Incapacity/Estate Planning & Asset Preservation

Phone: (954) 975-5159
Fax: (954) 972-4701

c/o MacLean & Ema
2600 N.E. 14th Street Causeway
Pompano Beach, Florida 33062

Florida's Voice on Developmental Disabilities














Arlene Lakin, Elder Law Attorney

Arlene Lakin

Florida Bar Board Certified Elder Law Attorney

Our South Florida law firm assists clients in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties.

We offer in-office, telephone and "house call" consultations to private homes, assisted living facilities, nursing homes and hospitals.

Designing customized plans for each client
based on one's unique, individual needs

Florida Bar Board Certified Elder Law Attorney

Elder Law

We help clients and their families with their legal needs regarding incapacity/estate planning and asset preservation for public benefits, e.g. Medicaid, SSI and Veterans programs.

We help families, whenever possible, to avoid probate, to avoid guardianship, and, if appropriate, to retain or qualify for public benefits.

Special Needs Planning

We prepare special needs trusts, establish guardianships, and assist with public benefits eligibility.


We establish guardianships for persons of all ages who lack capacity due to a developmental disability,
a mental health issue, Alzheimer's disease or other form of dementia, accidents, etc.

Special Qualifications

  • Florida Bar Association Board Certified in Elder Law:
    Certification is the highest level of recognition given by The Florida Bar for competency and experience within an area of law.
  • AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell:
    An AV rating is a significant accomplishment - a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence. A lawyer must be admitted to the Bar for 10 years or more to receive an AV rating.
  • Veterans Affairs (VA) Accredited Attorney:
    Accreditation means the authority granted by VA to representatives, agents, and attorneys to assist claimants in the preparation, presentation, and prosecution of claims for VA benefits. 38 C.F.R. § 14.627(a). Without accreditation, an individual may not independently assist claimants in the preparation, presentation, and prosecution of claims for VA benefits.
  • 2014 honoree in Lifestyle Media Group's "Leaders in Law 2014 Award" in the field of Wills, Trusts and Estates