Co-Founder of the Tallahassee firm of Waldoch & McConnaughhay, P.A., Lauchlin Tench Waldoch devotes her time exclusively to elder law and related issues. Her practice includes wills, trusts, probate, and incapacity planning, including powers of attorney, advance directives for health care such as living wills and health care surrogate designations. A substantial part of her practice also involves understanding public benefits, particularly as related to long term care such as Veterans Benefits, Medicaid and Managed Care. Lauchlin helps families who care for persons with special needs, using special needs trusts, protective trusts and other planning vehicles.
Lauchlin is certified by the Florida Bar in Elder Law and designated a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) by the National Elder Law Foundation.
As co-founder and former chair of the Public Policy Task Force of the Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorney's (AFELA) and Chair of the Elder Law Section of the Florida Bar, she works with legislative and regulatory issues affecting seniors and persons with disabilities. Lauchlin received Member of the Year in 1999 and 2005 for the Elder Law Section of the Florida Bar and for AFELA in 2001 and 2005. She is also active in numerous national, state and community organizations related to the elderly and individuals with disabilities.
Lauchlin has been married to Steve Waldoch for almost 38 years and they have two children. Among other activities, she enjoys riding and driving horses and is the former Regional Director and Board Member of the Florida Whips, (2012-1017), the statewide driving association. Lauchlin has served on the Leon County Humane Society Board of Directors and is active in the First Presbyterian Church in Tallahassee. She grew up in Gainesville, Florida, but has been a Tallahassee resident since 1987.
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITY SUMMARY
Florida Bar Elder Law Section: Chair, 2001-1002; current member; numerous speaking CLE engagements for advanced programs; and positions on executive committees and boards
Stetson Special Needs Trust Annual Conferences: inception to date, presenter and attendee
Special Needs Alliance: member, current
Council of Advanced Practitioners (CAP): current member
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA): Board of Directors, 2002-2006; past Chair of the Advocacy/Litigation Special Interest Group; past Public Policy Liaison for the State of Florida; past member, Public Policy Committee, Finance Committee, 2003 Symposium Committee and NAELA Fellows Selection Committee, Guardianship, Trust and Practice Development Special Interest Groups; guest editor, Summer 2003 NAELA Quarterly; Co-Chair of the 2005 Symposium (Joint Conference with the National Geriatric Care Manager's Association)
Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys: member 1999 to date; Director, 1999 - 2003
Legislative and Regulatory Public Policy Task Force (AFELA and Elder Law Section): founding Co-Chair, former Chair and current member
Florida State Guardianship Association: past Chair, Legislative Committee; past Director; co-wrote and produced first lay education 8- hour course for guardians in the Second Judicial Circuit
World Conference on Aging: 2009, presenter
Life Care Planning Law Firm Association: steering committee and founding Director through 2009
Big Bend Hospice, Inc.: Board of Directors, 2003-2009
Canadian Centre for Elder Law: 2007 Annual Conference, presenter and attendee
North Florida Legal Services: volunteer
Tallahassee Senior Center: volunteer
Tallahassee Alzheimer Resource Association: volunteer
Capital Coalition of Aging: volunteer
Florida Bar, 1978, current
Tennessee Bar, 2004, current
Justice James C. Adkins, Florida Supreme Court, 1978-1980
University of Florida Law School, with honors, 1978
Newcomb College of Tulane University, cum laude, 1973; Phi Beta Kappa