February 01, 2020 From the EXPERIENCE Board Chair

A Season for Protecting What You’ve Achieved

Michael Van Zandt

This issue’s theme is: How to Protect Your Hard-Earned Assets. You may have spent most of your adult life working hard for yourself, for your family, for your security, for your comfort, for your retirement, and for your community.

It’s time to contemplate where you’ve arrived and, more importantly, where you’re going next. Whether you’ve achieved great riches, you’re just comfortable, or even if your next step will be precarious, you may need some practical guidance on how to proceed and how to preserve what you’ve achieved, or perhaps help you find new ways to preserve your health and your happiness. This issue, hopefully, will give you some food for thought as your life progresses.

Leasha West delves into the murky but necessary world of Medicare. The article is designed to educate us on the latest changes to the various Medicare plans and help you make informed decisions about coverage and costs. See Leasha’s article if you want the latest on the status of Medicare Part D “donut hole.”

Abigale Johnson gives us a very astute comparison of assisted living versus home care. The choices for families are complex, heart wrenching, and financially devastating and require the dedication of family members to make the right choices or suffer the consequences. Abigale gives you a lesson in due diligence for these life-changing and difficult decisions.

Randolph Morgan III treads into the world of “gray marriages,” the act of marrying while in or nearing retirement. There are multiple considerations, including pre-nuptial agreements, whether marriage makes sense at all, corporate protections for your assets, estate planning for multiple families, and how to hold and transfer properties. And you thought love and marriage was so simple.

As you struggle to make important decisions in a life crisis, Matthew Burr gives you a synopsis of the Family and Medical Leave Act and how it can assist you and family members by giving you the most precious gift when life becomes difficult—the time to devote your entire attention to that baby, child, family member, injured service member, or just to take care of yourself.

Our regular technology writers, Jeffrey Allen and Ashley Hallene, step in with technology advances to help with vison, hearing, fitness, mobility, communication, glucose monitoring, and exercise machines. Stay healthy longer and live better with these great inventions.

Finally, Richard Winfield invites us to help fight for freedom of expression in foreign lands with the International Senior Lawyers Project, and Thomas J. Shaw launches a new column on legal history.

Don’t forget: The Mid-Year Meeting of the Senior Lawyers Division is coming up Feb. 12–17, 2020, in Austin, Texas. Hope to see you there.


Michael Van Zandt

Michael Van Zandt is a partner and co-chair of the Environmental & Natural Resources group at Hanson Bridgett in San Francisco. In addition to chairing the Experience editorial board, Van Zandt is chair-elect of the Senior Lawyers Division; a member of the SLD Council; a representative for the ABA SLD to the ABA Section of Environment, Energy and Resources Special Committee; a Litigation Counsel of America senior fellow; and an American Bar Foundation life fellow.