Mike Brumbaugh

Mike Brumbaugh

About Michael

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 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 pam-cropped

Pam is a life-long resident of Sandusky and a graduate of Perkins High School. She has a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Bowling Green State University and a Masters in Nonprofit Management from Cleveland State University. She is a licensed social worker in the State of Ohio.Pam is currently employed by the Law Office of Michael L Brumbaugh as the Director of Client Services. 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 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). Previously, Pam was the Executive Director of United Way of Erie County. Pam also has experience as the Victim Assistance Director for the Erie County Prosecutor’s Office where she assisted victims and their families as they navigated the criminal justice system. 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.

In addition to her primary career, Pam is a certified instructor for the Ohio Police Academy and instructs cadets of the Sandusky and Terra Tech police academies.

Pam is an active Rotarian with the Sandusky Rotary Club, currently serving as President. She is a graduate of the 2006 Class of Leadership Erie County, formerly known as the LEADS program. She is the chair of Bridges to Opportunity, is a member of the Erie County Foundations’ Community Links program, and serves as an ambassador for the Erie County Chamber of Commerce.