Honored nine times. Srinoi G. Rousseau of the Law Office of Srinoi Rousseau has been designated again as a Northern California Super Lawyers.

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t the end of March, with the retirement of Katherine A. Montgomery, Camp Rousseau Montgomery, LLP completed its life.

Srinoi G. Rousseau will continue to provide for the legal needs of elders, the disabled, and their families in the San Francisco Bay Area under the name Law Office of Srinoi G. Rousseau. We also have a new location at 1001 Marina Village Pkwy Suite 400, Alameda CA.

We are now settled into our new work space and look forward to serving your needs. If you are interested in becoming a new client or have questions, please contact Deirdre O’Connell at 510-465-3885.

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he writes:

The time has come for me to retire from the active practice of law. My last day of practice before retirement will be March 31, 2016.

I have worked with my partner, Srinoi G. Rousseau , and Office Manager/Paralegal, Deirdre O’Connell, at Camp Rousseau Montgomery, LLP for many years. So there will be people in whom I have complete confidence, to look after you. Beginning with my retirement, the firm will be known as the Law Office of Srinoi G. Rousseau, and will be located at 1001 Marina Village Pkwy Ste 400, Alameda CA 94501-6401. The fax number will also change, to 510-523-7279, but the phone number will remain 510-465-3885.

After 34 years in practice, I will miss my colleagues and my clients. Fortunately I am in good health and prepared to pursue other interests, but such transitions are never easy.

Thank you for your confidence in me and in this firm. It has been a pleasure and privilege to work with you. I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Honored eight times. Partners Katherine A. Montgomery and Srinoi G. Rousseau of Camp Rousseau Montgomery, LLP, have been designated again as Northern California Super Lawyers.

We haven’t been spending our time updating our web site, but we are working hard for our clients and their loved ones. We’re a group of people who believe in keeping the high cost of legal representation as low as possible.

We have a new conservatorship client, who hired us in place of their previous counsel. We were shocked to see the fee request that attorney submitted, and was awarded by the Court. It was in the neighborhood of $33,000 to establish an uncontested conservatorship and settle the first account. If we charged those types of fees, it would make it impossible for us to sleep at night. We charge a fraction of that outrageous fee and feel it is a duty and responsiblity to save the money for the care of the conserved person.

Katherine is super yet again! Srinoi is super yet again!

Honored again. Partners Katherine A. Montgomery and Srinoi G. Rousseau of Camp Rousseau Montgomery, LLP, have been designated as Northern California Super Lawyers. Katherine and Srinoi have been included each year, beginning in 2008.

We haven’t been spending our time updating our web site, but we are still here, with our heads down, working hard for our clients. We’re a group of people who believe in keeping the high cost of legal representation as low as possible.

One small example: we make extraordinary efforts to settle a matter on the first date scheduled by the Court (the alternative is known as “continuing” a hearing, and puts it off to a later date, usually 6 weeks in the future). This may seem a trivial thing, but it avoids hourly charges to our clients for traveling to a hearing, waiting for the case to be called, appearing before the Judge, and traveling back to the office. In order to accomplish this, we strive to have our petitions “pregranted” by the Court, i.e., the Court finds no issue with the petition and issues the Order without the costly necessity of an appearance. In the cases where the Court does have questions, they typically make those known a day or two before the hearing. Rather than continue the hearing, we drop everything and draft a “clearing declaration” to address the Court’s concerns, get our client’s signature on it, and file it with the Court, usually on the same day. This is just one of the many ways we strive to protect the interests of our clients — both legal and financial.

Katherine is super yet again! Srinoi is super yet again!

Honored again. Partners Katherine A. Montgomery and Srinoi G. Rousseau of Camp  Rousseau  Montgomery, LLP, have been designated as Northern California Super Lawyers. Katherine and Srinoi have been included each year, beginning in 2008.

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

As a firm dedicated to doing the best possible for their clients, Camp  Rousseau  Montgomery, LLP is pleased to be so honored.

Srinoi G. Rousseau, 2011 Super Lawyer Katherine A. Montgomery, 2011 Super Lawyer

The “logo” is different, the honor is the same. Partners Srinoi G. Rousseau and Katherine A. Montgomery of Camp  Rousseau  Montgomery, LLP, have been designated as Northern California Super Lawyers. Srinoi and Katherine have been included each year, beginning in 2008.

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

As a firm dedicated to doing the best possible for their clients, Camp  Rousseau  Montgomery, LLP is pleased to be so honored.

Srinoi G. Rousseau, 2011 Super Lawyer Katherine A. Montgomery, 2011 Super Lawyer

Super again. Partners Srinoi G. Rousseau and Katherine A. Montgomery of Camp  Rousseau  Montgomery, LLP, have been designated as Northern California Super Lawyers. Srinoi and Katherine have been included each year, beginning in 2008.

Super Lawyers is a listing of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Super Lawyers magazine names attorneys in each state who received the highest point totals, as chosen by their peers and through the independent research.

As a firm dedicated to doing the best possible for their clients, Camp  Rousseau  Montgomery, LLP is pleased to be so honored.

