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Wendy Miki Glaus JD
Wendy Miki Glaus is a partner in the law firm of Sterling & Tucker, LLP, where she serves as an Elder Law Attorney, an Estate Planning Attorney, and a Certified Public Accountant. She is certified as an elder law specialist by the National Elder Law Foundation and the Supreme Court of Hawaii. The Supreme Court of Hawaii grants Hawaii certification only to lawyers in good standing who have successfully completed a specialty program accredited by the American Bar Association. She is also certified as an Estate Planning Law Specialist and Accredited Estate Plannerâ (AEPâ) by the Estate Law Specialist Bar, Inc., an organization accredited by the American Bar Association and affiliated with the National Association of Estate Planners & Counsel (NAEPC) and so certified by the Supreme Court of Hawaii.
She focuses her practice on Medicaid, Medicare, Veterans benefits, estate planning, estate, gift and income taxes, nursing home rights, and housing and care issues for the elderly. Her dedication and expertise provide families with assistance in qualification for Medicaid and other available government benefits such as Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) and Supplemental Social Income (SSI). In addition to her numerous certifications, she is also an Accredited Attorney with the Veterans Administration. Wendy has a special interest in VA benefits since her father retired from the Military after serving our country for twenty years and worked another twenty years for the civil service.
Ms. Glaus started her work in estate planning in 1994 at KPMG LLP as a CPA preparing estate, gift, and trust tax returns. She then went on to law school in Seattle, Washington and received her Juris Doctor from Seattle University. Ms. Glaus was admitted in 2000 to practice law in Hawaii. She has also received her masters degree in Business Administration from Chaminade University of Honolulu. She returned to KPMG LLP as a tax manager and started working for Sterling & Tucker in 2003 as a tax manager. With her financial background, she soon became the primary attorney helping elders deal with the monetary pressures of long-term care costs. She has over fifteen years of experience in taxes and over nine years of experience in elder law and estate planning. She dedicates her career to assisting elders and their children deal with the multitude of legal and financial issues related to aging in our world today.
Ms. Glaus conducts Medicaid and Veterans benefits seminars for hospitals, nursing homes, care homes, assisted living facilities, retirement communities, and other private organizations. In addition, she has been an educational speaker at the Hawaii Bar Convention and for National Business Institute.
Ms. Glaus completed her Bachelors degree at the University of Hawaii, Manoa, and her Master’s in Business Administration from Chaminade University of Honolulu. She became a licensed Certified Public Accountant in 1994. She received her Juris Doctor from Seattle University and was admitted in 2000 to practice law in Hawaii. Her most recent accomplishments include designation as a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) in 2010, Certified Estate Planning Law Specialist in 2011, and Accredited Estate Plannerâ (AEPâ) in 2011.
Among her many affiliations, Ms. Glaus is a member of the Hawaii Society of Certified Public Accountants (HSCPA), Hawaii State Bar Association (HSBA), and National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). In 2010, she was appointed Board member on the State of Hawaii, Board of Accountancy.
Ms. Glaus is an Ironman Triathlete, having completed fifteen Ironman triathlons in the U.S., Canada, and Western Australia, and Austria. She also qualified and completed the World Championships held at Kona in 2005, 2007 and 2008.
In her leisure she enjoys swimming, biking and running with her husband, who is also an Ironman, while spending time with her two yellow Labrador Retrievers at home and at the beach.
Ms. Glaus’ many years of education and experience in both tax and law enable her to provide clients with unique protection planning in the areas of tax, estate planning, Medicaid, Medicare, Veterans’ benefits, and real estate so their senior years do not have to be burdened with financial worries.
The attorneys at Sterling & Tucker have been providing quality estate planning for Hawaii clients since 1981. They have been able to reach hundreds of people who are concerned about protecting their families from the devastating legal effects of disability and death.