Elder E-Letter: July 2020

If you build it, they will come.


Here’s the demolition of the vacant building we bought on Broadway.

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Tada! Carol proudly shows off the cleared space for the new construction, which we’ll start building soon. Stay tuned!

Hangin’ Out with Attorney Ellen Patterson

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This month, we are featuring our beloved associate attorney, Ellen Patterson. Ellen has been with The Law Offices of Carol Bertsch, PC since Ocotber of 2018, and we have received a lot of praise about Ellen from our clients.

Before joining our firm, Ellen served as the staff attorney for the Catholic Charities Guardianship program. She handled more than 160 guardianships during her two years there.

Ellen (a San Antonio native) graduated from Alamo Heights High School and then went on to receive a BA in Plan II from The University of Texas at Austin. After earning a master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Texas at San Antonio, Ellen pursued a law degree from St. Mary’s University. Yes—Ellen is smart, but what we really love about Ellen is that she’s a big-hearted problem solver.

Ellen comes from a long line of attorneys. Check it out, from left to right:

1867-1951. Ellen’s Great Grandfather, John McCamy Patterson was a member of the first graduating class of the University of Texas School of Law in 1888. He practiced law as a general practitioner in estate planning, real estate, and probate in Austin Texas. He was also the Democratic Party Chair of Travis County for over 30 years.

1913-1995. Ellen’s Grandfather, Woodrow Patterson, graduated from the University of Texas School of Law and practiced privately in probate, estate planning, and real estate law. He became an adjunct professor at U.T. School of Law where he helped start the first Legal Aid Clinic, setting an example for the rest of the nation.

1943- Ellen’s father, Kirk Patterson, graduated from Harvard Law School in 1968. He was a briefing attorney for the Texas Supreme Court for Judge Jack Pope. He then practiced family law for many years in San Antonio, Texas and now is retired and is active in developing water policy for the San Antonio region.

John McCamy Patterson great grandfather
Woodrow Wilson Patterson Grandfather
John Kirk Patterson Father


We made a monetary donation to the Alzheimer’s Association because Alzheimer’s doesn’t stop for Covid-19. Click here to donate if you can.

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Carol made bags for Snack Pak 4 Kids with her fellow Rotarians from The Rotary Club of San Antonio.

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The Law Offices of Carol Bertsch, PC is working together safely to meet the elder law needs of our community. We took the the Greater. SAfer. Together. pledge to:

Use face covering
Practice physical distancing
Conduct temperature checks
Provide hand sanitizer
Follow CDC cleaning protocols
Implement contactless payment when possible
General COVID-19 awareness training for employees

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Supporting Caregivers During COVID-19

UT Health: Caring for the Caregiver is a great educational resource for caregivers. They are providing important information to help family caregivers navigate the current COVID-19 crisis. They are also encouraging caregivers to contact them with any questions or concerns they may have. Click here for more info.

Register on Eventbrite to learn more about a “Diagnosis of Dementia” on July 9th. You’ll have a chance after a brief presentation to ask a nurse any questions you may have.

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Join the Alzheimer’s Association for Covid-19 and Caregiving–a virtual class where you can learn about the prevention of COVID-19 and how to promote your loved one’s safety, whether at home or in a residential care setting. Plus, what to do if a care setting has an incidence of COVID-19..

Please register here at or call (800)272-3900 for more information or if you have any other questions.

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What’s Going on in Your World?


We appreciate your feedback. Do you have a book or a topic you’d like to see featured 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 difficult time. We are here to answer any elder law questions you may have. We can also refer you to someone who can help you if we cannot. You can also just call to say hello: (210)892-4555.