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Cynthia Jean Nelson

Elder law Attorney at Woodstock, GA

5.0   27 reviews

also known as Cindy Nelson


Licensed for 8 years

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About Cynthia

Learn Cynthia’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Elder law
    45%
    Our firm stands for preserving seniors’ independence and decision-making, while protecting them from what they fear most; becoming a burden on their families and losing their hard-earned life savings.

    10 years, 1,207 cases

  2. Trusts
    35%
    I use trusts to protect clients in a variety of different ways; protect their hard-earned, life savings from high medical costs, protect assets from subsequent marriages, ensure that their wishes are followed and protect their privacy.

    10 years, 317 cases

  3. Guardianship
    10%
    A court process to gain authority over another person who isn't able to make their our decisions to keep themselves safe.

    10 years, 44 cases

  4. Probate
    10%
    After a person dies, their executor will need to go through a complex court process to make sure that the creditors are paid and the assets are distributed to the correct people.

    10 years, 36 cases

I TAKE THE SCARY OUT OF GOING TO THE LAWYER.

Cindy Nelson is an attorney and founder of Nelson Elder Care Law in Woodstock, Ga. She specializes in offering peace of mind to families and their loved ones.  Most of us over 50 years of age have three primary concerns;

1.  Running out of money

2.  Becoming a burden on our loved ones

3.  Losing our independence

As an Elder Law Attorney, Cindy helps you navigate the complexities of the law, finances, healthcare, and medical benefits which are so critical to aging.  This includes guiding families that are trying to afford the high cost of nursing home care, protecting assets so an aging family member can live a life of dignity, working closely with clients and their families on estate planning, preparing critical decision-making documents, and advising families about options to avoid a crisis situation in the future.

Throughout her career in elder care law, Ms. Nelson has developed strategic relationships with state and federal legislators on behalf of Georgia Gerontology Society and the Area Agencies on Aging throughout Georgia. Most recently, Ms. Nelson was instrumental in strengthening Georgia legislation against elder abuse by the passage of HB78, the Elder Abuse Protection Modernization Act; securing an additional $2.7 million for senior services in Georgia for FY2015; and the implementation of the Georgia Alzheimer and Related Dementia plan.  Ms. Nelson has lived in northwest Georgia for more than 20 years and is passionate about improving life for Georgians as we age.

Prior to founding Nelson Elder Care Law, Ms. Nelson worked for a non-profit elder care law clinic, an elder law legal firm, the Georgia Long-term Care Ombudsman, a Superior Court Judge, and Cobb County Probate Judge Wolk.

Before her passion for elder care law, Ms. Nelson spent nearly 25 years working in the Information Technology sector for Fortune 100 companies. During this time, she developed an appreciation for the complexities associated with elder care law. She enrolled and received her Juris Doctorate from Southern Illinois University School of Law, where she was the recipient of the Lesar Scholarship for high achievement.

Ms. Nelson graduated cum laude from Millikin University with a bachelor’s degree in science. She is a member of the Georgia Bar, the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys, the Blue Ridge Bar Association and the Cherokee County Volunteer Aging Coucil.  She and her husband, Randy, have four children and three rescue dogs. 

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Licensed for 8 years
State GA
Status Active Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2014
Updated 11/03/2022

