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I had a close relationship with my grandparents. When my dad’s mother died, I was the ‘liaison’ between my family and our attorney. A few years later, I started working in elder law. It was a perfect fit from the very beginning.Jeffery D. Stinson, Certified Elder Law Attorney

After helping his own grandparents navigate the continuum of care, Jeff Stinson approaches his work with an empathy that many find surprising and refreshing.

For almost 20 years, Jeff has handled planning to protect seniors and those with disabilities.

At Stinson Law Firm, we pride ourselves on delivering services with care and compassion, and we cherish the personal relationships we establish with each client. We are not just another legal team, but your family’s personal advocates.

Far too many times, people are caught off guard when unfortunate circumstances arise. So many questions can spring up when we try to assist our loved ones. Whether they are aging or have special needs, it can be hard to know where to begin.

You may be wondering… “How can I make sure they’ll be safe and comfortable? What type of care do they need?  How can we pay for this care? What sources of assistance are available?”

Jeff and his team help every client overcome the complications and confusion that inevitably arise as they seek peace of mind for themselves and their loved ones.

The Stinson Mission

• To provide high-quality legal services centered around the needs of the person seeking services

• To deliver service that meets or exceeds our clients’ expectations

• To continually improve our practice and the way we deliver services so that clients are assured that services received are provided under the most advanced legal reasoning in the most efficient, cost-effective approach possible

• To educate each client about his or her planning options so that he or she may come to an informed, well-reasoned decision on what approach is best for them

• To craft a unique, client-specific plan for asset protection that meets the current needs of the person seeking services while being flexible enough to meet their needs of tomorrow

• To advocate on behalf of the person in need of services to ensure that public benefits programs, to which they apply, deliver an accurate result

The Stinson Mission

• To provide high-quality legal services centered around the needs of the person seeking services

• To deliver service that meets or exceeds our clients’ expectations

• To continually improve our practice and the way we deliver services so that clients are assured that services received are provided under the most advanced legal reasoning in the most efficient, cost-effective approach possible

• To educate each client about his or her planning options so that he or she may come to an informed, well-reasoned decision on what approach is best for them

• To craft a unique, client-specific plan for asset protection that meets the current needs of the person seeking services while being flexible enough to meet their needs of tomorrow

• To advocate on behalf of the person in need of services to ensure that public benefits programs, to which they apply, deliver an accurate result

The Story Behind the Peacock

When Jeff left his previous firm, he was struggling with whether to continue a career in law or do something different. However, the desire to continue helping his clients was overwhelming. Advocating for others’ legal needs and benefits is Jeff’s calling.

The peacock came about when Jeff was trying to decide what qualities he wanted his new firm to be known for. Integrity was the first word that came to mind. Being a Freemason and one who appreciates symbols, he decided to make the symbol of integrity the symbol of his brand. Thus, the peacock: A universal symbol of integrity.

MEET JEFFERY D. STINSON

Jeffery D. Stinson is Certified as an Elder Law Attorney (CELA) by the National Elder Law Foundation.

The best thing to give your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to a father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to yourself, respect; to all others, charity.Benjamin Franklin

For a good part of his adult life, Jeffery Stinson has followed his passion for helping those with an immediate, critical need for long-term care as well as those who recognize the importance of legal planning for their own security and that of their families.

Jeff knows that there are too many people caught off guard when unfortunate circumstances occur and there is not adequate legal protection for loved ones and their assets.

Helping to care for his own family members and his many years of experience in the field have reinforced his care and compassion for those who get caught in such a situation.  This is why Jeff has dedicated his law practice to elder law and special needs law.

He also takes pride in the careful preparation of a detailed and unique plan so that when certain episodes in life necessitate change, families can have peace of mind that their instructions will be followed by those they rely on the most.

Jeff has been actively working in these areas of law since 1998.  When he passed the bar in 2002, he concentrated his own practice in elder law, estate planning, long-term care planning, Medicaid planning, Veterans Affairs benefits planning, special needs planning, guardianships, and estate administration.

Jeff is Certified as an Elder Law Attorney (CELA) by the National Elder Law Foundation, a distinction held by only a handful of lawyers in Indiana.

