The Estate & Asset Protection Law Firm Managing Partner, Shannon Pawley, Writes About Small Yet Important Tasks That Must Be Accomplished Shortly After The Death Of A Loved One. 

Estate & Asset Protection Attorney and Managing Partner, Shannon Pawley, writes about the prevalence of death in our world during the pandemic and the discussions and questions arising as a result. She offers helpful information about small, yet important tasks that must be taken care of as soon as possible after the death of a loved one.

DECATUR, GA, February 25, 2021: Shannon Pawley, Managing Partner of The Estate & Asset Protection Law Firm, has posted a new article on the law firm’s website entitled “What To Do And What To Expect After A Loved One Has Passed.” Ms. Pawley acknowledges how overwhelming unexpected death can be and suggests that knowing which way to turn may offer a bit of comfort.

“Here in the U.S.,” Pawley writes, “people don’t typically talk about or think about death as much as some other countries and cultures do. However,” she adds, “I do think that the reluctance to discuss the topic has been somewhat diminished with the sudden unexpected deaths of so many during the last year due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Suddenly, we are all faced with mortality. And those who had to deal with the death of a loved one unexpectedly may not have had a moment to consider what tasks would need to be completed and what events one would expect to happen within the first few days and weeks after the passing of a loved one.”

Pawley points out, “Questions about death and dying are being brought up more and more frequently in our law firm as people are more focused on drawing up wills and estate and asset protection plans in this time of such great uncertainty.” She continues, “Images of death and dying and discussions about potentially dying are becoming topics of conversations among family and friends. However, the more practical side is yet to be discussed.” According to Pawley, “The nuts and bolts of what kinds of things that need to be done right away, within the first few days and weeks are important especially if your loved one dies at home. If they are in a hospital, nursing home or any other facility, the staff will know what to do.” 

Pawley states, “Since COVID-19 has brought mortality right to the forefront of our consciousness, it’s a good idea to brush up on a few legal tasks that must be accomplished in a timely manner.” She allows that, “If you don’t need the information in the near future, perhaps someone you know will and you’ll be able to help inform them.”


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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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