Encino-based Elder Law attorney, Gerald “Gerry” Kane, has been helping clients maneuver the often rough terrain of Elder Law, Estate Planning, Trusts, Probate Law, and Veterans Benefits for over 22 years. He came to estate planning through an educational background focused on finance, tax law, and real estate, and a passion for working one-on-one with clients in a way that would truly better their lives. With this innovative, forward-thinking, custom legal and financial guidance, Gerry creates estate plans that protect them and their families as they transition wealth from one generation to the next.
Life happens whether or not we plan for it. No one knows this better than Gerry Kane. Married for sixteen years, Gerry’s first wife lost a three-year battle fighting an extended illness, leaving him with two young daughters, one with specials needs. Overnight, he became a single parent trying to juggle work, his daughter’s schedules and the legal system to protect his daughters should something happen to him. This tragic experience brought to light the need for parents to plan for life’s unexpected events. He soon created and added Special Needs Trusts and Kids Protection Planning to his legal services.
But something was still missing, a way to tie all of these specialties together and how to pay for long term care. Gerry brought this passion to offer his clients a comprehensive, holistic approach to their life planning. With his own experience, he realized the missing piece was how to help his clients maximize their quality of life while putting away resources to pay for care when they needed it. The Life Care Plan was the perfect solution to provide a roadmap for clients to navigate the elder care journey. Having a nurse Elder Care Coordinator on staff, we help our clients access all the community resources. This unique personal perspective was the impetus for Gerry to transition his elder law practice to a Life Care Planning Elder Law firm.
Gerry is a member of several professional organizations, including the Academy of VA Pension Planners (AVAPP); the California State Bar (as a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law); the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA); the American Academy of Special Needs Planners (Charter Member), Wealth Counsel, Elder Counsel, and the Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley Bar Associations. He is a recipient of the American Jurisprudence Award in Wills and Trusts and a past Trustee of the Granada Hills Hospital Foundation.
A resident of the San Fernando Valley for most of his life, Gerry gives a high priority to giving back through education and guidance in legal matters. Gerry has done many educational presentations for the community, in-services working with discharge planners and social workers at skilled nursing facilities, hospitals, the VA Elders at Risk Task Force, Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles, the Older Adult Task Force, many assisted living communities and the Brandman Center, a PACE program at the Jewish Home.
Now happily remarried, when Gerry is not attending to the needs of his clients, he enjoys spending time with his family and their five rescue cats.
Areas of Practice
- Elder Law 30%
- Wills & Trusts 20%
- Medi-Cal 20%
- Veteran's Benefits 20%
- Probate & Estate Administration 10%
Certified Legal Specialties
- Estate Planning Trust & Probate Law , State Bar of CA, 2013
- What Special Needs Trusts Can And Cannot Do For Your Client Part II, Top 10 Estate Planning Techniques - NBI, 2009
- Special Needs Trusts, Top 10 Estate Planning Techniques, 2009
- Durable Power of Attorney, Top 10 Estate Planning Techniques, 2009
Honors and Awards
- American Jurisprudence Award in Wills & Trusts- 1993
Professional Associations and Memberships
- National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Member, 2012 to Present
- Veterans Accredited Attorney, 2011 to Present
- ElderCounsel, Member, 2010 to Present
- WealthCounsel, Member, 2008 to Present
- American Academy of Special Needs Planners, Charter Member, 2007 to Present
- Granada Hills Hospital Foundation, Treasurer, Nominating Committee Chairs, 2000 to 2004
- Alpha Kappa Psi