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 seeMary’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 aliveBadlands

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 aboveTunnel 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 girlJersey 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.

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About Jerry

Jerold E. Rothkoff, a practicing New Jersey and Pennsylvania attorney, is the Principal of the Rothkoff Law Group, an elder care law firm. Jerry dedicates his practice to serving clients in the areas of life care planning, long-term care planning, Medicaid & VA benefits, and advocacy for the elderly and disabled. He is past President of the NJ Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, former chair of the elder law section of the NJ State Bar Association, and past President of the Life Care Planning Law Firm Association. Jerry continues to be an outspoken advocate for the rights of the elderly and disabled. He writes for and gives presentations regularly to attorneys and other professionals about legal issues related to seniors and those with disabilities. Jerry’s community activities include the Twilight Wish Foundation, the Delaware Valley Stroke Council, the Alzheimer’s Association, as well as numerous other advocacy groups. When not in the office, Jerry spends time with his wife, Erica, and their five children, eighteen-year old identical twin girls, Liza and Julia, fifteen-year old fraternal twin boys, Evan and Gregory, and six-year old Aitan.

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