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Congratulations are in order! Managing Attorney Robert W. Haley and Attorney Laura E. Frazier and staff of The Estate & Elder Law Center of Southside Virginia, PLLC are pleased to announce that our Firm Administrator and Life Care Planning Manager Ryvonda C. "Cricket" Haley has successfully completed her Certification in Elder Care Coordination offered through the Life Care Planning Law Firms Association. She joins other members of our staff, Sandy W. Vernon and Stephanie R. Wagoner in this achievement as Certified Elder Care Coordinators for the firm.

ATTENTION DANVILLE: If you haven't heard, Integrative Yoga for Seniors has started back on Tuesdays beginning September 4th at 2pm in the afternoon at the Ballou Center in Danville! To register for this free class, please call Erika Bynum at (434) 799-5216.

Yoga can be good for adults of all ages, especially seniors! Know someone who may benefit from a FREE class with a Registered Yoga Teacher? You do not have to be double-jointed, or have the flexibility of an acrobat to benefit from yoga. In fact, students can participate from the mat, a chair or even a wheelchair!

Studies have shown that yoga can be extremely helpful when it comes to combating depression, stress, anxiety and pain. Some yoga poses increase core strength and balance, which reduces the risk of fall-related injuries. Above all, yoga is a form of exercise that can help seniors feel younger and happier. Pass this information along if you know someone who could benefit from this class - We hope to see you there!

Managing Attorney Robert W. Haley along with Attorney Laura E. Frazier and staff of The Estate & Elder Law Center of Southside Virginia, PLLC are pleased to announce that as part of our on-going training and continuing education today to better serve our clients and our community, Stephanie Wagoner, Laura Ann Gall, and Joanna Smart, members of our Life Care Planning team, attended training through the National POLST Paradigm program. 

POLST is the national acronym for Physician’s Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment.  In Virginia this form is known as “POST” (Physician’s Orders for Scope of Treatment).  The POST is used in addition to a Living Will and Advance Medical Directive/Healthcare Power of Attorney and a Durable Do Not Resuscitate/Do Not Resuscitate form (DDNR/DNR). Once signed by the patient’s medical doctor, the patient’s wishes for end of life care become orders for the level of intervention they wish to receive.

Fewer things will send someone into a total panic faster than receiving a Medicaid Recovery letter in the mail. Imagine a family still grieving from the passing of a loved one getting a letter informing them that the government funds used for nursing home care for the deceased are owed and must now be paid back! In some cases, we are talking in upwards of hundreds of thousands of dollars here.

This very real concern arises from a long-standing but little-known aspect of Medicaid, the state-federal program that provides health coverage to millions of low-income and elderly Americans. In certain cases, a state has the right to recoup its medical costs by putting a claim on a deceased person’s assets.  Make no mistake, this includes the state of Virginia.

Digital Asset Management Planning is a growing concern as these are modern times, and more and more things are being done online! In the news, cryptocurrency Billionaire Matthew Mellon best known for his investments in the cryptocurrency Ripple (XRP), passed away recently leaving up to 500 million dollars in digital assets that may now simply be lost forever! Everyone regardless of age or wealth-level can fall victim to the trap of not properly planning ahead! 

Before being deployed overseas for the Iraq war in 2003, Army reservist Don Morrison filled out military forms that gave instructions about where to send his body and possessions if he were killed.

"I thought, 'Wow, this is mortality right in your face,'" Morrison, now 70, recalls. After that, his attention was keenly focused on how things might end badly.

Great News - Our firm is included as one of the winners of the Virginia Living 'Best of Virginia 2018' contest!

Managing Attorney Robert W. Haley, Attorney Laura E. Frazier and staff in both offices would like to thank all who voted for The Estate & Elder Law Center of Southside Virginia in the Virginia Living "Best of Virginia 2018' Contest for the Law Firm category.

Thank you to all who voted for us in the 2018 Danville Register & Bee Readers' Choice Awards in the law firm category recently:Your vote means a lot! Our firm will continue to do what we do in helping our clients and their families protect what is  most important to them and plan for the future.


Our firm has received great news this Monday:  Managing Attorney Robert W. Haley, of the Estate & Elder Law Center of Southside Virginia is listed as part of the Super Lawyers list in the category of Elder Law for 2018! He received this distinction starting back in 2007, and onward from 2009 through 2017 as well.

Everyone can be prone to procrastination sometimes!  As a result, inevitably, some elders and their families will not have an opportunity to engage in any Estate Planning (Wills, Powers of Attorney, Living Wills), let alone start any Advance Asset Protection Planning. If you or your loved one is in a nursing home or think that you or they may need to go very soon, you must remember that Asset Protection Planning in a crisis (while not the best scenario at that point) is still available.  However, you should be aware that the crisis planning outcome is often not as ideal as when pre-planning is done.

Interested in hearing Robert W. Haley, Certified Elder Law Attorney® speak on the topic of Estate Planning or other elder law-related topics?  Be sure to catch him at one or more of his upcoming seminars this year, listed on this page and updated regularly as new dates are added. He or the staff in some cases, will be speaking on various subjects including Medicaid Planning/ Asset Protection and one seminar on one of our larger, growing practice areas: Life Care Planning!

Be sure to register for one of these upcoming seminars: We hope to see you soon!