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Ruthann P. Lacey

Elder law Attorney at Tucker, GA

4.8   19 reviews
  • State Years
    Georgia - GA 31 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 29 years
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State GA
    Acquired 1993
    Status
    Active Member in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1995
    Status
    Inactive No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Ruthann

Learn Ruthann’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Elder law
    40%
    Elder Law and Special Needs Attorneys: Providing for the unique legal and financial demands of senior citizens, their adult children and individuals with special needs

    31 years

  2. Trusts
    40%
    Planning for aging and disability with Trusts, and administering settlement protection and special needs Trusts for the benefit of the beneficiary

    31 years

  3. Medicaid and medicare
    20%
    Planning to maintain eligibility or to become eligible for Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income

    31 years

Elder and Special Needs Law is a highly specialized and fast growing area of the law. While a traditional law practice is focused primarily upon functional expertise in a narrower legal practice area, the Elder and Special Needs Law practice of Ruthann P. Lacey, P.C. is client-centered and focused on the unique legal needs of the elderly and their families and those individuals of all ages with special needs.

Elder Law and Special Needs Law pursue a more holistic approach: assisting our clients and their families with counsel across a broad range of issues affecting their quality of life and their futures.

Ruthann is a member of

  • Special Needs Alliance
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Georgia Bar Association
  • DeKalb Estate Planning Council
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)

