William G. Nolan, Attorney

Bill is a 1981 graduate of the Cumberland School of Law. During his 42 years of being a member of the Bar, Bill has worked with families in a variety of roles. His first job out of law school was as a Petroleum Landman in Wyoming. In that job he researched title to determine mineral rights and then contacted the owners to secure oil and gas leases. It was a fantastic first job but when it was still snowing in April, Alabama called so he came home and began the private practice of law in the City Federal Building downtown. He practiced law as a generalist, meaning he handled basically whatever came through the door. He was mercifully hired away by Central Bank of the South in 1985, where he quickly became an expert in structuring and closing SBA loans for local businesses.

He later worked at SouthTrust Bank and lastly AmSouth Bank in similar roles, then left banking for good in 1995 to practice law. Bill was persuaded by Birmingham-Southern College in 1997 to become their Director of Planned Giving. In this role he worked with senior alumni and their estate-planners to craft charitable plans that benefitted both the college and the family. This is where he honed his skills in estate planning and also developed a keen interest in working with seniors.

In 2000 the Episcopal Church Foundation in New York hired Bill away from the college, so Bill began to travel extensively, speaking to churches, schools, camps/conference centers and church retirement homes about the how and why of creating endowment gifts and how to manage those gifts. In this capacity he worked with seniors throughout the eastern part of the US, primarily in Florida but as far north as DC, to help them create estate plans that provided some future benefit to their church. He was often called upon to explain the details to the family’s attorney and CPA! Among other things he learned how to communicate complex concepts in a clear and easy to understand manner. He learned that if you can’t explain it, you don’t understand it well enough!

In early 2006 Bill re-entered the private practice of law, this time under the trade name of “Nolan Elder Law, LLC”. His focus was on seniors- helping them plan now for whatever might lie ahead. In this capacity he worked with seniors who were wealthy and seniors who were of only modest means. It didn’t matter how much or how little they had. What mattered was that they needed help and often didn’t even realize it.

The adage “we don’t know what we don’t know” applies especially to elder law. Many seniors think that everything will just take care of itself. They don’t understand the details of Medicaid eligibility, Social Security, probate or Veteran’s benefits. Many seniors are from a generation where you trusted others. They didn’t anticipate elder financial abuse or internet scammers or even their own family trying to steal from them. Helping families minimize or eliminate their exposure to these and other threats became his goal. Providing his clients with peace of mind is his continuing mission.

In 2012 Bill took in a partner and the firm name changed its name for four years. In early 2016, Bill chose to part company and direct his efforts once again under the name of “Nolan Elder Law and Estate Planning, LLC”. His focus was still elder law, estate planning and the probate of the estates of those who have died. These areas of the law include wills and trusts, powers of attorney, healthcare directives, HIPAA waivers, Medicaid planning and Medicaid applications, Veteran’s benefits consulting and VA claims, Conservatorships and Guardianships, and helping executors and administrators understand the rules of probate. In 2021 the firm changed its name to The Alabama Elder Care Law Firm, LLC.

Over the years he has served in a variety of roles for the State and local bar associations. Some of those roles include:

  • Charter member of the State Bar’s Elder Law section
  • Former chair of the Real Property, Probate and Trust bar section
  • Recurring chair of the Birmingham Bar’s Elder Law committee
  • Member of Birmingham Inns of Court

He also served for a number of years as the chair of the Jefferson County Area Council on Aging, the nonprofit that provides Meals on Wheels to those in need. Bill has also been recognized as a “Top Lawyer in Elder Law” by Birmingham Magazine multiple times. He is published as an author. HR Alabama is a magazine for the human resources professional community. His article “Caregiving Education- an Expense or an Investment?” was published in the May, 2013 edition. His cover story “The VA Benefit Known as Aid and Attendance” was published in the November, 2013 issue of The Alabama Lawyer. He is also a frequent blogger and has had many articles published via LinkedIn, where he has over 3,700 connections. He speaks frequently to local professional and civic groups and is available for your group if you want to learn more about what we do. In what little spare time he has, Bill and his wife, Frances (who is a famous divorce lawyer) aspire to travel as much as possible.



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200 Office Park Dr #303
Birmingham, AL 35223