BACKGROUNDQuickly chaotic…that’s what became of the life Sue’s mother led, and hers as the primary caregiver, after her mother suffered a devastating stroke.  No longer could she live in her home. No longer could she talk, walk, drive or even use the bathroom.  Relentless decision-making ensued for Sue: "Should I move in?" "What rehabilitation program is best?" "Will insurance pay for everything?" "What legal and financial affairs need to be addressed?"Sue was then neither a Geriatric Care Manager nor Elder Law Attorney.  Four years later, at the age of 40, she entered Wayne State School of Law as well as its Institute of Gerontology.  She prevailed in her four year effort to bring Elder Law into WSU's curriculum. She was named the Outstanding Woman Law Student, and earned a 4.0 in WSU's Gerontology Certificate Program. She has been a solo practitioner ever since.



Bachelor of Psychology, Oakland University (1976)
Master of Education – Guidance & Counseling, University of Windsor, Canada (1980)
Juris Doctor – Wayne State University (1999)
Certificate of Gerontology – Wayne State University (1999)

Michigan State Bar
Michigan State Bar’s Elder Law & Disability section
National Family Caregivers Association
National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers (prior affiliation)
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys

Outstanding Woman Law Student 1997
Single handedly brought Elder Law to Wayne State School of Law curriculum
Helped start the nation’s first supplemental food program for elders at Focus:HOPE in Detroit

ElderWise Advisor / Advocate


Advisor / Advocate