Our biggest concern at Keston Law is your protection so you can have peace of mind. We promise:
We will get to know you first. Only then can we know the type of protection you need for yourself and your loved ones.
Our goal is that you understand the solutions we recommend for you. We take the time to review documents with you and follow up to make sure you have completed the process.
No Fee Surprises
We usually work on a flat-fee basis so that you don't receive any surprise bills. In addition we offer free educational seminars that we promise are non-promotional. You can learn about Elder Law, Estate Planning, Asset Protection, ask questions and meet Joan before you incur any costs.
Our Practice Areas
Elder Law involves life care planning that you should consider upon reaching the age of 50. In addition to the area of Medicaid and Veterans Benefits, which can be either pre-planning or crisis work, it involves having a set of documents to protect your assets and to guide family members, physicians and hospitals in the event of your incapacity, either physical or cognitive.
We help people in the design and formation of business entities, focusing on small business needs, asset protection and succession planning. Generally this involves corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies (LLC). We also advise on general operations, corporate meetings, resolutions and general corporate compliance.
Alzheimer's and Dementia
The decline of a loved one’s cognitive capabilities can be devastating. The acceptance of this process is often delayed, which can make the situation even more difficult to handle. Families and spouses are not prepared for the challenges they will face when dealing with questions concerning the safe and consistent care of their loved one as well as the overwhelming costs involved.
Special Needs Planning
Special Needs Planning is important to protect your loved ones with special needs, provide for their current and future care, protect assets from estate taxes and long-term care costs, preserve their eligibility for government benefits and provide funds for the “extras” that improve their quality of life.
Retirement Account Planning
We can help you determine if a Retirement Trust is a good strategy to protect your heirs and stretch distributions from your IRA over their lifetimes. We can also help you transfer your IRA into a Self-Directed IRA. In that way you can use the money in your IRA to invest in real estate, notes, small businesses, notes, tax certificates, etc and not be limited to investing in stocks or mutual funds.
Retirement, and relocation to North Carolina provided the right moment to revisit our legal affairs and directives as we head into our senior years. We were fortunate to meet Joan Keston through our new social network, and the rest was easy. Joan discussed our particular needs, and carefully guided us through a very timely drafting and finalization of our Estate Planning documents. All in all, a stress-free process.
John and Kaye
I have known Joan for the past 40 years and greatly admire her knowledge of the law and her professionalism and integrity. I would recommend Keston Law without hesitation.
I was very impressed with the help I received in redoing my complicated trust. Joan was very patient explaining everything and very timely in responses. I would highly recommend her.
I attended a workshop that Joan Keston held at St. James Community Center not long after we moved to St. James from Maryland. I was so impressed with her presentation and realized that I had many questions. My husband and I scheduled an appointment to meet with Joan one on one. Joan presented information in a way that I could understand and answered every question I had about retirement finances, changing our wills and developing trusts for our children.
We decided to hire Joan as our attorney to redo our estate planning. We met several times until we were clear on the direction we wanted to proceed. Joan was terrific to work with. She took time, was patient and reviewed everything when our wills were complete.
I highly recommend Joan Keston! I felt that she truly has our best interest at heart.
Marilyn & Harry Martens
It is a pleasure to provide this testimonial for Elder Law Attorney, Joan Keston. I have had the privilege of seeking Joan’s expertise on several occasions and found her assistance invaluable. During a loved one’s critical illness, Joan drew up papers that assured that final arrangements could be made with thoroughness and ease. Even the funeral director commented on the attention to detail in the documents that he found unusually precise. Joan’s competence is indisputable. Yet it is her warm concern and personal interest that eases the process of estate planning. Her dedication is not only to her clients but to the entire community. She gives of her knowledge and experience to many neighborhood services, as well. It is with great satisfaction that I highly recommend Joan Keston for any of your Life Planning needs.
Dr. Judith Patterson
I recently had my estate plan prepared by Keston Law. I enjoyed the small firm atmosphere, courteous and competent staff members. There was no pressure, and Joan always had time to answer all of my questions, while patiently explaining the details to me. They made the process extremely convenient for me, avoiding unnecessary meetings by completing much of the information flow electronically or by phone. They exceeded my expectations, and I highly recommend Joan Keston and her staff!
The Keston Law website is easy to navigate and provides useful information that will allow consumers to make an informed decision about selecting an A+ elder law firm from whom to seek counsel regarding this issues facing those moving into their later years. In addition, those who wish to preserve assets for future generations and charities of choice, will find experts in the field at Keston Law.
I can honestly give Keston Law the highest recommendation. I had a complicated situation and they went above and beyond, every time. I was treated with kindness, and with a level of professionalism and courtesy that anyone would hope to receive in a difficult situation. My case achieved the best outcome possible. I cannot thank them enough for all they did…they are pros!