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Who We Are

We are Dedicated to Providing Our Clients With the Best Legal Counsel in Lexington, KY

ElderLawLexington concentrates our practice on elder law and special needs counseling and estate planning.

You Can Count on Us for Guidance with Medicaid Planning, Special Needs Trust, and More


The firm has counseled hundreds of clients about Medicaid and long term care planning, special needs planning, guardianship, VA benefits, and currently serves as Trustee for the Kentucky Guardianship Association’s Pooled Special Needs Trust with over 200 special needs beneficiaries and more than 40 individual special needs trusts. The firm has also served as a professional legal guardian and conservator for multiple individuals for more than 20 years. We associate with the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc., Special Needs Alliance, LLC, the National Guardianship Association, ElderCounsel, LLC, Kentucky Guardianship Association, Inc., Mid-South Estate Planning Forum, and the Bluegrass Estate Planning Counsel.

Betsy Browning
Betsy Browning Office Manager | Paralegal

Betsy is responsible for the smooth and cohesive function of Elder Law Lexington. Whether managing the daily operations of the office, assisting clients, coordinating Veteran’s benefits or providing paralegal support to our attorneys, Betsy is an integral part of the success of our firm.

Jane B. Cullen
Jane B. Cullen Accountant

Jane handles all of our office’s daily accounting functions. She also performs the accounting for all of our First Party Special Needs Trusts, as well as the Kentucky Guardianship Association, Inc. Special Needs Pooled Trust. Jane has been employed by McClelland and Associates since 2005. Her experience is valuable in keeping our office running smoothly.

Dawna Alford
Dawna Alford Administrative Assistant

Dawna is our first line of client communication. She always has a smile on her face and a kind voice to greet our clients on the telephone. Performing many administrative duties such as managing the appointment calendar, transcription for our attorneys, initializing and maintaining client files, Dawna provides valuable office support to all our staff.

Frankie M. Stivers
Frankie M. Stivers Elder Care Coordinator

Frankie’s caring and compassionate nature is a valued asset to our clients. She navigates the entire Medicaid application process for our clients who seek our firm’s guidance and expertise in complying with the complex governmental agency’s requirements. She provides crucial experience and knowledge necessary to soften the transition your loved one needs for their elder care plan.

Laura Helvey
Laura Helvey Medicaid Specialist

Laura brings 25 years’ experience working at the Kentucky CHFS (Cabinet for Health and Family Services), the agency responsible for determining eligibility for Medicaid. Most of her career has been focused on long-term care and she is very knowledgeable in Kentucky Medicaid policy and regulations. Laura helps guide clients, filing complex Medicaid applications and simplifying the processes critical for success.

Barbara Baumgardner
Barbara Baumgardner Associate Elder Care Coordinator

With more than 30 years’ experience in the medical field as a Licensed Dietician and Diabetes Educator, Barb offers our clients a patient and kind demeanor needed to assist them through the complexities of the long term care application process. Barb’s invaluable keen attention to detail helps ease the strain of this application process for our clients.

Steve Adriance
Steve Adriance

Steve joined the firm during 2020 and contributes proven results developing creative solutions to communication challenges across high profile commercial, industrial, agency, and corporate environments. He brings 30 years of experience in marketing, sales and public relations including six years managing an in-house production services group for a Fortune 500 company.