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The Estate & Asset Protection Law Firm Managing Partner, Shannon Pawley, Suggests Something Loving That Pet Owners Can Do For Their Pets In These Uncertain Times.

Estate & Asset Protection Attorney and Managing Partner, Shannon Pawley writes about the increase in pet ownership since the pandemic began and talks about how owners can plan for the care of their pets should they become incapacitated or not outlive their beloved pets.

DECATUR, GA, August 31, 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 Power Of Pets Before, During And Post Pandemic. Ms. Pawley outlines several legal ways owners can plan for the care of their pets.

“We humans are pet-lovers,” Pawley states, adding, “Nearly half of all Americans have at least one pet in their homes.” She continues, “For some people, pets are their family. The latest statistics from back in 2017 reveal at that time there were 89.9 million dogs owned in the U.S. Whenever those numbers are recalculated, post pandemic, I’m sure they will be much higher since pets are now more popular than ever. In fact, pet shelters are experiencing shortages because so many people have adopted pets during the pandemic.”

As Pawley writes, “No one could have foreseen the isolation and loneliness we would all be facing in the midst of this unexpected pandemic. Fortunately, we are resilient and resourceful and can endure more than we know.”

According to Pawley, “We may not be able to see and hug our family members who don’t live under the same roof with us. But we can always hug and hold our dogs and cats. We can hug our horses and hens, our hamsters, guinea pigs and rabbits.” She emphasizes, “For anyone who lives alone and cannot get together with friends and family, pets are particularly important. This is particularly true for seniors who tend to be more at risk from social distance and loneliness. Pets offer companionship, warmth and relief from the isolation that cannot be taken care of with a virtual visit.”

Pawley writes, “In light of how much your pet offers you in love and companionship, especially during this challenging time, what would happen if you were to become ill and unable to care for your pet? What would happen to your beloved pet(s) if you were to die before they did?  Now is a great time to consider setting up a pet trust in the event your pet outlives you.”


The entire article can be read at


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.