About Us

Your Family,
Your Future

At LaFond Law Group, PA, we understand that people are unique. It’s not just about the way you dress or the foods you like, it’s about the life you live, as well as the things you want for your family and your future. We help our clients by educating them on the information they need to make the critical decisions in their lives at our cozy and pet-friendly office. This core of education is combined with our deep commitment to clear client communication and transparency.

Making these decisions can feel overwhelming, and preparing strategies for your future can feel stressful, but it doesn’t need to. Let our incredible, trusted, all-female legal team simplify the process, educate, empower, and partner with you to help you plan for the future in the best way for you and your family.

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A Different Philosophy,
A Different Way

At LaFond Law Group, PA, we have a unique approach to serving our clients and community. We seek to educate and prepare our clients before they ever meet us with free seminars and workshops. Our philosophy is that you deserve the information to make the critical choices in your life. This core of education is combined with our commitment to clear client communication and transparency to form a truly unique client experience.

We’re different because we understand that not everyone is the same. So we work to build a plan for you, for your family, and for your future, not a one-size fits all template for the state.

It’s your family and your future, we want to help you preserve and protect it.

It’s your family and your future, we want to help you preserve and protect it.

A Different Philosophy,
A Different Way

At LaFond Law Group, PA, we have a unique approach to serving our clients and community. We seek to educate and prepare our clients before they ever meet us with free seminars and workshops. Our philosophy is that you deserve the information to make the critical choices in your life. This core of education is combined with our commitment to clear client communication and transparency to form a truly unique client experience.

We’re different because we understand that not everyone is the same. So we work to build a plan for you, for your family, and for your future, not a one-size fits all template for the state.

Meet Our Team

Catherine LaFond

Attorney & Founder

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™ 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).

Ashley Andrews

Associate Attorney

Ashley Andrews grew up in Pendleton, SC before earning a bachelor’s degree in history from Clemson University in 2000 and a Juris Doctorate from the Charleston School of Law in 2007.

Ashley began as an intern with the firm in 2006 and became an associate upon being admitted to the South Carolina Bar in November of 2007. She acted as the principal attorney when Catherine took her sabbatical to Miami and currently focuses her practice on probate and estate matters, guardianship and conservatorship cases, and real estate closings and litigation. She is also a Department of Veterans Affairs Accredited Attorney and admitted to practice in the Court of Appeals for VA Claims.

Ashley Richardson

Paralegal

Ashley Richardson is a Charleston native and has been with the firm since 2001. She began her real estate paralegal tenure shortly after earning an Associate’s Degree from Trident Technical College. She oversees the daily operations of the real estate department for the firm. Ashley regularly participates in Adopt a Highway, SIHH Women Build, and is a founding member of The Point Is, a local non-profit women’s fundraising group, of which she is a former Vice President and Board Member.

Catherine LaFond

Attorney & Founder

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™ 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 Board of Voter Registration and Elections, Charleston County Disabilities Board (Secretary) and Lowcountry Senior Network (Secretary).

Ashley Andrews

Associate Attorney

Ashley Andrews grew up in Pendleton, SC before earning a bachelor’s degree in History from Clemson University in 2000, and a Juris Doctorate from the Charleston School of Law in 2007. In 2017, she returned to the Charleston School of Law as an adjunct professor teaching Wills, Trusts, and Estates.

Ashley began as an intern with the firm in 2006, and became an associate attorney after being admitted to the South Carolina Bar in November of 2007. She acted as the principal attorney when Catherine took her sabbatical to Miami and currently focuses her practice on probate and estate matters, guardianship and conservatorship cases, and real estate closings and litigation. She is also a Department of Veterans Affairs Accredited Attorney and admitted to practice in the Court of Appeals for VA Claims.

Ashley Richardson

Paralegal

Ashley Richardson, a Charleston native, started with the firm in 2001 after receiving an Associate’s degree from Trident Technical College. She processes the title work and collaborates daily with realtors and lenders to ensure smooth closings for the firm’s real estate clients. Along with volunteering with the firm for Sea Island Habitat Women Build and Adopt a Highway, she is a founding member of The Point Is, a local non-profit women’s fundraising group.

Growing up in Charleston, Ashley especially enjoys fishing and exploring the Lowcountry waterways. In her free time, she and husband, Bryan, love to spend time outdoors with their daughter, Marya, and share in her love of sports activities.

Chelsea Dunavant

Director of First Impressions

Chelsea Dunavant moved to Charleston in 2015 and joined our firm in 2018 as the Director of First Impressions where she works closely with the attorneys, real estate paralegals, and lenders to create anexemplary experience for our clients.
Chelsea grew up near Memphis, TN where she attended the University of Memphis before moving toWashington, DC. While in the District, Chelsea began her career in Real Estate; first as a marketingassistant and then as a REALTOR® for a top producing real estate team. She enjoys participating in volunteer opportunities with the firm, such as Sea Island Habitat for Humanity Women Build, PetHelpers, and Adopt-A-Highway. In her free time, Chelsea enjoys visiting local Charleston breweries andspending time outside with her dogs, Daisy and Bear and her husband, Stan.

Katie Cotton

Paralegal

Katie D. Cotton is a paralegal with the firm specializing in Estate Planning and Probate. Originally from Northern Virginia, Katie moved to Charleston in 2012 to join our firm. She has a BS in Public Administration from George Mason University and completed coursework for the Paralegal Certificate accredited by the American Bar Association.

