“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi
Victoria L. Collier, Certified Elder Law Attorney, Managing Partner
Estate Planning, Veterans Benefits & Medicaid Crisis Attorney
“You are not what I expected,” is what I hear from so many clients. I ask them, “What did you expect?” and the response is, “I expected an attorney like you see on TV, older with gray hair and stuff, but you’re not like that at all.” So maybe I’m not what you expected, but I am a huge fan of one-on-one attention and making your case a priority.
My love of senior citizens began at a young age. I was especially fond of my grandparents, who I spent a lot of time with in my early years. When they moved to Virginia, I was only 6 years old and missed them greatly. Unfortunately, they died at relatively young ages. Thus, I make sure that everyone who works for the Firm is passionate about helping seniors and families and is thoroughly trained to deliver the best service to our clients.
When I graduated from high school, I truly felt the void of grandparents. It was then that I went to work at a nursing home as a nurse’s aide. I also worked for home health companies as a companion caregiver for several years. Working as a nurse’s aide was truly the most rewarding job I have ever had – until I became a lawyer, of course! The people I met, the experiences we shared and the grief I held when my patients passed on, have provided me with sincere empathy and compassion to work with our current clients.
With a strong desire to go to college, I enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. My first learned skill was as a carpenter/mason. I loved working with my hands and working outside in an unconventional job, which has helped me in so many other areas of life. I then crossed trained to be a paralegal. I spent 6 years in the Air Force, during Desert Storm, which has engrained within me even more respect for our service men and women who served during WWII, Korean Conflict, and Vietnam Conflict.
My time in the Air Force helped me develop the tough skin of a lawyer and the compassion needed to work with people every day. I live everyday by my personal philosophy: Each person is an individual who deserves respect and the highest quality of life possible, regardless of age or ability.
Victoria is also the mother of twins Katherine and Christopher who, if you are our follower, you’ll occasionally see pictures and videos of on our Facebook page.
- Supreme Court of the United States, admitted 2009
- United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, admitted 2007
- Appointed by Governor Sonny Perdue, Georgia Council on Aging Board, 2010
- Fellow of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), Member since 2002
- NAELA, Georgia Chapter, Chair 2008-2009
- NAELA, VA Task Force, Chair 2015
- State Bar of Georgia, Elder Law Section, Chair 2009-2010
- Atlanta Bar Association, Elder Law Committee, Chair 2004-2005
- DeKalb County Distinguished Veteran Award 2013
- Lawyers with Purpose, Co-Founder
- Lawyers for Wartime Veterans, Co-Founder
- Academy of Special Needs Planners, Charter Member
- American Parkinson’s Disease Association, Georgia Chapter, Former Executive Board Member, Secretary
- 47 Secret Veterans’ Benefits for Seniors – Benefits You Have Earned…but Don’t Know About!
- Paying for Long Term Care, Financial Help for Wartime Veterans: The VA Aid & Attendance Benefit
- Don’t Go Broke In a Nursing Home, Georgia Edition, Co-Author
- Blooper Episodes in Estate Planning & Elder Law: Lessons from Prime Time TV, Co-Author
- The Road to Success, Co-Author with Best-Selling Author Jack Canfield