THE LEVINSON FIRM, LLC

Elder Law
and Estate Planning

Medicaid – VA Benefits – Long-Term Care Planning – We Can Help.

Solving Cost of Long-term Care Payment Challenges and Protecting your Assets

You or your loved one may be coping with a crisis due to a family member’s unexpected need for assisted living or nursing home care, or you may be interested in planning ahead to prepare financially for any future long-term care needs.

We help Delaware seniors and their families in these situations, as well as people who want innovative, comprehensive, estate planning and estate administration.

Even if you don’t think you may need legal help or legal advice now, we urge you to ask us for free information that can save you money and protect your assets in the future.

Choose Well

Finding Hidden Benefits- Comprehensive Estate Counsel

The Levinson Firm’s focus is on helping you or your loved ones pay for needed care while protecting assets to the greatest possible extent. This includes providing experienced representation across a range of practice areas relevant to the practical needs of seniors and their loved ones facing the challenge of paying for long-term care.
Our legal knowledge is complimented by a willingness to help you deal with other aspects of long-term care planning-including sharing our knowledge of nursing homes, assisted living facilities and other long-term care options. We are the ONLY Delaware Elder Law firm with a former Medicaid case worker on staff!

our attorneys

  • Karla B. Levinson Attorney

    Karla went into practice with her father, the late Larry Levinson, in 2007.  Since then, she has assisted hundreds of Delaware families with asset protection and long-term care planning, and really enjoys giving families the good news that they have qualified for Medicaid and/or Veterans Benefits.  Karla and her husband love to travel and have been all over the world, although recently, their biggest adventure is taking care of their young son.  When she gets a few free moments, Karla enjoys running and spending time with her mom and two younger sisters (they all live just within a few streets of each other).  Karla is also always reading – if you need a book recommendation (beach read or New York Times Bestseller), Karla is your woman!

  • Tanya Sellers Attorney

    Tanya joined the firm in 2015 as our second attorney.  She has a wealth of expertise in estate planning, long-term care planning, and probate matters.  Tanya handles all of our estate administrations, general estate planning, and most of our asset protection cases.  Tanya is an animal lover and frequently rides her horse, Moo, in local events.  In her spare time, she enjoys traveling with her husband.  Recently, the couple took a road trip driving along the famed Oregon Trail.  They visited and learned about several historical landmarks along the way, including Chimney Rock and Fort Laramie.  This helped fulfill Tanya’s childhood dream of being a pioneer in the Wild West.

our staff

  • Dawn Young
    Dawn Young Public Benefits Coordinator

    Dawn excels at getting our clients qualified for Medicaid and Veterans Benefits.  She joined the office in 2009 after working in fundraising at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  Dawn and her husband stay busy running after their two sons and trying to make them do their homework without much complaint.  In her spare time, Dawn loves running, hiking, and reading.  Her claim to fame at the office is being (by far!) the most organized employee.  We are all jealous of her spotless desk and spreadsheets.

  • Tonya McBride
    Tonya McBride Public Benefits Coordinator

    Tonya came on staff back in 2006, after many years at the Delaware Medicaid office.  Since that time, she has processed hundreds of Medicaid applications for our clients, with amazing results.  Tonya and her husband spend most of their time wrangling their three nephews.  A native Delawarean, Tonya enjoys spending time with her large extended family and trying out new recipes.  Nothing makes her happier than cooking up a Thanksgiving feast while gabbing about old Lifetime movies.

  • Julia Tieste
    Julia Tieste Office Manager

    Technically, Julia’s start date was 2009, but she has actually been working for the office in some capacity since she was in middle school.  Julia is the middle Levinson daughter (Karla’s younger sister) and our talented office manager.  An engineer by trade, Julia paused her career at Gore to come back to the family business and keep us in line.  By day, she handles billing and human resources and by night, she and her husband are super-parents to their son and daughter.  Julia is mom extraordinaire and can answer questions about car seats and soccer schedules in her sleep!

  • Kate Shanahan
    Kate Shanahan Practice Manager

    Kate is the Jill-of-all-trades at the office.  She handles our marketing and outreach, and speaks at length with each prospective client to determine the best fit for services.  Kate worked in event planning at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (with Dawn!) prior to starting with the Levinsons in 2010.  Between caring for their son and daughter and trying to DIY their new house, Kate and her husband don’t get much sleep.  But that doesn’t stop Kate from trying to perfect her brownie recipe (she swears chocolate chips are the key).

  • Candy McDermott
    Candy McDermott Legal Assistant

    It’s hard to believe Candy only started with us in February of 2017 because it feels like she’s been a member of the team forever.  Candy is our trusted legal assistant, handling all the behind the scenes happenings at the office and keeping our schedule in line.  Candy started her career as a paralegal and returned to the field after her most important work – raising three children!  Candy’s daughters both started college this Fall and her son began high school this year.  In her spare time, Candy enjoys playing tennis, spending time with her husband at the beach in Ocean City, Maryland, and wrangling her kids’ pets.

  • Melissa Sherman
    Melissa Sherman Marketing Assistant

    Melissa joined the staff in May of 2017 as our marketing assistant.  She’s the smiling face you’ll see out at nursing facilities, community events, and education programs.  If you want to plan a lunch and learn, Melissa is your go-to!  Melissa and her husband spend the majority of their time chasing after their two busy high schoolers.  They’re hoping a crazy travel volleyball schedule prepares them for when both kids (fingers crossed!) are future University of Delaware Blue Hens.  On the rare occasion she has a bit of downtime, Melissa enjoys spending time in Rehoboth Beach and spoiling her sweet little dog, Sasha.

We know Medicaid Eligibility, Qualification and Planning Strategies

As Delaware’s oldest and largest firm dedicated to Medicaid Planning we are committed to providing up-to-date solutions to your long-term care planning needs. We have eight staff members with the knowledge of the Delaware Medicaid process. Unlike less experienced attorneys who may talk to you about a plan but leave you on your own to deal with the Medicaid application process, The Levinson Firm, LLC is with you every step of the way.