Houck Menninger Law

Rachael A. Houck (CELA)

Certified Elder Law Attorney

Owner & Attorney

In Rachael's Words:

A native to the Dayton area, I went to high school at Archbishop Alter and received my bachelor’s degree from the University of Dayton. I have been a licensed and practicing attorney in the State of Ohio since 2004 when I graduated from The Ohio State Moritz College of Law with my Juris Doctor. I spent 14 years in litigation before finding my true calling as an Elder Law attorney and counselor. This change of paths now allows me to focus on helping families navigate the challenges that naturally arise amidst long-term care uncertainties and end of life planning.

Since dedicating my practice full-time to Elder Law, I am proud to have earned the title and distinction of being certified as an Elder Law Attorney (CELA) by the National Elder Law Foundation. This certification is the highest level of specialty for Elder Law attorneys, and it pushes me to remain at the front edge of Elder Law planning. It allows me to provide the counsel and service my clients and their families need and deserve. I am also certified with the Veteran’s Administration to assist in helping war time veterans and their surviving spouses obtain special benefits to help with long term care. 

I believe strongly in the ability for seniors to have self-determination in the decision-making process regarding their care. I also believe in compassion, empathy, and listening. My job is to hear my clients concerns, help them discover unknown or unanticipated issues, and work through them to provide options we implement together. I am honored everyday to be able to build relationships with clients and their families, educating and counseling them through what is one of the most difficult times in their lives. 

Outside of my daily duties and responsibilities as a Certified Elder Law Attorney, I am the proud mother of 4 children: ages 14, 12, 11 and 7. I spend time coaching them in soccer and cheering them on in their many other extracurricular activities, including dance, basketball and baseball. There’s rarely a quiet moment in my house! I enjoy running, competing in races and spending time in the outdoors. I am also lucky enough to have the ability to spend time with my extended family, including two great nephews, who reside locally in Dayton.