Joel Mendler first joined the firm of Baldwin & Haspel in 1968 where he was a partner until Hurricane Katrina in 2005, when he relocated to Birmingham, Alabama. He rejoined the firm in 2012. Joel is a Board Certified Tax Specialist and Estate Planning and Estate Administration Specialist, as certified by the Louisiana State Board of Legal Specialization. He is admitted to practice in both Louisiana and Alabama.
Joel advises and implements estate plans, including drafting Wills, trusts and advance directives, handles and reviews estate administrations, counsels families on financing long-term care needs, including long-term care insurance and Medicaid eligibility and counsels families on financial and legal planning for disabled family members, including special needs trusts to preserve eligibility for governmental benefits.
Joel is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, the New Orleans and Birmingham Estate Planning Council, and the American Bar Association Sections on Taxation, Real Property and Trusts and Estates. Joel has been named to New Orleans Magazine’s “Top Lawyers of New Orleans” list since 2013 for his work in Elder Law and Trusts & Estates, and has been listed in Best Lawyers in America (Elder Law, Trusts & Estates, Non-Profit/Charities Law) for over 30 years. Best Lawyers recognizes those who most excel in the legal profession, based upon extensive evaluations by colleagues and other legal professionals. Joel also is listed in Alabama Super Lawyers (2008-2013) and was listed in the “Top 100 Lawyers in Estate Planning” in Worth Magazine in 2005.