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I am an active member of the aging network and am involved in numerous professional organizations as well as active in my community where I currently serve on the Treasure Coast Hospice Foundation Board, the Transylvania County Library Foundation Board, and the Transylvania County Library Board of Trustees.


Practice areas


  1. Elder Law: 60%
    22 years, 3 thousand cases
  2. Estate Planning: 40%


Payment types:

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    I endorse this lawyer. She helped me start elder law years ago. She is excellent!


    Mark Roseman Elder law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

McCarthy, Summers, Bobko, Wood, Norman, Bass & Melby, P.A.

2400 SE Federal Hwy.
4th Floor
Stuart, FL, 34994


FLMember in Good Standing199206/20/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Women of Distinction - Business ProfessionalSoroptomist International2016
Member of the YearFlorida Bar Elder Law Section2004
Member of the YearFlorida Bar, Elder Law Section2001
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderMcCarthy, Summers, Bobko, Wood, Norman, Bass & Melby, P.A.2012 - Present
AttorneyMcGuire, Wood & Bissette, PA2010 - 2012
ShareholderThe Law Office of Nicola J. Melby2008 - 2010
ShareholderMcCarthy Summers Bobko Wood Sawyer & Perry, P.A.1997 - 2007
ShareholderThe Law Office of Nicola J. Melby1995 - 1997
AssociateNeill Griffin Jeffries & Lloyd1994 - 1995
Law Clerk to Honorable Gary M. FarmerFourth District Court of Appeals1992 - 1994
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Elder Law FoundationDirector2016 - Present
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysMember1995 - Present
Florida Bar Elder Law SectionMember1994 - Present
NC Chapter National Academy Elder Law AttorneysImmediate Past Chair2011 - 2012
North Carolina Bar Elder Law SectionChair Continuing Legal Education2008 - 2010
Joint Public Policy Taskforce: AFELA and Florida Bar Elder Law SectionMember2003 - 2004
Florida Bar Elder Law Certification CommitteeMember2000 - 2001
Florida Bar, Elder Law SectionCLE Chair1999 - 2001
Florida Bar Elder Law SectionSecretary1999 - 2000
Florida Academy of Elder Law AttorneysDirector1998 - 2004
Martin County Elder Law Probate and Guardianship CommitteeChair1998 - 1999
Florida Bar Elder Law SectionEditor Newsletter1997 - 2000
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Thomas v. Department of Children and FamiliesAppeal Granted Personal Care Contract Approved
Guardianship of Myrtle MackeyAppeal Granted
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Publication nameTitleDate
North Carolina Elder Law NewsletterTips and Tales2008
North Carolina Bar Education Law NewsletterLIFT: Inaugural Program a Success2008
Chapter 12 Florida Guardianship PracticeChapter 122005
Chapter 12 Florida Guardianship PracticeChapter 122002
The Florida Bar JournalRaising the Community Spouse resource allowance - what standard applies1997
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Stetson University College of LawLawMagna Cum Laude, J.D.1992
University of New HavenLaw Enforcement AdministrationSumma Cum Laude, B.S.1988
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Martin County Estate Planning CouncilCurrent Trends Elder Law 20132013
Elder Law ConcertStatewide Medicaid Managed Care2013
Alzheimer's Support MeetingPlanning for Long Term Care2013
NBIEstate Planning For Incapacity2010
FL Bar Elder Law Certification ReviewPre-Mortem Planning2010
NC Bar Association Elder Law SymposiumIncreasing the MMMNA; What about spousal refusal?2009
More than A Senior Moment: Dealing With Memory LossLegal Topis for Long Term Care2009
Stetson Special Needs Trust IVSpecial Needs Trusts and the Elective Share2002
6th Annual Public Benefits SeminarPublic Benefit Planning under the New Elective Share2002
NAELAMedicaid Planning by Guardians2001
Clients and Families at End of Life: A Guide to Advising and AdvocacyCrafting and Advance Directive for the Year 2000 and Beyond2000
Fundamentals of Incapacity and Medicaid PlanningTrusts for Lifetime Care1999
1998 Advanced Elder Law InstitutePersonal Care Contracts1998
Cruising Through Public Benefit LawIncreasing the CSRA and CSIA: The Fair Hearing Process and the Role of the Circuit Court1997