Helping Seniors & Their Loved Ones

Our law firm is wholly dedicated to elder law. We focus on helping families protect all they have worked for throughout their lives from the crushing effects of high health care costs. We have a comprehensive understanding and knowledge of the intricate laws and details that go into making these essential plans, that requires specialization and education beyond a general attorney’s scope of practice. Bottom line: when you are facing losing everything you own, you want someone who knows absolutely everything about elder law. We devote our entire practice to this specialty.

Whether you or your parents are about to embark on a move to a nursing home, assisted living or a rehabilitation center or you are thinking ahead to the future of your loved one with special needs, the Elder Law Practice of Scott E. Collins, PLLC, is here to guide you. We are committed to helping ease your anxiety, alleviate your fears and answer your many questions. The high cost of health care can be daunting. We can help you protect your home, retirement and savings for your spouse and heirs. We have made it our mission to help families during times of crisis, transition and future planning, from creating wills to navigating through Kentucky’s complicated Medicaid and Veterans benefits programs and probate courts.

The heart of elder law is the people we serve – seniors and their loved ones. Health care costs are rising at a rate faster than most people’s finances can afford.

People are living longer because of advances in medicine and healthcare. In fact, while everyone has heard that 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 every day, many don’t realize that the fastest growing segment of the American population is people over age 80.

Planning to protect your nest egg for when, not if, a long-term care event strikes your family, can make all the difference when it comes to your ability to leave a legacy.

Contact us today if you need legal assistance with any of the following:

  • Medicaid & Medicare Planning
  • Special Needs Planning
  • Veteran's Disability Compensation
  • Veteran's Wartime Pension
  • Estate Planning & Probate
  • Guardianship/Conservators

We want to make your life easier, whether that’s through thoughtful counsel or making meetings as convenient as possible. We can meet you at our downtown Richmond office situated in a beautiful historic home; we can arrange for a phone or video conference; meet you at a care facility; or make special arrangements for those who are impaired with limited mobility. We are here to assist you. Call today at 859-684-5333 to arrange your free initial consultation.

Attorney Scott E. Collins

Scott grew up in Middlesboro, Kentucky in the southeastern corner of the state adjacent to Cumberland Gap National Park, surrounded by the hills and mountains of Appalachia. He has enjoyed a multifaceted career that began after his high school graduation, when he joined the U. S. Army as an Air Traffic Controller stationed in Hawaii and Alabama. Following his military service, he served churches in Louisiana, Texas, Michigan, New Hampshire and Tennessee as a minister where he helped families and became intimately involved in the joys, struggles and turmoil of aging, end of life care, and estate planning issues. After his graduation from Salmon P. Chase School of Law at Northern Kentucky University, Scott launched his own law firm for Longevity Planning, Elder Law, Special Needs Planning, Estate Planning, Wills and Trusts, VA Pension and VA Compensation.

Scott is a VA accredited Attorney and is trained to help claimants understand and pursue the VA benefits available to them. Scott is a Member of ElderCounsel and National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc. Scott was the Chair for the Elder Law Section and is the current Chair for the Small Firm Practice Management Section of the Kentucky Bar Association. Scott was selected to Rising Stars for 2021. Rising Stars is an exclusive list of top-rated attorneys in specific practice areas who were chosen after thorough evaluation of numerous criteria.


Attorney Derik C. Taylor

Derik grew up in South Point, Ohio, a small river town in the tri-state area on the border of Kentucky, West Virginia and Ohio.  He graduated from Ohio University (Southern Campus) with honors.  After college he began working with The Herald-Dispatch newspaper in Huntington, West Virginia.  During his seven years at the newspaper, he served as the District Sales Manager for a large, mainly rural region.

While working at the newspaper, he experienced the loss of his younger brother in 2008 and another brother in 2019, and in 2010 lost his beloved grandfather, a WWII Veteran.  Mid-career, Derik determined to pursue his law degree, graduating in 2018 from the University of Kentucky College of Law with an emphasis in property law and estate planning.

Soon after graduating he began work as a staff attorney at the Fayette County Circuit Court under Hon. Judge Kimberly Bunnell.  In 2019, Derik joined Elder Law Guidance.  He currently serves as the Secretary of the Elder Law Section of the Kentucky Bar Association.  He is also a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc., and an accredited VA Attorney.


Attorney Gina E. Collins

Gina is the Operations Manager and a Paralegal at Elder Law Guidance. She joined the team in 2019. Gina graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Arts in Paralegal Science. She has worked as a paralegal for over 15 years and has over 10 years of experience managing offices and paralegal staff.

Gina has been a successful member of trial teams, as a litigation paralegal in personal injury cases, for more than five years. She has a passion for her career as an elder law paralegal, helping families with guardianships and estate planning.

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