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

Contact Cynthia

Nelson Elder Care Law
2230 Towne Lake Pkwy
Building 1200, Suite 120
Woodstock, GA, 30189
Nelson Elder Care Law
2414 Dallas Highway
Suite 100
Marietta, GA, 30064
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Posted by Christina | October 28, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Wonderful, compassionate caring attorney.
Cindy Nelson helped me immensely with the estate planning of my mother. When it came time for her her unfortunate passing, she was there to help every step of the way. I can't express how greatfull I am for her and the entire firm at Nelson Elder Care.
Posted by anonymous | October 10, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Elder Care Attorney in the State of GA
Cindy Nelson was very helpful when the time came to get our legal matters in order. She was compassionate with our family drama. Cindy is very knowledgeable and most important will do the right things for the right reasons. Cindy's staff is very friendly and are all very helpful! I highly recommend Nelson Elder Care Law for your legal needs!
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Posted by anonymous | December 9, 2021
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Attorney Stephanie Beegle
Attorney Beegle did an exceptional job from start to finish with our living irrevocable trust. We have an adult child with a disability, so she went the extra mile to ensure that we did not make decisions that would have a negative impact on her . She was knowledgeable, caring and explained legal language that my husband and me were able to understand. I highly recommend Attorney Stephanie Beegle and the entire Nelson Elder Law staff especially if you have specifical needs.
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Posted by Harvey | August 14, 2020
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Elder Law Review
Enjoyed the interaction with all the Elder Law employees. A lot of Great information was presented and many, many questions were answered. Knew from my first meeting, that their team was what I was looking for. If you are Older and need trust information, they can help you set up the best trust to meet your goals.
Posted by Anne | May 3, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
I highly recommend Cindy Nelson. She did our trust, and we couldn't have found a better attorney. We are a blended family, and had many questions and concerns. Cindy was very knowledgeable and clear in her explanations, and made us feel comfortable. In fact, everyone in her office was very nice; the atmosphere in her office is so relaxed. It was a pleasure to work with her and we will definitely turn to her again with any future legal questions.
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Posted by Virginia | February 6, 2018
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Wonderful Staff
The level of care and understanding I received from her staff was incredible. The office environment is welcoming and supportive.
Posted by Sylvia | January 29, 2018
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Cindy Nelson, Elder Care Law LLC
Cindy Nelson and her staff did an excellent job on our Living Trust, Wills, Health Care Directive, Power Of Attorney and Living Wills. We are well pleased with everything, and you definitely met our expectations.
Posted by Lisa | December 15, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Experience!!
I moved from another state and had to have all my legal planning redone to meet the Georgia requirements. Cindy was wonderful and professional. She offered advice and I was able to get things updated for my current situation. The whole office was great and I will refer others to see Cindy.
Posted by Mandy | December 5, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Fears relieved!!
Simply The Best - Cindy is so pleasant and down to earth. She answered questions my mother had regarding Wills, Power of Attorney and provided information that will be incredibly helpful moving forward. Thank you so much, and our family looks forward to working with you and your staff!
Posted by Jacquelyn | November 17, 2017
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A much needed experience.
Cynthia Nelson expresses a passion for her work. She is very knowledgeable. I really appreciated the patience she showed to me as I had so many questions. She answered them all. My understanding was important to her.
Posted by anonymous | March 7, 2017
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Outstanding knowledge and service
“Our experience with Cynthia Nelson was excellent. She is very professional and went above and beyond to help us prepare our legal documents. We are looking forward to working with her again. I recommend Cynthia to anyone.”
Posted by Nancy McIntyre | March 3, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Will - Estate Planning
Met with Cindy to fulfill my legal planning needs. She was wonderful, very professional and knowledgeable. She was able to answer all my questions and offered advice on topics I didn't even consider. I was so impressed with her and her staff I've referred other family members to this office.
Posted by Janet | February 20, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Great Legal Assistance
After hearing a presentation Cindy made at a local retirement facility, my husband and I signed up to have all our estate planning documents done by Cindy and her firm. They did an excellent job, and worked hard to insure we were completely satisfied with the results. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking to have their will and estate planning documents created.
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Posted by Pat | October 20, 2016
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Great Elder Care Law Firm
Having attended Cindy Nelson's very informative seminars, I found I needed to update some of my legal documents. Cindy offers sound legal advice at a reasonable cost and is a great resource to families in need of help. I would highly recommend her services.
Posted by Shelley | October 10, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent resource
I help families move into an assisted living community. Cindy is a great resource and a wonderful educator. She makes people feel comfortable and helps them through sometimes difficult and stressful situations.
Posted by Whitney G | October 10, 2016
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| Consulted Attorney
The Best Elder Law Attorney
Cindy has to be the most down to earth elder law attorney I know. She is very compassionate about what she does and you can tell that her heart is in the right place. She is always giving back to the community!!
Posted by Deb | October 10, 2016
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| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Elder Care Attorney
I would highly recommend Cindy Nelson of Nelson Elder Care Law if you are in need of good, sound and practical legal advice to preserve your assets. Cindy will actually listen to you and provide you with sound legal and financial advice at a reasonable cost. Cindy will have your best interest at heart and you won’t have to take out a second mortgage to pay for this solid advice like you would with some other elder care attorneys. Choose Wisely – Choose Cindy!!!!
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Posted by Nathan | October 10, 2016
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| Consulted Attorney
Service above and beyond
I have had the pleasure of having Cindy lead information sessions and CEUs for my company. She goes above and beyond to help clients understand the importance and urgency of having documentation to protect their families as well as their assets. When necessary, Cindy will meet personally to further explain the intricacies of the documents. Our families have been very pleased with her knowledge and her work. I highly recommend her to families trying to navigate the world of legal documents pertaining to senior adults.
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Posted by Kimberly | October 10, 2016
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| Consulted Attorney
Cindy is someone you can trust w/Nelson Elder Law
I am a professional in the senior industry in our area and we use Nelson Elder Law as a speaker at many of our events/offerings for seniors. She speaks about benefits for seniors and legal documentation that is important for them to have in place when planning for their later years. The feedback that we receive from attendees of these events is always positive! Cindy presents the information in an easy to understand format and is always very detailed when answering questions that our informed seniors ask in relation to the information presented. I refer families that have questions about preparing themselves and/or their loved ones for their later years to Nelson Elder Law and trust that they'll be in good hands!
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Posted by Tom | February 17, 2016
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Great Experience
Cynthia at Nelson Elder Care Law explained important estate legal documents in a way that was easy to understand for my family. She was very sensitive to our needs (personally and financially). She also brought to our attention the things we had never even considered. She has prepared us for the future and we thank her and Nelson Elder Care Law for that.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.7 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney/Owner
  • Nelson Elder Care Law
  • 2014 - Present
  • Intern
  • Cobb County Probate Court
  • 2013 - 2013
  • Lobbyist for Seniors Rights
  • GA Area Agencies on Aging & GA Gerontology Society
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Legal Intern
  • Perry County Circuit Court
  • 2012 - 2012
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Education

