Joe has been practicing law for over 32 years. His practice emphasizes estate planning, trusts, successions (probate), Medicaid, VA benefits, Social Security disability appeals, asset protection planning, and general family counseling in these areas. He realizes that each client has individual circumstances that require a unique plan. All planning with his clients is done with the overarching goal of protecting the client’s well being and secondarily preserving the client’s assets over the long term. Joe has given frequent seminars for the general public and for financial planners and other professional groups. He has been honored to present at attorney continuing-education seminars sponsored by LSU Law Center and the Louisiana State Bar Association. Joe was born and raised in Montana. At age 17 he 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 for 31 years, and on August 1, 2016, he started his own firm, Gilsoul & Associates, LLC, where he was joined by the highly regarded elder law attorney, Lee Aronson.