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Janis A. Carney, Esq., CELA*

JANIS A. CARNEY is the founder of Carney Elder Law, where she focuses her practice on the many facets of elder law, including Senior Estate Planning, Long-Term Care Planning, Asset Protection, Medi-Cal planning, VA benefits planning, Trust Administration, and Probate Administration for clients that are elderly, disabled, or chronically ill.  Janis attended law school in her late 30’s as a wife and mother of two, and after watching both of her parents pass away.  This background gave Janis a natural understanding of the importance of protecting families and estate planning.  She excelled academically at Santa Clara University Law School, where she won competitions in client-counseling by utilizing her skills in listening, identifying issues and prioritizing responses, skills she uses today as an elder law counselor and attorney-at-law.  She has a deep understanding and concern for clients who are caring for a chronically ill spouse or parent, or who want to plan for their own future care.  Ms. Carney asks her clients not only what they want to happen when they die, but also what they want to happen if they don’t die, that is they need long-term care before they die.

Ms. Carney has been recognized as one of the top five percent of elder law attorneys in Northern California for the last eleven years and was recognized by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization as a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law in 1995.  In 2005, she became the first Certified Elder Law Attorney in Santa Clara County and in 2009 became one of the first Accredited Attorneys with the Veterans Administration in the area.

She is a frequent speaker at community programs in and around Santa Clara County, has appeared on several local television and radio programs as an expert in the areas of elder law, and has taught a class on elder law for Stanford School of Medicine’s eCampus.

 Practice Areas:

  • Elder Law
  • Long-Term Care Planning
  • Estate Planning
  • Care Coordination & Patient Advocacy
  • Trust & Estate Administration
  • Probate Administration
  • Trusts & Wills
  • Advance Health Care Directives
  • Durable Powers of Attorney
  • Medi-Cal and VA Aid & Attendance Benefits

Bar Admissions:

  • State Bar of California


  • Santa Clara University School of Law, JD- 1990
  • San Jose State University, BS in Mathematics- 1976


  • Silicon Valley Bar Association
  • West Valley Bar Association
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys


  • San Francisco Magazine’s Super Lawyer Top Attorney Award in Northern California 2005-2016
  • Avvo Rating- 10.0, Superb


  • Certified Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation*
  • Certified Specialist in Elder Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization
  • Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization
  • Accredited Attorney by the Veterans Administration


  • Janis Carney: Helping Others Through the Second Half of Life, Saratoga Spotlight Magazine, Saratoga, October 2016
  • Paying for long-term care for seniors in California, Financial Insider Weekly, San Jose, August 2015
  • The challenges in getting quality care for seniors, Financial Insider Weekly, San Jose, August 2015
  • Senior Estate Planning, Financial Insider Weekly, San Jose, August 2015
  • The need for Patient Advocacy and Care Coordination for Seniors, CreaTV San Jose, June 2014
  • Affordable Health Care Act and Long Term Care, Los Altos Unified Methodist Church, Los Altos, February 2013
  • Challenges & Options Arising from Incapacity of the Homeowner, KLIV Radio San Jose, May 23
  • How is the Home Affected when a Homeowner Applies for VA Benefits?, KLIV Radio San Jose, April 2012
  • Planning for Long-Term Care, CreaTV* San Jose, March 2012
  • Will the State Take My House if I go to a Skilled Nursing Facility, KLIV Radio San Jose, March 2012


  • Tax-Free Money for Long-term Care!, 2017 California Edition, Co-Authored by Janis A. Carney, AFFC Publications 2017
  • Don’t Go Broke In A Nursing Home, 2016 California Edition, Co-Authored by Janis A. Carney, AFFC Publications 2016
  • What You Really Need To Know For the Second Half of Life, Co-Authored by Janis A. Carney, South Carolina, Advantage 2015
  • Protect Your Family! Don’t Write a Blank Check to the Nursing Home, Second Edition, Co-Authored by Janis A. Carney, South Carolina, Advantage 2015
  • Protect Your Family! Don’t Write a Blank Check to the Nursing Home, Co-Authored by Janis A. Carney, South Carolina, Advantage 2012
  • California Advocates For Nursing Home Reform, Legal Network News, Volume 21 No. 3, Fall 2010, Veterans Pensions vs. SSI and Medi-Cal: Similarities, Differences, and Interaction, by Gregory Wilcox, Esq., and Janis Carney, Esq.

