Beovich, Walter & Friend (BWF) is pleased to announce their covered areas of practice. With a 60-year history of excellence, it is no surprise that the firm employs court reporting professionals who specialize in a variety of branches of law. On the areas of practice page, attorneys can easily access which areas of practice the firm covers and book a litigation service tailored specifically for them. All potential and returning clients have to do is select the page from the header to find the list of legal fields that Beovich, Walter & Friend cover.
The Portland court reporters at BWF are dedicated to providing their clients the most comprehensive services possible. They understand that the client’s needs are what helps keep the company in business. They work tirelessly to ensure each and every one of their clients, no matter how large or small the service.
“I have worked with Beovich, Walter & Friend for several years,” one satisfied client says. “They are professional, efficient, reliable, very accommodating and detail oriented. They have assisted me on cases ranging from simple to very complex without fail. I highly recommend their services.”
Even 60 years after opening their doors, BWF continues to be one of the most well-respected firms in the Portland area. The proof is in their talented reporters, open billing, quality customer service, and use of the most cutting-edge technology. They have managed to gain and keep the trust of law firms not only across the state of Oregon, but the entire country. This is what makes them such a successful business.
At some point in nearly everyone’s life, we must step up to care for our elderly parents. It is a notion that has grown to be a social standard for hundreds of years. In spite of that, the idea of what takes to properly care for one’s elders has vastly changed over the past 200 years. It was only in 1823 that the first home for the elderly opened in the United States, yet they didn’t become popular until the 20th century. Alzheimer’s, a disease we now know to impacts many elderly persons, was only coined in 1906. The increase of nursing homes and hospice care only happened after 1965, when Medicare and Medicaid were instituted
Aging wasn’t actively studied until the 20th century. Due to the Baby Boom, which occurred roughly between 1945 and 1960, the United States’ population of seniors is at an all-time high, with thousands more joining the ranks every day. Traditional forms of geriatric care don’t cut it any longer. Some elders need constant monitoring and can no longer cook or clean. Some elders only need moderate assistance getting around the house.
There is a wide variety of ways to provide assistance to aged loved ones care—full-time assisted living homes, monitoring systems, hourly care-providers, and more—and each of them have something in common: expense. West Palm Beach elder law attorney, Mark Shalloway, says that nursing homes can average up to $10,000 depending on state. It’s a hefty price to pay for anyone, but the wealthy can usually cover it. Low-income families often have these costs at least partially covered by welfare services.
So, what happens to the middle-class families that don’t qualify for coverage, and can’t pay the fees out of pocket? A good elder law attorney can help find a solution.
“The middle-class people struggle paying for this added monthly cost—$3,000 to $10,000 a month—for dressing, bathing, helping,” Mark Shalloway says. “Since these people need an aid and not a doctor, it isn’t covered, and we have to look into how Medicaid can benefit these people…We can’t shelter every asset, but with planning we can work something out so they can qualify for Medicaid and nursing home care and not be broke.”
Shalloway says elder law is different from many of the other practices of law, because the work they do is defined by the client, not the subject. Attorneys in this area of practice are looking to serve the elder community in any way possible. Clients can find assistance with more traditional aspects like wills and trusts, but also long-term care facilities and even taxes.
It’s through Medicaid planning that elder law attorneys can provide clients with the benefits they need to live out their golden years in comfort. Medicaid planning allows attorneys to find solutions to their clients’ struggle by helping them apply to plans that provide funds for elder care their loved ones (or themselves) the care they need. Through even covering just a fraction of the cost, elders are able to reap some of the benefits they not only need, but deserve.
“Elder care lawyers look into these problems to find ways to benefit others,” Shalloway says. “That is the heart and soul of elder law.”
For more information about Mark Shalloway and his firm, call (561) 686-6200 or visit the Shalloway & Shalloway office.
1400 Centrepark Blvd, Suite #600, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
The National Network Reporting Company (NNRC) is pleased to announce the latest additions to their remote deposition database. Over the past year, remote depositions have become a crucial step to keep the course of law moving while keeping legal professionals and their clients safe and healthy. The NNRC’s partners have adapted their services to offer superior remote depositions attorneys can rely on. To streamline that search, the NNRC has created a database of firms for attorneys to choose from. To find a firm in their area that offers the service, all attorneys have to do is select the city nearest them from the list.
The latest additions to this database are San Francisco, California and Birmingham, Alabama. Firms are regularly added to the list, so if your specific area is not featured, consider checking the database again at a later date.
