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Ms. McDowell, licensed by the Virginia State Bar and North Carolina State Bar, has made significant contributions to the eder law community in both Virginia and North Carolina.  Certified as an Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation and Board Certified as a specialist in Elder Law by the North Carolina State Bar, Ms. McDowell practices primarily in the areas of Elder Law, Veterans Benefts planning Long-term Care Planning, Estate and Trust Administration, Estate Planning, Asset Protection Planning, and Tax Law.


Ms. McDowell is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association and currently serves as the secretary for the North Carolina Bar Association Elder Law Section Council. Ms. McDowell is also on the North Carolina State Bar's Specialization Committee to board certify other elder law attorneys in the state.  In addition, she is an active member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) serving as Co-Chair of the 2016 Annual Conference in Denver and she has just been selected to be a member of the NAELA Board of Directors.


In addition to practicing law, Ms. McDowell acts as the Elder Law Community Liasion for InterActive Legal, assisting in developing software for elder law attorneys around the country.  She has also been named as a Super Lawyer rising star for 2014 and 2015.



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Practice areas


  1. Elder Law: 40%
  2. Probate: 25%
  3. Estate Planning: 25%
  4. Tax: 10%



Fixed (sometimes)

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Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

4 total 

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  • Michael Lynn Graham

    I highly endorse Letha, both for her technical skills, and for her compassion for clients and the effort she puts into each her work for each client. She is skilled both in tax planning and planning for non-taxable estates that may require governmental benefits such as medicaid and VA payments. Letha is also licensed in Virginia, so she works in both Virginia and North Carolina, and now lives on the outer banks of North Carolina. I would send my clients, even my parents, to her without hesitation.


    Michael Graham Estate planning Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Brian A. Boys

    I endorse Letha. She is an excellent Elder Law attorney and takes the time with her clients to ensure they understand their long-term care options.


    Brian Boys Estate planning Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Walker Lambe Rhudy Costley & Gill, PLLC

12450 Clevaland Road, Suite 203
Garner, NC, 27529

Walker Lambe Rhudy Costley & Gill, PLLC

240 Leigh Farm Road, Suite 100
Durham, NC, 27707

Walker Lambe Rhudy Costley & Gill, PLLC

12450 Cleveland Road, Suite 203
Garner, NC, 27529



VAAuthorized to practice law200603/31/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing Partner - Garner OfficeWalker Lambe Rhudy Costley & Gill, PLLC2013 - Present
Attorney at LawOast & Taylor PLC2012 - Present
Attorney at LawOast & Hook, P.C.2005 - 2012
Association namePosition nameDuration
Virginia Bar AssociationN/A2010 - Present
North Carolina Bar AssociationElder Law Section Council2010 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate“4 reasons to be wary of a reverse mortgage”2012
BNA InternationalDefending the maligned reverse mortgage2012
Gray MattersEditor2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Maine School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2004
Purdue UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts2001
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
17th Annual Elder Law SymposiumCase Law Updates/Recent Devlopments2013
NCBA Elder Law BasicsRecent Developments2012