  • Millikin University
  • N/A
  • Southern Illinois University
  • N/A

Associations

  • Aloha to Aging
  • Board Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Georgia Bar
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Norcross Meals on Wheels
  • Chairman of the Board
  • 2014 - Present
  • Cherokee Volunteer Aging Council
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • National Aging in Place Council
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • National Association of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Georgia Super Lawyer
  • Georgia Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • 10 Best Client Satisfaction
  • America's Institute of Legal Counsel
  • 2018
  • Excellence in Customer Service Award
  • Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of Legal Counsel
  • 2017
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2017
  • Law Practice Management
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award
  • 2013
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Publications

  • The Society of Certified Senior Advisors Journal
  • Finding the Help That Matters: The Best Dementia Tools and Resources
  • 2021
  • The Society of Certified Senior Advisors Journal
  • IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR WAR-TIME VETERANS
  • 2019
  • Canton Life Magazine
  • Trusts Aren't Just for Millionaires
  • 2017

Speaking Engagements

  • Wellstar Good Life Club
  • Navigating the Senior Years
  • 2017
  • Georgia State University Gerontology Class
  • Elder Law 101
  • 2017
  • Georgia Retired Educators Association
  • Navigating the Senior Years
  • 2017
  • National Association of Money Managers - Atlanta Chapter
  • Paying for Aging
  • 2017
  • Georgia Retired Employees Annual Meeting
  • The Senior Years
  • 2016
  • Retired Georgia Employees Conference
  • Navigating the Senior Years
  • 2016
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (7)
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Elder law Attorney | Oct 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have the honor and privilege of knowing this extraordinary attorney through our mutual professional law firm development organization that we are both involved. I highly recommend and endorse this attorney as being one of the finest individuals and professionals that a client could ever have. Attorney Stephen Rue"
Elder law Attorney | Sep 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Cindy Is caring and concerned with a holistic approach to her clients. She goes above and beyond and is very trustworthy. Cindy will give you great legal planning."
Elder law Attorney | Jul 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. The word that comes to mind when I consider Cynthia is trust. I know I can trust her and her law firm and would not hesitate to engage her services for my own family."
Elder law Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Cindy is a highly competent elder law attorney. She works tirelessly for her clients and I would recommend her to anyone looking for an elder law or estates and trust attorney!"
Elder law Attorney | Sep 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Elder law Attorney | Aug 05
Relationship: Other
"Cindy is very knowledgeable in both Medicaid and VA Benefit arenas. Her staff's professionalism is exceptional and exhibit a high level of care toward their clients. I would recommend Cindy to anyone in need of her services."
Elder law Attorney | Mar 12
Relationship: Co-worker
"Cynthia Nelson is an outstanding attorney with strong, broad knowledge of Elder Law and Estate Planning. She is passionate about helping individuals and families to plan for their futures, and is always sincere and considerate in her efforts. I highly recommend Attorney Nelson's work; she is professional, capable, and well-respected."
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