For the better part of four decades, the NNRC has been one of the premiere litigation support resources across the United States. The firm’s founders wanted to create a new standard for court reporting and litigation support legal professionals can rely on. Whether in South Florida or Northwestern Washington, attorneys can schedule a service through the NNRC and be confident that the firm will deliver. Each NNRC partner can guarantee fast and accurate court reporters who are dedicated to their clients’ needs.
Whether you require a court reporter, legal videographer, or any other litigation professional, turn to the NNRC for the best service. For more information on the NNRC, call (916) 451-9187, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or fill out this contact form.
Caring for an elderly loved one is an essential step everyone must take at some point in life. As the middle class shrinks, this is unfortunately not a financially easy thing to do. Whether being the one to supervise an elderly loved one, hiring an at-home aide, or sending them to an assisted living facility, to ensure a beloved senior lives a high-quality life for the remainder of their years a families often must pay a fortune in medical and nursing care. Total costs can easily climb upwards of $100,000!
Even if the at-home aide is only there for a few hours a week, the hourly cost quickly adds up. With all the necessary fees, assisted living centers can easily cost several thousand dollars a month.
Every year, these costs increase, making it difficult for the average family to stay afloat and afford quality care for their loved ones. While many families may earn too much money to qualify for certain government benefits, they don’t make enough to cover these costs of living on their own. This is where guidance from elder and special needs lawyer can help by offering a roadmap to finding proper care and benefits for your family.
An Elder & Special Needs Attorney Can Save Your Family Thousands of Dollars
The worst thing to do is try to tackle these costs on your own. With so many different benefits and the legal jargon surrounding it, figuring out what works best for your loved one can be as difficult as deciphering an unfamiliar language. For those who aren’t quite to this point, but want to plan for their future, figuring out a financial plan might seem like it would only be a few steps when it is so far from that.
Don’t shoulder these important, financial decisions on your own. Unless you have a background in finance or law yourself, it is entirely possible that you will miss some detail that could have saved you even more money as incoming elder care costs.
Shalloway & Shalloway
Arnold Ruderman, a recent client of elder and special needs attorney Mark Shalloway spoke of his experience in looking for legal help for his estate and family law issues: I was in search of someone to help me with a will, financial and medical issue regarding my family and loved ones. We were in a position of trying to find the best financial options for our legal needs.” Mr. Ruderman described his experience with Mr. Shalloway thusly:
“Excellent, very professional, very thorough, easy, explained everything, transparent as far as the different options and we felt very comfortable with our attorney, Mark Shalloway, I felt he had valuable experience that I could trust and that could help me make the best legal and financial decisions for my family. He is very good at what he does.”
A quality elder law attorney will be able to take an unbiased approach to your case, opening doors for you that you never thought could be opened, and getting you exactly the results you require.
“When families reach out they are often middle-class– but not necessarily very wealthy,” according to Mark Shalloway, president of West Palm Beach elder law firm Shalloway & Shalloway says. “Some of our clients are pro-bono, but most are middle class. The middle class fall through the cracks because they don’t fit the requirements for benefits, and they are not quite wealthy enough to hire independent caregivers around the clock. They work hard—they could be teachers, or doctors, or journalists, or other good, hard working people who have saved and are facing Alzheimer’s, stroke, Parkinson’s, or have a spouse or child with special needs. They can face these diseases for years—for the rest of their lives—and that can impoverish you. If we can do Medicaid planning, that can help.”
For 30 years, Shalloway & Shalloway has been South Florida’s premiere firm for all things elder law. The umbrella of elder law is a wide one, and the firm will cover it all– elder care, veterans benefits, Medicaid planning, estate planning, wills & trusts, and more. Mark Shalloway is known for his “plain English” approach to law. He lays everything out on the table for clients, because he wants them to be absolutely confident in the decisions they make. During such a stressful time in one’s life, clients need an attorney who will be honest and transparent with them. Shalloway and his staff will do just that.
Free Consultations & Free Virtual Seminars
If a client wants to learn a little more about the world of elder law before scheduling an appointment with Shalloway, they can attend one of his monthly seminars. This virtual program occurs via Zoom, and can help clients more comfortably navigate any of the areas of practice elder law encompasses.
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.
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.
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.
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
Nowadays, it seems there isn’t a person in the world that doesn’t have at least one social media account. With so many options from Facebook, to Twitter, to Reddit, or Tumblr, it almost seems like we can’t avoid it—and many of us don’t. The little computers in our pockets keep us updated on our friends, family, favorite celebrities, local events of interest, and so much more.
