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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)


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Practice areas


  1. Trusts: 40%
    23 years
  2. Elder Law: 40%
    23 years
  3. Medicaid & Medicare: 20%
    23 years



Hourly ($80-450/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Houston Dillard Smith III

    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.


    Houston Smith Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Lacey Ruthann P Pc Attorney

3541 Habersham At Northlake
Tucker, GA, 30084


GAActive Member in Good Standing 199308/05/2016
DCInactive 199507/05/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 50 Women Lawyers in GeorgiaAtlanta Magazine2010
Super LawyerLaw & Politics2010
Top 50 Women Lawyers in GeorgiaAtlanta Magazine2009
Super LawyerLaw & Politics2009
Super LawyerLaw & Politics2008
Super LawyerLaw & Politics2007
Top 50 Women Lawyers in GeorgiaAtlanta Magazine2007
Super LawyerLaw & Politics2006
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell2005
Certified Elder Law AttorneyNational Elder Law Foundation2000
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney at LawRuthann P. Lacey, P.C.1995 - Present
Attorney at LawWilliam H. Overman, PC1993 - 1995
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Elder Law FoundationDirector2008 - Present
Council of Advanced PractitionersMember2005 - Present
Lawyers Foundation of GeorgiaLife Fellow2004 - Present
State Bar of Georgia, Elder Law SectionMember2003 - Present
Special Needs AllianceMember2002 - Present
DeKalb Estate Planning CouncilMember1999 - Present
District of Columbia BarMember1995 - Present
Atlanta Bar AssociationMember1994 - Present
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysMember1994 - Present
State Bar of GeorgiaMember1993 - Present
Special Needs AllianceDirector2006 - 2009
State Bar of Georgia, Elder Law SectionChair2005 - 2007
American Bar AssociationMember1996 - 2010
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In Re: Matter of Shandra Tamkia TaylorPetition to Establish Special Needs Trust granted
In Re: Matter of James M. GodwinPetition for Judicial Reformation of Trust granted
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Publication nameTitleDate
Exceptional Parent"Does My Child Need a Guardian?"2004
"A Will is Not Enough in Georgia"Chapter 10: A Medicaid Qualifying Plan2004
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Emory University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
Trinity CollegePiano and Music TheoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1983
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Elder LawWhat's so Special about Special Needs Trusts?2011
Plaintiff's Personal InjurySpecial Needs Trusts and Set Asides2010
Park Springs Panel DiscussionPlanning for Aging2010
Elder LawWhat's so Special about Special Needs Trusts?2010
WellStar Luncheon Estate Planning ProgramElder and Special Needs Law Update2009
Plaintiff's Personal InjurySpecial Needs What? Know when Special Needs Trusts are Necessary2009
Special Needs TrustsSpecial Needs Trusts2008
Special Needs TrustsSpecial Needs Trusts2007
Special Needs TrustsSpecial Needs Trusts: Administration Issues2007
NAELA SymposiumMarketing a Special Needs Law Practice2007
Guest Professor of LawElder and Special Needs Law2007
GTLA Annual SeminarOverview of Special Needs Trusts for a Trial Attorney2004
Elder LawWhat is a Special Needs Trust and Why might my Client need One?2004