About Michael L. Brumbaugh, Co., LPA
Michael’s estate and elder care planning law firm is focused on helping clients through the complex and confusing maze of balancing the desire to live independently as long as possible while preserving the family assets from the costs of probate and long term care.
Upon receiving a Mechanical Engineering degree, Michael went to law school where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and became a member of the Order of the Coif which is an honor society for law school graduates who graduate in the top 10% of their class. He then worked as a staff attorney for a United States Federal Judge.
After opening his own office, Michael discovered his passion was helping people with their estate planning. As time went on, he discovered that while helping people with traditional estate planning focused on what happens upon death was very important, it failed to address the problems that occur when a family faces long term care issues. As a result, Michael now also assists clients in developing plans that answer the following crucial question: What happens, if prior to passing, you need long term care that may last for months and even years?
Michael’s law firm focuses exclusively in the areas of estate planning and elder care. He is a member of Elder Counsel, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the Ohio Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law attorneys where he served as the organization’s President from 2011 to 2013. He is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association and a graduate of the Veteran’s Benefit Institute and is an accredited attorney with the Veteran’s Administration. Michael is also a steering committee member of the National Alliance of Attorneys for Alzheimer’s Planning (N3AP). Most recently, Michael attended an Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Training.
Michael speaks regularly to the public on topics related to elder care and is a past presenter at the Elder College program at Bowling Green State University, Firelands campus. He is the former co-host of the television show “What are you thinking?” that focused on issues of local interest. He is a co-author of two books on issues related to elder care. The first book published in 2012 is titled Protect Your Family: Don’t Write a Blank Check to the Nursing Home. The second book published in 2015 is Protect Your Family: What You Really Need to Know for the Second Half of Life.
Pamela J. Brumbaugh, LSW, CDP, CADDCT, & Director of Client Services
Pam is the Director of Client Services and she joined the Law Office because she has a passion for helping people. She understands that many of our clients may be overwhelmed caring for a loved one and she wants to offer guidance and support. As the Director of Client Services, Pam is often the first person people will talk to when scheduling their initial consultation to listen to their needs and concerns to ensure that we can help them; and, if not, will refer them to the appropriate services.
Pam also works closely with Michael to assist our clients who need long term care to provide a range of services, including: 1) counseling and guidance on regarding long term care options; 2) assistance in qualifying for Medicaid; and, 3) care management services. Pam is knowledgeable of many community services and can assist clients and families as they navigate the myriad of community resources. Pam is an active member of the Erie County Financial Abuse Task Force and the Bridge Network (a group of nursing home and long term care organizations). She is also a steering committee member of the National Alliance of Attorneys for Alzheimer’s Planning (N3AP). Most recently, Pam became a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) and a Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer (CADDCT).
Previously, Pam was the Executive Director of United Way of Erie County. She was also the Victim Assistance Director for the Erie County Prosecutor’s Office for 12 years, assisting victims and their families navigating the criminal justice system for 12 years. Her previous experience also includes assisting victims of domestic violence, working as a hospital discharge planner and nursing home social worker, and as a mental health case manager.
Pam is an active Rotarian with the Sandusky Rotary Club.
Kris Andrews, Legal Assistant
Kris is employed as a legal assistant whose primary area of focus is Estate Administration, which includes Trust administration and Probate cases. Kris provides support to our clients as she works with them to ensure that all documents are filed timely and that we adhere to the rules of the various courts. Kris also works closely with Michael on with our clients who seek guidance with their Estate Planning.
Kris is originally from Montana, where she obtained her Bachelors in Paralegal Studies from the University of Great Falls in 1995, graduating cum laude. Following in her father’s footsteps, who was the Teton County Prosecutor in Montana, Kris attended the University of Denver, College of Law, where she obtained her Juris Doctorate in 1999.
In 2000, Kris was hired an Assistant City Attorney for the Denver City Attorney’s Office, prosecuting municipal criminal code and state traffic violations. In 2005, she transitioned to the Denver Municipal Defenders Office, defending indigent individuals facing domestic violence and state traffic violations. She also worked closely with Judges, prosecutors, and community outreach programs to assist women suffering from substance abuse related crimes resolve criminal cases.
Kris has a daughter and two grandchildren and moved to Ohio to spend more time with her family. In her spare time, Kris likes to read, spend time with her family and walk her dog through East Harbor State Park.
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ― Maya Angelou
“What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
Amanda Fitzthum, Client Services Coordinator of Medicaid
As the Client Services Coordinator of Medicaid, Amanda works closely with the legal team to provide the most exceptional satisfaction for our clients. She acts as a liaison between the client and the legal team. You may also see her at one of our free seminars as she gathers demographic information and assists with the details. Amanda comes to us from the Raleigh, North Carolina area.
Maris Brenner, Client Concierge
A resident of Sandusky, Maris retired from Kalahari Resort in 2016 where she led the Sales & Marketing Team for ten years. Her last two years as Community Relations Director. Her community work continued as chair of the 2018 Bicentennial Parade Committee and an active member of the Sandusky Rotary Club. Maris has also served on the Ohio Travel Association statewide Board of Directors in addition to, in Erie County, being Board President of United Way of Erie County and Lake Erie Shores and Islands Visitor Bureau in Erie County for multiple years. In 2018-2019, she served as District Governor for Rotary District 6600 traveling to 63 communities and clubs in Ohio. Personally, she is an avid Fantasy Football Player, loves the lake, and is still learning how to understand her “Bitty Kitty”.
As Client Concierge, she welcomes clients to Brumbaugh Law Firm and keeps communications flowing. She will often be the first person clients see upon arrival.