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.
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.
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 […]
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.
Ms. Jessica L. Kruse graduated with honor from the University of Tulsa College of Law in 2006. Since 2011, Jessica has focused her practice on Elder Law, Probate and Estate Planning. Prior to that time she was an associate with Malkmus Law Firm, practicing insurance defense and business law gaining valuable trial experience.
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.
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.
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.
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 master’s degree in Business Administration, both from Missouri State University.
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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