Committed to Helping Our Clients Succeed

Estate Planning, Elder Law
Medicaid & VA Benefits,
Successions Probate &
Trusts, Special Needs,
Social Security /

Shreveport, LA

(318) 524-9966

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Joe has been practicing law for over 40 years.

His deep expertise focuses on estate planning, trusts (including special needs trusts), successions (probate), Medicaid, VA benefits, Social Security disability appeals, asset protection planning, and coaching families in these areas.

At age 17 Joe signed up for a three-year stint with the U. S. Army and served a year in Viet Nam.

He then worked full time while attending the University of South Florida in Tampa, graduating with honors in accounting. After graduation he worked for the U. S. General Accounting Office and then six and one-half years for the Internal Revenue Service in New Orleans.

While working full time at IRS, he attended Loyola Law School at night. Upon graduation from law school he joined a mid-sized Shreveport law firm and on August 1, 2016, he started his own firm, Gilsoul & Aronson, LLC, where he was joined by the highly regarded elder law attorney, Lee Aronson.

Lee Aronson In Action...

Lee Aronson has been practicing law in Shreveport for over 2 decades.

When Lee  graduated from Tulane law school, he went to work for a  state agency out of The Office of the Governor called The Mental Health Advocacy Service. There he saw first-hand what a devastating effect Alzheimer’s and other mental illnesses have not only on a patient, but also the patient’s entire family. People who had worked hard all of their lives but had not planned properly ended up in nursing homes against their will while their families struggled emotionally and financially.

Lee then went to work for Legal Services of North Louisiana, a non-profit law firm. And again, he saw families with heartbreaking stories. The clients that affected Lee the most were the children or grandchildren trying to help a loved one but were running into red tape and legal obstacles. And to make matters worse, sometimes those legal obstacles were caused by the parent or grandparent having paid for bad professional advice.

In order to help, Lee practiced in many different areas of the law, including health care law, consumer protection law and housing law. By necessity, Lee also practiced in more obscure areas of the law such as property tax law and burial and cremation law.

Because many of Lee’s clients are elderly or in poor health, he often makes referrals to home health agencies, hospices and assisted living facilities. He also makes referrals to financial advisors, CPAs, insurance professionals and tax professionals.

What We Are Expert At

Legal Practice Areas

Estate Planning

A good estate plan doesn’t just cover what happens to your wealth and belongings after you die. Your plan should also deal with who would have the legal authority to help you if you were unable to make your own decisions while you are alive.

Medicaid / VA Planning

Paying for long term care is expensive. Medicaid or VA Benefits may be able to save you a fortune.

Special Needs

If you have a disabled relative, you need to be particularly careful with your will, especially if your relative is unable to manage money. You don’t want to put a loved one’s public benefits, especially their health insurance, at risk. Louisiana law says a disabled child is a forced heir: you have to leave them something. Special needs planning ensures that your disabled loved one is protected once you’re gone.


After someone dies, the heirs do not automatically get their inheritance. Heirs have to go through a legal process called a succession in order to get their inheritance. The good news is that in Louisiana, thanks to the Napoleonic Code and our unique laws, a succession can be done much faster than in other states.

Special Needs News & Updates

The ARC's Online Tool Helps Families Plan for the Future

Through its “Build Your Future”; online tool, The Arc’s Center for Future Planning helps adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities and their families plan ahead so they can live as independently as possible throughout their lives.

Don't Confuse the Roles of Trustee and Care Manager

A trustee’s level of involvement in the beneficiary’s affairs can be confusing for beneficiaries and families, who may be under the impression that the trustee has the decision-making power in all aspects of a beneficiary’s life. 

"Mr. Social Security" Pleads Guilty to Defrauding SSA of $550M in Disability Benefits

The Kentucky attorney who called himself “Mr. Social Security” pleaded guilty to working with doctors and an administrative law judge to procure $550 million in Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits for clients who may not have been disabled.  

Click on the links below to find valuable information regarding elder law and much more!

Living Trusts with a Spouse: What You Should Know

Living trusts are often touted as the magic bullet of estate planning, promising smooth sailing…

Opting for End of Life

Ten states now permit Medical Aid in Dying (MAID) — why do patients request to end their lives early, and how do medical providers make sure they mean it? Esmé Deprez recalls getting a succinct text from her father, Ron, one morning. “He was ready to die,” she says, “and he needed me to help.” …

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Louisiana Disabled Verterans Get Discount On Property Taxes!

Do you know who really won the 2022 midterm elections? Disabled veterans! That’s because Louisiana voters approved an amendment to our Constitution that LOWERS the PROPERTY TAX bills for many disabled veterans. Unfortunately, not all disabled veterans are eligible. The property tax break is only for veterans whose disability is connected to their military service. …

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Auto Insurance For Elders

As you get older, does your auto insurance get more expensive? Most people tell me that their car insurance premiums are outrageously high, and they only seem to go up and up. But some people tell me that’s a good thing because “old people” are horrible drivers, and their auto insurance should be outrageously high. …

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A New Drug For Alzheimer

A new drug for Alzheimer’s has been in the news. Some people are very excited. But others are dubious. You can’t sell a drug in America unless you can prove to the FDA that the drug is both safe and effective. The FDA was convinced that the new Alzheimer’s drug is safe. But they weren’t …

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Price Transparency

A new law went into effect on January 1, 2020. The Hospital Price Transparency Rule requires hospitals to “establish, update, and make public a list of the standard charges for the items and services that they provide.” I don’t think that knowing how much something is going to cost before you buy it should be …

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Elder Law News & Updates

Auto Insurance For Elders

As you get older, does your auto insurance get more expensive? Most people tell me that their car insurance premiums are outrageously high, and they only seem to go up and up. But some people tell me that’s a good thing because “old people” are horrible drivers, and their auto insurance should be outrageously high. …

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What Our Client's Say

Cannot say enough about just how good my experience with Mr Gilsoul and his staff.
- Kenneth Maniscalco
They go out of their way to help. I will definitely be recommending them to everyone I know.
- Christina Harper
Joe was instrumental in helping my family organize their estate plan. Later, when my father passed, his unique expertise was once again incredibly helpful. My family and I will always be grateful to Joe and his staff for the invaluable guidance they gave us and for being genuinely caring human beings. I truly believe there is no attorney and no firm better at this area of law.
– Edward Dunn

Peace of mind comes from planning ahead!

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Awarded to Lee Aronson, first place for his writing about senior issues in his monthly column for The Best of Times, a free monthly magazine for mature adults in Northwest Louisiana.

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