Miles P. Hurley

Top rated Elder Law attorney in Atlanta, Georgia

Hurley Elder Care Law
Miles P. Hurley
Hurley Elder Care Law

Practice Areas: Elder Law

Licensed in Georgia since: 1992

Education: Georgia State University College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2024

Hurley Elder Care Law

2727 Paces Ferry Road SE
Building 1, Suite 100
Atlanta, GA 30339 Visit website


Attorney Miles P. Hurley is the founder and owner of Hurley Elder Care Law, which has law offices in Atlanta, Peachtree City, Duluth, and Woodstock, Georgia. Serving clients throughout the state, Mr. Hurley provides unmatched counsel and support in all areas of elder law, and he holds his certification as an elder law attorney from the National Elder Law Foundation.

Over the course of his legal career, Mr. Hurley has achieved remarkable success advocating on behalf of the elderly population in his region, helping them to maintain independence and financial security in the face of life's inevitable challenges. A leader in his field, he has served as president of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys' Georgia Chapter, and he helped establish and served as vice president of the Life Care Planning Law Firms Association.

In addition, Mr. Hurley has served on the Practice Development/Practice Management committee of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, and he has served as chair of the State Bar of Georgia's Elder Law Section. He has also served as vice president of the Lewy Body Dementia Association's board of directors, and he is a contributor to the Senior Services North Fulton Quarterly Newsletter as well as the Alzheimer’s Association's Georgia Chapter.

Furthermore, Mr. Hurley has been invited to present for many local and national organizations such as the Alzheimer's Association, AARP, ALS Association, and the American Parkinson's Disease Association.  

In recognition of his impeccable professionalism and outstanding client service, Mr. Hurley has earned an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell along with many other top rankings and endorsements from his peers. He has also received Superb, 10 out of 10 client ratings on Avvo as well as numerous testimonials and referrals from those he has served.

Mr. Hurley began his legal career in 1992 after obtaining his Juris Doctor from Georgia State University College of Law and his license to practice from the State Bar of Georgia.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Elder Law
  • 100% Elder Law