She is an Alpha Xi Delta alumna and enjoys attending events with the firm that focus on Special Needs planning, building on her experiences with her fraternity’s philanthropic achievements partnering with Autism Speaks. Katie enjoys the personal aspect of Estate Planning, getting to know clients and their families. Katie approaches probate cases with compassion, knowing first-hand how difficult navigating through grief can be.

Katie enjoys spending time with her dog, Hayley Fluff, traveling, and excelling at team trivia.

Katie Cotton

Paralegal

Katie D. Cotton is a paralegal with the firm specializing in Estate Planning and Probate. She has a BS in Public Administration from George Mason University, and completed coursework for the Paralegal Certificate accredited by the American Bar Association. She is an Alpha Xi Delta alumna and enjoys attending events with the firm that focus on Special Needs planning, building on her experiences with her fraternity’s philanthropic achievements partnering with Autism Speaks. She is nearly fluent in Spanish but is not certified as an interpreter. A transplant from Virginia, Katie and her dog, Hayley Fluff, can be found walking the beach or strolling along King Street on weekends enjoying being in Charleston.

Chelsea Dunavant

Director of First Impressions

Chelsea Dunavant moved to Charleston in 2015 and joined our firm in 2018 as the Director of First Impressions where she works closely with the attorneys, real estate paralegals, and lenders to create an exemplary experience for our clients.

Chelsea grew up near Memphis, TN where she attended the University of Memphis before moving to Washington, DC. While in the District, Chelsea began her career in Real Estate; first as a marketing assistant and then as a REALTOR® for a top producing real estate team. She enjoys participating in volunteer opportunities with the firm, such as Sea Island Habitat for Humanity Women Build, Pet Helpers, and Adopt-A-Highway. In her free time, Chelsea enjoys visiting local Charleston breweries and spending time outside with her dogs, Daisy and Bear and her husband, Stan.

Nancy Stramm

Team Leader/Office Manager

Nancy Stramm is a Charleston native and has been with the firm since 2018. She attended the University of South Carolina as a Journalism major and remains an avid Gamecock fan. Nancy earned her Associate’s Degree from Trident Technical College and became a nationally certified and state licensed Occupational Therapy Assistant. Through this occupation, she discovered a passion for working in Geriatrics and has brought over 16 years of elder experience with her to the firm. Nancy is also certified with the National Association of Home Builders as an Aging in Place Specialist and is the owner of DesignAble Solutions, Inc.

Nancy’s team building/leadership skills started with her 3 children. She enjoys spending time with them at sport/school events, concerts, or exploring her wonderful city.

Fitzgerald Willie Urban LaFond

Office Supervisor & Chief of Happiness

Fitzie, born September 3, 2016, joined the LaFond family on November 23, 2016, the 53rd anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination. She is a sweet but persnickety furry baby, only gracing those who please her with her enthusiastic wags and, when that happens, there’s no mistaking it … you’ve been Fitzied!

After her mommy’s bad car accident in 2017, Fitzie appreciates the value of a thorough estate plan, with pet trust included. While she would’ve missed her mommy if the bus had smushed her, she most certainly would’ve missed her fancy food and constant stream of treats!

Fitzgerald Willie Urban LaFond

Office Supervisor & Chief of Happiness

Fitzie, born September 3, 2016, joined the LaFond family on November 23, 2016, the 53rd anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination. She is a sweet but persnickety furry baby, only gracing those who please her with her enthusiastic wags and, when that happens, there’s no mistaking it … you’ve been Fitzied!

After her mommy’s bad car accident in 2017, Fitzie appreciates the value of a thorough estate plan, with pet trust included. While she would’ve missed her mommy if the bus had smushed her, she most certainly would’ve missed her fancy food and constant stream of treats!

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We’re Involved in Our Community

Pet Helpers

Our mission is to end the euthanasia of all adoptable cats and dogs by keeping all animals until adopted, providing low-cost spay/neuter surgeries, offering humane education programs, pursuing animal-cruelty prosecution, and initiating animal-welfare legislation.

Adopt Highway

Since 1988, Adopt-A-Highway volunteers have been cleaning up litter along South Carolina highways. PalmettoPride is excited to bring Adopt-A-Highway into our Pickup program. Adopt-A-Highway fits into our mission of eradicating litter and promoting beautification in our great state.

Charleston Pride

Our purpose is to highlight the uniqueness and diversity of our community through distinct events throughout the year promoting our history and culture, including the annual Charleston Pride Parade and Festival

Sea Island Habitat For Humanity

Volunteers are the heart of Sea Island Habitat for Humanity and the most important resource we have.

Alzheimer’s association

Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research.Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia. It causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior.

Disabilities Board Of Charleston County

At the Disabilities Board of Charleston County, we are always looking for opportunities to connect with community members and share our story with the world.

Do you have questions about your planning for the future?

“Ms. Andrews takes the time to listen to my needs and concerns, performs extensive research to insure positive outcomes, is well-prepared for court proceedings, and exhibits the highest level of professionalism during our conferences at her office and in the courtroom. Retaining Ms. Andrews has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. She always puts my mind at ease knowing that my legal needs will be handled most competently. I highly recommend Ms. Andrews!”

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