Expo sponsor brings legal savvy to elder law


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Attorney William Johnson chats with Sharron Fienning at his Suntree law firm.

Jill Blue

Growing older requires legal savvy.

Life unfortunately doesn’t get simpler as the years pass. We might grow wiser as we grow older, but also grow in need of legal savvy as our financial and physical situation grows more complex.

According to elder law attorney William Johnson, it’s never too young to start preparing for issues such as estate, incapacity and long-term care planning, guardianships, probate, Medicaid and wills and trusts.

“The point is to know the rules and plan accordingly,” said Johnson, a major sponsor of this year’s Senior Life Boomer Guide Senior Expo.

Tomorrow will be here sooner than later, and then it might be too late.

“If you don’t plan ahead, you can end up in a really bad situation,” Johnson added.

If anyone knows the subject of elder law, it is Johnson. The Melbourne attorney is the only one in the county to be board certified in elder law by the Florida Bar Association.

Few attorneys achieve this high level of expertise. In 2017 and 2018, he was named Member of the Year by the Elder Law Section of the Florida Bar Association. He was co-winner of the distinction in 2015 and 2016. His accomplishments in the field of elder law earned him inclusion among the elite group of Florida Super Lawyers. For several years, he discussed elder law issues through his column in Florida Today.

A graduate of the University of Florida College of Law, Johnson was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1991.

“Ever since I opened my office, I did estate planning,” he said.

With more than 25 years of experience, Johnson has witnessed the many horror stories that can happen to folks who enter the golden years without a plan. Johnson makes it easier with a free consultation to discuss a customized course of action.

“There is a lot of misinformation out there,” Johnson said.

Johnson will be present at the Boomer Guide Senior Expo on March 1 at the Space Coast Convention Center in Cocoa.

The law office of William A. Johnson is at 140 Interlachen Road, Suite B in Melbourne. For information, call 321-426-1865 or go to floridaelderlaw.net