"Louise is awesome she took care of all my problems if I need an attorney this is who I go to. I am proud to say that she represents me. And Heather being there with Louise makes it even better both are very nice people thank you for all you do :)" - September 2015
"There isn't a more dedicated and determined attorney in the game. I have personally witnessed the hard work Mrs. Paglen puts into her cases. If you want an attorney who works for you then she is your lady." - May 2016
“We were so lucky to find Paglen Law firm to handle our wills and deed to our home. Louise and her assistant Amanda could not have been anymore professional, helpful and personable with us. We would not hesitate to recommend this law firm.” – June 2019
Attorney Louise Paglen
Louise Paglen is the owner and founder of Paglen Law Office, a family centered law practice that provides estate planning, asset protection planning and special needs planning for senior citizens, veterans, people with disabilities, and their families.
Louise dedicates her practice to providing legal services to families and small businesses. She practices in the areas of estate planning, Medicaid planning and asset protection, guardianship, probate and estate administration. Louise is passionate about helping her clients keep their family farms in their families, their financial matters private, and their loved ones cared for. Louise understands that providing legal services to families often involves planning and advocating for her clients’ most precious assets: parents, children, spouses, siblings, relatives, friends, and pets.
Throughout her career, Louise has always been committed to improving her education and increasing her knowledge so she could provide the highest level of service to her clients. Louise earned her undergraduate degree summa cum laude from North Carolina State University and graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina School of Law at Chapel Hill. She completed an online Masters degree in Risk Management and Insurance from Florida State University. Prior to founding Paglen Law Office, Louise focused her career on helping other lawyers comply with ethical guidelines and avoid legal malpractice claims by managing the risks associated with practicing law. She now helps families manage the risks of growing older.
Louise believes that conflicts are usually best resolved by thoughtful negotiation. She is certified by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission as a Mediator for family financial settlement matters in District Court and estate matters in probate court.
Louise is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association Elder Law and Family Law Sections, the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys, and the National Care Planning Council. She is also accredited by the Veterans Administration, a prerequisite for advising veterans and their survivors regarding VA benefits.
Louise is married and has two adult sons and two playful dogs. She enjoys spending time in the Blue Ridge Mountains, hiking, reading, cooking, playing with her dogs and spending time with friends, family and nature.
Paglen Law Office is dedicated to helping seniors and the people who love them plan for and resolve the complex, difficult and emotionally draining legal issues that are associated with aging, disability and special needs populations.
Louise is passionate about utilizing the law for the benefit of her clients and approaches every matter with compassion, integrity and a commitment to excellence. Louise helps families plan for their own futures and the futures of the people, pets and charitable organizations they love. She understands that estate planning is not just about money; it’s about hard work, commitment and love. When Louise helps a client develop an estate plan she knows it is important to protect the special needs of children, surviving spouses and disabled family members.
She can even help clients plan for the beloved family pet or a favorite charity. Most people know it’s important to have a will that directs how their property will be distributed after death. However, many people don’t realize how important it is to also plan for a long life, a disruptive medical crisis, or an accident. These circumstances can render a person unable to make decisions for themselves or care for their loved ones. In the absence of the proper planning tools, families struggling with grieving or managing a medical crisis, may be forced to expose their most private family health matters and finances to complex court proceedings and costly probate fees, just so they can make important financial and health care decisions for their loved ones.
Louise helps individuals and families plan for the unexpected so that family matters and family finances remain private and in the family. Thanks to the advances in medicine, health care, nutrition and agriculture, many of us can expect to live very long lives. Although a long life is a blessing, it can bring tremendous financial challenges that can deplete assets that took a lifetime of hard work and multiple generations to accumulate. Louise helps families facing a nursing home crisis to protect assets for the benefit of their loved ones and future generations.
Louise uses advanced estate planning and asset protection tools and techniques to help individuals, veterans and their survivors, qualify for health care benefits including Medicaid and Veterans Aid and Attendance.