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Shelley Ann Elder

Estate planning Attorney at Kennesaw, GA

5.0   37 reviews
  • State Years
    Georgia - GA 16 years
    Virginia - VA 30 years
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State GA
    Acquired 2008
    Status
    Active Member in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State VA
    Acquired 1993
    Status
    Retired No misconduct found

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KENNESAW REAL ESTATE, BUSINESS & ESTATE PLANNING ATTORNEY. READ MY REVIEWS & CALL 404 666-8634

Hello and welcome to my Avvo profile! My name is Shelley Elder and I have been practicing law for over 20 years. I am admitted in the state of Georgia and Virginia to practice law. I specialize in estate planning to include wills, trusts, probate, and guardianship. I ensure all of my clients' needs are identified and met in the most beneficial way possible.

If you are looking for a knowledgeable and friendly attorney to handle your legal matters, then please call me for a consultation.

Awards

Top Contributor 2016,2015,2014
Top Contributor
2016 2015 2014
Client's Choice 2014
Client's Choice
2014

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Location

Elder Law Firm, PLLC
1300 Ridenour Boulevard Suite 100
Kennesaw, GA, 30152

Reviews

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Client's Choice 2014
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | October 21, 2013
Highly recommended! Great Attorney
I have utilized Elder Law Firm on multiple occasions for Wills, Trusts and Real Estate transactions. Excellent attorney and highly recommended!
Posted by Bob | June 4, 2011
Protected us.
The Real Estate bubble bursting was devastating to our Investment Holdings. We were panicking until we left a highly regarded, but impersonal law practice, choosing instead the highly personal interest and calming counsel of the professional who is Shelley Elder. She guided us through the adversity, worrisome issues, and emotion anyone would have in our situation to an optimal outcome that could not have been better. Now we are scheduling our Will updates knowing we have a family and businesses lawyer for life - ready to represent us no matter what the issue. A huge area of stress is gone, and legal matters will never again be a concern for us. Shelley is the best you will find. We are in our 60's. We've worked with a large enough number in the past to know.
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Posted by Maricel | December 15, 2022
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Highly recomended
She has been very helpful, makes everything easy for you, and explains the whole process in full detail. Highly recommend her!
Posted by James | January 4, 2018
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Fishing Buddies
By my second appointment, I felt like Shelly and I could be fishing buddies. She is friendly, efficient and makes you want to give her a hug when see her. Her staff is top notch as well.
Posted by Gail | July 4, 2015
Highly recommend
feel like I have known Shelley longer than our one time meeting. She gave us that warm and fuzzy feeling you don't expect from a lawyer. The best part is she is competent and provided us with more than we could have asked for. Our wishes were met and complemented with her expertise!
Posted by anonymous | April 6, 2015
Great Experience
Ms. Elder worked with my family to provide us with a Last Will and Testament, Power of Attorney documents, and a Special Needs Trust. The attorney is very knowledgeable and seems to really care about her clients. We would definitely recommend Elder Law Firm to others!
Posted by Mimi | September 23, 2014
A Skillful Attorney, with Generosity of Spirit
I had consulted with various Tennessee bankruptcy attorneys in regards to filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, as a result of my divorce. I was either belittled, insulted or told that it was impossible to turn my life around, through inevitable bankruptcy, by each and every attorney. Shelley had previously assisted my mother, and myself, with legal matters, to include a will and a trust. I turned to Shelley upon returning to Atlanta, and was immediately reassured and confident that we could obtain justice through the court system. As usual, Shelley was extremely cognizant of the law and knowledgeable in all matters. She, and her team, are consistent, patient and compassionate. Shelley has become a friend, who is always available for consultation. My life is literally renewed, through her guidance and expertise, and I am eternally grateful. I highly recommend Shelley Elder, and her team, for anyone seeking an attorney with whom they can trust.
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Posted by Jim | July 3, 2014
Shelley Elder is Awesome!!!
I trust Shelly and her firm with all my family's legal affairs. She has done so much for us in guiding us in the right direction as far as Estate and Trust planning is concerned. We would refer her to any of our friends and anyone who was looking for a great financial minded attorney. Shelley is awesome at what she does and so is her team! She also recently helped me set up an LLC and a small business agreement and did an amazing job!
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Posted by Leah | June 8, 2014
Shelley actually saved our life!
I was recommended by a close friend of mine over 40 years. So when a friend like that tells you about an attorney thats trustworthy, you can take that to the bank. Shelley treated us as if we were family and that gave us so much comfort. She took all of our worries away & I don't know what I would have done without her. So knowledgeable & that's what you need when you need an attorney. I feel like she gave us a 2nd look at life and that has given me the desire to keep my finances in order & never get in that kind of debt again. You can't go wrong my calling on her if you ever need an attorney!
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Posted by Tom | May 28, 2014
A Lawyer you can trust.
I have known Shelley for about 5 years and in that time she is not only my Attorney but has also become a good friend. Shelley has updated my Family Trust, she set up a partner agreement and she was very helpful when I sold our business. I have also referred her to several friends that have also used her services and are also very happy. I do and will continue to utilize Shelley's services and will refer her to anyone I know when they need an attorney.
