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Karen Rowell

Clark & Bradshaw, P.C.

Karen Rowell

Clark & Bradshaw, P.C.

Karen Rowell

Clark & Bradshaw, P.C.

Karen has been practicing law in downtown Harrisonburg, Virginia since 2008 and attended The College of William & Mary School of Law.  Karen practices in the areas of estate planning, elder law and estate administration, including the creation of special needs trusts and review of Medicaid eligibility concerns.  Karen litigates adult guardianship matters and is a qualified guardian ad litem for incapacitated adults.  Karen is a United States Navy Veteran, a Past President of the Bridgewater Ruritan Club and a former Girl Scout Co-Leader of Troop 1111 of the Virginia Skyline Council.   Karen is active as a Girl Scout parent volunteer and is an enthusiastic supporter of the Turner Ashby High School Music Department where her daughter attends school.  Karen received her Bachelor of Science from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Family and Child Development in 1996 and still loves to attend Hokie football games as well as Washington Capitals NHL hockey games.  Karen is a native of Roanoke, Virginia and spent time living in Roanoke, Blacksburg, Norfolk, and Williamsburg before settling in Bridgewater in 2008 when starting her legal career and her daughter's education at John Wayland Elementary School.  Karen is very pleased to call the beautiful Shenandoah Valley her home and welcomes locals as well as visitors from around the Commonwealth to consider her for their estate planning and elder law needs.

Firm Description

Clark & Bradshaw, P.C. has been providing legal services to the people and businesses of the Shenandoah Valley for over 70 years. Our firm now consists of seven attorneys, two certified public accountants, and eighteen support staff, including paralegals, legal assistants and secretaries.

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92 North Liberty Street
Harrisonburg, VA 22802

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Learn about grandparents’ visitation rights and how to avoid tax and public benefit issues when making gifts to grandchildren.

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Understand when and how a court appoints a guardian or conservator for an adult who becomes incapacitated, and how to avoid guardianship.

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Distinguish the key concepts in estate planning, including the will, the trust, probate, the power of attorney, and how to avoid estate taxes.

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Learn about grandparents’ visitation rights and how to avoid tax and public benefit issues when making gifts to grandchildren.

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Senior Living

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Social Security

Get a solid grounding in Social Security, including who is eligible, how to apply, spousal benefits, the taxation of benefits, how work affects payments, and SSDI and SSI.

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Learn how a special needs trust can preserve assets for a person with disabilities without jeopardizing Medicaid and SSI, and how to plan for when caregivers are gone.

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