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David L. McGuffey is in private practice in Georgia, with a primary office in Dalton and Cartersville. David spends most of his time helping elders, caregivers and individuals with special needs. This means David helps elders and their caregivers, as well as persons with disabilities. We help elders and individuals with special needs find, get and pay for good long-term care. David is certified as an Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation.


David speaks regularly on Elder Law issues and special needs issues. If you need a speaker for your event, feel free to contact us at our Dalton office.



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Practice areas


  1. Elder Law: 70%
  2. Medicaid & Medicare: 10%
  3. Estate Planning: 10%
  4. Guardianship: 5%
  5. Probate: 5%



Hourly ($400/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Cynthia Barron Mead

    I endorse this lawyer. David is one of Georgia's pioneering Elder Law attorneys. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of Elder Law, which he generously shares with both clients and colleagues.


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Contact info

Elder Law Practice Of David L. McGuffey, LLC

400 N. Selvidge Street
P.O. Box 2023
Dalton, GA, 30722

1124 Tennessee Street
Suite 103
Cartersville, GA, 30120



MIActive And In Good Standing200305/14/2016
GAActive Member in Good Standing 199307/15/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Pro Bono Honor RollState Bar of Georgia2005
John Regan Writing AwardNAELA2004
Certified Elder Law AttorneyNational Elder Law Foundation2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerElder Law Practice of David L. McGuffey, LLC2003 - Present
PartnerLovingood McGuffey, P.C.2010 - 2012
Managing AttorneyElder Law Practice of Timothy L. Takacs, LLC2006 - 2007
PartnerClements & McGuffey, LLC2001 - 2002
AssociateCoppedge & Leman Pc1996 - 2000
AssociateLaw Offices of O. Hale Almand, Jr.1995 - 1996
Corporate SpecialistKing & Spalding LLP1993 - 1995
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysCouncil of Advanced Practioners2012 - Present
Georgia NAELA ChapterBoard Member2012 - Present
Continuity of Law Practice Committee - State Bar of GeorgiaCommittee Member2010 - Present
Georgia Appleseed: Elder Competency Project Advisory CommitteeCommittee Member2010 - Present
Special Needs AllianceMember2009 - Present
Michigan Bar AssociationMember2003 - Present
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysMember2001 - Present
Tennessee Bar AssociationMember2001 - Present
State Bar of GeorgiaMember1993 - Present
Northwest Georgia office of Georgia Alzheimer's chapterBoard MemberN/A
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMemberN/A
Northwest Georgia Health Care PartnershipBoard MemberN/A
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysBoard Member (beginning June 2012)2012 - 2016
National Elder Law FoundationBoard Member2011 - 2013
National Elder Law FoundationAppeals Committee2010 - 2010
Life Care Planning Law Firms AssociationBoard Member2009 - 2012
Georgia State Bar Elder Law SectionChairman2007 - 2010
American Association for Justice, Nursing Homes Litigation GroupChair2006 - 2007
Tennesse Bar Association - Elder Law SectionChairman2004 - 2005
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In re Estate of SmithRuling in favor of Estate
Brogdon v. National Healthcare CorporationMotion to Dismiss grnt'd in part denied in part
Gee v. ReingoldJudgment for Defendant
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Georgia State University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
Georgia State UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1987
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
ICLE of Georgia Special Needs TrustSpecial Needs Trusts: Basics & Beyond2016
2016 National Conferenec on GuardianshipGuardianship Litigation2016
NAELA Annual MeetingGuardianship Litigation2015
Ohio NAELA Chapter CELA TrainingMedicaid and Nursing Home Advocacy2014
Georgia NAELA Fall MeetingMedicaid Fair Hearings2014
Special Needs TrustsHow the Affordable Care Act Will Impact Special Needs Trust Practice2012
National Aging & Law InstituteConflicts of Interest Encountered by Special Needs Attorneys and Trustees2012
National Aging & Law InstituteGuardianship Litigation2012
WOW 3DAsk the Experts (Moderator)2011
Elder Law with David L. McGuffeyElder Law and Estate Planning2011
Elder Law RadioWeekly Radio Show on WBLJ12302011
Senior Moments (Peggy Stanfield Show)Estate Planning2010
Elder MediationElder Law (8 Hour Basics Course)2010
Elder Law BasicsCapacity Issues2010
CABIA Brain Injury ConferenceSpecial Needs Trusts2010
NAMI - Chapter MeetingSpecial Needs Trusts2009
LCPLFA Fundamentals CourseFundamentals of Life Care Planning2009
LCPLFA CLEGoing to Court to Increase Medicaid Spousal Allowances2009
In the TrenchesUsing Trusts in Planning for VA Benefits2009
Elder MediationElder Law (8 Hour Basics Course)2009
Elder LawUsing Trusts in Planning for VA Benefits2009
Elder LawLong-Term Care Medicaid2009
CCMSA MeetingLife Care Planning2009
Elder MediationElder Law (8 Hour Basics Course)2008
Elder Law: Basics Everyone Should KnowBasic Long Term Care Planning2008
Life Care Planning for the Elderly Client: Fundamentals and PracticeLife Care Planning2007
First Annual MeetingWhat Does Good Care Look Like2007
Elder Law Practice for the General PractitionerLitigation Proceeds: Liens and Client Funds2007
Elder Law for the General PractitionerEthics and Elder Law Practice2007
Elder Law for the General PractitionerCounseling Domestic Law Clients Where One Spouse is Disabled2007
Annual SymposiumWorking with Litigation Counsel in Nursing Home Litigation Cases2007
Advanced Nursing Home LitigationThe Top Ten Nursing Home Decisions in the Past Year2007
Mid-Winter ConventionSpecial Needs Trusts2006
2006 ConventionSpecial Needs Trusts2006
Nursing Home LitigationArbitration Agreements in Nursing Home Contracts2005
Basics of Elder LawEthics and Elder Law Practice2005
2005 Elder Law SeminarBorder States - Medicaid in Tennessee2005
8th Annual Elder Law SymposiumDeveloping an Elder-Centered Elder Law Practice2004