Location

Lacey Ruthann P PC Attorney
3537 Habersham At Northlake
Tucker, GA, 30084

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Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  19 customer reviews
Posted by jack | October 25, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Jack Sartain
This attorney is sharp as a tack and brought lots of answers to questions I had regarding power of attorney, Trusteeship and everything that met the needs of the my wife. She is an excellent listener and thew folks in her office are superb! If you have an elderly relative with legal needs or have a need yourself, call Ruthann Lacey! Jack Sartain
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Posted by Kay | January 7, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best legal experience!
This entire office gives the best service. They are efficient and ready to solve problems. I will definitely be telling others to use their expertise. They solved in a month what I have been working on elsewhere for 7 months.
Posted by Claude | November 12, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great job by Ruthann P. Lacey
My 90 year old mother in law asked me to find an attorney to look over her affairs, which had not been addressed legally in 12 years. A friend suggested Ruthann Lacey. Our consultation meeting was very professional. Ruthann listened to us while going over the information packet that had been emailed to me. At the end of a comfortable and informative meeting she provided us with a to do list that made a lot of sense. She updated my mother in laws will, power of attorney and health directive. Her work has given my wife and I the confidence we needed to be caregivers. In fact we have decided to have Ruthann look at our affairs next year.
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Posted by Errol | August 26, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Will and Powers of Atty for finance and healthcare
Ruthann Lacey has been our eldercare attorney since 2010. She has prepared our will and powers of attorney with careful consideration for our special needs. We have met with her at more than one additional time for regroupment meetings when our needs have changed. We brought our financial advisor to one of these meetings. Ruthann has always provided excellent advice based on her experience working with people who are soon to retire or have retired. She is ably assisted by her paralegal staff who also have been cordial and experienced. We believe our documents are in the best possible order and provide for all contingencies that may arise in the future.
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Posted by Rose | June 18, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Updating our estate documents
Ruthann was very patient listening to me about my situation and what we needed to do. She was extremely detailed when she gave me my "to-do" list. JR was very helpful in setting appointments and answering questions that I asked. I felt well cared for and understood throughout the entire experience.
Posted by Carolyn | May 11, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Update of my will and preparation of Durable Financial Power of Attorney
Ruthann Lacy was very professional and helpful in discussing what I needed to consider in these matters. We were able to complete both documents quickly and I feel relieved to have this done. Jamesetta Russell was also very professional and helpful in the process.
Posted by Karen | December 18, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Professional!!
Ruthann was recommended to me as one of the best in her field of Eldercare law. She was extremely patient and took the time to listen and explain everything to my mom. Ruthann made us feel comfortable and relaxed during the stressful preparation of a last will and testament. JR was also very professional and a pleasure to deal with. I will recommend this practice any chance I get.
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Posted by Miriam | August 24, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Peace of mind
Ruthann updated my will which she originally did seventeen years ago. She answered in detail about 25 questions regarding my son who has special needs. At this time in my life I needed a caring, experienced attorney who could calm my fears about my son’s wellbeing as I age and after my death. She gave me direction and resources to make the process easier for me. She and her staff are professional, accommodating and are a pleasure to work with.
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Posted by anonymous | August 6, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Will, Power of Attorney, and Advance Directive for Health Care
The consultation and document presentation was complete, concise, and left no questions unanswered. I was given the opportunity to make changes, additions and deletions with consultation as necessary. Very thorough and professional thru all aspects of the process. Very pleased with the results!!
Posted by Laura | March 11, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional and personable
Ms. Lacey was friendly and personable at our conference. The documents were error-free and thorough. JR and other staffers were friendly and responsive. I could not have been happier with our experience.
Posted by Ray Petted | January 27, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I was cheated by a crooked lawyer, she saved us .
Ruth is compassionate, extremely knowledgeable, and will do anything to protect you. I was cheated by a crooked lawyer who left us vulnerable to financial ruin. He spent 15 minutes with us for $5000, she spent 5.5 hours with us to correct the mistakes he made and do the work he said he would but didn't. She answered all our questions, he would only say "your covered." Be careful of referral sites. We got her name from a retirement place and nursing home. Unfortunately, there are too many crooked lawyers out there who only want your money and don't care if you lose your life savings. If you are elderly and disable, like us, you are a prime target for a lawyer who practices in Augusta and Conyers Geogia. Get multiple references, as websites can't thoroughly check out all the crooks.
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Posted by lynsee | January 27, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
great people and service for our wills
it was great to meet all of you and your services are great and our wills are done with good work and followed what we said and talked about and handling our special needs children now adults too take care god bless lynsee ohran cain
Posted by Ingrid | November 19, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Creation of Special Needs Trust for my son, Robert Coleman
We have been very much pleased with Ms Lacey's work and advice in setting up a trust for our disabled adult son/stepson. We had long since learned that he was not eligible for disability even though he was born with defects which had contributed to the difficulty, simply because he had worked until growing physical problems made further work impossible ten years ago, and because we had been able to support him since. MS Lacey counseled us about setting up the Special Needs Trust, which will help considerably if it can (as we hope) make him eligible for SSI and Medicaid. It is an ideal solution for us since we can still continue to contribute, within manageable limits, to his care and support. Robert has reviewed the document and is also pleased with it and its provisions.
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Posted by Joan | October 14, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
lawyer review
I was referred to Ruthann Lacey to prepare estate planning documents. I found Ms. Lacey very helpful and pleasant to work with. She offered many suggestions and answered all my questions. Her office staff is also very helpful, and all the phone calls and visits were efficiently handled. I am very pleased with Ms. Lacey and her office staff.
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Posted by Cathy | June 2, 2015
Ruthann and her staff are the best!
Thank you Ruthann and JR for helping us achieve guardianship of our mentally handicapped & autistic adult son. He cannot advocate or care for himself in any way, so it was very important to establish our guardianship to protect him now and in the future. I know some say we could do it on our own, but the fact is, we couldn't. We tried, but the process was overwhelming and we found ourselves putting it off for several months. It was the right decision for us to turn it over to you. You knew exactly what needed to be done and were prompt about doing it. You kept us informed every step of the way. And on court day you were there to support us in the kindest, most professional way. It was worth every penny we paid to get this done right. And now my son will be protected by having his parents formally recognized as permanent guardians, to prevent him from unscrupulous persons who would seek to take advantage of him.
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Posted by Amy | March 16, 2010
Approachable, knowledgable, and caring
My husband and I went to see Ms. Lacey with some very specific questions regarding my mother's affairs. She was thorough in answering our questions, addressed issues that may arise in the future,and educated us about the eligibility requirements of Medicare and Medicaid. We walked out of our meeting with a task list, and good, solid advice. She was so helpful and we will not hesitate to call upon her again!
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Posted by Marilyn | March 9, 2010
My favorite lawyer!
Over the past five years, Ruthann Lacey has drafted my Will and Powers of Attorney, has helped me sell my real estate in another state, and has walked with me through the probate of my husband's Will. I relied on her heavily after my husband's death, and don't know how I would have gotten through the maze of legal and financial issues that needed to be addressed then if not for Ruthann's assistance. She has shown herself always to be professional, yet approachable and compassionate.
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Posted by Michelle Miralles | April 11, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Service and Education
We are so Grateful for Ruthann and her expert knowledge in assisting us to prepare our Wills, Durable Financial Power of Attorney and Durable Advance Directive for Health Care. Ruthann and the staff were very quick in answering our questions. We would recommond Ruthann to our friends and family, they did an excellant job.
Posted by Lois | June 19, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Disappointed Client
Supposedly free consultation extended so that we paid quite a bit for limited advice telling us which documents we would need. Then there was the cost of the actual documents (in advance), which had typos which she would not correct. She was not at all responsive and her staff was not professional.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 90-500 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney at Law
  • Ruthann P. Lacey, P.C.
  • 1995 - Present
  • Attorney at Law
  • William H. Overman, PC
  • 1993 - 1995

