Sarah Garland St. Onge, Attorney at Law
Sarah Garland St. Onge started at Millender Elder Law in 2018 and became a member (partner) at the firm in 2021. She brings over fifteen years of experience in advocating for people with disabilities and their families. Her knowledge includes an understanding of the services and systems in South Carolina available to people with disabilities and the elderly. This knowledge base allows her to take a holistic approach to problem solving, including establishing working plans based upon her client’s goals. Mrs. St. Onge has brought federal litigation to enforce the rights guaranteed by the Americans with Disabilities Act, drafted amicus briefs in both state and federal courts, and investigated allegations of abuse and neglect at facilities throughout South Carolina.
She has experience in the fields of estate planning, probate, elder law, administrative law, mental health law, litigation, appellate practice, and affirmative litigation.
Mrs. St. Onge teaches Elder Law at University of South Carolina Joseph F. Rice School of Law with Andrew J. Atkins. She also taught Legal Writing for five years.
She is active in the South Carolina Bar, serving on the Elder Law Committee, a past chair; a member of SC Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, serving on the Board of Directors; and has taught continuing legal education classes on guardianship, alternatives to Guardianship, Medicaid, estate planning, ethics, and advanced directives. She chaired the Article 5 Task Force, which was the body that drafted the changes to the guardianship and protective proceedings portion of the Probate Code. She is a contributing editor and author to A Practical Guide to Elder and Special Needs Law in South Carolina, Second Edition, published by the South Carolina Bar.
Areas of Practice
Elder Law including:
- Advising on Guardianship and Protective Proceeding and Alternatives to Guardianship and Protective Proceedings
- Guardianship and Conservatorship Actions
- Estate Planning
- Legal Advocacy for Receiving Services in the Community
- Administrative Actions to Access Services
- Estate Administration
- Long Term Care Planning
- Special Needs Planning
- Access to Medicaid
Undergraduate & Law Degrees
- Agnes Scott College
- University of Tennessee, College of Law
Admitted to Practice in:
- South Carolina
- United States District Court, District of South Carolina
- South Carolina Bar
- Richland County Bar Association
- National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
- SC Bar Elder Law Committee