The Estate & Asset Protection Law Firm Managing Partner, Shannon Pawley, Talks About How The Pandemic Has Made It Easier To Have A Tough Conversation With Loved Ones.

Estate & Asset Protection Attorney and Managing Partner, Shannon Pawley, encourages readers to take action and have important end-of-life conversations with loved ones before it’s too late.

DECATUR, GA, December 05, 2020: Shannon Pawley, Managing Partner of The Estate & Asset Protection Law Firm, has posted a new article on the law firm’s website entitled “The Pandemic Has Made End-Of-Life Discussions Easier To Initiate.”  Ms. Pawley talks about the importance and difficulty of having end-of-life conversations and credits the pandemic for making it easier to have such conversations.

“In years past,” writes Pawley, “many people would do everything possible to avoid having the discussion about planning for death and/or incapacity. When people are healthy they often think they are immortal. Well,” she adds, “all it took was a pandemic to change that way of thinking.”

Pawley states, “When the pandemic began early this year, it’s true that the most vulnerable people were elderly, many of whom resided in nursing homes. However,” she elaborates, “the demographic changed quickly. People of every age have died of COVID-19, from infants to teenagers, to young adults and middle-aged adults. Age is no longer the calling card for death from this pandemic. And fortunately it has stimulated the important conversations among loved ones that used to be so difficult.”

According to Pawley, “Now, right now, is the best time to initiate the conversation with your parents, especially if they are in their 60’s or 70’s and you’ve not yet had it. It’s time to discuss end of life desires with your spouse or partner no matter your age. It’s time to have it with your children who are 18 and older.”

As Pawley points out, “Working together with a reputable attorney to create an estate and asset protection plan is important if you have any valuable assets. Not just for the ultra-wealthy, an estate and asset protection plan legally makes certain your assets are protected against lawsuits and makes sure your belongings are distributed as you designate. In addition, it’s important to include an Advance Health Care Directive as well as a Physician’s Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST). A POLST replaces a Do Not Resuscitate order. I have detailed the important details of both below.”

Pawley discusses details of both Advance Health Care Directives and Physician’s Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST).


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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 and financial services 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.

In her professional tenure, Shannon has represented the full spectrum of clients from international blue-chip companies to single parents.  While she prospered as a litigator, Shannon began to realize her natural talent was as a mentor by developing others in their practice and procedures.  That led her to focusing more on the operational aspect of the legal practice.  Prior to joining The Estate & Asset Protection Law Firm, Shannon was the Vice President of Litigation Operations with a national law firm overseeing the litigation offices across the United States.

Through her partnership with Victoria Collier, Shannon has found a professional peer who shares her passion to assist others to age with dignity, grace, and independence.   Together, they strive to improve the life of each client they interact with while preparing both the client and their family for the difficulties that come with aging.  Shannon is licensed to practice law in both Georgia and Michigan.  In addition, she is a VA Accredited Attorney.





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