Offices in Augusta, Macon, Warner Robins & Conyers
Call us at 1(877)353-3745
The Only Elder Law Firm With A Board Certified Elder Law Attorney In The Augusta / CSRA, Middle Georgia &
Conyers / Covington Areas

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About Our Firm

In addition to doing great general estate planning, our firm focuses on the many different areas of elder law.  We solve and help you navigate the complex issues families face when a loved one needs long term care or they need to plan for a disabled family member. Medicaid planning properly performed can protect assets from the costs of long term care, provide assets to help pay for care in order to enhance the quality of life of the person who can no longer take care of themselves. Numerous planning options exist and depend on the facts of every situation when facing a long term care crisis. We can design a plan for your family, whether you are proactively planning years in advance of needing long term care, or even if you have a loved one who needs care immediately. Our planning can leverage Medicaid for nursing home care and VA Aid & Attendance benefits for home or assisted living care.  We also design plans for disabled children and adults, or their families, to provide for them in the future without jeopardizing current or future Medicaid and other health benefits they may be entitled to.

Meet Our Team of Professionals:

Patrick Smith
Elder Law Attorney

Patrick is the Principal & Founder of The Smith Law Firm. One of only 10 Board Certified Elder Law Attorneys in Georgia (South Carolina only has 5), he has dedicated his legal career to the practice of Elder Law. Patrick designs all estate & asset protection plans & oversees implementation of all plans.

Lindsay Barnes
Elder Law Attorney

Lindsay Barnes is the Firm's lead case attorney. Lindsay is licensed in Georgia & South Carolina, with a background in tax & estate planning before joining the firm to focus in elder law. Lindsay greatly enjoys helping families create estate & asset protection plans tailored to them & their needs.

Annette Putnam
Client Services Coordinator

Annette, as the Firm's Client Services Coordinator, is responsible for making sure our client relationships are maintained at the highest level. She ensures that all client needs and questions are responded to in a timely manner, handles all scheduling and a million different things. Annette is the tip of the spear & the glue holding us together.

Pat Saylor
Medicaid Case Manager

Pat is a former Case Management Specialist with the Medicaid Agency & is the Firm's Medicaid Case Manager and "documentation bulldog." Pat ensures our client-applicants are efficiently processed through the Medicaid qualification process and that Medicaid applications are filed in a timely manner, face-to-face interviews are held and qualification determinations are received. She ensures all documents needed are received and submitted with the application. The Medicaid Coordinator keeps the client, the nursing home and the Attorney apprised of the status of each application and provides a summary report at the Weekly Team Meeting.

Harriett Edwards
Estate Planning & Probate Case Manager

Harriett is one of our Estate Planning & Probate Case Managers. Her role is to facilitate the creation & management of all estate planning documents so the Attorneys can easily draft trusts, wills, health care directives, Powers of Attorneys, deeds, petitions and others for presentation to third parties such as clients and/or courts. She is also responsible for overseeing & facilitating all matters relating to probate or trust administration and reports directly to the Attorney, while being the primary interface between the Firm & our clients in these types of estate planning & probate cases.

Debbie Scalzo
Estate Planning & Probate Case Manager

Debbie is one of our Estate Planning & Probate Case Managers. Her role is to facilitate the creation & management of all estate planning documents so the Attorneys can easily draft trusts, wills, health care directives, Powers of Attorneys, deeds, petitions and others for presentation to third parties such as clients and/or courts. She is also responsible for overseeing & facilitating all matters relating to probate or trust administration and reports directly to the Attorney, while being the primary interface between the Firm & our clients in these types of estate planning & probate cases.
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