First Admitted: 1992, Georgia

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Firm News (Newsletters):
  • Veterans and their families aren’t aware of a special monthly pension called VA Aid and Attendance. This often-unknown “hidden veterans” benefit can make the difference between getting needed care or not., Unlocking the Hidden Veterans Benefit, Veterans
  • The impact of mental health on aging adults can sometimes get lost in the shuffle. The CDC has reported 20% of people aged 55 years or older experience some type of mental health concern. The most common conditions are anxiety, severe cognitive impairment, and mood disorders (such as depression or bipolar). Sadly, mental health issues are often a factor in suicide., Mental Health Crisis for Older Adults- How to Get Help, Mental Health
  • Hurley Elder Care Law often discusses the protections for married couples when one spouse enters the nursing home and the other resides at home or in a community. But what happens when both spouses require nursing home level care? This occurs more often than you may think, and the Medicaid rules are quite different when a couple enters a facility at the same time., Medicaid When Both Spouses Need A Nursing Home, Families Needing Nursing Home Care
  • Presenter at National Association of Elder Law Attorney annual national conference., Concurrent Session: Protecting Clients - Keeping Lay Fiduciaries and You Out of Hot Water, Elder Law Firm
  • Like many other elder law practices, we have lost many clients during this period.  Some to COVID-19 and some to other causes, but all of them without family members there to provide comfort during their last days and hours. What we do know is that elder care in its current form is uniquely challenged when a very contagious virus attacks. As a society, we have been struggling with the issues surrounding the delivery of long-term care for years.  A May 2020 article in the New England Journal of Medicine article raised issues with the size of both skilled nursing facilities and assisted living communities.  It also shined a spotlight on the financing of long-term care and the woeful state of programs established to help people live in the least restrictive environment for as long as possible. The bottom line is that very few people are able to pay for long-term care for any lengthy period of time., What Will Elder Care Look Like in the Future
  • 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. COVID-19 has required professionals who serve seniors as well as their caregivers to be nimble and innovative. While a path forward to a post COVID-19 works is not clear, we are getting better at understanding the issues our clients are facing and developing solutions to address the issues as they arise.   , The Long-Term Impact of COVID-19, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
  • 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. In 2010, the Georgia Legislature enacted a law allowing for the creation of trusts for animals. A trust for animals, more commonly referred to as a pet trust, creates a legal relationship between the pet owner, trustee, and the pet. This type of trust allows you to leave money behind for your pet’s care, as well as state what your wishes are regarding the pet’s quality of life, who will care for the pet, and where the pet will live., A Pet Trust as Part of Your Long Term Care Plan
  • Miles Hurley, JD, CELA, was featured in Cobb in Focus as one of the Leaders of Cobb County in their January/February 2017 magazine., Leaders of Cobb
  • Miles Hurley was quoted in the Atlanta Journal Constitution article on paying for dementia care, Planning ahead for high cost of dementia care
Educational Background:
  • Emory University
  • University of Tennessee
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Vice president of the Board of Directors for The Lewy Body Dementia Association, 2018
  • Board Member, Atlanta Theatre To Go, 2018
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Mr. Hurley is an Eagle Scout and his three sons are all Eagle Scouts. He has served in many leadership roles in the North Atlanta District throughout many years. He is a member of the Eagle Board of Review for North Atlanta District of Boy Scouts Committee Chairman and Director of Advancement., 2022
  • Founding member & Past Vice President and current member, Life Care Planning Law Firms Association, 2023
  • Member, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, 2023
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Member of Marketing Committee of NELF, 2022
  • Member of Life Care Planning Study Group made up of premier law practice founders throughout the country. , 2022
  • Committee Member of the Practice Development/Practice Management Section, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, 2022
  • Member, Founding Member and Past Board Member LCPLFA, 2022
  • Board of Directors, The Lewy Body Association (National), 2018
  •  Past Chair of the State Bar of Georgia Elder Law Section, 2018
  • Former Board Member, Estate Planning Council of North Georgia, 2017
  • Past President, Georgia Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, 2014
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • The need for long-term care is on the rise and cost of care continues to soar. Case managers, social workers and nurses often partner with families to navigate what public benefits Georgia offers to cover the cost of long-term care. This seminar offers healthcare professionals practical information outlining Georgia’s long-term care options including Nursing Home Medicaid, CCSP Medicaid, ICWP and VA Aid and attendance. , Speaker, Paying for Long-term Care Without Going Broke: A Guide for Healthcare Professionals, Webinar- Offered to the Public in addition to Care Coordination team at Emory University Hospital, Social Workers, RN And Certified Case Managers, 2023
  • Mr. Hurley has presented this topic several times to provide Continuing Education units to healthcare professionals.  Healthcare providers are regulated by ethical codes of professional behavior. Practitioners must navigate the competing needs of their patients, complex regulations governing the cost of long- term care and their codes of ethics. When tasked with telling a family their loved one requires long- term care, practitioners must have a basic knowledge of public benefit programs so they may connect families to resources and programs that can pay for the needed care. They can even provide information about accessing programs while preserving assets for spouses or supplemental needs. Is it wrong to access public benefits?, Speaker Webinar, The Ethics of Public Benefits: Medicaid, Medicare and Veterans Benefits , Social Workers, Nurses, Case Managers, 2023