Speaking Engagements:

  • The Basics of Medi-Cal, VA Pensioin/Aid & Attendance, and Medicare, Silicon Valley Bar Association New Attorney Roundtable, January 2017
  • Planning for the Second Half of Life, 2016 – 2017, Saratoga, CA
  • Understanding California’s New End-of-Life Option Act and its Impact on Estate and Long-term Care Planning, 2016 – 2017, Saratoga, CA
  • How To Get and Pay For Quality Long-Term Care at Home, in an Assisted Living Facility, or Nursing Home..Without Selling Your Home or Leaving Your Family Without a Dime, November 2015-January 2016, Campbell, CA
  • Planning For the Second Half of Life: 9 Things You Must Know, Saratoga Senior Center, May 2015, Saratoga, CA
  • Improving Continuity of Care Through A Better Understanding of Elder Law, Social Lights 4 Change, May 2015, Saratoga, CA
  • Making a Difference in the Lives of Seniors, Silicon Valley Chapter of the Society of Financial Services Professionals, June 2014, San Jose, CA
  • Patient Advocacy and Care Coordination, Los Gatos Morning Rotary, June 2014, Los Gatos, CA
  • EASE Plan, Company Launch, Los Gatos Lodge, January 2014, Los Gatos, CA
  • VA Benefits, Education in the Silicon Valley PFAC Chapter, July 2013, Campbell, CA
  • What is Elder Law?, Santa Clara County Legal Professional Association, July 2013, San Jose, CA
  • Secrets for Managing Incapacity, Regency of Evergreen Valley, June 2013, San Jose, CA
  • Legal Planning for the Future, Cupertino Senior Center, June 2013, Cupertino, CA
  • Planning for the Second Half of Life, Silicon Valley Bar Association, May 2013, San Jose, CA
  • Secrets of Planning for Long-Term Health Care for Seniors, Palo Alto Financial Planning Forum, The Sheraton, May 2013, Palo Alto, CA
  • Elder Law, Long-Term Care, Asset Protection and Public Benefits, Los Gatos/Saratoga Recreation Center, May 2013, Los Gatos, CA
  • Secrets of Long-Term Care Planning, Almaden Super Lion’s Club, March 2013, San Jose, CA
  • View from an Elder Law Attorney, Health Care Reform Panel at Los Altos United Methodist Church, February 2013, Los Altos, CA
  • Senior Estate Planning, WestMed College Health Advocacy Group Seminary, November 2012, San Jose, CA
  • Elder Law – A Summary and Guide, Santa Cruz County Estate Planning Council, November 2012, Santa Cruz, CA
  • The Top Myths and Misunderstandings about Estate and Long-Term Care Planning, Campbell Adult Center, June 2012, Campbell, CA
  • Seven Secrets of Long-Term Care Planning—things that each person should know to protect home, assets, and family from the high costs of long-term care, Caregivers Support Group, Rosener House Adult Day Services, June 2012, Menlo Park, CA
  • Elder Law Issues, Caregivers Count Conference, March 2012, San Jose, CA
  • VA Aid & Attendance, Santa Cruz County Estate Planning Council on Benefits, February 2012, Santa Cruz, CA
  • Life Care Planning – The New Age of Long Term Care, Addison-Penzak JCC, November 2011, Los Gatos, CA
  • Elder Law/Long-Term Care Planning, Los Gatos Recreation Center, September 2011, Los Gatos, CA
  • What Families Need to Know About Elder Law, Los Gatos Meadows, July 2011, San Jose, CA
  • VA Pension Benefits: Getting more Bang for your Buck National Academy of Elder Attorneys N Cal Chapter, December 2010, San Francisco, CA
  • Feeling Overwhelmed and Need Help Making Good Care Decision?, CS&S Fall Client Seminar, November 2010 Los Gatos, CA
  • What Caregivers Should Know About Elder Law, Caregivers Count Conference, November 2010 San Jose, CA
  • VA Benefits – A Comparison of the Basics with SST and Medi-Cal, PFAC, November 2010 Long Beach, CA
  • Medi-Cal Basics: Recipe for Long Term Care, Recovery and Planning, Silicon Valley Bar Association, September 2010 San Jose, CA
  • Veteran’s Benefits, PFAC, December 2009 San Jose, CA
  • MEDICARE: the Old ABCs and the New D (Drug) Programs, Silicon Valley Bar Association, April 2006, San Jose, CA



Daniel Feldman – Associate Attorney

Rose Johnson – Associate Attorney

L’Anja Barbic – Marketing & Office Manager

Barbara Elliott – Executive Assistant to Janis Carney & Client Relations Coordinator

Shawna Grove – Administrative Assistant/Reception