Estate Planning and Elder Law

The Elder Law Attorney’s Role

Elder Law attorneys assist senior citizens, people living with disabilities, and their families with the unique legal issues these individuals face. These issues include the following:
  • Preparation of estate planning documents such as Last Wills and Testaments, Durable General Powers of Attorney, Health Care Powers of Attorney, Living Wills, Revocable Living Trusts, Irrevocable Trusts including Medicaid Asset Protection Trusts
  • Assistance with Medicaid, Medicare, the North Carolina Special Assistance Program, Social Security, and SSI, including the protection of assets for an individual, a spouse, a disabled child, and/or other family members
  •  Probate of Wills and Administration of Estates of decedents and Guardianship Estates
  • Guardianship and Incompetency Proceedings
  • Veteran’s Aid and Attendance Pension and other Veteran’s Benefits
  • Special Needs Trusts and Supplemental Needs Trusts for individuals with disabilities 

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Amanda Spence  has been practicing law since 1995 and has counseled hundreds of clients  in elder law , probated and estate planning matters.

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Amanda Spence, Attorney

 Amanda Spence attorney

A native of North Carolina, Amanda has practiced Elder Law in Raleigh for over 25 years. She grew up in Smithfield before attending college at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she served as the Managing Editor of The Daily Tar Heel newspaper and was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. She received a Bachelor of Arts with Honors from UNC in 1991. During law school at the University of North Carolina, she served as a Note Editor of the North Carolina Law Review. She received a Juris Doctor with Honors from the University of North Carolina in 1994.

Amanda’s law practice is devoted to serving the needs of the elderly, individuals with disabilities, and their families. She assists clients with estate planning, estate administration, special needs trusts, and guardianship. She helps clients protect their assets from the catastrophic costs of nursing home care, and she has represented clients in Medicaid applications and appeals in counties throughout North Carolina. She is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and the North Carolina Bar Association. She has been accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs to assist veterans with claims for benefits.

What Clients Are Saying About Amanda

“(The clients I referred to you) said how very pleased they were with your work…. They praised your pro-active approach and problem-solving, and thanked me for referring them to you…”

“I just wanted to say I am so grateful I found you! You have guided me through the most painful period I have ever gone through….You have gone above and beyond in helping me navigate this estate. You were patient and kind when unexpected and difficult things arose. Just wanted you to know you are an awesome lawyer!”

Amanda I just wanted to say again how much I appreciate what you did for us.… if anyone needs your services that I am aware of I will surely send them your way.”


Resources to Help Seniors Live Independently

We all would prefer to live in our own home or apartment, rather than moving to a nursing home or assisted living facility. Unfortunately, if a senior does not have family living in the area who can check in on them or help with transportation to doctors’ appointments or grocery stores, they may...

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