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2021 MO HealthNet Update by Melissa Leavy, Brian Quinn, Lori Rook
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Join our faculty of experienced Missouri Elder Law attorneys as they examine:
Federal and State law updates and developments
Changes in the Income Maintenance Manual (the caseworker guide for Medicaid), regulations and rules
Current issues with MO HealthNet applications and appeals
New eligibility numbers
Speakers: Melissa Q. Leavy, The Elder Care Law Practice, LLC, St. Louis, Lori B. Rook, Ozarks Elder Law, Springfield and Brian G. Quinn, Quinn Estate & Elder Law, LLC, Manchester
MAR 4 | Melissa Q. Leavy
MAY 27 | Brian G. Quinn, Quinn Estate & Elder Law, LLC, Manchester
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The Elder Care Law Practice, LLC
Melissa Q. Leavy received her Juris Doctor from the St. Louis University School of Law with a Tax Concentration in Estate Planning. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Melissa is licensed to practice law in Missouri and Illinois. She is a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA), a national recognition through the National Elder Law Foundation. She is a past Board member for the Missouri Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.
During law school, she worked at both the Internal Revenue Service and the Missouri Department of Revenue, assisting in complex litigation cases and resolution of tax controversy cases.
Melissa is a VA-accredited attorney and represents clients in Medicaid and VA eligibility cases as well as resolution of other matters involving the Missouri Department of Social Services, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and other Social Security Administration programs. Melissa’s VA-accreditation authorizes her to represent clients directly in their initial claims and appeals for Veteran Benefits. She helps clients and their families with a wide range of long-term care issues, including Medicaid, Veteran’s Benefits, other government programs, tax and estate planning, asset protection and Special Needs Trusts, and Probate matters.
*The designation of Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) is conferred by the National Elder Law Foundation (www.nelf.org). Neither the supreme court nor the bar of Illinois or Missouri reviews or approves certifying organizations or specialist designations.
Quinn Estate & Elder Law, LLC
Brian Quinn is the principal owner of Quinn Estate & Elder Law, LLC. He serves individual and business clients in a variety of legal matters, especially in the areas of Estate Planning, Asset Protection Planning, Medicaid planning, Veterans Benefits, Elder Law and Special Needs Planning. Brian has been named as a “Super Lawyer” in the field of elder law by Super Lawyers Magazine. He is a member of The Missouri Bar and the Illinois Bar. He is accredited through the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to assist in the preparation, presentation, and prosecution of claims for Veterans benefits before their agency. Brian has held multiple positions with the Missouri Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (MONAELA) and the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis’ (BAMSL). Brian served as President of MONAELA for 2019 and continues to serve on its Board of Directors. Brian also serves on the Board of Directors for Voyce (formerly the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program) of Greater St. Louis. Brian is an Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America.
Ozarks Elder Law
Lori Rook is the Owner and Managing Attorney of Ozarks Elder Law and its seven offices in Southwest Missouri. She 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 before returning to the Springfield area to practice and raise her family.
Since 2012 Lori has focused her practice in the areas of Elder Law, Probate, Estate Planning, Business Formation, Real Estate and Litigation. Prior to joining Ozarks Elder Law, Lori’s practice was focused in the areas of Civil Litigation, specifically premises liability, insurance defense, contract disputes, product liability, premises liability, medical malpractice and real estate. During that time, she practiced with a local defense firm and large defense firm, gaining invaluable litigation and trial experience.
Lori is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) and currently serves as the President of the Missouri Chapter of (NAELA). She has also served as a member and Vice-Chair of the Missouri Bar Probate and Trust Committee and the Elder Law Committee. Lori is a member of The Missouri Bar, The Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association, The Southern Missouri Women Lawyers, The Greene County Estate Planning Council, The Catholic Business Network and The Christian County Bar Association. Lori is licensed to practice law in state and federal courts in Missouri and is a certified VA attorney.
Outside of her practice, Lori is dedicated to serving her community. Lori serves on the Judicare Panel and Volunteer Lawyer Panel with Legal Services of Southern Missouri. In addition, Lori is a Board member for the Nixa Chamber of Commerce and is very active in several other organizations such as the Junior League of Springfield where she previously served as a Board Member and is currently the chair of the Scholarship Committee. She has also served on many committees at both the state and local level.
Lori’s expertise and commitment to providing exceptional legal representation has also earned her the respect of the Southwest Missouri legal and business communities. Lori received statewide recognition for her legal work in 2015, 2016 and 2017 when she was selected as one of Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers “Rising Stars”. In 2016 Springfield Business Journal named her a “Trusted Advisor.” In 2017, she was selected by Missouri Lawyers Weekly as one of Missouri’s “Rising Stars” and later that same year Missouri Lawyers Weekly also named her a “Law Firm Leader.” She was selected by the Springfield Business Journal for inclusion in its 2019 Class of “40 Under 40.” Lori is also a 2019 graduate of Leadership Springfield and a 2017 graduate of Ozarkleads.
In her free time, Lori enjoys speaking at the local and state level regarding elder law issues to both community members and other professionals. She also enjoys running and spending time with her husband and three children at Table Rock Lake.
2021 MO HealthNet Update by Melissa Leavy, Brian Quinn, Lori Rook