attorneys can pop into an office just minutes from their own to chat with the qualified staff at Laws Reporting.

It is difficult for any business to stay open for 40 years. In a field as tumultuous and ever-changing as law, this is 10 times more difficult. Laws Reporting has unlocked the secret that keeps their firm alive, but it isn’t as mind-blowing as one may think: Laws listens to their clients. They take their clients’ needs into account, and apply them to business. It really is that simple. Their client-first approach brings attorneys and paralegals back time and time again.

For more information on Laws Reporting, call (954) 581-4010, email laws@lawsreporting.com, or visit their offices.

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What Makes Hanna Reporting’s Realtime Reporters Special?

Court reporting and realtime reporting are sisters, not twins. Both involve recording the legal proceedings of a deposition or trial, but that is where the similarities stop.

Realtime reporters are made to be the true peak of speed and accuracy. As the name suggests, realtime reporting involves producing a legible transcript in real time, most often so the text can be displayed on another device nearly instantaneously. This allows the judge, the jury, and other legal professionals to easily follow along with who said what right as it is said.

Most court reporting firms offer realtime reporting services. It has more or less become a staple in the industry and has become more readily called upon than other forms of court reporting. It takes a special kind of professional to execute realtime reporting to the standard it should be, and it takes a special type of firm to bring together these individuals.

In Houston, Texas, Hanna & Hanna Certified Court Reporting & Video Specialists have found that formula. Regularly known as Hanna Reporting, the firm has worked cases big and small across the great state of Texas. Their variety of litigation services allows Hanna Reporting to serve the needs of their clients to the fullest extent.

“There aren’t better court reporters in Houston,” Julie Rehberg of Omaha, Nebraska says. “They work around the clock to make sure their clients have everything they need when they need it.”

Hanna Reporting encourages their clients to save time and money by booking a realtime reporter for their deposition or trial, despite it being one of the most difficult services they offer. Why? Because they know that, in the long run, realtime reporting will benefit their clients, which is what truly matters to these Houston court reporters.

When attorneys and paralegals book a realtime reporting service with Hanna Reporting, they can expect to have the testimony in front of them right away. This allows them to highlight areas that may need cross-examination. When necessary Hanna’s Houston court reporters will provide their clients laptops, so that they can be confident the hookup between stentotype and laptop works every time.

It is comforting for many to know Hanna’s staff push through further education to be the best reporter possible. Their realtime professionals are Certified Realtime Reporters, Certified Livenote Reporters, and Certified Live Deposition reporters. With such a variety, clients know they’ve booked the best of the best.

For more information, call (713) 840-8484, fill out this contact form, or visit their offices. In case of an emergency or last-minute booking after hours, email afterhours@hannareporting.com, and you will receive a prompt call or email that confirms the service.

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Mark Shalloway’s Dedication and Passion for His Work

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For some, 30 years of work at a particular job—or even in a particular field—is an unimaginable feat. How could someone work the same job day in and day out, and still be passionate about their work? For West Palm Beach elder law attorney, Mark Shalloway, it’s easy: passion.

From a young age, Mark Shalloway was fascinated by the world of law. Through watching his father practice, he discovered how the work of attorneys can help through such a diverse number of fields. He always knew he wanted to be social engaged. While continuing his education, a group of panelists came to one of his classes in search of people who were willing to serve as advocates for elder communities.

It was there he realized just how unfairly priced care at these facilities often are. He noticed how the middle class struggled to keep up with the expenses many homes charge, and knew that wasn’t right.

“Elder care lawyers look into these problems to find ways to benefit others,” Mark Shalloway says. “That is the heart and soul of elder law.”

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When Shalloway decided he found his calling, the field of elder law was still growing. It started with a focus on wills and trusts, but as time went on, shifted in include incapacitation, guardianship, and Medicaid. Shalloway served in the charter class of board certified elder law attorneys by the Florida Bar, and has continued to be a trailblazer ever since.

Shalloway has served as member, chairman, and president of a number of organizations dedicated to protecting and serving the elder community. Locally, Mark Shalloway is the founding chairperson of the Palm Beach County Bar Association Elder Law Committee. On a state level, he served as president of the Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys. Nationally, Shalloway served as president of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). These are just three of his many achievements.

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But title isn’t everything. What keeps a man fighting for the rights of others is a dedication to his work. Shalloway and his staff of outstanding elder law attorneys each wish to see the elder community receive the respect and care the deserve. No matter how big or small a case, that staff at Shalloway & Shalloway will do everything in their power to ensure their clients’ needs are met, because at the end of the day, it is client satisfaction that is most important to these professionals.

For more information about Mark Shalloway and his firm, call (561) 686-6200 or visit the Shalloway & Shalloway office.

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