DePaola began working with Floman in 2009 after she graduated from Quinnipiac University School of Law, cum laude, in 2008. “We have worked well together as a team for almost four years,” stated Floman. “We share a commitment to being responsive, easy to talk with, and always available to meet the needs of our clients. We work to simplify complex legal problems, and give our clients advice that is easy to understand and to implement.”
Allison DePaola described her journey to the partnership position beginning in her college years. “As an undergraduate, I was interested in business and majored in marketing. After law school, my desire was to work with families and small businesses that needed help finding solutions to problems that stood in the way of achieving their goals. My ambition is to devise simple, straightforward ways to help those clients realize their goals.”
Floman added, “When I met Allison, it was immediately clear that we shared the same work ethic, the same commitment to client service, and the same general approach to delivering legal services to clients. While she was quite a few years younger than me, she possessed a degree of maturity and wisdom well beyond what you would expect from a young attorney. During the nearly four years we have worked together, my initial impressions have been confirmed repeatedly. It has been my honor to mentor Allison, and to now welcome her as my business partner.”
The core element of the Floman DePaola law practice is to create strategies that protect what’s important to individuals, families and small businesses. Floman explained that he and DePaola implement these strategies by carefully creating individualized documents such as wills, trusts, power of attorney instruments, health care instructions and client-specific business agreements.
Floman DePaola LLC’s client base includes families with young children, same sex couples and their families, middle-aged families, and older families. In the business setting, clients include traditional businesses at a fixed physical location as well as home-based businesses that operate with a computer and an I-phone. “Because there is such diversity in our client base,” Floman explained, “the key to individualized planning is listening to the story each client tells, asking the appropriate follow-up questions, devising a plan that meets the unique needs of that client, and then preparing the documents that implement the plan.”
Floman and DePaola explained, “When the clients are older individuals of modest means who are struggling to stay in their homes, strategizing under those circumstances requires knowledge of state and federal government benefit programs that may be available to help the family stay at home.” As a VA Benefits Accredited Attorney, DePaola stated, “If the client, or the client’s spouse, is a veteran, VA benefits may well be part of the mix.”
At times when remaining at home no longer is a safe option for an individual or family, Floman and DePaola are experienced at filing Medicaid (Title XIX) applications. “Our role is to see those applications through to a successful conclusion, while simultaneously strategizing with the family to protect the maximum amount of assets possible.” Floman explained that their expertise also includes issues arising at nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and continuing care communities.
“Estate and Medicaid planning cases often present complex medical issues that need to be evaluated as part of the legal plan,” explained Floman. “Our firm employs two full-time nurses as members of our staff because consulting with medical professionals on cases is a very unique service that we offer. It is very helpful to have nurses involved when legal planning requires attention to medical issues. Additionally, nurses are trained to listen carefully to people they attend to and to provide care. This is an essential element of the legal culture that we have created in our practice. We are caring attorneys who listen to our clients’ concerns and then do our best to ease those concerns to make them less stressful and frightening.”
“One sad reality of a family-focused law practice such as Floman DePaola,” commented Floman, “is that there are times when clients we have known for a while, and care about, die. Our firm has extensive experience taking the family through the Probate Court process. Working through the intricacies of the probate process after a family member has died can still be extremely daunting for many people. Our goal is to guide our clients quickly and easily through what needs to be done to finalize the affairs of the family member or friend who has died.”
In announcing the creation of the new partnership, the Floman DePaola law firm has also launched a new web site www.flomandepaola.com. “This new site,” explained Floman, “features resources for our clients and visitors, information about the ways we help our clients, a blog on topics of interest to families and businesses, plus several ways to keep in touch with us through social media.”
The law firm of Floman DePaola is located at 378 Boston Post Road in Orange, Connecticut and can be reached at 203-795-1211 or via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.