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Mary Brigid Fernandez

Mary Brigid Fernandez

Practice areas:

Elder Law, Estate Planning, Guardianship

About Me

In addition to a law degree, Ms. Fernandez has a Bachelor's and a Master's Degree of Social work from the University of Missouri - Columbia.  She is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  Brigid worked for nearly 20 years as a Medical Social Worker in an area hospital and pursued her law degree to continue her advocacy for older adults and persons with disabilities.


 


It is her unique combination of education and experience that makes her a strong advocate for her clients.  She understands how hospitals and nursing homes work, and is familiar with families dealing with illness, long term planning and other numerous issues they face.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2006

  1. Elder Law: 40%
  2. Guardianship: 30%
  3. Estate Planning: 30%

Payment

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

1 total

  • Michael Cameron Weeks

    Brigid is a skilled elder law attorney that I have known for several years through the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone needing the services of an elder law attorney.

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    Michael Weeks Elder Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Martha C. Brown & Associates

220 W. Lockwood
Suite 203
Webster Groves, MO, 63119-2353

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
MOGood Standing, Active200601/08/2013

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
David Grant Student Attorney AwardSaint Louis University School of Law2006
David A. Gee Meritorius Service AwardBarnes Jewish Hospital2001
Caring Spirit AwardBarnes Jewish Hospital2001
Friend of Nursing AwardBarnes Jewish Hospital1999

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyMartha C. Brown & Associates, LLC2009 - Present
Law ClerkMissouri Court Of Appeals Eastern District2006 - 2009
Legal InternSt. Louis University School Of Law2005 - 2006
AttorneyThe Simon Law Firm, LLP2003 - 2006
Medical Social WorkerBarnes-Jewish Hospital1986 - 2003
Medical Social WorkerVisiting Nurse Association1986 - 1986

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Life Care Planning Law Firms AssociationBoard Member2012 - Present
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys- St. Louis ChapterBoard Member2012 - Present
Huntington's Disease Society, St. Louis ChapterFormer Board member2010 - 2013
Long Term Care Ombudsman ProgramPast President, Board of Directors2010 - 2013
Missouri BarMember2006 - Present
Bar Association of Metropolitan St. LouisMember2006 - Present
Women Lawyers Association of Greater St. LouisMember2006 - Present
National Association of Social WorkersMemberN/A
Society for Social Work Leadership in HealthCareMemberN/A

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Improvement StandardThe Medicare benefits were subsequently reinstated for the time period in question.

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Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Saint Louis University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2006
University of Missouri, ColumbiaSocial WorkMasters Degree of Social Work1986
University of Missouri-ColumbiaSocial WorkBachelor of Social Work1985

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Washington University School of LawVeterans Benefits2013
Stepping Up & Stepping OutThe Probate Process2013
St. Louis Retired Public School TeachersEstate Planning2013
Solo & Small Firm Annual ConferenceComplex Issues In Guardianships and SNTs2013
Show Me Summit on Aging & HealthAdvocacy: Changes in the Medicare Policies and Their Future Effect on Beneficiaries2013
National Assn. of Prof. Ger. Care ManagersEthical Issues with the New Medicare Changes2013
Greater St. Louis Bereavement CoordinatorsHelping the Bereaved Get Their Affairs In Order2013
Brain Injury Assn. Annual ConferenceAffordable Care Act: What We Can Expect2013
BJC Outpatient ServicesImportant Legal Documents2013
Alzheimer's Conference - St. Louis ChapterNew Changes In Medicare2013
Stepping Up and Stepping OutHow to Proceed through Probate2012
State Wide Long Term Care Ombudsman ConferenceGuardianship2012
Professional Geriatric Care Managers SeminarDementia and the Professional Caregiver2012
NASW Continuing Education Seminar - St. LouisEverything You Wanted to Know about Legal Guardianship or Conservatorship2012
NASW Continuing Education Seminar - St. LouisLegal Planning Techniques for the Elderly and Disabled Client2012
NASW Continuing Education Seminar - Springfield, MOEverything You Wanted to Know About Legal Guardianship or Conservatorship2012
NASW Continuing Education Seminar - Springfield, MOLegal Planning Techniques for the Elderly and Disabled Client2012
NASW Continuing Education Seminar - Jefferson City, MOSpecial Needs Planning for Clients with Disabilities2012
NASW Continuing Education Seminar - Jefferson CityLegal Planning Techniques for the Elderly and Disabled Client2012
NASW Continuing Education Seminar - Hannibal, MOSpecial Needs Planning2012
NASW Continuing Education Seminar - Hannibal, MOLegal Planning Techniques for the Elderly and Disabled Client2012
NASW Continuing Education Seminar - Columbia, MOEverything You Wanted to Know About Legal Guardianship or Conservatorship2012
NASW Continuing Education Seminar - Columbia, MOLegal Planning Techniques for the Elderly and Disabled Client2012
Missouri Show Me SummitImportant Legal Documents and the Prevention of Guardianship2012
Long Term Care Ombudsman Annual WorkshopLegal Issues for the Nursing Home Resident2012
HDSA Family ConferencePlanning & Paying for Long Term Care2012
Graduate School of Social Work SeminarImportant Legal Documents2012
Financial Management PartnersLife Care Planning for the Elderly Client2012
Brain Injury 8th Annual Statewide ConferenceAffordable Care Act2012
BJC Social Workers SeminarPlanning & Paying for Long Term Care2012
22nd Annual Frail Elderly ConferenceLegal Issues and Advance healthcare Directives2012
Show Me Summit on Aging & HealthPlanning and Paying for Long Term Care2011
Show Me Annual SymposiumSocial Workers, Subpoenas, Depositions and Courtroom Testimony2011
NASW Continuing Education Seminar - St. Louis, MOPlanning and Paying for Long Term Care2011
NASW Continuing Education Seminar - St. LouisIt's All About MO Healthnet2011
NASW Continuing Education Seminar - Columbia, MOPlanning and Paying for Long Term Care2011
NASW Continuing Education Seminar - Columbia, MOIt's All About MO HealthNet2011
Missouri Brain Injury Assn. Annual ConferenceSocial Security Benefits & Special Needs Trusts2011
Graduate School of Social Work SeminarImportant Legal Tools to Prevent Guardianship2011
Graduate School of Social Work SeminarPowers of Attorney for Healthcare and Finances2011
Social Work SeminarGuardianship Issues2010
Social Work SeminarLife Care Planning and Durable Power of Attorney2010
Show Me Summit on Aging & HealthAging in Place: LCP and VA Benefits2010
Show Me Annual SymposiumCaring for the Elderly2010
Show Me Annual SymposiumLife Care Planning2010
NASW Continuing Education SeminarImportant Legal Tools to Prevent Guardianship2010
NASW Continuing Education SeminarPowers of Attorney for Finances and Healthcare2010
NASW Continuing Education SeminarAdvance Directives for Mental Health Decisions2010
NASW Continuing Education SeminarPsychiatric Advance Directives2010
NAELA, Missouri ChapterVeterans Eligibility Issues2010
Huntington's Disease Family Conference"GINA" Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act2010
Council of Nephrology SWImportant Legal Tools to Prevent Guardianship2010
Council of Nephrology SWPower of Attorney for Finances and Healthcare2010
The Missouri Bar Fall Committee MeetingMO HealthNet and VA Benefits - Eligibility Rules & The Interplay Between the Programs2009
Ombudsman Volunteer Training ProgramGuardianship and Conservatorship2009
CLE TeleconferenceLife Care Planning2009
Arnold Senior Expo FairTop Ten Myths About Estate Planning2009