  • Mr. Hurley presented this webinar to the Care Coordination departments throughout the  Kaiser Permanente hospital system.      The laws and regulations impacting healthcare providers and consumers are constantly changing, both at the Federal level and within our State of Georgia. The 2023 update examines the consequential efforts undertaken by the State of Georgia legislature to address the mental health crisis in our state through the passage of the HB 1013 – The Mental Health Parity Act. Our 2023 update will take a deep dive into the features and benefits of this bill and its impact on healthcare providers. We will discuss the new Georgia Psychiatric Advance Directive as well as the transformative impact on Medicare and Medicaid through the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act by Congress , Speaker- Webinar, Healthcare Laws Every Provider Should Know – 2023 Update, Kaiser Permanente Care Coordination Teams throughout Atlanta hospital system, Healthcare, 2023
  • Miles Hurley virtually met with the IBM Quarter Century Club to provide information on the financial and legal issues of caring for an aging relative and legal ways to prepare for the process of aging. , Speaker- webinar, "Taking Control of the Unexpected", IBM Quarter Century Club, 2023
  • Mr. Hurley presented "The Peach State's Dementia Plan" to healthcare providers at the 2020 Virtual Annual Conference of the Georgia Gerontology Society. , Speaker - Webinar, The Peach State's Dementia Plan, Healthcare Providers, 2020
  • Miles Hurley spoke to the case managers on: The New Aging Family: Elder Care in the 21st CenturyHealthcare professionals and families in general are being challenged with meeting the needs of an older population that is living longer with more complex issues and fewer family supports than ever before. This seminar will offer guidance for dealing with the new aging family. We will explore elder orphans, elderly immigrants, and blended families. Pack:, Presenter, The New Aging Family: Elder Care in the 21st Century, Emory University Employee Caregivers, Elder Care Professionals And Georgia Families, 2019
  • Mr. Hurley presented to over 100 social workers attending the state conference over 2 breakout sessions., Presenter, New Aging Family: Eldercare 21st Century 
Ethical Dilemmas in Geriatric Care: A Case Study Approach, 30th Annual NASWGA State Conference Social Workers, Social Workers, 2018
  • Life-altering events like an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, or a debilitating stroke can lead to catastrophic long-term care costs. One in three seniors die with Alzheimer’s or another dementia and currently, over 55 million people worldwide have Alzheimer’s. A person can live for many years with this disease and there are different care needs they will have during their Alzheimer’s illness. Knowing your options and planning for the unexpected loss in functional and cognitive capacity is the best way to protect yourself. The options for paying for long-term care are limited and we will discuss ways to plan to protect yourself. Life-altering events should be a motivator for adults to update their estate planning documents. Time often gets in the way of good intentions and critical revisions are never made. We will discuss The Five D’s: Death, Divorce, Diagnosis, Dependents, and Displacement and their impact on your estate planning and surrogate decision-making., Taking Control of the Unexpected: Life-Altering Events Can Lead to Catastrophic Long-Term Care Costs and a Need for Estate Planning, Retirees, Senior Citizens, Caregivers, 2023
  • A Last Will and Testament is an important legal document that everyone over the age of 18 should have. It is especially necessary if you have minor children or own property. Hurley Elder Care Law explains why you want to express your final wishes and why it is beneficial to use an experienced estate planning attorney and not a do-it-yourself (DIY) legal software program., A Last Will and Testatment - Why should I have a will?, 2020
  • The Georgia Advance Directive for Healthcare is an important document that allows you to appoint someone to make healthcare decisions for you if you can’t make those decisions yourself. Learn what it includes and how easy it is to execute., The Georgia Advance Directive for Healthcare- Why Should I have this and how can I get one?, 2020
  • Dying without a Will can cause your family big problems and a lot of unnecessary stress and grief. How does Georgia Law designate an Administrator for your estate? What are the intestate laws that will determine how your estate (money, property, and personal items) will be distributed to your heirs? The answers may surprise you and not be what you have in mind. Use an elder or estate planning attorney to create a Will to help give you peace of mind., Dying Without A Will Can Cause Big Problems, 2020
  • Mr. Hurley received an AV® rating from his peers, which means that he was deemed to have very high professional ethics and preeminent legal ability. Only lawyers with the highest ethical standards and professional ability receive a Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating., Martindale Hubble AV® Peer Review Rated, AV Rated, 2023
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • CELA-Certified Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation.  Completion of a rigorous set of standards, including exam, continuing education, peer review and completion of elder law cases, 2023
Industry Groups:
  • Founding Member And Past Board Member LCPLFA; Board Of Directors
  • GA Chapter; Past President
  • Member
  • The Lewy Body Association (National); State Bar Of Georgia And Tennessee.

Office location for Miles P. Hurley

2727 Paces Ferry Road SE
Building 1, Suite 100
Atlanta, GA 30339

Phone: 404-941-0950


4 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2024

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