Below is our lead article from our 2016 Spring newsletter just out:
16 YEARS OF ELDER LAW ACCORDING TO SPRINGSTEEN, by Jerold E. Rothkoff
My wife, knowing that I am a huge Springsteen fan, recently gave me a new wallet as a gift with a Springsteen quote engraved on the wallet. This wonderful, thoughtful gift planted a thought in my mind. Can I use Springsteen quotes to describe what our office loves to do – assist seniors and their caregivers?
Although I was never very much interested in poetry, if Bruce Springsteen’s lyrics count as poetry, I would be the next T.S. Eliot. Using an inspiration in the common man, Springsteen manages to merge poetry and prose together in a highly unique way.
As a tribute to Bruce, our clients, their caregiver loved ones, and our office team, I present ten Springsteen quotes describing what we have loved to do for sixteen years and counting.
- I’m just tired and bored with myself – Dancing In The Dark
Prior to elder law, I was mainly handling civil litigation cases. Elder law helped energize me in a way that had eluded me my first years in the practice of law.
- My heart’s dark, but it’s rising. I’m pulling all the faith I can see – Mary’s Place
Our clients come to us sometimes in what they perceive to be desperate situations. We are able to advocate to get the best care for a loved one and to figure out how to pay for quality care.
- It ain’t no sin to be glad you’re alive – Badlands
It is a very emotional event to place a spouse or parent in a nursing home. Our goal is to assist a caregiver loved one to make the best care decision possible.
- You’ve got to learn to live with what you can’t rise above – Tunnel of Love
A disability does not define who our clients are. Regardless of the disability, many clients continue to lead productive lives.
- We learned more from a three minute record than we ever learned in school – No Surrender
I have probably learned more from my clients than they have learned from me. The most important thing I have learned is to listen. Listen to the clients’ wonderful stories about the wars they have fought, the places they have been, and the people they have met. We have much to learn from the elderly and disabled, and they have much to share.
- Everything dies baby that’s a fact, and maybe everything that dies, someday comes back. — Atlantic City
We deal with a client’s death on a regular basis. However, our client’s legacy’s live on.
- The release date is just one day, but the record is forever – Bruce Springsteen on the release of Born to Run
Sometimes, after a client passes away, I read his/her obituary. I sometimes am awestruck at what our client has accomplished during his/her lifetime. We need to be more aware of what our client’s accomplishments are.
- The narrative you tell together is bigger than anyone could of told on their own – Bruce Springsteen on the induction of the E Street Band into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
I want to thank our dedicated and talented elder law office team for their continued commitment to advocacy for seniors and those with disabilities. You are only as good as the people you associate with. I have been and continue to be privileged to work with wonderful people.
- Nothing matters in the whole wide world when you’re in love with a Jersey girl – Jersey Girl, lyrics by Tom Waits
The driving force at home that makes me be the best person I can be is a Jersey girl named Erica, the love of my life.
- Talk about a dream, try to make it real – Badlands
This is the quote engraved on my wallet. My goal was to find a specialty within the legal profession that would give me the opportunity to help people. It has been an honor and privilege assisting seniors, those with disabilities, and their families. It is a debt of gratitude that I can only hope to repay.