The Estate & Asset Protection Law Firm Managing Partner, Shannon Pawley, Informs Readers That Hugging Vaccinated Grandparents Gets Greenlighted By CDC.

 Estate & Asset Protection Attorney and Managing Partner, Shannon Pawley, informs readers about the healing power of hugs and how the vaccine has given the green light to hug-deprived grandparents and grandchildren. 

DECATUR, GA, May 22, 2021: Shannon Pawley, Managing Partner of The Estate & Asset Protection Law Firm, has posted a new article on the law firm’s website entitled “Hugging Grandma And Grandpa Gets The Green Light With A Few Exceptions,” in which Ms. Pawley reviews the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for when to hug and when not to hug.

Pawley writes, “When the pandemic shelter-at-home restrictions went into place in the first quarter of 2020, it initiated social distancing from anyone who didn’t live together under the same roof. And, as you’ll recall,” she adds, “everyone over the age of 60 was considered very high risk for getting and dying from COVID-19. As a result there was a moratorium on grandchildren hugging grandma and grandpa for fear of passing the virus on to them, which was perceived as a death sentence.” 

Pawley provides some sad, yet informative statistics. She states, “Since the pandemic began, in the U.S. more than 400,000 people have lost their lives to COVID. 250,000 of those who died were women, many of whom were mothers and grandmothers.”  She goes on to add, “They died without loved ones near them and without having been recently touched by a child or grandchild.” 

“Here we are more than a year later,” writes Pawley, adding, “and while the vaccines are providing a sense of relief about gathering together with other vaccinated loved ones, the question remains: Is it safe to hug touch starved and deprived grandma and grandpa?”

As Pawley points out, “In many families, the grandparents may be vaccinated, but the kids and grandkids are not. This means that everyone can still spread the virus. With this in mind, many people are wondering, how great the risk is to give and receive hugs.”

Pawley informs that, “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has established clear guidelines. They have given the green light to hugging fully vaccinated grandparents whether the kids have been vaccinated or not. Fully vaccinated means two-full-weeks have passed since the second Pfizer or Moderna shot or the single Johnson & Johnson shot. And that is only if no one has underlying health conditions that would make them more susceptible to contracting the virus. Gathering together indoors without masks with fully vaccinated adults has also been green-lighted. So gather round the table again for family meals that include grandma and grandpa.”


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About The Estate & Asset Protection Law Firm

The Estate & Asset Protection Law Firm was established to serve the legal needs of retiring citizens. The Firm focuses its entire practice on providing strategies to protect independence, privacy, assets and taxes from the government. Victoria Collier and Shannon Pawley have grown their law practice by providing excellent customer satisfaction with personalized wealth protection plans.


About Victoria Collier

Victoria L. Collier, CELA founded The Estate & Asset Protection Law Firm to serve the legal needs of retiring individuals. In our firm, WE BELIEVE that people should not have to lose everything they’ve worked a lifetime to earn and that every person is an individual who deserves respect and the highest quality of life possible, regardless of age or ability.  We also believe that privacy and protection are the keys to personal peace.

Victoria enlisted in the U.S. Air Force during Desert Storm, 1989-1995, and also served in the U.S. Army Reserves, 1Lt. 2001-2004, JAG Corps. Victoria is a national expert on the VA Wartime Pension for veterans and their widows who need additional assistance with activities of daily living and helping them qualify for and receive tax-free income from the VA to pay for it. Victoria graduated from Valdosta State University with a B.A. in Psychology and then University of Nebraska, College of Law. In 2014, Victoria was awarded with the Alumni Master Award from the University of Nebraska.

Victoria is a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) through The National Elder Law Foundation and has been named as the only attorney in Georgia as “Fellow” of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). Victoria was appointed by Governor Perdue to the Georgia Council on Aging, 2010 – 2016 and was awarded Dekalb County Veteran of the Year, 2013. She is the author of 47 Secret Veterans Benefits for Seniors; Paying for Long Term Care – Financial Help for Wartime Veterans: The VA Aid & Attendance Benefit. Victoria has co-authored several books: Blooper Episodes in Estate Planning, Don’t Go Broke in a Nursing Home, and Protect Your IRA: Avoid the 5 Common Mistakes. Most notably, Victoria co-authored the National Best Seller, The Road to Success, with Jack Canfield, author of Chicken Soup for the Soul series.


About Shannon M. Pawley, J.D., LL.M

Shannon is the firm’s Managing Partner.  Born and raised in the Tidewater area of Virginia to a tightknit family with strong military service roots, Shannon learned from an early age the value of hard work and the importance of social awareness to ensure you always leave a situation in a better place than how you entered it.  In her junior year of high school, Shannon served as U.S. House of Representatives Page during the 101st United States Congressional Session in Washington, D.C.  This experience exposed her to numerous new cultures and worldly issues.  Walking away from her experience as a U.S. House of Representative Page, Shannon knew that she wanted to pursue legal studies and be able to assist others in obtaining the best results available in difficult situations.

Shannon earned her undergraduate degree at North Carolina Wesleyan College and pursued a law degree from Michigan State University College of Law.  After obtaining her law degree and becoming a licensed attorney in Michigan, she continued her educational pursuit by acquiring a LL.M. (Master of Law) in Taxation from Wayne State University.



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