Elizabeth Silberman

Estate Planning & Asset Protection,Smart Advice for Debt Relief

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Firm Overview

Our services include estate planning for young individuals and couples, growing families, empty nesters, and seniors. We help our clients plan in advance with respect to hospitalization or acute care (Medicare, Social Security Disability, Guardianship) to declining memory and mobility (home health care, Veterans Benefits, long-term care insurance), to skilled care and crisis planning (Medicaid planning, asset protection), to death and dying (advance directives, estate administration).

Our firm also offers debt relief services under the Bankruptcy Code to consumers. We assist consumers, young and old, with creditor harassment issues, foreclosure, and mortgage modification.

I established my law firm in 2008, having been offered the opportunity to share space and work closely with Attorney Kevin A. Hackman. Kevin has over 30 years of experience in real estate, Elder Law, and bankruptcy and also happens to be someone I've known and respected since childhood. I am incredibly fortunate to have Kevin Hackman as my mentor while I work hard to establish my independent identity and reputation as a solo attorney.

Example cases

My first bankruptcy client was an elderly woman with only social security income who had acquired tens of thousands of dollars in credit card debt. Her partner collected a small pension as well as social security. By assisting her with a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, she received relief from constant creditor harassment and a discharge from her credit card and medical debts. In addition, several collection lawsuits filed against her were dismissed.

In another case, a young couple was able to modify their mortgage and prevent foreclosure of their home while in bankruptcy. In addition, they were relieved from the burden of their credit card debt.

I have assisted several couples who have recently started a family with their estate planning needs. A basic estate plan not only ensures your wishes are carried out with respect to your real estate and property, but also enables you to appoint guardians for your children and name who will assist you with medical and financial decisions if you are unable to do so.

I have also assisted families who have parents or grandparents in need of nursing home care. We enable families to qualify their loved ones for Medicaid while protecting as much of their assets as possible.

Main Office

Main
1370 Warwick Avenue
Warwick  RI  02888

Phone
  • (401) 463-6100
Fax
  • (401) 463-5310

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Free one hour consultation for bankruptcy or estate planning.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

Our rates are extremely fair and competitive.

Hourly Rates

I charge a flat rate for most of my work based upon the complexity of a case and the estimated length of time it will take to complete the work. My fees are fair and competitive within the local market. Any hourly work is usually done at the rate of $200 per hour.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Evening, weekend, and in-home appointments available.

Emergency After Hours

No

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

I enjoy bankruptcy and estate planning work because it feels constructive rather than destructive like certain other types of legal work. It is personally satisfying to see my clients gain the sense of relief that comes with the financial fresh start of bankruptcy or the peace of mind that comes with knowing your financial and health-related affairs are organized with an estate plan.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

I encourage my clients to be as informed as possible about the legal issues they and their families face. However, I do caution clients that there is a lot of misinformation out there, especially on the internet. Clients should seek legal opinions and information from attorneys who regularly practice the type of law in which they need assistance.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I am willing to review documents prepared by clients. I have assisted clients who tried to represent themselves in a bankruptcy and ultimately needed help properly filling out the complicated petition paperwork. As an estate planner, it is my due diligence to review any estate planning documents clients already have in place prior to recommending an estate plan.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

I am willing to consult and discuss strategies with clients who wish to represent themselves.

Beth Silberman Phillips

Prior to establishing the Law Office of Elizabeth M. Silberman and focusing on bankruptcy, estate planning, and Elder Law issues, I worked for a personal injury firm in Providence, Rhode Island. Through my clinical work in law school, I also have experience with family law, including custody, visitation, and adoption issues.

I grew up in Warwick, Rhode Island, not far from where I practice law. I am excited to reconnect with my hometown and neighbors as I build my practice. My public interest clinical work in law school helped me develop an understanding and appreciation for how community partnerships amongst attorneys, community organizations and other professionals are critical to a well-rounded law practice. I am constantly working to build my network of professionals, from financial planners to real estate agents, to retirement living executives. This holistic approach to the practice of law helps me stay up to speed on the latest developments related to my specialties as well as ensures my clients are referred to the most knowledgeable and dedicated professionals in their respected fields.

I am smart, diligent, ethical, and relish paying attention to the details. I handle all cases from start to finish and am always available to speak to my clients and return their calls.

Personal interests:

In my free time, I enjoy taking advantage of Rhode Island's beautiful beaches and coastline with my husband, Scott, and our golden retriever, Murphy.

License
  • Bar Number: 7724
    Rhode Island , 2007
  • Bar Number: 669907
    Massachusetts
Education
  • Roger Williams University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 2007
    Bristol, RI
  • Colby College
    Bachelor of Arts , 2000
    Waterville, ME
    Dual Major in English and American Studies.

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