Harkins Elder Law

Guiding Seniors and their families through the stress and confusion involved with nursing home costs by creating Medicaid and Estate Plans that protect Seniors, their families and their assets.

Crisis Planning: Our practice is focused on protecting individuals and their families in need of nursing home care. Many clients call us while "in crisis", meaning that they (or their loved one) are in need of immediate long-term care, maybe even already in a nursing home, but do not yet qualify for medical assistance (aka Medicaid) benefits. With some nursing homes charging more than $10,000 per month, they will not be able to pay privately for an extended period of time and have heard conflicting information about applying for Medicaid benefits. Rather than paying the nursing home charges out of pocket until they run out of money, we help these clients to qualify for medical assistance as fast as possible while protecting their assets to the fullest possible extent. Our plans encompass both Medicaid planning as well as Estate Planning, in order to protect our clients, their families and their estate. 

Advanced Planning: Other clients call us and are concerned with the potential impact of nursing home costs in the future. We also help these clients, as advance planning often presents even more options.

If you're interested in an analysis of what a nursing home stay could cost you and how proper planning could protect more of your assets, contact us now!



  • Medicaid Planning
  • Medicaid Applications
  • Power of Attorney
  • Living Will
  • Wills
  • Trusts
  • Estate Administration
  • Beneficiary Review
  • Care/Nursing Home Contract Review

About the Attorney


Attorney Chris Harkins has been licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania since 2012. Chris grew up in the area, graduating form Burrell High School then attending Clarion University where he graduated summa cum laude. After graduating cum laude from Syracuse University College of Law, Chris returned home to open up a general solo practice as an attorney in Lower Burrell, PA.  Chris has narrowed the focus of his practice to Elder Law. Chris lives in Lower Burrell with his wife Olivia Saperstein and their daughter, Crosby.