About Us

Ask anybody and they will tell you that  Jim and his staff live up to the Lincoln ideal of mastery of the law, honesty and integrity.  And, they are down to earth “just folks” as well.  They treat all clients with respect they deserve and that means clients are not equals – clients are “the boss.”

Jim Schuster, Certified Elder Law Attorney

Jim Schuster has been licensed as an attorney since 1978 and practices Elder Law. He is:

  • A member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.
  • Former member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys’ Council of Advanced Practitioners, an invitation only honor
  • Former Chair of the Elder Law and Advocacy Section of the Michigan State Bar
  • One of only eighteen certified elder law attorneys in Michigan.  Certification by the A.B.A. accredited National Elder Law Foundation
  • Member, Professional Speakers Bureau, Alzheimer’s Association
  • Member of the Board of Visitors Wayne State University’s Institute on Gerontology.
  • One of the first attorneys in Michigan to practice elder law.
  • A featured speaker at the annual AAA 1B Caregiver Expo
  • Former member of the Board of Directors of Chronic Illness Coalition and Senior Coordinating Aging Network
  • Jim has worked with hundreds of clients and intimately understands the difficulties of aging.
  • Jim knows the ins and outs of the Michigan nursing home Medicaid system.
  • If it is a nursing home you need, Jim can help you save up to 100% of your assets and help you get the best care
Prior to attending law school Jim Schuster was a social worker for the Department of Social Services (now the Department of Human Services). After he passed the bar he worked as a law clerk for United States District Judge Noel P. Fox and as a Judge for the Chippewa Ottawa Conservation Court. He served on the Council of the General Practice Section of the State Bar of Michigan from 1985 to 1997 in all capacities including as Chair of the Section in 1991.

Jim has had articles on Elder Law published in the Michigan Bar Journal, including the  article titled “Medicaid and the Practice of Law,” Michigan Lawyers Weekly, the Detroit Legal News and Laches, the publication of the Oakland County Bar Association. He has also presented course material for the Institute for Continuing Legal Education.

Jim’s involvement in the aging community has been extensive.  He has been a member of the professional speakers bureau of the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Michigan Chapter. He works in association with the Geriatric Social Workers,  Wayne State University’s Institute on Gerontology, and the Area Agency on Aging being a return featured speaker at the AAA 1B Caregiver Expo. He has partnered with the Wayne State’ University Institute of Gerontology to present the annual Elder Advocate Conference.   He is available to speak to public and professional groups, including family councils and in services on the many issues facing our elders.

Meet the staff

Dawn Roffey

Dawn Roffey is a paralegal in the office, handling client interviews, drafting estate documents, Medicaid applications, marketing, and developing the www.jimschuster.comwebsite. She attended the University of Michigan-Dearborn and received her Legal Assistant associate’s degree from Macomb Community College.

Dawn is involved with rescuing and rehoming Scottish Terriers and educating good pet owners! Have dog questions? Ask Dawn!

E-Mail Dawn at: dawn@jimschuster.com

Kathy Vitullo

Kathy is our Community Relations manager. She draws on experience in Geriatric Care Management, Case Management and Skilled Home Care. Getting people the help they need is a passion for Kathy and she works hard to achieve her goals!

Kathy is also a founding board member of Faith in Action, Oakland County, a partnership of faith groups, service agencies, businesses and volunteers dedicated to helping seniors stay in their homes.

Kayaking, golf, bowling, reading, and traveling are a few of the hobbies you might find Kathy enjoying, but her delight is in being the mother of three and the grandmother of one.

Email Kathy at: kathy@jimschuster.com