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n passing health care reform, Congress included provisions that are beneficial to seniors. Among those are the following:

  1. A phase out of the Medicare Part D “donut hole” or “coverage gap” by 2020
  2. The elimination of Part D cost-sharing for full-benefit dual eligible beneficiaries (those eligible for both Medicare and Medi-Cal/Medicaid) receiving home-based and community-based services
  3. Increased federal funding for states that provide home-based and community-based services for seniors with Alzheimers rather than only providing care through nursing homes
  4. Beginning next year, Medicare coverage without cost for preventive care services, such as colorectal screenings, mammograms and an annual wellness visit and creation of a personalized prevention and assessment plan
  5. An estimated 9-year extension of the Medicare Trust Fund beyond the previously-estimated 2017 depletion

Seniors are living longer and healthier, in large part due to prescription medications which sometimes consume a significant portion of the average senior’s budget. Medicare Part D is a prescription drug program, which pays part of the costs of a person’s prescription drugs for a monthly premium, at least until the person reaches the “donut hole”. In the 2010 Medicare Part D plans, the “donut hole” starts when the retail cost of the medications (not what the senior pays) reaches $2,830 and continues until the retail cost of the medication reaches $6,440, which is when the Medicare Part D beneficiary has spent $4,550 in out of pocket costs for their medications. The $4,550 does not include the portion of their prescription expenses paid by the insurance carrier or their monthly premiums. The existence of the “donut hole” creates quite a financial burden for many seniors. Beneficiaries reaching the “donut hole” in 2010 will receive a one-time $250 rebate. Over the next decade the “donut hole” will be phased out until it is eliminated in 2020.

Some of the additional benefits for seniors are an increase in primary care doctors, nurses, and physician assistants to provide better access to care through expanded training opportunities, student loan forgiveness, and bonus payments; increased support for community health centers; community health teams to coordinate patient care; and programs directed to reducing re-admissions to the hospital when patients are discharged.

A version of this article originally appeared in the Bulletin of the Alameda County Bar Association.

“The Consumer and Environmental Protection Division of the [Alameda County, CA] District Attorney’s Office focuses primarily on cases involving fraud (and other economic crimes), environmental violations, crimes against elders and unfair business practices.”

Phone: (510) 569-9281
Link: Consumer and Environmental Protection Division of the DA’s Office
Updated: 15 Jun 2010

“The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc. (NAELA) newsletter recently profiled a useful guide on when to apply for Social Security benefits, saying:

The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College has made available a handy guide that addresses the question, “At what age should you begin claiming Social Security benefits?” If you’re approaching retirement, it’s the most important financial decision you’ll likely make. The Social Security Claiming Guide sorts through all the options near-retirees need to consider. Presented in an easy-to-read, colorful format, the Claiming Guide shows you where to begin, spells out how much you can get, and answers frequently asked questions about how the claiming process works. A must read for your clients nearing the age of 62!”

Phone: (617) 552-9143
Link: Social Security Claiming Guide
Updated: 21 Apr 2010

“EFPN is an award-winning nonprofit organization that offers community education events and training for financial professionals.

Founded in 2000 and based in San Francisco, California, EFPN partners with financial institutions and financial professionals throughout the United States to halt and prevent elder financial abuse. We also work directly with elders to empower them to avoid financial exploitation.”

Phone: (415) 956-5556
Link: http://www.bewiseonline.org/
Updated: 15 Jun 2010

“The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA), directed by the U.S. Administration on Aging, is committed to helping national, state, and local partners in the field be fully prepared to ensure that older Americans will live with dignity, integrity, independence, and without abuse, neglect, and exploitation. The NCEA is a resource for policy makers, social service and health care practitioners, the justice system, researchers, advocates, and families.”

Phone: (302) 831-3525
Link: National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA)
Updated: 15 Jun 2010

Priscilla Camp, 2009 Super Lawyer

Srinoi G. Rousseau, 2009 Super Lawyer

Katherine A. Montgomery, 2009 Super Lawyer

Super again. All three partners of Camp  Rousseau  Montgomery, LLP, Priscilla Camp, Srinoi G. Rousseau and Katherine A. Montgomery, have been designated as Northern California Super Lawyers. Priscilla Camp, the senior partner, has received this recognition since 2006 and Srinoi G. Rousseau and Katherine A. Montgomery have been included each year, beginning in 2008.

Super Lawyers is a listing of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Super Lawyers magazine names attorneys in each state who received the highest point totals, as chosen by their peers and through the independent research.

As a firm dedicated to doing the best possible for their clients, Camp  Rousseau  Montgomery, LLP is pleased to be so honored.

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are management agency Eldercare Services is presenting a workshop entitled Families Dealing with Dementia, which will cover:

  • Overview of the Dementias
  • Communication Strategies
  • Perspective through Award Winning Film & Personal Journeys

The workshop is scheduled on July 22, 2010 from 10AM until Noon (RSVP by July 19) and on August 18, 2010 from 6PM until 8PM (RSVP by August 16). It will be presented at the Eldercare Services Classroom, 1808 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek, CA. There is no charge, but RSVP is requested to (925) 937-2018.

You can see Eldercare Services schedule of workshops and their support group meeting schedule at EldercareAnswers.com.