Elder E-Letter: Fall 2020

Toni O’Brien is Now Our In-House Certified Mediator

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The Law Offices of Carol Bertsch, PC is proud to announce that our paralegal, Toni O’Brien, is now a Certified Mediator. If you’re stuck in a dispute that’s not going anywhere despite repeated efforts to resolve it, look no further. We are offering Mediation Services.

Toni is compassionate with a resolute mission to help people. She has crafted her gift of listening carefully so she can clearly identify what the issues are in a dispute while maintaining professional neutrality. Then she facilitates discussions to aid both parties in negotiating agreements they’re both satisfied with.

Not only is Toni a Certified Mediator and a member of the Texas Association of Mediators, but she has more than thirty years’ experience in the legal field. She enjoys working with parties, whether or not they are represented by attorneys or have been ordered to mediation by a judge.

What is Mediation?

Mediation is a voluntary, common-sense method of resolving problems without the expense and hassle of going to court. In mediation, the conflicting parties meet with a neutral person to assist them in negotiating their differences in an amicable manner. The goal of mediation is for both parties to develop an agreement, which can have the validity of a contract and may be upheld in a court of law.

Types of Disputes Appropriate for Mediation

Family Matters
Probate Issues
Real Estate & Property Disputes
Money Owed
Property Damage
Workplace Issues

Advantages of Mediation

Mediation has many advantages over litigation. Mediation is:

Efficient: Sessions are usually held within two weeks at a convenient time.
Effective: Issues causing the conflict are identified and addressed.
Restorative: Mediation helps preserve and restore relationships by addressing issues through compromise and negotiation rather through the highly-charged adversarial process of litigation.
Confidential: The content of the mediation is private, known only to participants.
Empowering: The ultimate authority belongs to the participants themselves instead of having a judge determine their fate.

If you are currently in conflict with someone and you are both willing to seek mediation, contact us to schedule an appointment with Toni O’Brien at (210)892-4555.

We’re Ready to Walk!

Carol Alz Walk
Ellen Alz Walk
Nena Alz Walk
Jody Alz Walk
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This year, Alzheimer’s Walk is Saturday, October 24th in neighborhoods all over San Antonio. Click here to register or to donate.

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We’re Moving!

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Construction should be starting soon on our new digs. Here’s Carol saying, “Abracadabra, new building appear!” We’re crossing our fingers for a 2021 spring move in. Don’t worry–we’re keeping the same phone number and we’ll let everyone know when the big move happens.

Study on Care Relationships and Health at UT Health San Antonio

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UT Health San Antonio has free programs that support caregivers in our community. We refer clients who need additional caregiver support to these excellent programs. Paralegal Jody Hudspeth had the honor of catching up with Kylie Meyer, PhD Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Nursing earlier this month regarding a new study she’s conducting.

Dr. Meyer is asking spousal caregivers to individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease or a related dementia within the previous year to participate in a new study. Spousal caregivers often experience changes in their relationships with their partners, friends, and families following a dementia diagnosis. UT Health hopes to learn more about these changes and how they affect caregivers’ health to better guide the services they provide for caregivers. They are asking caregivers to complete a 10 minute survey each day for 14 days and to provide saliva samples for 5 of these days to help them to observe day-to-day changes in cortisol, a stress hormone. Your participation will help them to better support other caregivers!

To find out more about this this, please contact Kylie Meyer, PhD at meyerk1@uthscsa.edu.

You may also find out if you are eligible to participate by following this link

Elder Abuse Awareness–Where do You Fit In?

Do you work with the senior population? If so, this three part series is for you: Elder Abuse Awareness–Where do You Fit In?

Wed, Oct 7, 2020 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CDT

Wed, Oct 14, 2020 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CDT

Wed, Oct 21, 2020 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CDT

Sponsored by South Texas APS Community Board, Alamo Area Council of Governments, Texas DFPS Legal Services, and the Elder Law Section of the San Antonio Bar Association

Register here.

Legal Series Vol 1-Final


July 9th The Law Offices of Carol Bertsch, PC staff learned about the latest Covid-19 court procedures at the virtual Bexar County Probate Court Town Hall.

August 8th The Law Offices of Carol Bertsch, PC attended the Alzheimer’s Summit. We missed seeing everyone in person, but this virtual event was a success.

August 12th Carol gave a virtual presentation to the Caregiver Support Group at
WellMed Charitable Foundation

August 18th Carol virtually presented Planning for the Legal Aspects of Dementia to families at the Alzheimer’s Association.

August 26th Carol spoke to the staff at Accountable Aging Care Management about how to know when their clients might have an elder law issue.

September 23rd Carol and her fellow Rotarians from the Rotary Club of San Antonio made snack bags for Snack Pak 4 Kids.

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Carol Bertsch and Fellow Rotarians

September 29th Carol presented My Wishes My Desires at Oasis

We’ve been celebrating a lot of birthdays around here! Nena’s was July 28th; Ellen had a Happy Birthday on September 13th; and Jody’s big day was September 25th.

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Jody Birthday

The Holidays are Upon Us!

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What’s Going on in Your World?


Do you have a topic or an elder law question you’d like us to cover in our newsletter? Please email your suggestions to jhudspeth@assistingseniors.com. All ideas are welcome.

Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns during this especially isolating time. Call if you have a question or just call us to say hello: (210)892-4555.