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Jennifer E. Ghorley

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Top Rated Elder Law Attorney in Atlanta, GA

Hurley Elder Care Law
100 Galleria Parkway, Suite 650
Atlanta, GA 30339
Phone: 404-843-0121
Fax: 404-843-0129
Selected to Rising Stars: 2022
Licensed in Georgia Since: 2017
Practice Areas: Elder Law, Estate Planning & Probate
Attorney Profile

Jennifer E. Ghorley is an attorney with Hurley Elder Care Law, and she works primarily out of the firm's Atlanta, Georgia, law office. Serving clients throughout her region, Ms. Ghorley provides unmatched counsel and support to individuals, families, and others who have legal needs involving any of the following:

  • Elder Law
  • Life Care Planning 
  • Medicaid and Long Term Care Planning
  • Wills, Trusts, and Estate Planning
  • Probate and Estate and Trust Administration

Having grown up in Cherokee County, Ms. Ghorley has a genuine concern for the legal issues that affect the residents of her community, and she has gained a reputation for her compassion and integrity when dealing with her clients, along with her unwavering commitment to helping them achieve their goals and the favorable outcomes they seek as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible.

Licensed to practice since 2017, she joined the firm in 2018 after working at a small firm in her hometown of Canton, where she gained invaluable courtroom experience as a criminal defense attorney, as well as extensive experience with estate planning. Since joining Hurley Elder Care Law, she has proven herself an indispensable member of the team, and she has received consistent top rankings and endorsements from her peers, along with many testimonials and referrals from her satisfied clients.

A leader in her field, Ms. Ghorley has published articles and conducted many lectures and seminars across her region on a variety of legal topics related to estate and life care planning. She has also served as current and past secretary of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (Georgia Chapter), and she is an active member of the Blue Ridge Bar Association, the State Bar of Georgia, and Cherokee Triad SALT, among her other professional affiliations.

Ms. Ghorley received her undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama, and she obtained both her Juris Doctor and Master of Laws from Faulkner University's Thomas Goode Jones School of Law. She holds her certification in Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution, and she is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

Practice Areas
  • 70%Elder Law
  • 30%Estate Planning & Probate
Focus Areas

Living Wills, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts

Selections

1 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2022

About Jennifer E. Ghorley

First Admitted: 2017, Georgia

Professional Webpage: https://hurleylaw.wpengine.com/about-us/our-team/jennifer-gh...

Newsletters

  • Establishing a Special Needs Trust (SNT) can provide peace of mind for the families of disabled children and adults in addition to preserving eligibility for public benefits. So, what are the requirements for creating an SNT and is this a complicated process?, Special Needs Trust: The Basics
  • What is a pet trust and how can establishing one, help you take care of your furry friends? For many of us, a pet is a true part of the family. According to the ASPCA, about 44% of households have a dog, while 35% have a cat. There are proven health benefits to owning a pet like an increase in your physical activity and more social interaction. These activities can lower your blood pressure, your cholesterol, and your triglycerides. Pets provide valuable companionship to older adults and lower your stress and anxiety levels. With so many animal lovers out there, including many on the Hurley Elder Care Law team, planning and making provisions for pets is a top priority for many of our clients. There are several ways to include your pets in your Life Care Plan., A Pet Trust is Part of Your Long Term Care Plan
  • In our May newsletter, we discussed changes to Georgia Nursing Home Medicaid due to the COVID-19 crisis. We all hoped the changes would be short lived and everyone could go back to “normal.” However, the effects of COVID-19 are proving to be more long-lasting. Our clients and their families have experienced unique and challenging situations., The Long-Term Impact of COVID-19: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
  • During your first meeting with an Elder Law Attorney, the attorney will ask an array of questions about your health, your existing legal documents, as well as your income and assets. You may be asking yourself, “why does the attorney need to know all of this information?”, Putting the Pieces of the Elder Law Puzzle Together, Why We Ask What We Ask
  • The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic certainly came as a surprise to most, and it is doubtful that anyone anticipated the changes it would bring to the Medicaid application process.  In fact, there have been a number of significant changes to Georgia Nursing Home Medicaid that, although temporary, could have a major impact on your loved one’s Nursing Home Medicaid eligibility., How Georgia Nursing Home Medicaid is Impacted by COVID-19 Changes

Educational Background

  • Faulkner University, Thomas Goode Jones School of Law, Master of Laws, Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • The University of Alabama-Bachelor of Science, Psychology

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Certified in Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2016
  • Certified in Mediation, 2016

Videos

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Georgia Chapter, Secretary, 2021
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Georgia Chapter, Secretary, 2020
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Member, 2020

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Cherokee Triad SALT, Member, 2022
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Georgia Chapter, Secretary, 2021
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, 2018
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia, 2018
  • Blue Ridge Bar Association, Member, 2017
  • State Bar of Georgia, 2017

