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Catherine E LaFond

Real estate Attorney at Charleston, SC

5.0   9 reviews
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State SC
    Acquired 1997
    Status
    Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Catherine

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We are an all female firm with areas of proficiency in estate planning, estate & trust administration, elder law (Medicaid and VA long-term care planning) and real estate closings. 

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LaFond Law Group, PA
544 Savannah Highway
Charleston, SC, 29407

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Posted by Katie | July 19, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Great First time homebuyer experience.
When buying my first home, Catherine walked me through all of the steps of the home buying process. She is very knowledgeable and explained the terms to me in ways that this, non attorney, could understand. She kept informed every step of the way, as to what to expect and what options I had. I couldn’t have asked for a better real estate attorney, which is why I re hired her for my refi!
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Posted by Cynthia | August 24, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Honest and helpful
I am a part of a neighborhood that formed an HoA to police every little thing anyone does. Control has been their goal ever since I can recall. When I bought my home, there was an existing covenant and the HoA was formed a couple years later. Now, they want to rewrite the covenant and I wanted to make sure that I knew my rights concerning that. It's nice to know that there are attorneys ( like Catherine LaFond), that will answer a question and actually let you know if you don't need legal services to handle certain circumstances. So thankful for honest people! I will be recommending her to everyone I know.
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Posted by Kelley | January 13, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A solid choice!
Catherine is professional, helpful, thoughtful and, most importantly, personal. You feel like you are her priority and she truly cares!
Posted by Wanda Urban | October 3, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Calm among the Chaos
Dealing with my father at this stage in his life was such an undertaking for many. So many difficult decisions and options, until I met Ms. LaFond, I had no idea what was best for my dad, his legacy and his extended family. She was so helpful and diplomatic in this tough time of our lives. Because of her firm, we avoided so many pitfalls that other families had to face alone. As a testament to the cause, she added my dad's service Photo to her wall of VA-soldiers. God Bless her wonderful staff for their detail with our family.
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Posted by Joan | June 16, 2015
Look no further
have been recommending Catherine LaFond for real estate closings for 10 years and in every case Catherine and her staff have provided the highest level of service. She is knowledgeable in all matters of real estate. She is efficient and she works with integrity. Catherine is also my personal estate planning attorney. I would never trust anyone else with my Trust.
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Posted by anonymous | September 23, 2014
Caring and professional estate planning
Catherine and her staff helped my parents with their estate planning several months ago. Catherine took the time to meet with us, discuss all of our concerns and family dynamics, and offered some great options to my parents to help them get their wishes in writing. We had to guess what my grandparents wanted, and did NOT want to have to do that again. Knowing now that we've discussed everything, and now we know exactly what my parents want done, and having it clearly outlined for *all* family members to read is very reassuring. The multiple drafts, discussions, and caring dedication that Catherine had for my parents' peace of mind was above and beyond. My parents aren't the easiest people to work with, but Catherine was so nice to them and made them laugh despite the difficult subject matter of wills and dying and family drama.
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Posted by Delaine | July 22, 2014
Catherine was instrumental in helping us keep our Mom in her own home.
Catherine has been so helpful helping me navigate my Mother's financial planning since her injury and hospitalization. My family and I wanted to make sure our Mother was taken care of and could stay in her home as long as physically possible. Catherine has been instrumental in helping us keep our Mom in her home. We are so grateful for everything she has done for us.
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Posted by Carole Campbell | March 8, 2013
Catherine is an excellent choice as an experienced, professional Attorney!
I have had the opportunity to work with Catherine on several cases. She is extremely knowledgeable and works with the clients to provide the absolute best outcome based on their individual needs. She is flexible in her scheduling which works very well especially when working with several family members on one solution. Her knowledge of the Veteran's programs has been a valuable resource for my clients and to the community which she serves so generously. As a Geriatric Care Manager, my responsibility is to provide my clients with the best of the best in resources and I feel that my clients have been privileged to have had her in their corner representing their needs. As an elder law attorney and with the state of SC growing in senior population exponentially, she provides what is needed, not only in the present, but foreseeing the aging future. I would strongly recommend Catherine without any hesitation or reservation.
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Posted by Marie | March 7, 2013
Peace of mind with this detail-oriented, personable and professional attorney.
I cannot tell you how comforting it was working with such an experienced and knowledgeable attorney when dealing with my father’s estate. Catherine has given us the peace of mind that our father will be financially prepared for his health care needs as he ages. Her proficiency in Veteran’s benefits was paramount and played a key role in his long-term financial plan. Catherine’s knowledge and professionalism are beyond reproach. She and her staff are detail oriented, reliable, and very personable. I highly recommend Catherine E. LaFond, PA. You will not be disappointed.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • owner
  • LaFond Law Group, PA
  • 2006 - Present
  • Broker-in-Charge/Owner
  • copper roof properties, llc
  • 2005 - 2008
  • owner
  • Jensen & LaFond
  • 2003 - 2006
  • owner
  • Cope & LaFond
  • 1998 - 2002
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Education

  • University of Miami School of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 2010
  • University of South Carolina School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • College of Charleston
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1993