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Posted by John | May 28, 2014
Very professional, and detailed !!
My wife and I would recommend Shelley to anyone that is needing her her type of expertise. She is incredibly detailed, very knowledgeable, and really helped make our situation seamless. I can't imagine getting better care with more detail, and in a timely matter. We refer everybody to her with the assurance they are in the best hands they can be in.
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Posted by Brian | May 27, 2014
Amazing Experience
As going through a divorce, I found myself in a scary financial situation in which I had no idea what to do. At the time, I didn't know what my options were. The last think I ever wanted to do was to file bankruptcy because I thought it would be a very negative thing to do and would hinder me financially for the rest of my life. I contacted Shelly and explained to her that I was very nervous about my situation and consulted her about my options and repercussions on filing bankruptcy. Shelly made the whole process very clear to me and explained my options. Shelly also set my mind at ease by explaining the effects of the options in which we were discussing. Going ahead with bankruptcy appeared to be my only option at that time in my life. Shelly make the whole process from beginning to end very painless. Shelly was very professional and walked me through every step of the way. The result was very favorable and I could not have been more Blessed, having her represent me through life's most scariest and challenging time. To this day, years later, if I have any questions pertaining financial questions that come up as a result of the bankruptcy, Shelly and her staff are more than willing to assist!! I am hear to say that although I may had been nervous, thinking I would never be able to have credit again, I had been able to purchase a new family van at a great interest rate and am now looking at being approved for another home mortgage loan. I had recommended Shelly to a colleague of mine a year ago and I heard nothing but praises from his experience. Thank you Shelly for helping me get my life back on track - You have been a Blessing to me and I pray success on you and your business!
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Posted by Al | May 27, 2014
Excellent Process. Shelley cares !
Shelley helped me with Power of Attorney documents for my family. The experience was very pleasant. Shelley took the time to explain what each document meant and their importance. She was patient and informative with the process. She has a big heart and it shows with the way she cares for her clients. I will use her again and again for my future family planning needs.
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Posted by Louie | May 8, 2014
Great Attorney!
Shelley was personable and down to earth with her evaluation of my case. She asked me what I wanted and expected, all the while evaluating my needs and concerns. She laid out my options and made it clear about what I could expect. She did not tell me what I should do, but instead laid out a plan based on my goals. She communicated the process and helped me work through to a successful outcome. I have already recommended her to several people I know and will continue to do so.
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Posted by Ashley | May 6, 2014
Bankruptcy attorney
I would highly recommend Shelley as your attorney. She is more than willing to go that extra mile. My husband & I had to file bankruptcy last year and Shelley was extremely knowledgeable throughout the entire process. She held our hands, walked us through the steps and was available anytime we needed her to answer questions, address concerns or calm our nerves!
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Posted by Marita | May 2, 2014
5 Star Quality
I was going through a terrible time in my life, I was nervous and anxious. Shelley held my hand through my ordeal and assured me she had my back. I am so appreciative of her taking the extra step, it really spoke volumes to me. I would highly recommend her to any freind or family of mine.
Posted by anonymous | May 1, 2014
Wills
Shelley provided excellent guidance when she prepared my will after my divorce. In addition to my will, she advised me to prepare Medical and General Power of Attorney for my children who were no longer minors. I now have peace of mind knowing these important documents are in place. I am confident referring my clients and my friends to Shelley, knowing she will handle a sensitive matter professionally and efficiently.
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Posted by Jessica | May 1, 2014
Top Notch!
We utilized Shelley for our will preparation and real estate trust. Her expertise and caring nature set her apart from the rest. We felt she truly understood our interests.
Posted by anonymous | May 1, 2014
Recommend without reservation
Shelley has assisted me as well as several clients and friends with various services including wills, trusts and bankruptcies. She is the perfect combination of knowledge AND understanding. Many situations she deals with are very sensitive and her caring way makes things easier.
Posted by anonymous | April 21, 2014
Elder and her Team; Diligent and Compassionate
I had the best experience (given the circumstance) working with Shelley and her Team. Everyone had an input in my case and each of them was responsive, professional, knowledgable and compassionate. The most important of all things to me was that I never felt judged and always felt very comfortable sharing intimate details with them. I felt as if She and her Team took my case to heart and treated me as if I were family. Each phone call and each visit, they were consistent in their direction, motives and their moods- which was important to me. They are always happy and very easy to interact with during the entire time. I would absolutely recommend Shelley and her Team in a time of need. She works extremely hard to pull off the impossible and never lets you feel the pressure. They will help you through a very trying time and make you feel like you made the right choice.
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AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Georgia State Counsel
  • Entrust Solutions
  • 2012 - Present
  • Owner and Practicing Attorney
  • Elder Law Firm
  • 1992 - Present