Using the Web to Your Advantage
In this day and age, the biggest mistake a law firm can make is veering away from the bandwagon and not establishing an online presence. Instead of picking up the phone and calling the business to learn more, many instead opt to a quick Google search. If a firm doesn’t at the very least have a well-designed, easy to use website, potential clients turn the other way. It doesn’t matter how brilliant the staff is or how long the firm has been open. Clients don’t want to search for proof of excellence, they want it immediately.
When West Palm Beach elder law attorney, Mark Shalloway, not only understands this concept, but fully embraces it. With just a few clicks of a button, potential clients can not only find Shalloway and reviews of his firm, Shalloway & Shalloway, but an easy to access website that presents clients with information on the firm, its staff, its reputation, and any updates in the area of practice that is elder law. The website presents information in a concise manner that is incredibly valuable to the busy professional of the 21-century.
But hosting a great website is only half the battle. It is essential for firms to be pushing their names into the public. Many turn to radio or television commercials, and that is just fine, but there is a great alternative that saves time, money, and is used by billions of people every day—and that is social media.
How to Make the Most Out of Social Media
The Shalloway & Shalloway firm run a successful Facebook page. With a large number of followers, the attorneys at Shalloway & Shalloway can easily connect to potential clients. Running a social media allows them to share updates as they come. Recently, the firm moved locations. Because of their Facebook page, they were able to keep clients posted on the process, the location, and anything else involving the move.
Having one (or multiple) social media accounts allows the faceless attorneys of the firm to become humanized.
“There is intimidation and fear with booking with lawyer,” Mark Shalloway says. “If referred by someone else, that is a helpful resource, but if they need an elder law attorney, there is a lot of worry and fear.”
A vast majority of people have skewed images of lawyers, but having a presence on social media has allowed the staff at Shalloway & Shalloway paint themselves in the light they want to be painted, thus fostering better client relationships.
Social media is not only great for public image, but for generating business. When you follow a page, its posts appear on your timeline, keeping the company in your radar. By having a readily used social media, clients will remember the firm, and come back to whenever the need arises. With their Facebook page alone, Shalloway & Shalloway has seen an increase in business, and other firms should certainly take heed.
The landscape of the world of law and litigation is changing. As our culture becomes more and more “go, go, go” in the age of the internet, it is important that each legal firm keep up to speed. That is why many are making major changes that put them ahead of the curve. Here are five of those legal trends to be on the lookout for in 2019.
1. Mobile Scheduling of Court Reporting Services
Attorneys and paralegals are always looking for ways to more efficiently manage their time. Many have favorite court reporters to turn to for all their litigation needs, but a large portion of these firms are stuck in the past with limited calling or email scheduling options. However, things are starting to change. Many court reporting companies are now offer mobile scheduling for court reporter services.
These scheduling options allow attorneys to simply click on the booking engine, fill out contact information, information on the case, and which services need to be booked. Upon submitting the request, the firm is notified of the proposal and promptly gets back to the client. These mobile booking engines attorneys to fill out a request anywhere, any time.
2. Local Education Seminars by Attorneys
In an interview with West Palm Beach Elder Law attorney, Mark Shalloway, he reveals that there is “intimidation and fear with booking with a lawyer.” This causes many clients to not seek the help they need. By offering free seminars on a particular area of practice, locals can learn about the field and determine whether or not they want to proceed with this particular law firm. The anonymity that comes with participating in an audience setting allows potential clients to comfortable intake knowledge.
“They are exposed to the subject matter and can understand if it will help,” Shalloway says. “If it’s not right fit, they just leave. If they want more, they can follow up. You can go on internet, read articles, but you can learn much more if you show up to a seminar.”
3. Presence on Online
With the rise in social media, having an online presence is far more important than it once was. People rarely turn phone booths or radio ads to learn about a firm. Nowadays, people open Google and search for firms near them. It is vastly important for a law firm or court reporting firm to have a stunning, easy to navigate website that can appeal to both younger and older generations. Having multiple social media accounts, such as Facebook and Twitter, allow clients to stay engaged with the business. When exposed to frequent updates, it keeps the business on the minds of clients, making them more likely to return to the firm when they need help.
4. Better Cyber security
An increase in online presence and a transfer from paper to digital, however, leads to an increase in data breeches. In a study by ABA in 2017, it was reported that 44% of firms experienced a threat to security and breech. With important and sensitive information on not only the firm itself, but their clients, sitting on each and every one of the staff-members’ computers, it is essential that greater focus be placed on security. Many firms hiring more than adding IT professionals to the team—they are turning to cyber security companies such as Root9B and Intel Security to keep their information secure.