He has maintained that focus throughout his career and carried these services to his own law firm in 2013.

He and his wife, Jennifer, have two young children, Josie and Jonah.

Additional Information About Jeff

Education

  • Juris Doctor – Indiana University Law School
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with Highest Distinction – Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis

Certifications

  • Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) by the National Elder Law Foundation

Additional Distinctions and Affiliations

  • Active member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) and the Elder Law Section of the Indiana State Bar Association
  • Regular faculty member for the Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum and other organizations that hold seminars for legal professionals
  • Member and Past Master of Century Lodge No. 764 F&AM
  • Member Lodge Vitruvian No. 767 F&AM

Previous:

  • Past President of the Indiana Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
    • Named Outstanding Member of the Indiana Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys in 2010
  • Past Chair of the Elder law section of the Indiana State Bar Association
  • Previously served on the Board of Directors of the Parkinson’s Awareness Association of Central Indiana
  • From 2010 – 2016, Jeff was named as one of the State’s “Rising Stars” in Super Lawyer magazine
  • In 2018, Jeff was named as a Super Lawyer in Super Lawyer magazine

Publications and Seminars

  • October 12, 2017, Elder Law Institute on the topic of “Funeral Trusts, Life Insurance and Medicaid."
  • October 13, 2016, Elder Law Institute on the topic of “Transfers in Medicaid.”
  • October 15, 2015, Elder Law Institute-Indianapolis, Indiana, The Use and Misuse of Trusts in the Medicaid and Veterans Planning World.
  • August 15, 2015, Elder Law Masters Series-McCormick’s Creek State Park, Spencer, Indiana, The Use and Misuse of Trusts in VA and Medicaid Planning.
  • October 8, 2014, Elder Law Institute-Indianapolis, Indiana, Out with the Old/In with the New-A Comparison of the Old and New Versions of the Indiana Program Policy Manual (co-author of written materials).
  • May 30, 2014, Indiana Health Care Coalition/Center for At-Risk Elders, The Nuts and Bolts of Special Needs Trusts.
  • May 2014, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, Going Virtual? Real World Thoughts on the Virtual Practice of Law.
  • October 10, 2013, Elder Law Institute-Indianapolis, Indiana, Medicaid Resource Issues for Single Individuals.
  • June 8, 2013, ISBA Solo & Small Firm Conference-French Lick, Indiana, The Basics of Benefit Programs, Reverse Mortgages, Medicare and Medicaid.
  • October 12, 2012, Elder Law Institute-Indianapolis, Indiana, Recent Case Law, Developments and Other Issues in Promissory Notes, Annuities, and IRAs: Erecting Minefields around Safe Harbors.
  • August, 2012, Elder Law Masters Series-Lake Monroe, Bloomington, Indiana.
  • December, 2011, National Business Institute’s Representing the Elderly and Disabled.
  • October 6, 2011, Elder Law Institute-Indianapolis, Indiana, Health Care Reform Update.
  • October 8, 2010, Elder Law Institute-Indianapolis, Indiana, Long Term Care Insurance: Partnership v. Non-Partnership Policies.
  • October 7, 2010, Elder Law Institute-Indianapolis, Indiana, Long Term Care Insurance: Partnership v. Non-Partnership Policies.
  • October 8, 2009, Elder Law Institute-Indianapolis, Indiana, Medicaid Annuities and Promissory Notes.
  • June 9, 2009, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, My Client has Public Benefits, What Do I Need to Know and What Do I Need to Do?
  • October 10, 2008, Elder Law Institute-Indianapolis, Indiana, Case Studies in Elder Law.
  • October 9, 2008, Elder Law Institute-Indianapolis, Indiana, What’s New with DRA Implementation…And Where Do We Go From Here?

What makes a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) unique?

Elder law is a growing field. It can be difficult to discern skills and experience level when so many attorneys are entering this field. A CELA is a good method to confirm that the attorney is qualified in elder law. It helps to ensure that that attorney has the experience and unique, cutting edge knowledge to solve elder law problems.

In order to become a CELA, an attorney must first apply to the National Elder Law Foundation (NELF). Upon application, the attorney must demonstrate he is in good standing with his state bar and dedicates a substantial portion of his practice to elder law related issues. Then NELF will survey a number of the applicant’s peers to get their review of whether the applicant is competent in elder law areas. Finally, the attorney must take and pass an exam. Every five years the attorney must also recertify.

