Senior Focus is a one-hour
radio show that airs Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. and Sundays at 6:00 a.m. on
1250 WTMA-AM in Charleston, South Carolina
as well as streaming live over
Dennis Christensen and Shelly All, local attorneys who specialize in elder law and
estate planning. Shows cover issues and
concerns on aging, legal
matters affecting seniors, benefits, planning and community resources for seniors.
John Quincy is the announcer.
Listeners are invited to call in during the show to ask questions and
comment on the show¹s discussion topics. The call-in number is (843) 556-1250.
Or you can
email your questions anytime.
Listen to and/or download
past Senior Focus programs here.
Dennis has concentrated his practice on
Elder Law, Estate Planning, and planning for individuals with
disabilities since 1992. He understands that Estate Planning is more
than the preparation of documents. With this philosophy, he has been
helping his clients develop a plan in the event a family member becomes
incapacitated as well as helping his clients ensure the proper
distribution of their assets at death.
Dennis has extensive knowledge about Medicaid and law and has helped
hundreds of clients figure out ways to keep themselves at home for as
long as possible. He also develops plans to protect their assets and
achieve Medicaid eligibility for nursing home care when staying at home
is no longer possible. As a son of a parent with Alzheimer’s and as a
founding member and president of the local Alzheimer’s Association for
many years, he understands Alzheimer's and other disabling diseases and
has helped hundreds of families deal with the many issues and problems,
legal and otherwise, that they face.
Dennis has also worked extensively with clients who have disabilities or
have children with disabilities. He knows how critically important
maintaining public benefits (Medicaid or Supplemental Security Income
[SSI]), are for the person and his or her family and has extensive
knowledge and experience in making sure his clients’ eligibility is not
jeopardized as a result of an inheritance from a parent or spouse or
from a personal injury settlement. He helps the person with disabilities
and his or her parents and family to develop plans to make sure the
person with disabilities is taken care of in the event the parent or
caregiver becomes unable to care for the person with disabilities. This
is often achieved through the use of Special Needs Trusts.
Dennis also works with personal injury lawyers to help them settle a
personal injury case of a person with disabilities to ensure that the
person does not lose public benefit eligibility. This experience led
Dennis to co-found the Special Needs Alliance, which is an
invitation-only group of attorneys who practice in almost every state
and who are dedicated to providing legal, financial, and counseling
assistance to persons with disabilities.
Dennis graduated from Michigan State University in 1972 and Marquette
University School of Law in 1976. His early legal practice focused on
civil litigation and and real estate law.
Dennis has been a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
(NAELA) since 1993. He served on its Board of Directors for two terms
and was honored as a Fellow of that organization. NAELA is a leading,
national legal organization educating its members and advocating on
behalf of our clients who are dealing with and planning for the problems
encountered as we age, as well as clients who have disabilities and
Dennis is also a past board member and Vice President of Palmetto
Pathway Homes, which was a non-profit organization dedicated to clients
with paranoid schizophrenia. He was also appointed by the Governor of
South Carolina to the Governor's Commission of Advanced Directives.
Besides hosting Senior Focus, Dennis speaks to civic groups, church
groups, and senior groups on a number of topics. He has spoken to
professionals on such topics as Elder Law, Estate Planning, Medicaid
planning, special needs trusts, disability planning, veteran benefits
and long term care planning.
He is married and has two children.
SHELLY K. ALL,
Shelly, a partner with the firm, began
practicing law in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina in the areas of
real estate and probate. She began with the Dennis J. Christensen Law
Firm in 2006 and mainly practices in the areas of Estate and Trust
Administration, Guardianships and Conservatorships, and Estate Planning.
Shelly received her BS degree from the University of South Carolina and
her JD from Mercer University, Walter F. George School of Law in Macon,
Georgia. She is a member of the South Carolina Bar and American Bar
Association. She is married and the mother of a beautiful son.
JOHN QUINCY, ANNOUNCER
adopted Charleston as his
second hometown in 1981 when
he moved there to continue
his radio career as
Afternoon DJ and Production
In 1985, John became Program
Director and PM Drive host
at WXTC-FM (Lite Rock 96.9)
where he remained for nearly
10 years. John also was a
morning DJ at WBUB-FM (Bubba
107.5), plus worked as
weekend and fill-in host at
WXLY-FM (Oldies 102.5).
Other Charleston radio gigs
included Morning Show
Producer at WNKT (Cat
Country 107.5) and Afternoon
Director/Music Director of
WSUY (Sunny 96.9). He joined
the WTMA morning show as
producer in October 2007.
John is also WTMA's
Along with his 30-plus years
as a successful Charleston
radio host, John has
utilized his music
programming and announcing
skills as a
Mobile DJ for hundreds
of Low Country wedding
receptions, private parties,
and corporate events. He
also has a strong interest
in preserving Charleston
radio history, running
"tribute" Websites for
John resides with his wife
and their cats in
Help local hero,
Elisabeth Spencer, in her ALS fight.
The goal is
$50,000 for medical costs by May 14, 2014.
Attorney Dennis Christensen
answered these questions:
I have heard
there is a two year wait for a Medicaid nursing home bed. Is
anything I can do if my father needs Medicaid but is over
What is a
special needs trust and can you be too old to set up one?
on the Texas woman was declared brain-dead after collapsing
at her home. She was kept on life support for the sake of
her 23-week-old fetus despite previously signing a directive
making it clear that she would not want to be kept on life