About Us – Elder Law Office of Julianne Kocer
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Ms. Julianne Kocer is an Elder Law, Estate Planning, Disability Planning, & Probate attorney serving clients in Rochester and southeastern Minnesota, and the Seattle area. She is an active member of the Minnesota State Bar Association, Minnesota Olmsted County Bar Association, and Washington State Bar Association. Julianne received her law degree from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1998. Upon graduation from law school, she moved to Seattle, Washington and began her legal career.
While serving clients in Washington State and operating three office locations, Julianne earned her post-doctorate law degree in Elder Law (“LL.M.-Elder Law”), with honors, from Stetson University College of Law in May 2013, a six year Master program covering all areas of elder law. She is the only attorney in the states of Minnesota and Washington to have earned this advanced law degree. Julianne assists clients in the legal areas of Asset Preservation, Medical Assistance/Medicaid, Estate Planning, Disability Planning, Special Needs Trusts, Durable Powers of Attorneys containing asset preservation powers, disability programs, trusts, Veteran Benefits, health care system navigation, elder abuse, trust administration during life and upon death, estate administration during life and upon death, and probate. Julianne is also a member of the Life Care Planning Law Firm Association and of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys having served on the board of its Washington Chapter for over six years in all board positions and as its founding Legislative Chair.
Julianne was a professor and guest speaker for the University of Washington Extension Program-Social Worker courses. She formerly served on the executive committee of the Elder Law Section of the Washington State Bar Association where she developed the Section’s first grant program, and on the Olmsted County Bar Association. Julianne has testified and written opposition papers against legislation negatively affecting seniors and disabled people. Her first article titled, “Medicaid Planning for Our Seniors,” appeared in the 2002 Educational Manual of Credit Professionals International and her additional publications can be seen in “SENIORguidebook.” Currently, Julianne serves on the boards of Elder Network and Madonna Senior Living Foundation.
She was named the 2004 NAELA Member of the Year by her fellow colleagues. Additionally, Julianne was named a “Rising Star” in Washington Law and Politics for six consecutive years in the December/January 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009 editions by the ‘SuperLawyers’ of Washington state, an award granted to only 2.3 percent of attorneys annually statewide who are under the age of 40 at the time the award is granted. Julianne is a frequent speaker on elder law issues, estate planning, and long term care topics for continuing education credit seminars for attorneys, financial planners, insurance agents, and social workers, and speaks often to other professional and community organizations on numerous elder law and estate planning issues. To schedule an appointment for yourself or loved one or a speaking presentation for your community organization, please call 507-218-0118 or 206-259-2092, or email Julianne at firstname.lastname@example.org.