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Mr. Wiesner is a nationally recognized elder law attorney. He is a former President of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. Having a legal practice rooted in 17 years of traditional estate and tax planning, Mr. Wiesner, who is Florida Bar Board Certified in Taxation devotes a significant portion of his practice to sophisticated estate planning. However, the principal commitment and focus of his practice is on resolving the legal needs of the elderly and their families. Mr. Wiesner is Florida Bar Board certified in Elder Law.
He is one of a select group of attorneys nationwide who has been honored as a Fellow of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys in recognition of his work in advancing the legal needs of seniors. His involvement ranges from counseling on planning for incapacity, asset preservation and guardianship, to redressing abuse, exploitation and resident's rights issues.
Mr. Wiesner was an invitee to the 1995 White House Conference on Aging and has consulted with the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services and the Agency for health care Administration on legislative matters. In addition to devoting a significant portion of his law practice to the legal needs of the elderly, Mr. Wiesner assists families with planning for the needs and protection of disabled and dysfunctional children.
He has lectured and written frequently on estate planning, pension distribution and planning for the financing of long-term care including:
"OBRA '93 and Medicaid Asset Transfers, Trust Availability and Estate Recovery: Statutory Analysis in Context," Nova Law Review, Winter 1995
"Using the QDRO to protect the Community Spouse" The Elder Law Report, November 1994.
P.A., Advocates in Aging
Ira Stewart Wiesner is a nationally recognized elder law attorney and founder of Advocates in Aging, a multidimensional elder law firm in Sarasota, Florida. He has lectured frequently and written on the subjects of asset preservation, care-giving of spouses and parents with chronic illnesses, drafting special needs trusts for disabled children and financing long-term care.
Mr. Wiesner is Board Certified as a Specialist in Elder Law. He holds a Master of Laws in Taxation (L.LM) degree from the University of Florida and a Masters Degree (M.A.) in Transpersonal Psychology from Naropa University. Ira also has earned Graduate Certificates from the University of South Florida in Advanced Gerontology and from Naropa University in Authentic Leadership.
Ira is a former President of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys as well as Past Chair of the Elder Law Section of the Florida Bar. In recognition of his efforts in advancing the legal needs of seniors, Mr. Wiesner has been honored as one of a select group of attorneys nationwide who have been selected as a Fellow of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys as well as a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. Mr. Wiesner was invited to the 1995 White House Conference on Aging and has consulted with the Florida Department of Elder Affairs and Department of Children and Families. In 1996 Ira was invited to appear on the Today Show to discuss the legal planning issues for seniors.
Ira currently serves as a member of the Advisory Committee of the Academy of Special Needs Planners and is Chair-Elect of the Forum on Religion and Spirituality in Aging of the American Society on Aging.