Areas of Practice
Probate & Estate Administration
Estate & Retirement Planning
Nursing Home & Long-Term Care Planning
Disability & Special Needs Planning
Wills & Trusts
Powers of Attorney & Guardianships
Board-certified by the National Elder Law Foundation, Attorney Mika is the only certified elder care lawyer in Schuylkill County. A staunch advocate for those age 60 and over, he concentrates on providing comprehensive financial and care assessments for individuals and their families through retirement, estate, long-term care, disability, special needs and tax planning. Whether one desires care at home or in an assisted living facility, or requires nursing home placement, Attorney Mika determines both medical and financial eligibility for public benefit programs such as Medicare, Medicaid/Medical Assistance, Social Security Disability, SSI and Veterans’ Aid and Attendance benefits – and seeks maximum preservation of clients’ personal resources to enable inheritances by loved ones.
Attorney Mika also performs special needs planning for disabled children and their families through the use of special needs trusts. He maintains an extensive probate practice – representing executors or administrators in collecting and managing one’s assets after death, paying taxes and creditors, and distributing remaining assets to heirs and beneficiaries according to one’s will or the laws of Pennsylvania.
He is a frequent lecturer throughout Pennsylvania on long-term care and estate planning matters for individuals of all ages.
Captain, USAF, 1989 – 1994. USAF Outstanding Intelligence Officer of the Year; Air Force Special Operations Command Outstanding Intelligence Officer of the Year, 1993.
Community Involvement and Awards
Solicitor, Schuylkill County, January 2008-July 2011
Founder and Past Chair, Schuylkill County Elder Abuse Prevention Alliance, Inc. (“SEAPA”)
Founder and Past President, Downtown Shenandoah, Inc. (“DSI”)
Director, M&T Bank Regional Advisory Council
Director, Schuylkill Economic Development Corp. (“SEDCO”)
Catholic War Veterans, Post 1051; American Legion, Samuel K. D’Amato Post
Thomas M. Cooley Law School, magna cum laude, J.D.
University of Delaware, B.A.
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
Pennsylvania Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
Pennsylvania Bar Association – Elder Law Council
Schuylkill County Bar Association
Schuylkill County Elder Abuse Task Force
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