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Stephen C. Jones

Stephen C. Jones

Practice areas:

Elder Law, Business, Estate Planning

About Me

Stephen C. Jones


Jones Elder Law, LLC


 


Stephen focuses his practice on protecting the assets that families have worked a lifetime to accumulate.  After watching his grandparents battle through the Alzheimer’s disease progression, he understands first hand the type of financial devastation that lays in wait for the unprepared.  For this reason, he has made it his personal mission to make sure his clients are educated and prepared to take the steps necessary to protect their life’s work. 


 


“No one should have to suffer through the loss of their family business and life savings like my grandparents as a result of an illness, a regressive tax system or frivolous litigation.”


 


Stephen works closely with individuals and their families to protect their life savings and businesses from such risks as long term care costs, increasing income and estate taxes, and litigation. 


 


“My favorite moment during a vision meeting with a client and their family is when they understand that they have options that will allow them to continue living their lives with the dignity that they have earned, while at the same time protecting their hard work.  Education and a message of hope are the two most powerful things we share with our potential clients”


 


Stephen’s life experiences have positioned him to guide his client’s through the asset protection process.  Prior to founding Jones Elder Law, LLC, he worked for several years in a large St. Louis practice where he worked intimately with high net worth individuals ($10 million plus net worth) to design and implement plans to minimize their tax exposure and business risk. 


 


“I loved working with these clients and learning the cutting edge legal techniques that would help our clients.  At the end of the day, however, the clients I worked with were through someone else’s relationship.  What I was missing was the ability to forge the close bond between a client and one of their trusted advisors.  At Jones Elder Law. LLC form part of a team with their tax and financial advisors.  We are not just advising a client but we are helping guide a friend and family that we care about.”


 


At Jones Elder Law you are not just another case in the door, you are an individual person, with a unique set of needs.  Stephen takes the time to listen and get all the details of your personal situation.   What are your goals?  What are your concerns?


 


Jones Elder Law develops an individual plan for every client’s situation.  We are not talking about the type of planning where every client that walks in the door gets a Living Trust just like the last five clients did.” 


 


The level of planning that Jones Elder Law engages in with our client’s cannot be done in a vacuum.  As a result, Stephen also engages your tax advisor and your financial advisor so that your entire team is working in unison to develop the best strategy to achieve your goals.   The proper plan for a family must include input from the legal advisor, financial advisor and tax advisor.  That is what Jones Elder Law calls the Trusted Advisor Team.


 


“I cannot encourage folks enough to reach out to us and learn about your options as individuals or perhaps as an existing trusted advisors that may have a client in need.  I learn something nearly every day from my clients and their existing trusted advisors.  It is my pleasure to sit down with families and their advisory team and discuss their concerns and what solutions Jones Elder Law, LLC may be able to bring to the table. 


 


Stephen’s education has positioned him perfectly to offer his clients this type of counseling.  He attended St. Louis University School of Law earning his Juris Doctorate (Magna Cum Laude) while graduating fifth in his class.  Prior to that Stephen attended the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University where he was awarded an Advanced Corporate Financial Strategies Certificate.  Stephen also received a Master of Business Administration (with highest honors) from the University of West Virginia. His education background makes him eminently qualified to help families plan their financial future and survive periods of financial crisis. Stephen is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Wealth Counsel, Elder Counsel, Task Force for Senior Fairness, and numerous other legal associations.


 


Stephen enjoys spending time at the ice rink watching his two boys play hockey, and his daughter figure skate. When not at the rink, or in the office, he enjoys a nice round of golf on a sunny day.  Stephen notes that he is miserable while jogging but he does it anyway.


 

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1999

  1. Elder Law: 50%
    11 years, 250 cases
  2. Estate Planning: 25%
  3. Business: 25%

Payment

Fees:

Fixed (Always)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check

Attorney Endorsements

11 total 

  • Nicholas P. Iavarone

    Steve is one of the most competent attorney's that I have encountered in my 30 years of practice. Steve is meticulous in his preparation and research. Steve is innovative and always places his client's interest above all other considerations.

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    Nicholas Iavarone Securities & Investment Fraud Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Rosalind M Robertson

    Steve is very passionate about his legal work. He is intelligent, assertive and hard working. Steve strives to obtain the best result for each and every client he represents. He treats his clients in the manner he would want his family treated. I would highly recommend Steve.