5. Video Marketing
YouTube is quickly becoming one of the top search engines in the world. More than 75 million people in the world watch videos every single day. People would rather watch a video that is just a few minutes long than ready a several-paged article that holds the same information. Videos are engaging, and can be watched while people wash the dishes or do any other number of tasks. By creating easily digestible video content, firms can get their information into the world in a creative way that appeals to a large audience.
Shareable, interesting content will help spread the word. Videos also help put a face and personality to what one may have been seen as an intimidating attorney. If present and future clients feel comfortable and familiar with a firm, they will be more likely to schedule an appointment or service.
Mark Shalloway, President of Shalloway & Shalloway, P.A., is forging the way in South Florida when it comes to elder care law. Offering a variety of services to seniors and their families, Mark Shalloway and his firm are helping people understand their financial options when it comes to estate and financial planning later on in life.
In a recent article by The Sophia News, Shalloway said over 71% of Americans have not planned for their long-term care after retirement.
“A major part of my mission as an elder and special needs care attorney is educating the public on their options on everything from health insurance to tax liabilities. My firm is deeply committed to philanthropy within our community and to helping the families of military personnel plan for their lives once their careers reach a culmination.”
Many times, families come forward with questions on how to provide long-term care for their elderly parents or spouses. When these family members fall ill or are subject to an injury from which it’s difficult for them to recovery, it can add to an already stressful question of, “What next?” Shalloway’s firm is sensitive to this dilemma.
Mark Shalloway’s goal is to help families through these stressful times. He and his firm can help determine if you need long-term care, medicaid, and even veterans benefits. If you have an existing trust, they will help you manage it and make the best decisions for the future of your family.
They also assist with families who are planning ahead for the future. From life and healthcare planning to estate planning, Mark Shalloway is able to help you decide what will work best for your parents or spouse.
Every attorney understand the importance of a winning team. Whether you are looking for an expert witness, a court reporter or a paralegal, the many moving parts of building a case require faith in the expertise of your legal staff.
The Directory of Choice for Court Reporting Firms
When it comes to court reporters, picking the right company or lone practitioner for a case is not always so obvious, particularly for attorneys who need to travel across the state or the nation.
Our team has researched the top court reporter directories online in an effort to provide our readers with a comprehensive review of their options. The winner, hands down, is the National Network Reporting Company (NNRC). Their court reporter directory is searchable in a number of ways and includes a number of superb legal resources ranging from a blog on legal news to an Areas of Practice section for various types of legal professionals.
Partner of the Week
Membership within NNRC also brings with it certain privileges. Each company within the NNRC court reporting firm family is granted market exclusivity for their region or city. Members are also featured in a special “Partner of the Week” section on the organization’s website with a special link on the home page. These pages include interviews with the proprietors or presidents of each firm as well as an overview of their history, list of services and more.
The directory includes a searchable menu organized by three sections: USA, Canada, and Europe. This menu includes many sub-sections for cities and states/provinces. The geographical division of the members is accompanied by a member’s index as well. There is also an immediate link to book a firm where an NNRC representative will process the request and distribute it to the appropriate member.
NNRC is a unique organization in many ways, not least because of their state-of-the-art and searchable directory. Users can explore the list of reporting companies by name, city, or state. Each facet of the search index includes a built-in navigation menu and clickable map of the United States.
A good court reporting company will provide services as varied as transcriptions, conference room rentals, litigation support, videoconferencing and, of course, real time reporting for depositions and other needs. Each NNRC member offers these services and many more. Each company in the NNRC family is pre-screened and must pass a membership review before joining the organization.
Legal News, Trends and Technologies
Even more impressive is the NNRC blog which acts as both a legal news source and an index of newly-created pages and other content for the entirety of the site.
NNRC is one of the nation’s oldest court reporting organizations with a very high standard of services and inter-member cooperation. For court reporting professionals the NNRC list of resources is a superb index of articles and documents on the latest trends, technologies and events within the reporting and litigation support industries.
24/7 Mobile-Friendly Bookings
The NNRC Scheduling Form is a state-of-the-art mobile-friendly page that allows attorneys, paralegals, and other professionals a fluid and dynamic way to book a service from any device: computer, tablet or smartphone. The form’s recipients are immediately notified of the bookings and respond immediately. This streamlined booking system allows for faster schedulings and last-minute services, an especially convenient and efficient tool for attorneys on the run or out of town.