The Estate & Asset Protection Law Firm Managing Partner, Shannon Pawley, Talks About The Common But Not Very Practical Practice Of Assigning Family Or Friends As Trustees And Executors Of Wills.

Estate & Asset Protection Attorney and Managing Partner, Shannon Pawley explains the different basic roles and duties of executors and trustees as well as a basic reason why family members and friends may not be the best choice for either of these functions.

DECATUR, GA, November 10, 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 Benefits Of Professional Versus Personal Trustees And Executors, in which Ms. Pawley outlines some of the basic duties of both.

“Very often, in fact, more often than not,” writes Pawley, “when someone draws up a will, they assign a trusted family member or close family friend as either the trustee or the executor of their will.” She adds, “Sometimes one person is assigned both roles. It’s a very common practice, but not always practical.”

Pawley states, “In these uncertain times, more people than usual are creating wills. And, while that is often a good thing, very often these documents are hastily drawn up and while one may gain a sense of accomplishment thinking their wishes will be fulfilled, there are any number of reasons they may not be.” She confirms, “And one problem could be due to the individuals assigned as trustee and executor.” 

According to Pawley, “In our law firm, we are often asked if one needs to designate both a trustee and an executor in their will.” She affirms, “It’s a valid question, since the roles of neither are clearly understood. Sometimes the answer is yes, and sometimes it’s no. Every situation is unique and there is no easy answer that fits all.”

Pawley goes on to explain the difference between the two functions. She writes, “Executors are the people who organize your affairs after your death. That includes ensuring that your estate is dealt with according to the law and carrying out your wishes as you have set them out in your will.” She continues, “Executors are tasked with determining the value of your estate by assessing assets and liabilities. Once the value is determined, they must also pay any inheritance tax that might be due.”


The entire article can be read at


About The Estate & Asset Protection Law Firm

The Estate & Asset Protection Law Firm was established to serve the legal needs of retiring 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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