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  • July 23, 2014

    A Fun Legal Education Conference? The 2014 Symposium Delivered

    By Alisa Spirit of the Wind

    This past week, ElderCounsel co-hosted the annual Planning for the Generations Symposium in Denver, CO with our sister organizations WealthCounsel and Advisors Forum. This year’s Symposium was especially robust with six full length precursors geared toward intensive learning on specific topics, over 30 breakout sessions along with many opportunities for participants to meet with vendors,  network and share insights. As an event that continues to grow, we were proud to have almost 400 attendees, and continue to receive rave reviews. But can such a powerful venue specifically focused on supporting attorneys in the elder law, special needs, estate planning and business law arenas also be fun? Was there fun to be had amidst all the great learning opportunities? Here are some of the... Read More

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  • January 6, 2014

    January 6, 2014   Just for Fun,   Employee Blogs

    Build a Stronger Immune System and Avoid Being Sick

    By Linda St. John

    Winter is a fun time of year with many different holidays and family gatherings but it is also the time of year for colds, flus, and many other ailments that don’t seem to be as prevalent in the warmer months.   How do we strengthen our immune systems so we can enjoy more and sneeze less?   The most common factors shown to support health from both nutritional websites and doctors are diet, sleep and of course, exercise. Eating a healthy diet rich in greens such as kale, spinach, celery and broccoli, (these support your liver and immune function, increasing your liver’s ability to flush out toxins), getting solid, quality sleep of 7-9 hours a night, and regular exercise will make your immune system stronger.   In speaking to a Naturopathic Practitioner I was told... Read More

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  • May 28, 2013

    May 28, 2013   Just for Fun,   Employee Blogs

    Cheers to the practice of Elder Law!

    Cheers to the practice of Elder Law!  Cheers to the brave and caring souls who help all those in need of exactly that. There is good reason to “toast” our industry. There is also precedence for such optimism. Living in Denver I am surrounded by the splendor of the Rockies, the many forms of outside activities, a great city with even better people and… beer. Before you scoff, the craft beer industry holds striking similarities and parallels to elder law and its opportunities.  Think about the pioneers of both industries and their barriers to entry. It wasn’t easy looking at Anheuser Busch or Miller or Coors and saying “I can do that and do it better.” From garages, sheds and basements all across the country, individuals set out to provide a superior product to a specific marke... Read More

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  • May 9, 2013

    A Journey through Your Practice Gameplan™

    By Aylin Guven

    Included in ElderCounsel’s membership is a practice building roadmap that many new ElderCounsel members follow.  We call it, “Your Practice Gameplan™.”  This Gameplan is a combination of one-on-one coaching, webinars, and self-guided instruction which are all overseen by the member’s personal Member Representative.  The goal of Your Practice Gameplan™ is to help the attorney become profitable in their elder law practice as quickly as possible!  As part of Your Practice Gameplan™, members are offered the opportunity to be coached by Steve Riley, a Certified Atticus Practice Advisor.  Through a series of webinars, worksheets and phone calls, Steve works with attorneys of all firm sizes to help them take better care of t... Read More

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  • May 2, 2013

    May 2, 2013   Just for Fun,   Special Needs Planning

    Making History……A Teenager, Downs Syndrome and Base Camp on Mt. Everest

    A tidbit from the trail that wasn’t in the news……from my friend that went on the trek with Eli:“The very first time I met Eli (at LAX for this trip) he told me many tales about his beloved [gluten free] BBQ chips :) We had one can of chips that we left back at our hotel in Kathmandu, it served as a lot of inspiration for Eli's trek to Base Camp. We literally made up songs about these chips on the trail, talked about them dozens of times a day, and would dream each night about these tasty little snacks. TODAY (back from the mountains and a successful attempt at Everest Base Camp) we have opened the BBQ chips and celebrated Eli's victory!”... Read More

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  • April 24, 2013

    April 24, 2013   Just for Fun,   Employee Blogs

    Food for Thought by Member Services Representative Courtney Santoro

    Legumes – beans, peas, lentilsGrains– oats, quinoa, riceVegetables – kale, spinach, brussels sprouts, broccoliSome tasty meat alternatives that are high in protein:TofuIt’s made from soybeans.  Pretty bland all by itself, but it absorbs the flavors of the other ingredients you pair it with.  It’s high in protein and iron, low in fat and calories.  Tofu is also an amazing alternative to eggs.  When you break it up into an eggy texture and cook it with other vegetables and seasoning, you can make some really convincing tofu scrambles!TempehMy personal favorite.  It’s also made from soybeans, but it has a firm, nutty texture.  Originally from Indonesia, but it’s becoming more and more popular here.  You can find it in the refrigerated section of most grocery stores, and t... Read More

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  • August 13, 2012

    Planning for the Generations Symposium

    With over 500 attorneys in attendance, ElderCounsel, LLC, along with WealthCounsel, LLC and The Advisors Forum, hosted the 4th Annual Planning for the Generations Symposium July 18th – 20th at the Denver Hyatt Regency.Known as “The Premier Event for Estate, Elder Law and Financial Professionals” the Planning for the Generations Symposium offered 28 different breakout sessions for attendees to choose from focused on 4 distinct tracks:  Essentials Planning, Elder Law, Advanced Estate Planning, and Business Planning.  The Symposium also offered 4 plenary sessions ranging from new developments in elder law to practice management.While the official start of the Symposium was July 18th, there were educational events for attendees earlier that week.  ElderCounsel offered a course on July... Read More

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  • May 25, 2012

    May 25, 2012   Just for Fun

    Memorial Day Facts You May Not Have Known

    Memorial Day is a time to remember those who died while serving our nation.  Celebrations are held across the country and include everything from town parades, to haunting renditions of Taps played in cemeteries where those who served our country were laid to rest.When doing research on the history of Memorial Day and in particular how it came to be named “Memorial Day” I discovered some interesting facts:1.  Memorial Day was originally called “Decoration Day” to reflect the tradition of decorating the graves of soldiers who had died during the Civil War.2.  Which town is responsible for starting the tradition is still a disputed fact, although Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966.3. Decoration Day was offic... Read More

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  • May 16, 2012

    May 16, 2012   Just for Fun

    Book Review by Valerie L. Peterson, Executive Director, ElderCounsel, LLC

    I am always on the lookout for books that may help not just our members, but their clients, their clients’ loved ones, and their loved ones (as well as my own!).  My attention was recently drawn to a book titled, “The Alzheimer’s Prevention Program – Keep Your Brain Healthy for the Rest of Your Life” by Gary Small, M.D. and Gigi Vorgan.  Incidentally, they are a husband and wife team and authors of the New York Times bestseller, “The Memory Bible.” I’ll admit I approached this book with a great deal of doubt, mainly because of the use of the word “Prevention” in the title.  Alzheimer’s has been part of my family for many years.  My mom and I served as caregivers for an aunt who died from the disease 10... Read More

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  • May 2, 2011

    May 2, 2011   Just for Fun

    Team Building While Giving Back

    The ElderCounsel team recently traveled to New Orleans for a staff retreat along with its sister companies, WealthCounsel and The Advisors Forum.  The first day was spent helping 4 different families rebuild their homes that were destroyed in Hurricane Katrina. Thought New Orleans and surrounding parishes were back on their feet?  In the debriefing at the end of our work day, we learned that it will take 16 years at the current rate to get the homes rebuilt for everyone who wants to return home. The organization we volunteered for was called The St. Bernard Project, named for the St. Bernard parish, one hit hardest by Hurricane Katrina.  The St. Bernard Project has been received a number of national awards, including recognition by President Obama.  You can l... Read More

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