The Estate & Asset Protection Law Firm Founder, Victoria L Collier, Engages In A Conversation About Death By Suicide
Estate & Asset Protection Attorney, Victoria Collier regularly discusses a topic that most people find difficult in her practice and encourages others to have meaningful conversations about death by suicide in order to bring greater awareness and make meaningful change toward prevention.
DECATUR, GA, November 25, 2019: Victoria L. Collier, founder of The Estate & Asset Protection Law Firm, has posted a new article on her law firm’s website entitled “Is Suicide Ever Okay?” Ms. Collier repeatedly emphasizes the importance of bringing the topic out into the open in order to help those in need.
Collier shares, “In my elder care and estate planning legal practice, I am often discussing health care advanced directives and end of life choices with my clients.” She continues adding, “A majority of my clients express that they do not want to live if they do not have a certain “quality of life.” “Everyone defines quality of life differently,” says Collier. She elaborates, “For some, lack of quality of life means living with memory loss and/or when they can no longer express recognition of family members. For others, lack of quality of life means they feel they have no purpose or ways to contribute in a meaningful way. Yet, for others it means they feel like they are a burden on loved ones.”
She asks her readers, “In these types of circumstances is suicide okay? When, if ever is death by suicide acceptable?”
As Collier points out, “Awareness is the first step toward change.” According to Collier, “We often hear that suicide is a selfish act or the ultimate “F-U.” I don’t’ agree.” She explains, “My mother committed suicide with I was 6 years old. I know my mother did the best she could with her struggles. She had bipolar disorder before it was readily recognized and long before adequate treatment became available. If we keep avoiding the topic, we won’t understand how to help those who need help.”
Collier shares an experience writing, “Recently an elderly male client expressed in our meeting that he would shoot himself if he ever got to a point where he could not take care of himself.” She states, “This is not uncommon. In fact public health practitioners often call suicide in older men “the silent epidemic.” According to the Centers for Disease Control, “men 75 and older have a suicide rate nearly 30 percent higher than any other age group.”
The entire article can be read at https://www.elderlawgeorgia.com/articles/is-suicide-ever-okay/
About Victoria Collier
Victoria L. Collier, CELA founded The Estate & Asset Protection Law Firm to serve the legal needs of seniors when their health care needs increase. Victoria is also Co-Founder of Collier Scott Financial Solutions, LLC. 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.
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 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 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.