What is Elder Law?

Elder Law is an area of law concentrating on the legal needs of the elderly and special needs clients. A well-rounded Elder Law attorney will address a client’s general estate planning issues while also advising them on planning for incapacity and possible long-term care needs, including nursing home care. Additionally, they will have knowledge of Veteran’s Benefits, Medicaid (MO HealthNet), and other government benefit programs to assist with paying for long-term care and skilled nursing care.

Mission Statement

Our Mission is to inspire, educate and motivate our clients to control their future by empowering them to make the best decisions for their businesses and their families resulting in peace of mind.

Wills & Trusts

Estate planning is necessary to properly honor your wishes after death. Wills and Trusts serve different purposes, but often the words are interchanged. Find out the difference and what is right for your situation:

Powers of Attorney

Anyone can become incapacitated at any time. Consulting with a lawyer about the different types of powers of attorney and advanced planning will help protect you in that situation. To find out more:

Irrevocable Trusts

An irrevocable trust can help protect your assets for the future. However, there can be pitfalls when placing assets into a trust which is not revocable. To find out if an irrevocable trust is right for you:

Special Needs Trusts

What is the purpose of a Supplemental Needs Trust? To balance the eligibility of a person receiving benefits from government programs while keeping other family resources protected. To find out more:

Nursing Home Planning

There is a lot to plan and prepare for when considering your future long term care needs, including being prepared for potentially entering a nursing home. It's a complicated process and each person's situation is different. To find out how you can prepare:

Medicaid Asset Protection

If you're considering Medicaid to assist with paying for the nursing home but are worried about having too many assets, then it's time to talk to a lawyer. A lawyer practicing in Elder Law can assist you before and during your Medicaid application process. To find out more:

Veteran's Benefits

A lawyer accredited through the Department of Veterans Affairs can discuss with you how pension programs developed for seniors may assist with your long term care needs. It is important to understand how your assets and potential future Medicaid needs fit into the big picture. Find out more:

Probate

Dealing with property ownership of a deceased family member can be tricky. It is essential to determine whether probate is required. Properly handling most ownership issues must occur within one year of a person's death. To find out how a lawyer can help you in this situation:

Wills and Revocable Trusts: Know the Differences

Wills and revocable trusts are beneficial planning documents used to pass assets on to beneficiaries after death. However, there are very distinct differences. To make the best decision for your family, you should know the three major distinctions between wills and revocable trusts. Privacy When a will is administered, it must go through the court … Read more

Top 7 Pitfalls When Buying a Business

Purchasing a business is exciting, but the process can be tricky and confusing. There are a variety of variables you should consider before signing on the dotted line. Here are seven common pitfalls: Not forming a business entity. Don’t begin signing contracts, leases, or loan agreements in your own name without planning and implementing your … Read more

Protecting Your Assets When Faced With Nursing Home Care

A family’s life savings can easily be spent in a matter of months when a family member needs long-term nursing home care. The loss of life savings and assets, including the family home, can be devastating. There are several different Missouri Medicaid (MO HealthNet) long-term care programs for which Missouri seniors may be eligible. One … Read more

Why an Updated Operating Agreement is Important for Your LLC

Limited Liability Company (LLC) has become one of the most popular business entity types for solo and small business owners. It is considered to be more flexible than a corporation and has the advantage of combining the pass-through taxation of a partnership or sole proprietorship with the limited liability of a corporation, creating the best … Read more

Got Rental Property?

In today’s real estate market, many homeowners are opting to purchase a new home and convert their current house into an investment property. Whether handling the renting process themselves or using a property management company, it’s not unusual for the business structure regarding ownership of the rental property to be overlooked. If you own your … Read more

How Often Should I Review My Estate Plan?

Although there is no set time to review your estate plan, the new year is a good opportunity to reflect on any significant changes in your life during the past year to determine if your plan still meets all your goals. Time has a way of passing quickly, and it is easy to put your … Read more

Elder Law Education

Elder law is a remarkably diverse area of practice. My philosophy is to reach out to the community to provide education on topics such as estate planning, elder law, options for financing nursing home care, and guardianship proceedings for seniors and their families. If you belong to an organization and would like for me to … Read more

Legal Issues and Alzheimer’s Disease

An education program by the Alzheimer’s Association. Tuesday, October 17, 2017 3:00 – 4:30pm Alzheimer’s Association 3645 South Avenue Springfield, MO 65807 If you or someone you know is affected by Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, the time for legal and financial planning is now. Legal issues and Alzheimer’s Disease is a workshop presented by the … Read more

Don’t Let Easements Become a Headache

If you are purchasing or leasing property — whether a home, a condominium, a farm or a business — you need to be aware of the legally binding easements that affect the title to the property. Separately recorded easements or easements created by deed will specify any rights that allow someone to use a property … Read more

What is Probate and Why Should I Avoid It?

The topic of probate brings up a lot of concerns from people who come to us for estate planning. Many have heard horror stories from families and friends. They know enough to know that they want to avoid probate, but they don’t know why or how. Probate is simply an administrative process supervised by the … Read more

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