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    Rosalind Robertson Elder Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Jones Elder Law

3005 Godfrey Road, Suite B
Godfrey, IL, 62035

Jones Elder Law

28 Bronze Pointe, Suite A-2
Swansea, IL, 62226

Jones Elder Law

500 Chesterfield Center
Suite 355
Chesterfield, MO, 63017

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Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
KYAuthorized to practice law201010/18/2010
ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law200605/14/2015
MOGood Standing, Active199901/08/2013

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Champion For Illinois SeniorsTaskforce for Senior Fairness - Michael Bauer, Political Strategist2012
Missouri Best Lawyers - Selected By Peer RecognitionBest Lawyers2012
St. Louis Five Star Wealth ManagerFive Star Professional2011
American Jurisprudence Award - ContractsSaint Louis University School of LawN/A
American Jurisprudence Award - Estates & TrustsSaint Louis University School of LawN/A

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Founder and CounselJones Elder Law2009 - Present
Chief Operating OfficerRadix Global Solutions2006 - 2009
PartnerSimmonsCooper, LLC2002 - 2009
AssociateBryan Cave2000 - 2002
AssociateGallop, Johnson & Neuman1998 - 2000
Sr. Financial Analyst, Office of the ChairmenPeabody Holding Company, Inc.1989 - 1998

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (Illinois chapter)Board of Directors2013 - Present
Academy of Special Needs PlannersMember2011 - Present
ElderCare USAMember2011 - Present
Advisors ForumMember2010 - Present
Wealth CounselMember2010 - Present
Illinois Task Force for Senior FairnessMember2010 - Present
Speaker's Bureau for the Alzheimer's AssociationMember2010 - Present
Kentucky Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
National Care Planning CouncilMember2009 - Present
Elder CounselMember2009 - Present
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysMember2009 - Present
Missouri State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Illinois State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Madison County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Illinois Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
American Association for JusticeMemberN/A

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Caregiver Agreement SolutionSimple plan to protect the client's assets

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
The Consumer's Guide to Medicaid Planning and Division of AssetsDo You Qualify for Financial Assistance for Nursing Home Care?2012
Today's AdvantageAsk Everything About Elder Law2012
Newsletter of the American Parkinson Disease Association, St. Louis ChapterVeterans With Parkinson's... There May Be Real Help Available For You2010
Top Ten Myths About MedicaidTop Ten Myths About MedicaidN/A

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Saint Louis University School of LawLawJuris Doctorate1998
Marshall UniversityFinanceMasters of Business Administration1993
Blackburn CollegeAccounting, Pre-LawBA - Bachelor of Arts1989
University of Texas System, AustinScience and Technology CommercializationMaster of Science and Technology CommercializationN/A

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Fundamentals of Elder LawFundamentals of Elder Law2013
The Illinois S.M.A.R.T. Act - Be Smart and Protect the Seniors You Love!The Illinois S.M.A.R.T. Act - Be Smart and Protect the Seniors You Love!2012
Radio Interview by Jill BoomerProtect Yourself Today, From Long Term Costs Tomorrow2012
Planning in Illinois Post DRALong Term Care Planning2012
NAELA Illinois UnprogramCutting Edge Planning Under DRA/SMART Act2012
How Does Elder Law Apply To Me? I'm Not ElderlyChanges to Illinois' Medicaid Rules, Again2012
BNI LuncheonHow Elder Law Can Protect Your Clients Today!2012
Alzheimer's Association Looking Ahead ProgramLegal Planning for Seniors2012
Trenton Village Family NightWills & Trusts2011
The Glenwood Educational SeminarsHow Our Veteran’s Can Find Additional Money For Long Term Care2011
Senior Living Series by Garden Place Senior Living CommunityThe Differences in Medicaid Planning vs. Veteran’s Planning2011
Safe Harbor Financial Client Appreciation LuncheonProtecting Your Assets From Long Term Care Costs2011
Mederi Caretenders Lifelong Learning Series at Hayner LibraryDon’t Go Broke In A Nursing Home2011
Main Street Community Center, Coffee TalkPlanning for Long Term Care Needs2011
Gateway Hospital Lunch & LearnThe Powerful Power of Attorney2011
Free Public EducationPlanning for Long Term Care Needs2011
Free Public EducationLong Term Care Planning Workshop2011
Cedarhust of Collinsville Senior Living LuncheonIrrevocable or Revocable? Which Trust is Best for My Family?2011
Anderson Hospital, Lunch & Learn WorkshopLegal Planning During a Health Crisis2011
Alton Memorial Hospital Lunch & LearnAlzheimer’s Hope: The Alzheimer’s Legal Survival Action Plan2011
Workshop for CaregiversNuts and Bolts of Caregiving2010
St. Clair County Office on Aging Community Education ServiceTips for Caring for An Older Adult2010
Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville’s Lifelong Learning ProgramElder Care & Asset Protection2010
Long Term Care Planning WorkshopLong Term Care Planning2010
Estate Planning WorkshopEstate Planning2010
Caregiving WorkshopLegal Aspects of Caregiving2010
Alzheimer's Association Speakers BureauCaring for a Loved one with Alzheimer's from a Legal Perspective2010
What is Going to Happen to You and Your Family If You Have to Go Into A Nursing HomeMedicaid Planning2009
Top Ten Myths About MedicaidMedicaid Planning2009