A Full Service Elder Law Firm
Kenneth W. Drake, Esq.
Mr. Drake earned his reputation as an associate, partner and finally managing partner at the law firm of Rushfeldt, Shelley & Drake LLP ('RSD'), a preeminent professional liability (i.e., malpractice) defense firm in Los Angeles. During his 28 years at RSD, Mr. Drake defended countless personal injury cases, often on behalf of hospitals and doctors, and many of them involving complex medical issues. Mr. Drake also represented, and still occasionally represents, health care and mental health providers in litigation and administrative proceedings.
He has earned the prestigious rating of "Preeminent" from Martindale-Hubbell, as well as 5-Star ratings from many happy clients.
Personally, Mr. Drake’s interests include his children, spending time in Santa Barbara, politics, sports (with particular emphasis on the Arizona Wildcats) and the theater.
Areas of Law
Protecting and providing for those you love requires early planning. Whether it’s a simple will or a living trust, you will want to make sure you understand your full range of options and obtain the advice you need to protect your family. We can also help you set up an estate plan that minimizes your tax exposure while making sure your assets remain protected. If indicated, we will also help prepare Medical and Financial Powers of Attorney, End-of Life Health Care Directives and establish Conservatorships.
Unfortunately, elder care has become increasingly competitive and in some cases predatory. Although aggressively regulated, the economic forces driving the private elder care industry is to fill as many beds as possible while reducing operational costs at every conceivable level. A common result of this tension is negligent care and in far too many instances, elder abuse. Fortunately, the elderly have important legal rights and protections under federal and state law. Our firm is dedicated to protecting these rights and wherever possible making sure our clients are duly compensated for the wrongs committed against them.
The elderly often fall victim to medical malpractice. Medical malpractice is especially common in nursing home settings and has become in recent years a specialized area of the law. Prosecuting these cases requires both a deep knowledge of the medical sciences, as well as a comprehensive understanding of elder care law. Our firm has the expertise and resources needed to successfully prosecute such cases. If you believe you or a loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice, schedule a free initial consultation with us.
The death of a family member is already a difficult time. Unfortunately, uncertainty or conflict regarding the remaining estate can exacerbate the situation. We are available to serve as counsel to the probate administrator as well as to initiate or defend probate litigation.
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