InterActive Legal Advisor and Director of Elder Law Strategy, Letha McDowell, was featured in a recent Money Magazine article titled How to Support Your Retired Parents Without Sinking Your Own Retirement Plan. The article sheds light on the seldom discussed topic of working-age children who find themselves in the position of providing financial assistance to their retired parents, potentially to the detriment of their own future financial security. Letha is quoted extensively, suggesting practical solutions such as direct payment of a parent's utility or other bills in order to ensure that the child's financial contributions are devoted to necessary items. The article draws upon the expertise of Letha and other professionals to provide an informative discussion that will help attorneys and other advisors navigate a situation faced by many of their clients.
Letha's contribution to this article is a prime example of her caring and pragmatic approach to helping her clients, and her commitment to furthering discussion of topics that are critically important to those in the elder law community. We are proud of Letha and her accomplishments, and grateful to have the opportunity to draw on her talents at InterActive Legal. Personally, I am happy to count Letha as a friend and colleague, and congratulate her on her continued success.
Vanessa L. Kanaga, Esq.
InterActive Legal President
and Director of Content Development
Letha Sgritta McDowell is licensed to practice in both North Carolina and Virginia and has been an elder law and special needs planning attorney for more than 10 Years. Ms. McDowell is a Certified Elder Law Attorney and Board Certified as a specialist in Elder Law by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization and she is accredited to prepare and prosecute claims with the Department of Veterans Affairs.
At InterActive Legal, Ms. McDowell provides insight into how modern law firms run in order to assist in strategic decisions about how to maximize the tools provided by InterActive Legal as well as what tools may be useful for practitioners in the future. In addition, Ms. McDowell contributes to the elder law and special needs planning content in the software and contributes to the InterActive Legal practice management and development tools.
Ms. McDowell is a member of the Board of Directors for the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, a member of the North Carolina Bar Association's Elder Law and Estate Planning Sections, serves as Vice President of the Elder Law Specialization Committee for the North Carolina State Bar, and serves as an active mentor to a number of young attorneys through the North Carolina Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. Ms. McDowell is a 2001 graduate of Purdue University and a 2004 graduate of the University of Maine School of Law.