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Service League of Cherokee County, 2022
  • Public Interest Fellow, Faulkner University Thomas Goode Jones School of Law, 2016
  • Feed My Sheep Food Ministry, Canton First Baptist Church, 2016

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Jennifer Ghorley discusses the decision to seek long-term care in a skilled nursing facility for a loved one is fraught with emotions, including an overwhelming fear of the cost involved. Social workers, case managers, and nurses often partner with families to navigate this complex process. Ms. Ghorley offers healthcare professionals in-depth information about qualifying for Nursing Home Medicaid in the state of Georgia including reviewing case studies. In addition, we will review the complexity of nursing home placement and discuss ways to support families as the explore placement options., Presenter, Nursing Home Medicaid: Digging Deep Into the Details, Social Workers, Hospital Case Managers, And Nurses, 2022
  • Jennifer Ghorley discusses unique challenges that exist at the intersection of ethical decision-making and geriatric care. Even though clear ethical principles exist, the messy realities of patients and families often leave helping professionals questioning the best course of action. Does your patient have the right to discharge themselves AMA? Should you advise a psychiatric hold for a dementia patient who is abusive to their spousal caregiver? Through case studies Ms. Ghorley explores issues related to self-harm (including refusal of care, nutrition, and medication), unidentified long-term mental health issues, and the impact on aging, as well as aggressive behaviors and options for families and professionals.. , Presenter, Helping Those Who Cannot or Will Not Help Themselves: Ethical Challenges for Helping Professionals, Social Workers, Hospital Case Managers, Nurses, 2022
  • Jennifer Ghorley discusses how loved ones of all ages with special needs often have increased financial and care needs. Ensuring their long term welfare presents unique challenges.  In this seminar, Jennifer Ghorley talks about the importance of estate planning for disabled persons, and the public benefits available to them.  She also discusses how a special needs trust can provide the necessary financial support without jeopardizing the individual's government benefits, and review the different types of special needs trusts, requirements, and funding., Presenter, Special Needs: Unique Challenges, Creative Solutions, Social Workers, Hospital Case Managers, Nurses, 2022
  • Jennifer Ghorley virtually presented to the Visiting Nurse Health System to provide information on when to update essential estate planning documents, especially in situations of death, divorce, diagnosis, dependents, and displacement, Presenter, Essential Documents: To Update or Not to Update . . . That is the Question?, 2021
  • Jennifer Ghorley virtually presented to a large group of social workers, registered nurses, and certified case managers to provide information on the rising costs of long-term care and navigating the public benefits available in Georgia to cover the costs of long-term care, Presenter, Paying for Long-Term Care Without Going Broke: A Guide for Healthcare Professionals, Social Workers, Registered Nurses, And Certified Case Managers, 2021
  • Jennifer Ghorley virtually co-presented to a large group of social workers, registered nurses, and certified case managers to provide information on challenges related to self-neglect, hoarding, non-compliance, help-rejecting behaviors, and denial, Co-Presenter, Ethical Interventions with Older Adults: Balancing Safety and Autonomy, Social Workers, Registered Nurses, And Certified Case Managers, 2021
  • Jennifer Ghorley virtually presented to a large group of social workers, registered nurses, and certified case managers to provide information on the complex dynamics of a blended family or cobbling together resources for an elder orphan, including exploring planning options for blended families, guidelines for managing decision making when there is sibling conflict, LGBTQ seniors, and options for elder orphans and solo agers, Presenter, The Modern Aging Family: 21st Century Challenges, Social Workers, Registered Nurses, And Certified Case Managers, 2021
  • Jennifer Ghorley virtually presented to a large group of social workers, registered nurses, and certified case managers to provide information on the ethical dilemmas that health care agents face and examine guidelines for making decisions on behalf of someone else, Presenter, The Ethics of Surrogate Decision Making: Who's in Charge?, Social Workers, Registered Nurses, And Certified Case Managers, 2020

Honors/Awards

  • Ms. Ghorley was selected to 2022 Georgia Rising Stars by Super Lawyers. She was nominated by her peers as an up and coming expert in the area of Elder Law and Life Care Planning. , 2022 Georgia Rising Stars , Super Lawyers, 2022
  • The Public Law Society of Faulkner University Thomas Goode Jones School of Law reserves the Public Interest Fellow Community Service Merit for law students who have completed a substantial number of hours in the area of non-legal community service work during their law school career, Public Interest Fellow, Faulkner University Thomas Goode Jones School of Law, 2016

Industry Groups

  • National Academy Of Elder Law Attorneys
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys Georgia Chapter
  • State Bar Of Georgia
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Office Location for Jennifer E. Ghorley

100 Galleria Parkway
Suite 650
Atlanta, GA 30339

Phone: 404-843-0121

Fax: 404-843-0129

Last Updated: 6/10/2022

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