Kelly Gannott assists older clients, their children and other family members with Nursing Home, Medicaid, asset preservation, asset distribution, mental capacity, probate, guardianship and other issues, both financial and non-financial. In addition, she drafts legal documents such as Wills, Powers of Attorney, Living Wills, Health Care Surrogates, Care Agreements and Qualified Income Trusts (QITs) for clients and family members. She also speaks on elder law issues in a variety of forums.
Heeding her passion to work with elderly folks, Kelly opened her own law office focusing on the legal needs of senior citizens. She drafted legal documents for them and advised them on a variety of issues largely unique to the elder population, such as identifying the level of care needed by a loved one and locating appropriate facilities providing that care. Kelly also advised families regarding coverage issues under their long-term care insurance policies and handled family law cases.
Schiller Osbourn Barnes & Maloney, PLLC
2006 – 2010
Kelly defended individuals and companies in lawsuits involving a wide range of issues, including automobile accidents, premises liability and construction defects.
Mapother & Mapother PSC
2003 – 2005
At the Mapother firm, Kelly was an attorney in the Litigation Department, representing creditors that filed suits to collect on overdue debts and defending creditors accused of violating Federal and State collections practices and credit reporting laws. She oversaw other attorneys and staff, working her way to the position of Litigation Department Supervisor.
Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy
2001 – 2002
Kelly began her legal career as Public Defender, representing clients accused of crimes who could not afford to hire an attorney, primarily in Bullitt and Spencer Counties. She defended adults and juveniles in a number of bench trials in District Court.
Landmark Community News, Inc.
Editor and Reporter
Having studied print journalism, Kelly’s first career was as a newspaper reporter and editor at various newspapers owned by LCNI. Fresh from college, she became the editor of the weekly News-Herald in Owen County, Ky., and during her final three years of law school was editor of the twice-weekly Sentinel-News in Shelby County, Ky. Kelly gained invaluable communication skills and enjoyed learning about several new subjects every day, ranging from burley tobacco production to standardized testing in public schools. It was when an attorney had the doors to a “public” meeting blocked, denying Kelly access, that she determined to study the law.
University of Louisville
Louis Brandeis School of Law
Juris Doctor, cum laude, 2001
Murray State University
B.A., honors diploma, summa cum laude
Kelly grew up in Madisonville in Western Kentucky. She had a close relationship with her maternal grandmother, who died with Alzheimer’s the day before Kelly entered law school. Having grown up knowing and loving her Mamaw and other seniors, Kelly was disheartened as she matured and saw how elderly individuals are often discounted by society. She strives to treat her clients as she would want Mamaw to be treated.