Gene Osofsky, founder and principal of Osofsky Law, focuses on Elder Law, Estate Planning, Medi-Cal Planning, Special Needs Planning, Trust Administration and related areas. He derives a great deal of personal and professional satisfaction from protecting seniors and their loved ones from the expense, frustration and stress associated with incapacity and long-term health care.
Mr. Osofsky is a graduate of UC Berkeley and the UCLA School of Law. He was admitted to practice before the California Supreme Court and Federal Courts in 1970, and the United States Supreme Court in 1977. He became a Certified Specialist in Family Law from the California Board of Legal Specialization in 1982 and maintained that certification for approximately 30 years, when he opted to devote his time entirely to his current practice area.
Mr. Osofsky is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys; the Estate Planning LRS panel of California Advocates For Nursing Home Reform; the Estate Planning, Probate & Trust Section of the California State Bar. He is a former VISTA Volunteer and a graduate of the Veterans Benefit Institute of Chicago.
He is co-author of The Consumer’s Guide To Medi-Cal Planning and a contributing author to the highly acclaimed reference work for lawyers, Planning, Drafting and Administration of Special Needs Trusts, which has received national and international acclaim. He is also a contributor to the recently released The CPA’s Guide To Long-Term Care Planning and served as legal consultant for the recently published book Mom Minus Dad, a resource guide for busy adults with a newly widowed parent. He is a sought-after speaker throughout the Bay Area on Elder Law, Disability Law and related topics, and regularly attends educational seminars to bring his clients the latest Elder Law and Estate Planning strategies.
When not practicing law, Mr. Osofsky enjoys working out at the gym, where he has mastered the fine art of reading non-fiction while simultaneously pedaling madly on aerobic exercise equipment. He is active in the community, having regularly volunteered with his son to make meals for the homeless at the Berkeley Men’s Shelter, earned a Community Service Award from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (Northern California Chapter), and earned the Wiley Manual Award for Pro Bono Legal Services. He was also elected “Boss of the Year” by the Southern Alameda County Legal Secretaries Association. He and his wife Hilary, also an attorney (retired), enjoy following the progress of their two children, as they pursue their own careers.