If Our Walls Could Talk Series: Object #7 Scottish Man

If Our Walls Could Talk Series: Object #7 Scottish Man: This is one of a few figurines on the bookcase that is not a souvenir from my travels. It was actually a gift from my best friend Linda from her trip to Scotland several years ago. Linda and I have been friends for over 42 years. We met in a grocery store after 10 o’clock one Friday night with our husbands and very brand new first babies. We also had both newly moved onto the same street in the Blossom Valley of San Jose and, coincidentally, Linda’s husband was the new dentist my husband Tom and I had visited for the first time just that week. Over the years, Linda and I have stayed close although our families moved before long to different areas in the valley, me to Los Gatos and Linda first to the Almaden Valley and later to the Silver Creek area of San Jose.   We have shared many family vacations and all of the important family and personal events and achievements of our lives – both the joyous times and the hard times. She is someone to whom I can tell my deepest and most personal secrets and can count on to “be there” if I need her, as I am there for her. Linda, if you read this, I love you my friend.

If Our Walls Could Talk Series: Object #6 Guitar Man from Argentina

This figurine is a souvenir of my trips to Argentina. Yes, “trips!” I have been there twice, first was in 2000 with my husband Tom and daughter Lara when we went to the Rotary International Conference in Buenos Aires. On the way to Argentina that time, we also visited Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Some of my favorite memories from that trip to Argentina were our visit to a nearby Gaucho Ranch for a show and BBQ (where I had my first–and last!–piece of blood sausage), our walk through the Caminito in the colorful La Boca neighborhood, and the tango performance we attended in the San Telmo district of the city. In 2010, I returned to Argentina with my best friend Linda, her daughter Sue and friend Jan. The highlights of that trip for me were our visit to the Bodego and Estancia Colomé winery in the Calchaqui Valley of northern Argentina, featuring the highest vineyard in the world and the James Tyrrell (artist of light) museum, and a visit to Argentina’s majestic Iguazu Falls that rival our own country’s Niagara Falls. Although, I admit that I can’t now remember which trip it was that I found the little figurine of a Gaucho guitar player, it doesn’t matter that I don’t since both trips were amazing experiences that I will treasure the memories of forever.

Object #5: World Books

“If Our Walls Could Talk” Series, object #5: These are part of the set of World Book Encyclopedias that we bought when our children were in grade school. These were the years before I went to law school, which I entered when our children were 9 and 12 years old. When our children were babies and later in grade school, I was mostly a stay-at-home mom. However, I held a few part-time jobs over these years, such as doing bookkeeping for a small business. After seeing what a wonderful learning tool the World Book Encyclopedias were for our children, my last part-time job before going to law school was selling them to other families in our community. When I see the encyclopedias on my office bookcase, I often think back on the memories of those precious early years at home with our children. Priceless!
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Object #4: The “Story Teller”

“If Our Walls Could Talk” Series, object #4:  Entitled the “Story Teller”, this signed, dated and numbered collectible figurine was created in 1962 by C. Alan (Bud) Johnson. I bought it as a souvenir on a family vacation to Alaska in 1999 that we took together after our daughter Lara graduated from college. The trip started with us traveling by float-plane to a remote cabin at the foot of Mt. Denali built on the last property homesteaded in Alaska. Our host was the actual homesteader and his second wife who lived year-round in the cabin he hand built in the middle of the 20th century.  We were the only guests there as few people know of it or ever get there as the cabin is accessible in the summer only by float-plane or jet boat up the river and in the winter only by dog sled or snow mobile.  On leaving the cabin, the four of us, with two river guides, traveled down river in two rafts to the village of Talkeetna where we joined a van full of mountain climbers traveling to Anchorage.  We learned that Talkeetna is the jumping off point for people headed to climb Mt. Denali and the other passengers in the van had all just come back from climbing. We were regaled over the 3 hour ride with amazing stories of their adventures. After a night in Anchorage, we boarded one of the Princess Cruise Line ships for a 5-day trip through the inland passage, stopping at many of the historic Alaskan towns where we had more day-adventures, down to Vancouver, Canada. It was on this part of the trip where I found the “Story Teller” to bring home as a remembrance of one of my most favorite trips.

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Janis Carney: 20 Years of Legal Specialization in Elder Law

Janis Carney has reached a milestone as a certified legal specialist in Elder Law and couldn’t be more proud.California Board of Legal Specialization

20 years strong and there is no slowing down!

What is a California “certified” legal specialist, you ask? The California Bar Association describes this special distinction as “California attorneys who are certified as specialists have taken and passed a written examination in their specialty field, demonstrated a high level of experience in the specialty field, fulfilled ongoing education requirements and been favorably evaluated by other attorneys and judges familiar with their work.

Only these attorneys can advertise or identify themselves as “certified” specialists in California because they are the only attorneys who are certified either by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization or an organization whose certification program has been accredited by the State Bar.”

This is the type of “legal knowledge” and expertise that we are referring to in Our Philosophy. Over the years, Janis Carney has been helping guide clients through the difficult waters that come with aging. Her knowledge, experience, and genuine concern for the overall well-being of her clients and their families is what really sets her apart.

Our Award-Winning Artist!

Diann Klink is our wonderfully kind and helpful bookkeeper and she has a secret life outside our office walls. When she is not hard at work closing files and billing clients, she can be found knee-deep in paint! Art has been a part of Diann’s life since she was a kid and her passion and talent has grown and transformed over the years. She is particularly drawn to people’s faces–more specifically–elderly faces. Diann says “our elders have a wealth of stories that reflects in the lines of their face and the history in their eyes”.

Diann entered her painting “Kindred Spirits” (pictured below, in progress) in the National Anti-Vivisection Society’s (NAVS) 2016 Art for Animals Contest and won 2nd place! Please join us in congratulating our resident artist–now our award-winning resident artist!

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Congratulations Diann!

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Janis Carney ranked a Top Attorney by “Super Lawyers” for 11 years!

2016 marks Janis Carney’s 11th year being selected for inclusion as a Top Attorney in the category of Elder Law by “Super Lawyers”, an attorney rating and evaluation service. Janis is proud of the continued recognition as it underlines her professional credentials, legal competency, and overall success as an Elder Law attorney in Northern California.

“Super Lawyers” is a peer rating service that uses a patented multiphase selection process to award attorneys a special designation. Attorneys are nominated by their peers and then evaluated on their professional achievement and peer recognition. Finally, a panel of peers within each primary practice area evaluate the candidates with the highest point totals. The leading 5% of attorneys per state are then named “Super Lawyers”.

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Carney Elder Law has moved to a new location!

We are currently open for business, 8:30am-5:00pm, at our new office space at:

19100 Cox Avenue, Suite A

Saratoga, CA 95070

Our new phone number is (408) 402-6440, and our new fax is (408) 402-6444.

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