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James Edvin Johnson II

Attorney With Greene Hamrick Schermer & Johnson, P.A.

Board Certified Attorney in Elder Law

Legal Representation in Probate and Trust Administrations, Estate Planning, Guardianships for the Developmentally Disabled, and Medicaid Eligibility for clients in the Bradenton and Sarasota area.

James E. Johnson II is an attorney shareholder in the Greene Hamrick Schermer & Johnson, P.A. firm, which is located in downtown Bradenton, Florida. Mr. Johnson is board certified by the Florida Bar as a specialist in Elder Law, and his practice centers on estate and Medicaid planning, probate and trust administration, Medicaid applications for nursing home residents, and guardianships for developmentally disabled adults.

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Elder law is a very general term for legal issues which tend to affect an aging population. Generally, when people hear the term “Elder Law” what comes to mind is an senior in a nursing home who needs a lawyer’s assistance qualifying for Medicaid to pay for the care. In reality, Elder Law covers many more legal issues. Our lawyers not only represent traditional elder law clients needing Medicaid planning, but our attorneys also represent clients in estate planning, and probate and trust administrations.

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It can be overwhelming when a loved one requires skilled nursing.  One huge concern can be how the family will afford ongoing care in the nursing home. Under the right circumstances, Medicare can pay for at least a portion of the nursing home stay for a limited time.  Thereafter, Medicaid can help fund skilled nursing; however, there are precise rules the client must adhere to.

Our elder law firm can help the patient and family come up with a plan to achieve eligibility for Medicaid.  You can trust our attorney to prepare and file the application required to obtain Medicaid coverage for the patient’s ongoing skilled nursing.

There are several documents which should be part of someone’s estate plan:

  • Last Will and Testament
  • Durable Power of Attorney
  • Designation of Health Care Surrogate
  • Living Will
  • Declaration of Preneed Guardian

Also, many estate planning clients are interested in revocable trusts and irrevocable trusts. 

Our elder law firm works with clients as they make decisions about their estate and formulate their estate plan, which our lawyer puts into action through drafting the necessary documents.

Probate is the court process of handling a decedent’s assets that were not owned jointly with anyone nor designated to a specific beneficiary.  Occasionally, a shortened administration can be used. Our firm can help a decedent’s loved ones negotiate the sometimes complex and confusing probate process.

Trust Administration – Many people desire a trust so that after their death, a successor trustee can distribute out the assets held in the trust without delay.  In actuality, the Florida Trust Code sets forth procedures and deadlines which a successor trustee is obligated to follow in administering the trust. Our elder law firm is here to aid a successor trustee who wants to be sure they are legally sound in handling the decedent’s trust.

Our elder law firm mainly handles guardianship proceedings for developmentally disabled individuals who are over 18 years of age. In order to legally make decisions and handle money for the developmentally disabled person, a parent or other loved one should be appointed as a guardian advocate. This process is less cumbersome and less expensive than regular guardianship. Under the right circumstances, the court may waive the filing of annual accountings and formal guardianship plans.


Learn how the elder law lawyers at Greene Hamrick Schermer & Johnson, P.A. can help with Medicaid and estate planning, trust administration, and guardianship.


James E. Johnson, II,

Florida Bar Board Certified Elder Law Attorney

Greene Hamrick Schermer & Johnson, P.A.
410 43rd Street West, Suite N
Bradenton, FL 34209
Tel: (941)747-1871
Fax: (941)745-2866
Email: [email protected]
Providing legal representation in the greater Bradenton, Florida area.

    Florida Bar     Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys     NAELA Law Firm     BNI member

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