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The Estate & Asset Protection Law Firm Owner, Shannon Pawley, Explains What It Means To Be A Healthcare Advocate

The Estate & Asset Protection Law Firm Owner, Shannon Pawley, writes about the many legal documents that are under the umbrella of an Advance Directive.

DECATUR, GA, May 31, 2023: Shannon Pawley, Owner of The Estate & Asset Protection Law Firm, has posted a new article on the law firm’s website entitled “What It Means To Be A Healthcare Advocate,” in which Ms. Pawley emphasizes the importance of this role.

Pawley writes, “You may have heard the terms ‘healthcare advocate’ and/or ‘patient advocate.’ These terms are used interchangeably in addition to medical advocate, patient liaison, patient representative, and health advocate.” She continues, “They all basically mean the same thing. The role of a healthcare advocate, no matter what they are called where you live is identical which is to help a patient communicate with their healthcare providers, so they get the information they need to make decisions about their health care.”

In defining who needs a healthcare advocate, Pawley states, “Anyone having to navigate the increasingly complex and confusing healthcare system may benefit from the services of a healthcare advocate. However,” she adds, “some seniors and those who are cognitively challenged definitely need someone to function in this role on their behalf. In fact, the law says that you need a healthcare advocate if you have difficulty in any one of these areas:

  • understanding relevant information
  • retaining information
  • using or weighing information (for example being able to see the advantages or disadvantages in different options)
  • communicating your views, wishes and feelings.”

As Pawley goes on to explain, “anyone of any age with a serious chronic illness would have more time to focus on healing if they have a healthcare advocate taking care of the mundane setting of appointments and dealing with the insurance companies.”

As Pawley notes, “A healthcare advocate could be a family member, friend, trusted coworker, or a hired professional. The idea is to select someone who can ask questions, write down information, and speak up for you so you can better understand your illness and get the care and resources you need.”

The entire article can be read at LINK HERE

About The Estate & Asset Protection Law Firm

The Estate & Asset Protection Law Firm was established to serve the legal needs of retiring citizens. The Firm focuses its entire practice on providing strategies to protect independence, privacy, assets and taxes from the government. Shannon Pawley has grown her law practice by providing excellent customer satisfaction with personalized wealth protection plans.

About Shannon M. Pawley, J.D., LL.M

As the owner of The Estate & Asset Protection Law Firm, Shannon M. Pawley and her entire team share a passion which focuses on being able to serve the legal needs of retiring individuals. In our firm, WE BELIEVE that people should not have to lose everything they’ve worked a lifetime to earn and that every person is an individual who deserves respect and the highest quality of life possible, regardless of age or ability. We also believe that privacy and protection are the keys to personal peace. Born and raised in the Tidewater area of Virginia to a tightknit family with strong military service roots, Shannon learned from an early age the value of hard work and the importance of social awareness to ensure you always leave a situation in a better place than how you entered it. In her junior year of high school, Shannon served as U.S. House of Representatives Page during the 101st United States Congressional Session in Washington, D.C. This experience exposed her to numerous new cultures and worldly issues. Walking away from her experience as a U.S. House of Representative Page, Shannon knew that she wanted to pursue legal studies and be able to assist others in obtaining the best results available in difficult situations.

Shannon earned her undergraduate degree at North Carolina Wesleyan College and pursued a law degree from Michigan State University College of Law. After obtaining her law degree and becoming a licensed attorney in Michigan, she continued her educational pursuit by acquiring a LL.M. (Master of Law) in Taxation from Wayne State University. After moving to Georgia in 2018, Shannon obtained her Georgia law license and has enjoyed being able to pursue her desire of ensuring persons are able to age with dignity, grace and independence.


Looking to find an experienced estate lawyer in the Georgia area who is skilled in asset protection and estate plan preparation? Shannon Pawley is an attorney in Georgia with expertise in estate planning and asset protection. Shannon can provide assistance with creating an estate plan to include making a will and how to establish a trust properly. If you have questions about asset protection or questions about making an estate plan, reach out to Shannon and she will be glad to help answer all the estate planning questions you might have!

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