I am proud to announce a change in the name of my law practice from Ziegler & Lane, LLC to Matthew D. Lane, Jr., LLC. The change was effective with the Louisiana Secretary of State’s office on October 29, 2015, and will be reflected in the firm’s advertising and marketing beginning in January 2016.

My mentor and law partner, William “Bill” J. Ziegler, Jr., established this practice over many years by providing quality legal representation in the field of Social Security disability. On July 1, 2010, Bill and I formed Ziegler & Lane, LLC. Thereafter, in October 2010, Bill died at the age of 54 from pancreatic cancer. Since that time, I have honored his contributions and memory by properly operating under the name Ziegler & Lane, LLC, and by continuing to provide high-quality representation to individuals wrongfully denied disability benefits.

Over five years have now passed and for the sake of clarity and transparency, I have changed the name of the firm to Matthew D. Lane, Jr., LLC. The new name reflects my ownership but also provides clarity to prospective clients that I am the attorney personally handling their disability claims.

The firm’s address in downtown Lafayette, Louisiana as well as phone and fax numbers will remain the same. In January 2016, I will begin using the website address www.MatthewLaneLaw.com, but www.ZieglerLane.com (and associated e-mail addresses) will remain operational and will be redirected to www.MatthewLaneLaw.com for the foreseeable future. Thank you.

Remembering Bill Ziegler

I am sad to announce that Bill Ziegler, the founding partner of Ziegler & Lane, LLC, died earlier today. Bill was struck down by pancreatic cancer at the age of fifty-four and will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him. His funeral is currently scheduled for 2 p.m. on Friday, October 29, 2010 at Martin & Castille Funeral Home, 330 St. Landry Street, Lafayette.

On behalf of everyone at Ziegler & Lane, LLC, I want to extend my condolences to Bill’s wife, Jennifer, and his two daughters, Kimberly and Rachael. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

In September of this year, Bill wrote a letter to the firm’s clients to inform them of his diagnosis. Although Bill was dealing with his own significant medical problems at the time, he wanted his clients to know that they were in good hands and that Ziegler & Lane, LLC would continue to provide high quality legal representation to people with disabilities long into the future.

Bill was a man of great compassion and empathy. In addition, he was widely regarded as the most knowledgeable and experienced Social Security Disability lawyer in Acadiana. To me, he was a mentor and a friend. I am proud to have been his law partner.

This firm is Bill’s professional legacy, and while everyone at Ziegler & Lane, LLC is deeply saddened by his death, we intend to honor his spirit by continuing his commitment to helping people with disabilities.