Education

  • Emory University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1992
  • Trinity College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1983

Sample of Legal Cases

  • In Re: Matter of Shandra Tamkia Taylor
  • Petition to Establish Special Needs Trust granted
  • In Re: Matter of James M. Godwin
  • Petition for Judicial Reformation of Trust granted

Associations

  • National Elder Law Foundation
  • Director
  • 2008 - Present
  • Council of Advanced Practitioners
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Lawyers Foundation of Georgia
  • Life Fellow
  • 2004 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia, Elder Law Section
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Special Needs Alliance
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • DeKalb Estate Planning Council
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • Special Needs Alliance
  • Director
  • 2006 - 2009
  • State Bar of Georgia, Elder Law Section
  • Chair
  • 2005 - 2007
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1996 - 2010
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Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics
  • 2010
  • Top 50 Women Lawyers in Georgia
  • Atlanta Magazine
  • 2010
  • Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics
  • 2009
  • Top 50 Women Lawyers in Georgia
  • Atlanta Magazine
  • 2009
  • Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics
  • 2008
  • Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics
  • 2007
  • Top 50 Women Lawyers in Georgia
  • Atlanta Magazine
  • 2007
  • Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics
  • 2006
  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2005
  • Certified Elder Law Attorney
  • National Elder Law Foundation
  • 2000
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Publications

  • Exceptional Parent
  • "Does My Child Need a Guardian?"
  • 2004
  • "A Will is Not Enough in Georgia"
  • Chapter 10: A Medicaid Qualifying Plan
  • 2004

Speaking Engagements

  • Plaintiff's Personal Injury
  • Special Needs Trusts and Set Asides
  • 2010
  • Park Springs Panel Discussion
  • Planning for Aging
  • 2010
  • Elder Law
  • What's so Special about Special Needs Trusts?
  • 2010
  • WellStar Luncheon Estate Planning Program
  • Elder and Special Needs Law Update
  • 2009
  • Plaintiff's Personal Injury
  • Special Needs What? Know when Special Needs Trusts are Necessary
  • 2009
  • Special Needs Trusts
  • Special Needs Trusts
  • 2008
  • Special Needs Trusts
  • Special Needs Trusts
  • 2007
  • Special Needs Trusts
  • Special Needs Trusts: Administration Issues
  • 2007
  • NAELA Symposium
  • Marketing a Special Needs Law Practice
  • 2007
  • Guest Professor of Law
  • Elder and Special Needs Law
  • 2007
  • GTLA Annual Seminar
  • Overview of Special Needs Trusts for a Trial Attorney
  • 2004
  • Elder Law
  • What is a Special Needs Trust and Why might my Client need One?
  • 2004
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Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (1)
Endorse Ruthann
Elder law Attorney | Jan 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Lacey is very experienced and knowledgeable in the area of elder law. She is detailed oriented and client focused."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Trusts Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"My firm and I have worked with Ruthann on several cases going back more than 5 years on a variety of issues involving young persons who suffered terrible physical losses and needed financial planning and special needs trusts, etc. Ruthann takes the time to explain complicated legal issues to clients in such a way that they both understand the legal work to be done and feel very comfortable having Ruthann on their side. I recommend her without reservation."
Elder law Attorney | Jul 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ruthann provides excellent service to her clients and as a result, I have referred many of my clients to her who are in need of advice relating to elder law issues."
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