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Letha Sgritta McDowell, CELA, CAP
PO Box 3370 Kitty Hawk, NC 27949-5370
(252) 722-2890
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About the Practice
Letha McDowell is licensed to practice in both the Commonwealth of Virginia and the state of North Carolina and she actively practices in both states. Ms. McDowell is a Certified Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation and she is Board Certified as a specialist in Elder Law by the North Carolina State Bar. Ms. McDowell practices primarily in the areas of Estate Planning, Elder Law, Long-term Care Planning, Estate and Trust Administration, Asset Protection Planning, Small Business Planning and Tax Law. Ms. McDowell is also accredited to prepare and prosecute claims with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Ms. McDowell is an active member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and she is the current Treasurer of the North Carolina Bar Association Elder Law Section. She is active on the Elder Law Section Councils for both the North Carolina Bar Association and the Virginia Bar Association.
Letha Sgritta McDowell is licensed to practice in both the Commonwealth of Virginia and the State of North Carolina, and she actively practices in both states with the Hook Law Center. Ms. McDowell is a Certified Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation, a Board-Certified Specialist in Elder and Special Needs Law by the North Carolina State Bar, and a member of NAELA’s Council of Advanced Practitioners. Ms. McDowell is a member the Virginia State NAELA Chapter and is on the Board of Directors for the North Carolina State NAELA Chapter. She is also a contributing author to the Special Needs Trust Handbook and on the editorial board of Trusts & Estates Magazine. In addition to professional organizations, Ms. McDowell is active in her home community of the Outer Banks of North Carolina and teaches fitness classes at the Outer Banks Family YMCA.
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Tips On Running a Successful (Profitable) PracticeOften great lawyers are found in struggling practices because great legal skills don’t always equate to great business skills. This session will focus on the “nuts and bolts” of running a law firm as a business, including time management and time keeping, managing systems, leverage, efficiency, and more. All of which add up to a practice which is as financially rewarding as it is spiritually. Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss various methods of law practice management which have been successful, and analyze how they may adopt and apply similar methods to their own practices.
2019 NAELA Annual Conference RoundupFull of old-west-themed entertainment, shopping, and museums, Fort Worth was the perfect city to host this year’s Annual Conference.
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2019 Annual Conference: Steer Yourself to Ft. Worth for the 2019 Annual ConferenceTechnical and critical business skill-based sessions for elder and special needs law practices. May 9–11, 2019, Ft. Worth, Texas
How to Protect Aged Injury Victims: Implications For Trial LawyersSuffering a personal physical injury can create difficult challenges both financially and emotionally for even the strongest among us. What happens when people are advanced in age and suffer a personal physical injury?
Tech Tips for an Elder Law PracticeIncludes tips covering software, hardware, social media, productivity, security, managing people, cloud computing, mobile devices, apps, and more.
Advanced Medicaid Planning 2017reviews some common and not so common asset protection strategies that can be used when planning for Medicaid benefits for your clients. Come hear some twists on old strategies and some new and advanced strategies which you can add to your Medicaid planning tool bag.
Asset Protection Planning for Blended FamiliesIn the blended family context, many of the elder law attorney's common asset protection planning techniques have the potential to cause disruption and damage to delicate family relationships if not employed with care. Based on the NAELA Journal article Asset Protection Planning for Blended Families, By Letha Sgritta McDowell, CELA, and Jonathan G. Blattmachr. This recording is free for members.
Housing and Residents' Rights AdvocacyDiscussion of housing counseling, including reviewing the alternatives available and their financing such as: renovation loan programs, life care contracts, home equity conversion, reverse and other mortgage options. Resident Rights Advocacy, including advising patients and residents of hospitals, nursing facilities, continuing care retirement communities, assisted living facilities, adult care facilities, and those cared for in their homes of their rights and appropriate remedies in matters such as admission, transfer and discharge.
Future Path for Strengthening Legal ServicesAlthough OAA reauthorization remains a work in progress, this session explores implications for legal services/elder rights based on the current political landscape. The goal for this workshop-no matter what the status of reauthorization-is to explore ways to reinvigorate legal services/elder rights advocacy and re-energize advocates. Panelists and colleagues brainstorm on how elder rights advocates can best move forward to ensure strong legal assistance and elder rights systems in the future.
Create and Maintain a Special Education Law PracticeRepresenting children with special education needs under the IDEA is fascinating, but challenging. The IDEA and related protections for students with disabilities will be discussed, along with practical tips for attorneys interested in entering or expanding into this field of law.
Asset Protection Planning for Blended FamiliesThe phrase “asset protection planning” means a variety of things depending on who is asking for protection and the type of professional who hears the question.
2016 Annual ConferenceThe 2016 NAELA Annual Conference was held in Denver, Colo., April 14-16. This year’s conference presentations were centered around three major learning tracts — Provision, Protection, and Prosperity.