Jim Schuster- Certified Elder Law Attorney

Jim Schuster has been licensed as an attorney since 1978 and practices Elder Law.  He is:

  • The only Michigan member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorney’s Council of Advanced Practitioners.
  • Former Chair of the Elder Law and Advocacy Section of the Michigan State Bar.
  • One of only fourteen Certified Elder Law Attorneys in Michigan,  The certification is by the, A.B.A. accredited National Elder Law foundation.
  • Member, Professional Speakers Bureau, Alzheimer’s Association.
  • Member of the Board of Directors, Chronic Illness Coalition.
  • Member of the Board of Visitors Wayne State University’s Institute of Gerontology.

Prior to attending law school, Jim Schuster was a social worker for the Department of Social Services (now Department of Human Services).  After he passed the bar he worked as a law clerk for United States District Judge Noel P. Fox and as a Judge for the Chippewa Ottawa Conservation Court.  He served on the Council of the General Practice Section of the State Bar of Michigan from 1985 to 1997 in all capacities including as Chair of the Section in 1991.

Jim’s involvement in the aging community includes being a member of the professional speaker’s bureau of the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Michigan Chapter.  He works in association with the Geriatric Social Workers, the Chronic Illness Coalition, Wayne State University’s Institute on Gerontology, and the Council on Aging.  He has made presentations at the Edna Gates conference on Dementia Care, Wayne State’s Institute on Gerontology, and the Area Agency on Aging’s annual Caregiver Conference.

Jim has had articles on Elder Law published in the Michigan Bar Journal.  Michigan Lawyers Weekly, the Detroit Legal News and Laches, the publication of the Oakland County Bar Association.  He has also presented course material for the Institute for Continuing Legal Education.  He has written a chapter in the Alzheimer’s Answer Book, the Patient Advocate Guide, and others, which he provides at no charge to professionals and the public.

Jim’s office is in the historic log cabin at 24330 Lahser in Southfield.  Birds, squirrels and chipmunks are regular visitors at the office bird feeder.  Deer have been seen walking along the Rouge River behind the cabin, but the office ground hog has never been seen on Ground Hog’s Day.  Our website is given below and is a rich source of information on elder issues and senior news.

Jim is available to speak to public and professional groups, including family councils and in services on the many issues facing our elders.


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