MEET THE STAFF

Elizabeth Detrick | Paralegal

Keep looking up… It’s the secret to life.Snoopy

Liz Detrick grew up in Lansing, Illinois. She attended Western Illinois University after high school, graduating in 2006 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology (with a minor in Sociology).

Following her college graduation, she moved to Central Indiana and entered the field of social services as a Therapeutic Foster Care Case Manager. For five years, she engaged in direct service of children with special needs who were in foster care, learning a great deal about compassion, patience, and the resilience of the human spirit, as well as the system of child welfare and other programs that support vulnerable populations and their caregivers.

In 2011, she began working as a Service Coordinator for the First Steps early intervention program in Marion County. Working closely with families of children who have developmental delays and disabilities furthered her desire to support and advocate for individuals and families who are seeking resources to meet their own needs and the needs of their loved ones.

After four years in the First Steps program, she transitioned to a position within the Child Mental Health Wraparound program as a Wraparound Facilitator, an opportunity that allowed her to get a glimpse of the unique needs and services available to children and families with mental health challenges.

Each of these opportunities provided a chance for her to engage with and serve people while developing an understanding of the variety of systems and networks of support available in the state of Indiana.

Liz came to Stinson Law Firm in the Fall of 2016 with a strong desire to use her case management and social services background to serve people, and a specific interest in assisting clients in obtaining needed help through Medicaid and VA benefits. Since joining the firm, she has greatly enjoyed learning about Medicaid and Veterans Affairs laws, as well as estate planning and special needs planning.

She loves having the opportunity to learn and grow in a new field while also honing and further developing her skills of service to people in need. She looks forward to meeting you and supporting Jeff to assist you in clarifying your goals and developing a plan specific to your situation that will meet your needs.

Education

Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Cum Laude) – Western Illinois University

Melanie Boulay | Paralegal

Dance like no one is watching. Sing like no one is listening. Love like you’ve never been hurt. And live like it’s heaven on Earth.Mark Twain

Melanie Boulay grew up in Sebring, Florida, a small town best known for the car race The 12 Hours of Sebring. After high school, she moved to Orlando, where she attended Valencia College, and later returned home to Sebring, where she obtained a business degree from South Florida State College.

As a child, Melanie was very active in community theatre, helping her to learn the meaning of dedication and commitment from a young age. When her community theatre building was damaged by a hurricane, 13-year-old Melanie joined the volunteer efforts to rebuild the roof. Through this experience, she met an attorney who would later become her boss. At age 15, she began work at his law office where she helped put together wills and trusts. This experience fostered her desire to continue working with, and serving, people.

While attending Valencia College, she worked full time at a law office specializing in family law. And, upon her transfer to South Florida State College, Melanie began working part-time for her first boss once again. It was during this time in her life that Melanie’s passion for helping others grew. Her mother worked nearby for a local hospice, and the two would often have lunch together.

During one of their lunches, Melanie offered to assist with planning a fundraiser, which ultimately led to her taking a position as a Community Relations Coordinator working closely with families and hospice volunteers. When an opportunity became available with a newly created Alzheimer’s Association chapter, she knew it was the perfect transition to continue her passion of helping others, which included coordinating a successful Walk to End Alzheimer’s event.

Despite the success she experienced in health care, her passion for law never subsided. When a position became available with her very first boss, she happily made the transition back to his law firm. Melanie ran part of his firm for several years until her family was relocated for her husband’s career. Most recently, Melanie and her family experienced life in Germany for four years before settling in the Indianapolis area.

Melanie has continued to serve over the years as a volunteer with the American Cancer Society and Cure PSP.  She came to Stinson Law Firm in the summer of 2018 and is excited to combine her passions, dedication, and commitment to assist you.

Education

Associate of Arts in Business – South Florida State College

 Strength in Compassion: Elder and Special Needs Law Done Right

Stinson Law Firm works with clients across the state of Indiana, including Hamilton, Marion, Boone, Hancock, Hendricks, Howard, Johnson, and Morgan counties. Schedule your consultation today.