Legal Resource Center > Expert Witnesses > Elliott M. Stein, M.D.

Expert Witnesses

Elliott M. Stein, M.D.

535 Midvale Way
Mill Valley, CA 94941
P: (415) 672-9352


Specializing in the care of the elderly, including the evaluation and treatment of depression, anxiety, stress disorders, relationship problems, insomnia, memory problems and other mental and emotional problems which occur in the second half of life.

I am available to serve as an expert witness, and do legal and forensic record reviews, consultation, and assessments concerning psychiatric issues in older individuals, including testamentary capacity and contested wills and trusts.  Qualified as an Expert Witness in Superior Court of California for the Counties of Fresno and Contra Costa, on matters of competence, testamentary capacity, and undue influence.

I am a member of the Task force on Testamentary Capacity and Undue Influence for the International PsychoGeriatric Association.  I am the author of the article “Does Your Client Have Testamentary Capacity? Mental Health and Memory Issues That Affect Estate Planning “, published in California Estates and Trusts Quarterly, Volume 17, Issue 2, 2011.  On June 13, 2012, I presented a program on this topic at the East Bay Trusts & Estates Lawyers Third Annual Spring Symposium, in Oakland, California.  In 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, I presented and participated in Mock Trial Symposia at the Annual Meetings of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, and at the Biennial Congress of the International PsychoGeriatric Association, to diverse audiences of geriatric and mental health care providers from the United States and multiple other countries.  The topics of these Mock Trials included Contested Wills and Trusts, Testamentary Capacity, Undue Influence, and Financial Abuse of the Elderly.

I am the Director of Psychiatry at the Jewish Home of San Francisco.  I am the Medical Director of their Geriatric Psychiatry Hospital where we treat older individuals from all over the San Francisco Bay area, typically people who have complex combination of psychiatric and medical problems.  I also see patients who are in the Jewish Home’s short term rehabilitation program for medical problems, as well as those in long-term care, who are in need of geriatric psychiatric consultation.

For 33 years I was in the Private Practice of Geriatric Psychiatry in Miami and Miami Beach, Florida.  My experience includes working with the elderly in various settings, including having been Medical Director for the Community Mental Health Center of Miami Beach, Medical Director of an Inpatient Geriatric Psychiatry program, and Medical Director of an Inpatient Mood Disorder program, as well as consulting at Nursing Homes, Assisted Living and other facilities.

Education / Licenses

I am licensed to practice Medicine in California and in Florida.

I am Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in General Psychiatry (October, 1979, Lifetime Certification), and Board Certified in Geriatric Psychiatry (April, 1991; Re-Certified, December, 2001 and May, 2011).

I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Pennsylvania State University in 1969.

I received my M.D. from the University of Miami School of Medicine in 1973.

I did my Internship and my Psychiatric Residency at Herrick Memorial Hospital, in Berkeley, California, 1973-1976.

Years in Practice

39 years

Primary Areas of Expertise

Contested Wills and Trusts

Testamentary Capacity, including Undue Influence and Insane Delusions

Geriatric Competence

Dementia and Delirium, including Alzheimer’s Disease

Geriatric Psychiatry Evaluation and Treatment, including Psychiatric Medication and Psychotherapeutic Issues

Depression and Anxiety Disorders in the Age

Relationship Problems between the Elderly and their Adult Children

Aging and Mental Disorders.

Geriatric Psychiatry issues concerning Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Independent and Assisted Living Facilities

Medicare Psychiatric Services Coding and Documentation.


© 2018 Daily Journal Corporation