As a lawyer since 1981, nearly my entire career has been dedicated to the legal rights of the elderly, the disabled, and their families. This page is designed to provide you with some background concerning my devotion to this area of law, including resolving inter- and intra-generational disputes, additional information about my current practice, and, most importantly, how I can help you.
I attribute my love of and devotion to the elderly and disabled to the fact that I had the joy of knowing all four of my grandparents very well. I loved and admired them beyond measure. I was fascinated by their life stories and all that they had seen and lived through. They taught me a great deal through their memories and their sage advice. My grandparents set a tremendous example for me; one that I will never forget.
In a remarkable continuation of life’s circle, my daughter was born on the 94th birthday of my maternal grandmother. She was thrilled; it was the greatest gift I could have given her.
Given how much I admired my grandparents, I had the tremendous good fortune to serve as the Senior Citizens Law Project attorney at a legal services office. After devoting three years to that position, I was committed to a career working with the elderly, the disabled, and their families.
Martha L. Ridgway, P.C.
Although I have practiced in numerous areas of elder and disability law, for approximately ten years I concentrated in the area of probate litigation. However, after years of working with families who were fighting with one another -- often over their older parents or other elders -- I realized that my practice had become fraught with pessimism and hostility. I therefore made the decision to change my focus to the positive and restorative aspects of the law rather than the contested and the negative. I chose to help families in conflict or crisis to resolve their disputes in a constructive and productive manner. Nonetheless, despite this change in focus, one characteristic of my practice has remained constant, overriding and undiminished: my love of working with the elderly, the disabled, and their families.
Now, like so many of you, as a baby boomer, I find myself in the position of a child of the “sandwich generation.” I am the working single parent of my school-aged daughter. At the same time, my parents are aging. I worry about their well being. They grapple with the issues of growing old and becoming disabled, and I attempt to help them as much as I can. I am concerned about my daughter’s education as well as my own retirement. I understand the concerns and fears of others in similar positions, given that I am living it, too. Although being a “sandwich generation” child has been fraught with challenges, nonetheless, I love working in this area. My commitment to helping the elderly, the disabled and their families work through their challenges is also stronger than ever.
How can I help you? I am dedicated to working with you and your family members to facilitate and resolve inter-generational disputes, to talk through difficult issues, to avert a crisis and to prevent a permanent family schism. I can help to prevent the filing of a lawsuit over family disputes. If a lawsuit is filed, I can help to avoid a court battle. With the aging of the population, these disputes will only become more frequent, resulting in a tremendous need for positive and restorative resolution.
I also am working in other areas affecting the elderly, the disabled and their families. My web site describes these additional practice fields.
Enjoy reviewing my web site for more information. I look forward to working with you!
Martha L. Ridgway