ELDER LAW IS ONE OF OUR PRIMARY FOCUSES at Felinton Elder Law & Estate Planning Centers. We are dedicated to providing the best client service as we would if we were working with our families.
FELINTON ELDER LAW & ESTATE PLANNING CENTERS has the experience and the expertise to help avoid the financial ruin associated with the high cost of long-term care.
MINDY AND HER TEAM can help you collect, organize and develop an estate plan that will protect both your beneficiaries and assets.
WE HAVE A PROVEN TRACK RECORD for protecting you or a loved one’s assets from nursing home costs. We can help you navigate and explore a multitude of programs and options without having to spend your life’s savings.
Last Will and Testament
PREPARING A WILL IS CRITICAL to ensuring and building a proper estate plan. By preparing your last will and testament, we can ensure all of your assets are properly distributed and accounted for after death.
Powers of Attorney
DEVELOPMENT OF A CURRENT AND DURABLE POWERS OF ATTORNEY is imperative to ensuring your financial assets are protected without a guardianship petition if you are unable to make decisions.
Advanced Medical Directives
IF YOU BECOME INCAPACITATED, an advanced medical directive determines your expectations and wants for medical care. Mindy and her team has proven success with ensuring that you are taken care of when the time comes.
Revocable Living Trusts
INCORPORATION OF REVOCABLE LIVING TRUSTS into your estate plan is key and will allow you to make adjustments as your situation and circumstances change.
Irrevocable Living Trusts
SIMILAR TO A LIVING TRUST, but cannot be revoked and should be included as part of your comprehensive plan along with your will. Mindy and her team will work to create an irrevocable living trust to protect assets when included in an estate plan.
WORRIED ABOUT WHO WILL TAKE CARE OF YOUR PETS when the time comes? Mindy can develop a pet trust to ensure your pets are well-taken care of as part of your comprehensive estate planning.
AS A VETERAN, did you know you may be eligible for VA benefits to obtain a tax free income? Let Mindy help you in the claims process to receive these benefits.
MINDY AND HER FIRM can oversee administration of your estate to ensure any debts, taxes and other expenses are paid for and taken care of to ensure proper distribution of your remaining assets.
ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A ROCKVILLE, COLUMBIA, ELLICOTT CITY, MARYLAND, WASHINGTON D.C., OR FLORIDA ELDER LAW FIRM? Look no further! With over 35 years of experience, our elder law services are customized to you and your family.
WE COVER ALL ASPECTS OF ELDER LAW for aging, illness and incapacity including Medicaid Planning, Veterans Benefits, Nursing Home Planning, Asset Protection and advocating for our clients.
MINDY'S FOCUS is to provide you with an individualized plan for the future and to protect and preserve the lifetime of savings you and your loved ones have worked so hard to accumulate.
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Kristi is a native Marylander who grew up on the Eastern Shore. A 1992 graduate of McDaniel College with a B.S. degree in Business Administration and Economics she began her career with Dole Fresh Fruit Company as an Assistant District Manager in Maryland, then District Manager handling the tri-state territory of Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina.
Her client-focused experience coupled with an affinity for elders makes her an optimum fit as Client Services Director. Kristi’s personal family experience with her father’s early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease as well as her maternal and paternal grandmothers time in skilled nursing care facilities led to her strong interest in the Elder Law community.
In her free time Kristi enjoys traveling, reading and spending time with her husband Glenn, children Tyler & Julia and family dog Ruby.
Briana recently joined us from Chicago where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations from Illinois State University. She specialized in civic engagement and community outreach at ISU, and proceeded to work in a client services role following her graduation. Briana first discovered her passion for helping others while completing an internship for a non-profit foundation in her hometown. After that, she knew she wanted to be a part of an organization that went to bat for its clients. Briana serves as the firm’s Client Concierge. Her education in communications allows her to go above and beyond to listen to the specific needs of each individual client and respond accordingly. Briana is passionate about animals, especially dogs. In her free time she enjoys exploring Washington, D.C., trying new restaurants, and spending time at local farmers markets.
Marissa Samala joins Mindy’s team with several years of administrative experience, business savvy, and excellent customer service. As the firm’s client concierge in the Rockville office, Marissa is responsible for interfacing with clients and visitors, coordinating meetings, and planning for internal and client meetings, workshops and other events.
Occasionally, she visits family on the eastern shore of Maryland and spends time in a retirement community where she grew fond of helping and entertaining the elderly. Marissa’s energetic personality and compassionate nature translate into her intrinsic desire to support individuals with issues that come with aging. Marissa is very excited to leverage her professional experience and positive disposition into serving clients of Felinton Elder Law and Estate Planning Centers.
Sandy Bishins earned her Bachelor of Arts in International Relations/Hispanic Area Studies from Goucher College in Towson, MD in 1985. She received a Master of Arts in Jewish History from the Baltimore Hebrew University and Master of Social Work from University of Maryland in Baltimore, MD in 1987. She worked for United Jewish Federation of NY as a staff associate in the Young Leadership division from 1987-88. Then worked as a fund raiser for the American ORT Federation in NYC. Sandy continued her studies by earning 20 credits for a Certificate in Developmental Disabilities through the Boggs Center at Rutgers University in New Jersey.
Sandy then worked as a developmental disabilities consultant and therapist serving youth and adults with special needs from 2008-2011. Then moved to Maryland in November 2011 and went to work as a campus and community liaison for College Living experience from 2011-2012. Since 2015, she has worked part time as a receptionist for Mindy Felinton.
Kristin holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Florida. She continued her studies and obtained a Masters degree in Museum Studies from George Washington University. She worked as a Curator of Education before becoming a Client Services Coordinator. In her spare time she performs with the National Ballet in Bowie. Her favorite aspect of her job is working with Mindy and assisting clients.
Precious is from a southern shelter and retains her southern charm when assisting our families with those challenging times. She always welcomes them with a lick and her willing head to pat. She truly appreciates when some of our visitors bring her treats. She especially enjoys when we have our workshops as there are so many people at one time looking for her attention. She brings a welcome smile to the office.
Scruffy joined the Felinton Elder Law and Estate Planning team three years ago. He was a former shelter resident. Scruffy had a ruff start. He had two Moms before Mindy who were unable to keep him. After a lot of training, Scruffy has proven to be a stellar team member and is living happily ever after with his pack leader Mindy and sister, Precious. He especially enjoys being part of our Will signing meetings.
We’ll be at Women’s Fest 2017 showcasing our services and speaking to showgoers! Women’s Fest 2017 is an event all focused around women bringing together extraordinary workshops, entertainment and a collaboration of ideas. Stop by our booth and let us know what you think! For more information on Women’s Fest 2017, see their website at Read more about We’ll Be At Women’s Fest 2017![…]
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