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Ron M. Landsman
Ron M. Landsman has been practicing elder law since 1983, before it was known as elder law, originally with Landsman and Laster, Washington, D.C., then Landsman, Eakes and Laster, also in Arlington, VA, and since 1990 in his own practice in Montgomery County, Maryland.
He has been among the most active members of the elder law bar in Maryland and D.C. dealing with Medicaid long term care issues. While he deals with all Medicaid long term care issues planning, applications, appeals, "level of care," recoveries he has focused especially on steps to protect "community spouses," the wives and husbands of nursing home residents getting Medicaid benefits. His successes include getting Maryland to respect out-of-state former homes on the same basis as in-state homes, getting Maryland to comply with special court orders awarding extra income or resources to community spouses (the case was settled after six years, but for one step along the way, see the Fourth Circuit's decision in McGhee v. Director, Maryland Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene, 1999 WL); and getting D.C. Superior Court to adopt a generous basic needs standard for awarding extra income or resources to community spouses in guardianship proceedings, In re Tyler, 2002 WL.
He teaches Medicaid to other lawyers as well as other professionals and the public, through both the Maryland and D.C. Bars, and writes frequently in the elder law press. See, for example, Landsman, R. "Going to court to Improve Spousal Benefits; Part I: The Resource Rules," The ElderLaw Report, P.1, (September 1998), and Landsman, R., "Clarifying the Judicial Procedures for Obtaining Relief from Spousal Impoverishment Rules; Part II: Medicaid Income Rules," The ElderLaw Report, P.1, (October 1998). He is also the co-author, with Ralph J. Moore, Jr., Esq., of Shea and Gardner, of Planning for Disability, in Tax Management, Inc., Portfolio Series, Estates, Gifts and Trusts (2000).
Bar admissions: 1975, D.C.; 1978, U.S. Supreme Court; 1984, Maryland.
Law School: J.D., University of Michigan, 1974, magna cum laude
College: B.A., University of Michigan, 1970; Managing Editor, The Michigan Daily, 1969-1970 (in lieu of actually attending classes)
Professional Honors and Activities: Member D.C. Bar Estate, Trusts and Probate Section Steering Committee, 2002-2005, Chairman, Maryland Bar Elder Law Section, 1998-1999, Fellow, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, 1990; Member, ADRDA Greater Washington Chapter, 1986-1992; U.S. Dept. of Justice, Antitrust Division, Special Achievement Award, 1979.
Born: January 2, 1949, in Detroit, Michigan (which he says was not his fault).
Small specialized firm, principal practicing elder law since before it was called elder law, on Medicaid, estate planning, guardianship, and nursing home matters.
For more information please visit my website: www.ronmlandsman.com