|MO||Good Standing, Active||1998||03/19/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Honors: Disability Law||University of Missouri - Columbia Law School||N/A|
|Attorney||Martha C. Brown & Associates, LLC||2001 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Missouri Bar, Elder Law Committee||Member||N/A|
|National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys||Member||N/A|
|Big Brothers - Big Sisters||Member||N/A|
|Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis||Member||N/A|
|St. Patrick Center||Member - Board of Trustees||N/A|
|Missouri Courts Bulletin - Elder Law Section||Co-Editor||N/A|
|Sally Kingery v. Department of Social Services, Division of Legal Services||N/A|
|Thelma Finkelstein vs. Department of Social Services, Family Support Division||The Court ruled that the income countable to Mr. Finkelstein should include only the interest portion of the note repayments, not the principal portion.|
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|University of Missouri - Columbia School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1997|
|William Woods University||Accounting||N/A||1994|
|Alzheimer's Association Planning||Long Term Care Planning||2014|
|Continuing Education Seminiar||Crisis Planning and Assistance||2013|
|Continuing Education Seminar||Trust-Based Medicaid Planning in Detail||2013|
|Advent Episcopal Presentation||Estate Planning for Persons with Alzheimer's||2012|
Posted by anonymous
I was disappointed with their guidance, communication, and knowledge of practices of the Court. They failed to set realistic client expectations and provide timely responses regarding typical outcomes and next steps when interacting with the Court.
Specifically they failed to foresee and communicate implications to client in advance of:
• Court not allowing Guardianship with existing POA. ( Court terminated POA and required Conservatorship be established. We learned from the Court appointed attorney for the Ward that the Court almost never allows Guardianship without Conservatorship. This caused a 3 month delay in the Real Estate Auction, required obtaining a Surety Bond, and led to a fivefold increase in fees paid to Martha’s office over what was originally expected for Guardianship only.)
• Court requiring Appraisal before Real Estate could be auctioned. (Resulting in needing the appraisal within 24 hours at additional costs)
• Additional Surety Bond required after sale of Real Estate. (additional costs.)
• Option to pursue direct disbursement to heirs by Conservator. (Instead of their office suggesting this quicker more cost effective approach, we had to bring it up to them after a third party recommended it.)
All in all they may be strong at drawing up Trusts agreements and the many aspects of Estate planning, but we found them weak at interacting with the Court and communicating with the client.
I would not recommend this firm.
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