The Estate & Asset Protection Law Firm Managing Partner, Shannon Pawley, Talks About Being Particularly Alert To Suicidal Indicators During The COVID-19 Pandemic.
Estate & Asset Protection Attorney and Managing Partner, Shannon Pawley writes about National Suicide Prevention Month and calls for greater attention to loved ones who may be suffering from isolation during the pandemic. She points out that the elderly, caregivers and veterans are most susceptible.
DECATUR, GA, September 25, 2020: Shannon Pawley, Managing Partner of The Estate & Asset Protection Law Firm, has posted a new article on the law firm’s website entitled “The Dangers Of COVID-19 Protective Measures To Elderly, Caregivers and Veterans,” in which Ms. Pawley recognizes the susceptibility of certain members of the population who may be feeling more isolated and depressed during the pandemic.
Pawley states, “September is National Suicide Awareness Month. This year,” she continues, “in the midst of COVID-19 protective measures, we must be more attentive to signs of suicidal thoughts and behaviors among our loved ones.” She continues, “That’s because the very behaviors designed to protect us from COVID-19 are precisely the conditions that are known to cause depression and suicidal thoughts among everyone and especially the most vulnerable populations. I’m referring to the social distancing, isolation, and economic stress.”
As Pawley points out, “Among the most vulnerable members of the population who may be considering suicide more frequently now are the elderly, caregivers, and veterans. In some cases,” she adds, “you will find people in their 60’s living with and caring for their parents who are in their late 80s and 90s. This kind of scenario, even under the best circumstances poses a perfect storm for depression and suicidal thoughts. With the social restrictions imposed today, the situation can be unbearable for all parties involved. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) nearly 31% of unpaid family caregivers reported seriously considering suicide.”
“Even before COVID-19 infected the world,” Pawley states, “ here in the U.S., suicides have been very high among our veterans. In fact, prior to the restrictive shelter in place orders imposed to protect us from COVID-19, and before the unemployment due to COVID-19, according to statistics, more than 20 American veterans took their lives every day. Now, with the ongoing financial economic and stress, on top of the social isolation, experts expect those numbers to increase.”
The entire article can be read at https://www.elderlawgeorgia.com/blog/the-dangers-of-covid-19-protective-measures-to-elderly-caregivers-and-veterans/
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. Victoria Collier has grown her law practice and financial services practice by providing excellent customer satisfaction with personalized wealth protection plans.
About Victoria Collier
Victoria L. Collier, CELA founded The Estate & Asset Protection Law Firm to serve the legal needs of retiring individuals. Victoria is also Co-Founder of Red Feather Financial. At both firms 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.
Victoria enlisted in the U.S. Air Force during Desert Storm, 1989-1995, and also served in the U.S. Army Reserves, 1Lt. 2001-2004, JAG Corps. Victoria is a national expert on the VA Wartime Pension for veterans and their widows who need additional assistance with activities of daily living and helping them qualify for and receive tax-free income from the VA to pay for it. Victoria graduated from Valdosta State University with a B.A. in Psychology and then University of Nebraska, College of Law. In 2014, Victoria was awarded with the Alumni Master Award from the University of Nebraska.
Victoria is a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) through The National Elder Law Foundation and has been named as the only attorney in Georgia as “Fellow” of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). Victoria was appointed by Governor Perdue to the Georgia Council on Aging, 2010 – 2016 and was awarded Dekalb County Veteran of the Year, 2013. She is the author of 47 Secret Veterans Benefits for Seniors; Paying for Long Term Care – Financial Help for Wartime Veterans: The VA Aid & Attendance Benefit. Victoria has co-authored several books: Blooper Episodes in Estate Planning, Don’t Go Broke in a Nursing Home, and Protect Your IRA: Avoid the 5 Common Mistakes. Most notably, Victoria co-authored the National Best Seller, The Road to Success, with Jack Canfield, author of Chicken Soup for the Soul series.
About Shannon M. Pawley, J.D., LL.M
Shannon is the firm’s Managing Partner. 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.
In her professional tenure, Shannon has represented the full spectrum of clients from international blue-chip companies to single parents. While she prospered as a litigator, Shannon began to realize her natural talent was as a mentor by developing others in their practice and procedures. That led her to focusing more on the operational aspect of the legal practice. Prior to joining The Estate & Asset Protection Law Firm, Shannon was the Vice President of Litigation Operations with a national law firm overseeing the litigation offices across the United States.
Through her partnership with Victoria Collier, Shannon has found a professional peer who shares her passion to assist others to age with dignity, grace, and independence. Together, they strive to improve the life of each client they interact with while preparing both the client and their family for the difficulties that come with aging. Shannon is licensed to practice law in both Georgia and Michigan. In addition, she is a VA Accredited Attorney.