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Sarah Halsell wins Community Advocate of the Year Award

Attorney Sarah Halsell received the FSU College of Law, Public Interest Law Center, Community Advocate of the Year Award. This award is for outstanding pro bono services to the clients and clinical programs of the Public Interest Law Center. Sarah was also an active participant in the Public Interest Law Center’s programs during her time at FSU College of Law.

https://law.fsu.edu/press-release/outstanding-pilc-students-recognized

Kandace Rudd Receives 36 Under Thirty-Six Professionalism Award

Kandace Rudd has been named in the inaugural class of recipients of the 36 Under Thirty-Six Professionalism Awards by The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division. The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division selected young lawyers who display the highest standards of professionalism and ethics, whose character and integrity remain unwavering even in the most trying of times, and whose dedication to raising the bar in the legal profession is unmatched.

Kandace Rudd to speak at the Dementia Education Series in Franklin County

Kandace E. Rudd, JD, MSW, will speak on February 8 from 2 – 3 PM at the Dementia Care & Cure Initiative’s Dementia Education Series in Franklin County hosted by George E. Weems Memorial Hospital. Her topic is “Legal Planning and Dementia.” The goal of her presentation is for attendees to develop a basic understanding of the practice of elder law and the importance of legal planning and care for individuals with dementia. She will discuss basic estate planning, incapacity documents, and guardianship proceedings when estate and incapacity planning fail. Finally, she will discuss long-term planning for in-home, assisted living and skilled nursing care.

Presentation are held at Weems Memorial Hospital cafeteria located at 135 Avenue G, Apalachicola, FL 32328.  No RSVP required; the Dementia Education Series is free and open to everyone!  Parking is on the northeast side of the hospital.

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Jana McConnaughhay named a 2023 Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters

Jana McConnaughhay has been named a 2023 Super Lawyer in the area of Estate Planning and Probate by Thomson Reuters. This honor is limited to less than 5% of the attorneys practicing in the state of Florida. Ms. McConnaughhay has been selected each year since 2011.

Kandace Rudd to speak at the Annual Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Training Conference

Kandace E. Rudd, JD, MSW, will speak on April 15 at the Annual Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Training Conference. Her topic is “What is Elder Law.” The goal of her presentation is for attendees to develop a basic understanding of the practice of elder law. She will discuss basic estate planning and incapacity documents. She will also discuss guardianship proceedings when estate and incapacity planning fails. Finally, she will discuss long-term planning for in-home, assisted living and skilled nursing care. Registration information can be found here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/alzheimers-disease-education-and-training-conference-tickets-538023391447?utm_source=eventbrite&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=post_publish&utm_content=shortLinkNewEmail

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Jana McConnaughhay named 2022 Thomson Reuters Super Lawyer

Thomson Reuters has listed Jana McConnaughhay as one of its 2022 Florida Super Lawyers. in the Estate Planning and Probate category. In-state members of the Florida Bar were asked to name attorneys whom they highly regard or would recommend to others. Votes were tabulated and the nominees receiving the highest weighted votes were reviewed by a third party entity and a panel of highly credentialed attorneys. Fewer than 5% of Florida attorneys ultimately were chosen for inclusion.

Celebrating Life, Understanding Death

Starting the Conversation: Advance Directives and Wills is the third installment of the six part series Celebrating Life, Understanding Death. Paul Malley, President of Aging with Dignity, and Kandace Rudd, elder law attorney, will discuss Five Wishes, advance directives, incapacity planning, and estate planning.  Attend on May 5 in person at the Dr. B.L. Perry, Jr. Branch Library, 2817 South Adams Street, or via Zoom.  Lean more at www.leoncountylibrary.org.

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Kandace Rudd Named Emerging Leaders United Chair

Kandace Rudd is the 2022 – 2023 Chair for the United Way of the Big Bend Emerging Leaders United (formerly Young Leaders Society). Emerging Leaders United is a group of young professionals with a passion for building community partnerships and outreach. The mission of Emerging Leaders is to connect young professionals with volunteering, networking, and fundraising opportunities in the community.  To learn more about Emerging Leaders please visit the United Way of the Big Bend’s website. https://uwbb.org/emergingleaders/

FSU College of Medicine – Geriatrics Interest Group

Kandace E. Rudd, JD, MSW, will speak on April 19 at the FSU College of Medicine Geriatrics Interest Group monthly meeting. Her topic is “What is Elder Law.” The goal of her presentation is for first and second year medical students to develop a basic understanding of the practice of elder law and how the law and medicine work together to protect individuals with disabilities and the elderly. She will discuss basic estate planning, incapacity documents, guardianship proceedings when estate and incapacity planning fails, and exploitation of vulnerable adults.