As the Founder and Principal Attorney of the McNair Law Group, PLLC, Joy exclusively practices estate planning and elder law, which includes wills and trusts, asset protection planning, nursing home Medicaid qualification/long-term care planning, special needs planning, incapacity planning, and probate and trust administration.
Her expertise lies in leading her clients through the complex process of creating plans that balance family protection, wealth preservation, and the embodiment of cherished family values. Her broad legal skills include planning strategies for non-married couples, same-sex couples, divorced individuals, disabled persons, and individuals with Alzheimer's or dementia.
Whether you're single or married, with a blended or traditional family, just starting out, or reflecting on a life well-lived, Joy aims to help you create a plan that accomplishes your goals for you and your loved ones, for today and for future generations.
Joy's passion for educating her clients on various aspects of the law sets her apart from other attorneys. She understands that making informed decisions is crucial in legal matters, so she takes the time to explain complex legal concepts in a way that is easy for her clients to understand. She also updates her clients on any changes in laws or regulations that may affect their plans.
Joy is not only an accomplished attorney, but she is also a lifelong learner. She constantly seeks out new knowledge and stays current on the latest field developments. This allows her to provide her clients with the most comprehensive and effective strategies for their estate planning and elder law needs.
She takes the time to get to know each client personally and works tirelessly to provide comprehensive solutions that meet their needs. She believes that every individual and family deserves a secure and prosperous future, and she is committed to using her expertise to make that a reality for her clients.
Joy chose to focus in the areas of estate planning and elder law because of her personal connection to these areas. With the tragic demise of her father in the 1986 Challenger Space Shuttle explosion and acting as a provisional caretaker for her mother during an emergency brain surgery, Joy has personally encountered the complexities involved in addressing incapacity and loss of a loved one. She deeply understands the decisions families need to make, the emerging questions, and the tremendous impact that effective planning—or the lack thereof—can have on individuals and their families.
In her spare time, Joy enjoys mentoring young women interested in pursuing careers in law. She is a keen traveler and patron of the arts, cherishes time with family and friends, and contributes to the community through philanthropy and volunteerism.
Joy is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), WealthCounsel, and ElderCounsel, and is admitted to the State Bar of Texas, State Bar of Georgia, and the District of Columbia Bar. She is also a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) and Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer (CADDCT) through the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners (NCCDP).
Joy completed her undergraduate studies at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, majoring in Psychology. She went on to earn her Juris Doctor from Howard University School of Law in Washington, DC. Furthermore, she pursued an advanced law degree, Master of Laws (LL.M), from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC, specializing in Taxation and obtaining a certificate in Estate Planning.