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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:

Avoid Chaos With An Operating Agreement

When a business owner decides to file their Limited Liability Company (LLC) on their own, creating a thorough Operating Agreement is the step that is most often overlooked. Often, many commonly omitted details can be avoided when you go through the process of forming your LLC with a professional.   The LLC Operating Agreement is … Read more

Finding Certainty in Uncertain Times

One thing is for certain. Life is full of uncertainty. Natural disasters, disruption in the economy, and illnesses can lead to loss of property, jobs, health and, yes, even death. While we cannot control the next catastrophe, what we can we do is prepare to be in a better position to care for our families, … Read more

You Have the Right to Refuse an Inheritance

Did you know that just because you are awarded an inheritance, you don’t have to accept it? When you receive a gift from someone’s estate, you can refuse to accept the gift for any reason. This is called “disclaiming” the gift. When you disclaim a gift, you have no right to decide who gets it. … Read more

How a Beneficiary Deed Works

Assets can be placed directly into a living trust to avoid probate, but also in some situations you may choose to instead transfer the property by beneficiary deed. A beneficiary deed lists who the owner wants to inherit the property after his/her death. The new deed must be signed and recorded with the office of … Read more

Why is a Business Succession Plan Important?

Every business owner knows that building a business takes dedication, commitment, hard work, sacrifice, sweat equity, and yes, a little luck. There is nothing quite like the sense of pride and accomplishment that comes from owning a successful business, whether it is a partnership or family-owned. To maintain the fruits of your labor, you should … Read more

How to Plan for Diminishing Capacity

Estate planning conversations shouldn’t focus solely on what will happen to your assets after death, but also on what may happen if you experience diminishing mental capacity during your lifetime as a result of an accident, disease, medication, or dementia. It can happen at any age. A General Durable Power of Attorney (POA) focuses primarily … Read more

Digital Assets and Your Estate Plan

Did you know that access to an electronic record is considered a digital asset? You should establish a way to keep track of important logins, passwords, access keys and personal identification numbers (PINs) to ensure your family and power of attorney can access important online and electronic records when the need arises. Make a list … Read more

It’s Good Business to Protect Your Personal Assets

The most important decision you make as a business owner, whether starting a new business, purchasing a business, or reviewing a current business entity, is choosing the legal structure that will protect your personal assets. Three options to consider: Doing Business As (DBA): This option is simply filing a fictitious name registration for your business … Read more

Are You Prepared? The Importance of Organizing Documents for Your Designees

A New Year means it’s time to act on your resolutions. Getting organized is one of the top 10 New Year’s resolutions, according to a recent Reader’s Digest survey. Organizing your home and office are lofty goals and can lessen the chaos of your everyday life. However, consider how important it is to have your … Read more

Why You Should Get it in Writing

These may be the four most important words for an entrepreneur or small-business owner who often operates on a “handshake” principle: Get it in writing. The challenge and excitement of starting a new business can lead to entering business agreements haphazardly or with complete trust of the other party, especially if it is with a … Read more

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