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Guardianship & Conservatorship

Guardianship is a legal relationship whereby the Probate Court gives one person (the guardian) the power to make personal decisions for another (the ward).

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Wills & Trusts

Your Last Will and Testament is a written legal document that you sign before a Notary Public and two witnesses.  It becomes effective at your death and directs how your property will be distributed.

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Nursing Home Planning

Whether you are met with an immediate need for nursing home care or you want answers “just in case” we can provide up to date information on what’s in store.

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Powers of Attorney

Normally, durable power of attorney for financial, business and medical matters are effective immediately upon execution. Sometimes, however, a principal is reluctant to delegate broad powers to anyone while he or she is still competent.

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Medical Asset Planning

Medicaid is a State and Federal Government program that pays for certain health services and nursing home care for older people with low incomes and limited assets.

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Probate

When a person dies owning property in the state of Missouri, a probate estate may be necessary to see that the decedent’s last bills are paid and the decedent’s property is distributed to the proper persons.

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Veterans Benefits

For many veterans, the rising cost of assisted living, nursing home care or home health care can be staggering. To assist veterans needing these expensive healthcare services, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers a special program […]

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Special Needs Trusts

A Special Needs Trust (SNT)-sometimes also referred to as a Supplemental Needs Trust- provides for the needs of a person with a disability by complementing rather than replacing government benefits.

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Elder Abuse and Negligent

The decision to place a loved one in a nursing home is an extremely hard decision. When this happens there is a reasonable expectation that the nursing home and health care providers will provide the highest standard of care with respect and dignity. Unfortunately, that is often not the case.

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Our Five Star Team

Jessica Kruse
Jessica 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
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
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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Elyse Hartley
Elyse Hartley
Elyse Hartley joined Ozarks Elder Law as an associate estate planning and elder law 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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Danielle Kincaid
Danielle Kincaid
Danielle graduated cum laude from Creighton University School of Law in 2011, where she served as President of the Student Bar Association, a member of the editorial staff of the Creighton Law Review, and was a founding editor of the Creighton International and Comparative Law Journal. Prior to attending law school, Danielle obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology and a Masters in Business Administration, both from Missouri State University.
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Dianne Hanson
Dianne Hanson
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 eldercare issues.
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