Experience, Expertise, Care and Concern for Every Client
Where Did I Grow Up:
Troy, Missouri. I have lived in St. Charles County since December of 1974.
My first marriage produced two wonderful daughters. My oldest daughter is a lawyer, married and has two girls of her own. My younger daughter is a registered nurse and lives here in St. Charles County. My two granddaughters, ages 6 and 4, are a delight to me. And now, I am happily re- married to my wife Sandy and have the privilege to help raise her teenage son!
I love to play golf, when time permits. Give me a good book, whether it is a history, a biography, mystery novel, it doesn’t matter. I love to read. And, Bible Study has become very important to me. And, being able to travel never grows old.
I knew I wanted to be a lawyer since I was in the third grade. Tory, Missouri is my hometown and after high school graduation, going to college [Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois] was just the next step that had to be taken to get to law school. I went to the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law.
When I returned to St. Charles after my discharge from the Army in December of 1974, I no longer had the job I had been offered because the attorney that offered me the job, David Dalton, was asked to fill the vacancy in the Democratic ticket for Probate Judge and he got elected. So, I had to decide to take a job as an assistant prosecutor or open my own practice.
After talking with several attorneys in the area, and a couple from my hometown area, I decided to start my own practice and it has gone well ever since.
Unique About What We Do:
We are the only law firm in St. Charles County, and perhaps the greater metropolitan area, that has a veteran as a partner, coupled with the unique know-how to coordinate asset protection planning with obtaining both Medicaid benefits and VA Aid & Attendance benefits.
We have handled over 3,000 successful applications for Medicaid since 2001 and over 1,500 successful applications for the VA Aid & Attendance benefit since 2011
What Else to Know About Me/Family:
I hold the belief that no one in business deserves to be successful in their market area unless they actively give back to their community, and I am very grateful to have been a part of many charitable, religious, and community service organizations over the last 44 years. I am blessed to have a spouse that holds to the same belief. Sandy has been very active in civic organizations and governmental affairs over the last 26 years, and we look forward to continuing our community involvement in the years to come.
Number of Employees:
Nine (click here to meet the team!)
Length of Time in Business:
What Prompted You to Start Your Own Business:
To provide peace of mind to seniors and families by developing a long-term care plan to maximize independence, maintain quality of life and identify resources to pay for care. I want to help them put the pieces together.
Describe What You Do:
We provide estate planning services including the basic wills, trusts, powers of attorney for health care and financial matters. We do advanced planning for families that are interested in avoiding probate as well as protecting their assets against the high costs of long-term care. We also help people protect their assets and apply for Medicaid, and we also assist veterans and their spouses in getting the Aid & Attendance Benefit from the VA to help pay for long-term care.
What Makes Our Firm Unique:
Our law firm is a family. Our team has been together for many years and we trust each other implicitly. Our clients are part of our family and our relationships are based on mutual respect and trust. We have helped over 40,000 families in St. Charles County. We are the best firm in Elder Law in St. Louis.
Advice to Residents in the Area:
Don’t delay in getting your planning done! Waiting until next week or next year could be too late.
Who Should Call You:
Anyone who needs help with their estate or in protecting assets for a loved one. Someone who is in need of Home Health Care, Assisted Living Care or Skilled Nursing Care and/or getting the maximum benefits available from either the Veterans Administration or Medicaid. We will help you or your loved ones get the highest care possible and your consultation is free.
Article originally appeared in Whitmore Life Magazine.
Photo courtesy of Blacktie Missouri.