Education

  • Widener University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1989
  • University of Delaware
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1979

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Attorney
  • Won

Associations

  • Academy of Special Needs Planners
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Georgia Association of Women Attorneys
  • Board Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Elder Care Matters
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Cobb County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Kennesaw Mayor and Council Award for Volunteering and Support
  • City of Kennesaw
  • 2018
  • KBA Business of the Year
  • Kennesaw Business Association
  • 2018
  • Top 25 Small Business of the Year
  • Cobb Chamber of Commerce
  • 2018
  • Kennesaw's Citizen of the Year
  • City of Kennesaw
  • 2018
  • Walter Zeller Award to eliminate neonatal tetanus
  • Kiwanis
  • 2017
  • Sam Olens Award for Charitable Giving
  • Cobb Chamber of Commerce
  • 2017
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Speaker on Special Needs Trusts
  • Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia
  • 2013
  • Volunteer Award for work with battered women
  • Hanover Safeplace
  • 2000
  • Appellate Advocacy Award
  • Moot Court Honor Society
  • 1989
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Publications

  • nolo.com
  • Bankruptcy Misconceptions: Separating Fact From Fiction
  • 2014
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Speaking Engagements

  • Georgia State Bar Association
  • Bankruptcy for Special Needs Individuals
  • 2013
  • Elder Care Matters
  • Estate Admin Issue
  • 2013
  • Monthly Luncheon
  • Bankruptcy for Accountants
  • 2011
  • Annual Conference for Women in Accounting
  • Special Needs Trusts
  • 2011
  • American Bar Association, Banking and Business Section, Small Business Subcommittee
  • Business Organization and Regulations
  • 2000
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Attorney endorsements

Received (71)
Given (74)
Endorse Shelley
Business Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Shelley is an excellent attorney committed to providing the highest quality representation to clients. I endorse this attorney without reservation."
Estate planning Attorney | Dec 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Knowledgeable, talented and willing to help."
Business Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Mrs. Elder. Very experienced and caring attorney who achieves great results in representing clients! I want all people to contact her for help."
Probate Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 03
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer for always putting the clients needs first."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Elder is knowledgeable and experienced in her areas of practice."
Business Attorney | Jan 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Dec 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is a credit to the profession."
Probate Attorney | Dec 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer Well respected, hard working advocate."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Dec 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 26
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Probate Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She gives excellent advice, and provides great insight to users on Avvo."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Shelley is the go to estate planning attorney in her area. She should be the top of everyone' s list of estate planning lawyers to call."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Oct 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 27
Relationship: Other
"Ms. Elder has a wealth of knowledge in her practice areas as exemplified by the excellent responses she provides here on Avvo. A client couldn't do better by seeking advice from Ms. Elder for any legal matter."
Probate Attorney | Oct 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the opportunity to interact with Ms. Elder within the Avvo community. She consistently provides clear, precise, and practical responses to a variety of questions. She is a great part if this community. For that reason, I endorse Ms. Elder."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Her skill in the area of bankruptcy is obvious from her always cogent responses to questions."
Probate Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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