Since starting her work with the elderly in 2006, Attorney Diane Surgeon has worked with hundreds of clients and families facing the heartbreaking devastation of Alzheimer’s disease, Cancer, Parkinson’s disease and many other chronic conditions. She witnessed first-hand the woeful shock experienced by clients and their families when they learned of the harsh penalties they faced for improper transfers and gifting. Ms. Surgeon established The Elder Law Center-Surgeon Law Firm to help seniors and their families address the various issues affecting preparation for retirement, disability, incapacity, long term care needs, estate planning, asset protection and life care plans.
Attorney Surgeon offers private and public educational seminars, where she discusses long term care insurance, assistance program for veterans and surviving spouses, preparation for long term nursing care including powers of attorneys – financial powers of attorney, healthcare powers of attorney, living wills; wills, trusts and annuities.
Attorney Surgeon graduated valedictorian with a 4.0 in Political Science from Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, NC and she received her Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of North Carolina School Of Law in Chapel Hill, NC. She received a Community Lawyer Fellowship and practiced law with Lumbee River Legal Services for 8 ½ years where she established a Domestic Law Unit and started Southeastern Family Violence Center shelter for battered women; she helped establish a charter school and served on the board for several years. Attorney Surgeon practiced for 17 years with the Robeson County Public Defender trying high level felony cases. Ms. Surgeon is a Certified Senior Advisor; a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and the North Carolina Bar Association – Elder Law Section. Ms. Surgeon is accredited by the Office of General Counsel to practice law before the United States Veterans Administration representing veterans and surviving spouses. With assistance from a grant from the NC Rural Center, Attorney Surgeon built from the ground up her very own Elder Care Resource Center and adult day health care center.
Attorney Surgeon is a Trustee at First Baptist Church in Lumberton and she has served on several civic and community boards, including the Advisory Board for the State Employees Credit Union. Appointed by former NC Supreme Court Chief Justice Sarah Parker, Attorney Surgeon served on the NC Innocence Inquiry Commission for six years. She is a Diamond Life Member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., established ZetaCARES™ an international elder care program and served as Eastern Regional Director for six years.
She is the recipient of several honors and awards, including Entrepreneur of the Year and ComForcare National Outstanding Community Leader Award. She was admitted to the United States Supreme Court Bar in December 2017 and in March 2018, NC Governor Roy Cooper awarded Ms. Surgeon the North Carolina Order of the Long Leaf Pine, which is the highest award the Governor can present to a civilian.
Attorney Surgeon truly cares about our elder population and their families and she works to help seniors and families better prepare to age in place and live their longest, best elder years on their own terms while she confidently provides . . . Substantial Peace of Mind.