Kevin Pillion, Esq.
Elder Law Attorney
Certified Public Accountant
The practice of “Happy Law” may sound like an oxymoron, but not for one unique Sarasota attorney.
Kevin Pillion is the founder of the Life Planning Law Firm in Sarasota, Florida. A tall and slender man with red hair and smiling Irish eyes, Kevin’s casual demeanor is engaging. He’s always ready with a funny quip and a good cup of hot Irish tea. That down-to-earth attitude is especially refreshing when people realize that it comes with decades of personal and legal experience working with seniors and their families.
Shannon is a graduate of the University of Missouri where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. In 2007, she became a Paralegal in the area Elder Law. Her 20 years of experience in accounting prepared her for the careful research, technical knowledge, attention to detail, and relationship-building that is required of her as our Public Benefits Specialist at Life Planning Law Firm. She takes 40 hours a year of Continuing Education in Public Benefits, ensuring that she stays up to date in her knowledge and understanding of both Federal and State policies, and procedures.
Elena is a graduate of the State College of Florida where she received her Associates of Science in Paralegal Studies. In 2016, she became a Paralegal in the area of Elder Law and her genuine love for people has proved to be beneficial.
As a preteen, Elena began participating in ministry work and still continues to volunteer every week. Being active in ministry work has helped her to cultivate many of the desirable qualities necessary when dealing with distressed individuals.
Client Care Advocate
Catherine Csaky is our experienced and well-respected Client Care Advocate. She’s a great advocate and she has a caring, no-nonsense way about her that gives our clients a lot of confidence about the choices they have to consider.
Catherine has her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University and Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Virginia Commonwealth University. In addition, Catherine has also completed advanced clinical training in Geriatrics & Gerontology, Health Psychology, and Behavioral Medicine.
Dan’s expertise is an invaluable part of the Public Benefits Services we provide. Dan brings 20 years of experience as a Senior Nursing Home Medicaid Case Manager with the Florida Department of Children and Families. In 1997, Dan was selected to become part of the State’s very first Institutional Care Program (ICP) Unit! As a member of this special unit, Dan was assigned to Florida nursing homes to ensure that the application process ran smoothly. For the next 18 years, Dan continued as a Senior Case Manager for the Nursing Home Medicaid Unit until his recent retirement from the State of Florida.
Maj. Gary Valinski, U.S. Army Ret.,
Veterans Benefit Specialist
Gary Valinski is the newest member of our team, and his expertise in Veterans Affairs is a welcome and invaluable addition to the Veterans Benefits Services we provide. He recently retired from Sarasota County Veterans Service Unit where he served as a Veterans Service Officer for 8 years. He assisted Sarasota County Veterans and their families with VA claims for Disability Compensation, Pension, as well as the Aid & Attendance Program.
James Stivers, CW5, U.S. Army Ret.,
Veterans Benefit Specialist
Like many large governmental institutions, the bureaucracy of the Department of Veteran’s Affairs can be overwhelming. Veterans seeking information on benefits often have to do it alone. Thankfully, the VA now allows Attorneys to represent and advise Veterans. Life Planning Law Firm, P.A. is proud to be one of the few law firms in Sarasota to be Accredited by the VA, and empowered to help Veterans pursue the benefits to which they are entitled and deserve.
Client Service Coordinator
Gail offers firsthand knowledge about a variety of topics that relate to eldercare and life planning. She has personally experienced the many facets of dealing with nursing homes, Home Health care, respite care, hospice, Health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.
Gail’s husband was afflicted by several diseases including Vascular Dementia which eventually required her to assume full responsibility for all aspects of their lives.
Prior to becoming a caregiver, Gail spent 25 years in the financial services industry where she served as a Vice President in charge of marketing, training and human resources before she took an early retirement to care for her husband. She has two sons, five grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Cinnamon is a miniature pinscher and senior member of Life Planning Law Firm, P.A. She performs a variety of duties at the law firm, including mascot, greeter, and sentry for UPS and Fed-Ex deliveries. She likes to meet clients and eagerly accepts dog snacks.