Elder Law


lder law encompasses the concerns and problems associated with aging. Oftentimes, clients need advice regarding benefits and asset protection, including Medicaid planning, Medicare issues, insurance issues, and Veterans Administration benefit questions. Elder law dovetails with estate planning, family law, and disability law, but includes additional issues involving guardianship, rapid-onset health problems, elder exploitation and abuse, planning for nursing home, assisted living, and in-home care transition. Each family dynamic is different and this firm endeavors to provide a range of solutions to the issues facing each client and his or her family. Our firm has a strong background in family law, property law, and litigation in addition to estate planning, trusts, and estate administration. This multi-disciplinary approach enables us to provide comprehensive solutions to multi-generation issues.


Susan Harman-Scott understands the intricacies of elder law and is skilled at assisting families with planning for and coping with infirmity, disability, dementia, elder abuse, neglect, impaired children, divorce of older couples, and fraud. Some solutions to problems of aging may include drafting personal services contracts, transfer of property, and utilization of community and commercial resources. Other situations require contested hearings before the Clerk and the involvement of the county Department of Social Services, in cases of questioned capacity and guardianship. This firm emphasizes respecting the dignity and independence of the older client while realizing the need for safety and appropriate assistance.


This firm provides guidance and assistance to veterans seeking benefits relating to old age and disability. Ms. Harman-Scott has qualified as a Veterans Administration accredited attorney and is dedicated to helping service members obtain the benefits they earned through their service to the United States.

This firm practices in the fast-changing area of planning for long-term care and asset preservation, including asset transfer and qualification for Medicaid and Veterans Administration benefits in the event that the client needs nursing home care. In addition, we advise and represent clients whose benefits were denied or terminated and therefore are in a crisis situation due to a financial shortfall. Our firm represents clients dealing with provider entities such as the Department of Social Services, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, and the Veterans Administration.


Our firm has been involved in all aspects of guardianship litigation and Ms. Harman-Scott is certified to mediate guardianship issues before the clerk. This area of practice includes dealing with the special issues encountered by families who are dealing with mental or physical disability and long-term care issues. Dealing with disability is overwhelming whether dealing with one’s own situation or that of a loved one. Ms. Harman-Scott can identify financial and care options as well as assisting the client in handling these difficult problems with as little disruption and discord as possible.


The “This Is The Law” pamphlet series was prepared as a public service by the North Carolina Bar Association’s Communications Committee and is not intended to be a comprehensive statement of the law. North Carolina laws change frequently and could affect the information in these pamphlets. If you have specific questions with regard to any matters contained in these pamphlets feel free to contact us.
(Source: https://www.ncbar.org/)

Living Wills and Health Care Powers of Attorney

To many people, the fear of a lingering death is worse than the fear of dying. Yet often, near the end of one’s life, one is unable to make decisions or express desires concerning medical care to loved ones or medical personnel. (©1985 N.C. Bar Association, Revised 2013, Reviewed 2014)

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Protecting Your Assets: Wills, Trusts and Powers of Attorney

Protecting your assets and caring for your family are important issues during life and after death. Wills, trusts and powers of attorney are strategic documents to accomplish this goal. To be certain that your needs and desires are met, always consult an experienced attorney for the planning and drafting of these documents. (©2004 N.C. Bar Association, Revised 2014)

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