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About Ozarks Elder Law

As Elder Law attorneys, we consider what is best for our clients from all points of view, including the legal, medical, financial, social and family issues. We approach these issues in an objective way, with a primary emphasis on promoting the highest quality of life for the individuals that we serve.

We became lawyers because we wanted to be problem solvers and strong advocates for those who need help with society’s institutions; and we wanted to help people with the legal planning that allows each of us to care for ourselves and to provide for those we care about. This is the philosophy that guides our practice everyday.

We assist clients in planning for the possibility of disability, incapacity, home health care, assisted living and/or nursing home placement. Through estate planning and asset protection planning, our firm helps clients to avoid probate and the impoverishment caused by the escalating cost of long term care. We also help our clients maintain their right to make health care decisions and avoid unnecessary medical treatment.

The sole focus of our practice is the legal needs of the elderly and disabled. We meet with clients where they are most comfortable. If a client is unable to travel to our office, we can meet with them at their residence, assisted living facility, nursing home or hospital room.

Personnel

Jessica L. Kruse

Jessica L. Kruse graduated with honor from the University of Tulsa College of Law in 2006, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Tulsa Journal of Comparative and International Law, a Teaching Assistant for Contracts classes, a Research Assistant for Professor Janet Koven Levit, and the Secretary of the Phi Delta Phi Honors Ethics Fraternity.

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Lori Rook

Lori Rook was born and raised in the Springfield area. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Missouri State University in 2003 where she graduated with honors. In 2006 Lori received her law degree from Oklahoma City University School of Law.

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Angela Myers

Angela Myers graduated ranked number 2 in her law school class from the University of Memphis in 2002. While in law school, Angela was a Staff Member of the University of Memphis Law Review, and wrote an article that was published in the winter 2002 law review edition. Angela was awarded a Cecil C. Humphreys Law Fellowship 2000-2002, and was the recipient of the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Civil Procedure I, Torts II, Constitutional Law, Legal Clinic and Best Memo. In 2002, she was admitted to practice before Missouri state courts and the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri.

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Dianne M. Hansen

Dianne M. Hansen is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). She received her B.A. degree from Avila College in Kansas City, Missouri in 1989 and received her Juris Doctorate with distinction from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law in 1992. She has been of counsel to Ozarks Elder Law Office (formerly Zerrer Elder Law) since 2006, where she concentrates her practice solely on elder law and elder care issues.

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Elyse Gibson

Elyse Gibson joined Ozarks Elder Law as an associate attorney in 2014. She grew up on a farm in Central Missouri and worked as an insurance agent in her family’s business during and after college. She graduated with honors from the Trulaske College of Business at the University of Missouri, where she was selected to participate in the Harry and Ann Cornell Leadership Program.

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