Sample of Legal Cases

  • VA Service Connected Appeal
  • TBD

Associations

  • Charleston County Board of Voter Registration and Elections
  • Board Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • South Carolina Elder Law Bar
  • Attorney Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • VA Court of Appeals Bar
  • Attorney Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • VA Accredited Attorney
  • Attorney
  • 2011 - Present
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • ElderCounsel, LLC
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Sea Island Habitat for Humanity, Inc.
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 1999 - Present
  • South Carolina Bar
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • Bridges End-of-Life Realities
  • Board of Directors
  • 2014 - 2020
  • PNHP
  • Member
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Piedmont Hospice
  • Advisory Council
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Charleston Disabilities & Special Needs Board
  • Board of Directors & Secretary
  • 2012 - 2019
  • South Carolina Aging in Place Coalition
  • Speaker's Bureau
  • 2011 - 2013
  • National Area Planning Council
  • Member
  • 2011 - 2014
  • Lowcountry Senior Network
  • Board Member & Secretary
  • 2011 - 2018
  • National Association of Elder Law Attorneys (South Carolina Chapter)
  • Board Member & CLE Chair
  • 2011 - 2014
  • Alliance for a Full Acceptance
  • Board Member
  • 2002 - 2016
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Charleston's Choice Real Estate Attorney
  • Post & Courier
  • 2023
  • Gold Client Champion
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2023
  • Peer Review AV Preeminent Rating®
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2023
  • Neighborhood Fave
  • Nextdoor
  • 2023
  • Legal Elite - Residential Real Estate
  • Charleston Business Magazine
  • 2023
  • Best Real Estate Attorneys in Charleston
  • Expertise.com
  • 2023
  • Peer Review AV Preeminent Rating®
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2022
  • Legal Elite
  • Greenville Business Magazine
  • 2022
  • Best Real Estate Attorneys in Charleston
  • Expertise.com
  • 2022
  • Elite Lawyer of the South
  • The National Law Journal
  • 2021
  • Client Champion
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2021
  • Legal Elite
  • Charleston Business Magazine
  • 2021
  • America's Most Honored Lawyers
  • American Registry
  • 2021
  • Top-Rated Attorney
  • AVVO.com
  • 2021
  • Best Charleston Probate Attorneys
  • Expertise.com
  • 2020
  • AV Preeminent® Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2020
  • America's Most Honored Professionals
  • The American Registry
  • 2019
  • Elite Lawyer of the South
  • National Law Journal
  • 2019
  • AV Preeminent™ Rating (Judicial and Peer)
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2019
  • Client Champion
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2019
  • Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • AV Preeminent™ Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • AV Preeminent™ Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • 2016 AV Preeminent™ Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • America's Most Honored Professionals
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • 5.0 Preeminent™ Client Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • 2015 AV Preeminent™ Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Women in Law 2014 Asset Protection Lawyer
  • Lawyer Monthly Magazine
  • 2014
  • 2014 AV Preeminent™ Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers™
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Health Care
  • American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • AV Preeminent® peer review rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • 5.0 Preeminent™ Client Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
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Publications

  • LawLines
  • South Carolina Property Tax Relief
  • 2014
  • charlestoncurrents.com
  • Personal Property Memos
  • 2013
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Speaking Engagements

  • Improved Pension Overview
  • Veterans Benefits
  • 2015
  • Estate Planning Basics
  • Estate Planning Basics
  • 2015
  • Older Americans Month Meeting
  • Health Care POA Clinic
  • 2014
  • Older Americans Celebration
  • Estate Planning Myths
  • 2014
  • Lowcountry Live Channel 4
  • Health Care Directives
  • 2014
  • Improved Pension Eligibility
  • Veterans Benefits
  • 2014
  • Estate Planning Q&A
  • Estate Planning and Elder Law
  • 2014
  • We Honor Veterans
  • Veterans Benefits
  • 2013
  • Somerby Spark
  • Out-of-State Estate Planning Documents
  • 2013
  • Seabrook Island POA
  • Pitfalls of Veterans Benefits
  • 2013
  • Baby Boomers Are You Thinking Ahead?
  • Long-term Care Planning
  • 2013
  • Ask A Lawyer
  • Elder Law Issues
  • 2013
  • Aging in Place
  • Elder Law Misconceptions
  • 2013
  • Things You Need to Know
  • Improved Disability Pension
  • 2012
  • National Geriatric Care Managers Conference
  • Veterans Benefits
  • 2012
  • Help with Aging in Place
  • Top 10 Myths of Elder Law
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (5)
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Unknown Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am impressed with Ms. LaFond's thoughtful advice and answers to legal questions on Avvo. She has an in-depth understanding of the law and an ability to communicate legal concepts clearly and effectively. I endorse this lawyer!"
Elder law Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer."
Real estate Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Catherine on at least a dozen cases, and have found her to be a consummate professional in every interaction. I am endorsing her for real estate because the "menu" will not let me check all categories of her practice, but I have also worked with her as an estate planner and elder law practitioner, particularly concerning her expertise in VA benefits. She was a great help to me when my own father died, in determining what benefits were available to my mother, and she has given excellent service to all of the clients I have referred to her for both real estate closings and specialized estate planning."
Unknown Attorney | May 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Catherine's office did an excellent job helping me close on a home purchase this week. I have witnessed her work as a Guardian ad Litem in family court, and I don't hesitate to refer clients to her for estate planning. She is professional in all that she does."