People today are living longer, but with longevity comes the need for greater planning for those golden years. Our Elder Law attorneys guide clients through the maze of issues affecting retirement, asset protection, Medicare and Medicaid, health, and even mental health with practical and compassionate advice, recognizing that legal issues often have social and familial implications. From wills and estate planning to guardianships and conservatorships, our Elder Law attorneys have the expertise to deal with the complex issues of an ever-growing aging population.


How We Can Help You?

Snapshot of Strengths

The Elder Law practice group offers the following services:


Retirement Planning


Asset Protection Planning


Medicare and Medicaid Planning


Special Needs Planning


Estate Planning - Wills, Trusts, and Advance Healthcare Directives


Probate Administration


Guardianships and Conservatorships


Long Term Care Planning


Incapacity Planning


Disability Planning


Health and Mental Health Law Advice



Next Steps

Whether you are an older adult facing the challenges of aging, or are caring for an elderly parent, we can help. Our depth of experience and wealth of knowledge allows our Elder Law attorneys to employ a holistic and comprehensive approach, offering practical solutions to complex problems. Contact Johnstone Adams today and secure peace of mind.
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  • Prepare sophisticated and simple wills, powers of attorney and health care advance directives (living wills).
  • Represent clients in post-mortem planning such as qualified disclaimers.
  • Represent clients in probating wills and assist in estate administration and guardian and conservator proceedings.
  • Represent clients in providing advice and preparation of documents associated with irrevocable life insurance trusts, including pour-over trusts from wills.
  • Represent clients in the preparation of prenuptial and postnuptial agreements.
  • Represent clients in providing advice on family business succession planning.
  • Prepare sophisticated trusts, including dynasty trusts, life insurance trusts, irrevocable trusts, revocable trusts, and special needs trusts.
  • Represent family and friends seeking commitment of individuals that are mentally ill and in need of involuntary treatment.
  • Represent family and friends in obtaining guardianship over individuals that are mentally or physically incapacitated and in need of assistance with daily living activities.
  • Represent family and friends in obtaining conservatorship over individuals that are mentally or physically incapacitated and in need of assistance with financial activities.

What Our Clients are Saying

Brandy Walker

“My husband and I were referred to Johnstone Adams in the spring of last year. We are working very closely with Jessica Welch and Greg Watts on an ongoing and unwanted family estate matter. Ms. Welch and Mr. Watts have been so professional and knowledgeable.

In addition, considering the nature of the suit, Jessica has provided my husband and I with a peace of mind we didn"t think was possible during this extremely stressful time of our lives. She is an amazing trial attorney. They have gone above and beyond. To sum it up, I have nothing but the utmost respect and appreciation for them. I would strongly reccomend either of them to my dearest friends and family members. I'm so thankful that we stumbled upon them. I'm actually going to miss Jessica Welch when this is all over.”

Andre Kistner

“I am currently using this law firm and they are informative, keeping me up to date with my case, and they return your calls/emails immediately. I am very satisfied.”

Stu Cookson

“My wife and I approached Johnstone Adams to help us make a better informed decision regarding her immigration. They have been a truly invaluable asset. They brought their knowledge, experience, confidence, and calm demeanor to the process, which put our minds at ease. The worry and anxiety that we were facing melted away, and we have been, literally, hand-held during this daunting process. We can’t thank or recommend Johnstone Adams enough and look forward to continuing to use their services in the future.”


Angela R.

“Johnstone Adams was a great help when it came to drawing up our family’s will and advanced directives prior to the birth of our first son. These are certainly things that no one wants to think about, but the process was easy. They were professional and knowledgeable, answering all of our questions along the way with compassion and sensitivity. Johnstone Adams responded quickly to any questions and was easy to get in touch with! We would highly recommend them for any legal work!!”

Alan C

“Jessica’s advice and assistance with our family's interests in a probate matter was exceptional from beginning to end-- always thoughtful, responsive and efficient, and focused and timely.

It was a genuine pleasure for the doubtless incorrigibly demanding old lawyer that I am to have a professional of her outstanding caliber assisting me on this matter—both generally and in my role as executor in particular—in a jurisdiction unfamiliar to me and on a matter completely outside of my own experience and expertise.

I might also point out that she was really excellent in interfacing, always in a timely and solution-oriented manner, with other parties involved in our matter to help keep our initiatives on track—including attorneys dealing with the disposition of residential real estate and financial assets.

Jessica and her excellent assistant, Shelly Perrone, also offered and provided pragmatic and efficient solutions to logistical and execution issues made significantly more challenging than usual given the COVID-19 crisis and my own location far from Mobile-- in Paris, France.”


“I highly recommend attorney Rick La Trace. Aside from being professional, polite, and yet firm, Rick is a combination of knowledge, detail, and responsiveness. (In my opinion, there are very few professionals who have ALL three qualities. Rick is one of the very few.) What makes him stand apart from the rest, is that he takes the time to listen to his client's concerns (no matter how "trivial"). He educates client’s on how the law works, shares his opinions, including the pros and cons of each. We would definitely use Rick's services again, and highly recommend him for anyone who wants a lawyer that they can trust to thoroughly handle their case from start to finish, even down to the small details. You can tell from working with Rick that he's not just about getting paid for his services, but that he enjoys working through problems and finding creative solutions for his clients. Also, I highly recommend the Johnstone Adams, LLC systems and processes. Shelly and Cathy were on top of things. I give Rick and Johnstone Adams more than five stars.”


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