Boca lawyer brings background in social work to work with elderly

Boca lawyer brings background in social work to work with elderly

By JODIE WAGNERPalm Beach Post Staff Writer

Mindy Stein gave up a long career in social work 14 years ago to enroll in law school. Then 41, the mother of three stood out among her classmates.

“It’s something I always wanted to do,” Stein, who has a master’s in social work from Columbia University, said of attending law school. “It was immersion therapy. It was very good for me. It was three years of having to study.” Stein, a native of Pittsfield, Mass., who moved to Boca Raton in 1994, graduated from Nova Southeastern University Law School in 1999.

She waited six years, though, to take the Florida Bar Exam, choosing instead to work for an investment banker and as a paralegal. “I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do,” she said.

After she took the Bar exam, Stein, now 55, began her law career with a large firm. She grew disenchanted, however, after two years. “They saw my MSW as a liability,” said Stein, who had hoped to incorporate her background in social work into her new career. “So I decided I was going to learn elder law. I started studying it. I went to lots of conferences, and I read a lot.”

Stein left her firm to join another attorney specializing in elder law, and then opened her own practice in Boca Raton a year later.

She works exclusively in elder law and special-needs law and also does probate work and estate planning. “I love it,” she said of her work. “It’s a lot of family work and family dynamics.”

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