Catherine LaFond earned her Juris Doctor degree in 1997 from the University of South Carolina School of Law after studying political science at the College of Charleston. She opened her own law firm in 1998 and immediately started handling real estate transactions and creating estate plans. Thereafter, in 2009, she moved to South Beach for a year to obtain an LL.M. (a Masters of Laws degree in estate planning) from the University of Miami School of Law. It was there that she decided to become proficient in the area of elder law. Catherine has been given an AV¬© Preeminent‚Ñ¢ rating from Martindale-Hubbell (the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards), a firm that has rated attorneys for more than a century based on peer and client reviews. She has also been rated “Superb” by Avvo which rates attorneys based on peer and client endorsements, experience, professional conduct and industry recognition. She has been the volunteer attorney for Sea Island Habitat for Humanity homeowners since 1999 and for Pet Helper’s since 2002. Also, Catherine is a member of the ElderCounsel, LLC, Lowcountry Senior Network, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, SC Elder Law Bar Committee, SC Women Lawyers Association, is an accredited attorney with the VA and barred with the US Court of Appeals for Veterans’ Claims. She currently serves or has served on the following boards: AFFA (Vice President), Bridges for End-of-Life, Charleston County Disabilities Board (Secretary), Lowcountry Senior Network (Secretary) and SCNAELA (CLE Committee Chair).