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Debra K. Schuster

Elder law Attorney at Saint Louis, MO

4.6   10 reviews
  • State Years
    Illinois - IL 31 years
    Missouri - MO 32 years
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1992
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 32 years
    State MO
    Acquired 1991
    Good Standing, Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Practice areas
  1. Elder law
    When someone becomes ill and his / her life savings stands to be quickly depleted, immediate steps must be taken to salvage what is left of your family's assets. Depending on your situation, we will advise you of various options. Even if you are already in a nursing home or receiving home care, there are special provisions in the Medicaid laws that permit you to protect all or a portion of your life savings that would otherwise have to be spent.

    24 years

  2. Estate planning

    24 years

  3. Guardianship

  4. Mediation

  5. Power of attorney

  6. Probate

  7. Trusts

  8. Wills and living wills

Debra Schuster is the founder of Debra K. Schuster, P.C., a holistic, client-centered law firm, dedicated to assisting elderly and disabled individuals and their families with the complex legal and care challenges they face.  She is a passionate advocate and advisor to enable her clients to obtain the services they need and deserve and have their wishes honored.  

Debbie Schuster is a native of Buffalo, New York and has lived in St. Louis, Missouri since 1985. Ms. Schuster did coursework at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor toward her B.A. in Physical Anthropology, received from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1985. Ms. Schuster received her Master of Health Administration from Washington University in 1987 and her Juris Doctorate degree from St. Louis University in 1991.

Ms. Schuster is a Partner Member of , a member of the Life Care Planning Law Firm Association, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the Missouri End-of-Life Coalition, the Missouri Association of Attorney Mediators, the Association for Conflict Resolution, and is a Board Member of The Huntington Disease Society of America, St. Louis Chapter and the VNA of Greater St. Louis. She is a Past President of the Breakthrough Coalition, a multi-disciplinary group of senior care providers in the greater St. Louis region. She is the State Coordinator of , Missouri chapter; a member of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis; and the Missouri and Illinois Bar Associations. Ms. Schuster is licensed and practices in Missouri and Illinois.

Ms. Schuster’s passion and confidence in Life Care Planning are borne from her very experiences. Her very personal connection to her work and dedication to seniors stems from caring for her grandfather. Additionally, she now experiences many of the challenges faced by her clients in being a caregiver and Attorney-in-Fact for her mother.

Ms. Schuster is a volunteer speaker for the Alzheimer’s Association, the St. Louis Chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill., The MS Society and various other groups. She has been a Board member for the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program, the Past Co-Chair of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis’s Elder Law Committee and is a past Board Vice President of Operations for Memory Care Home Solutions. She is a frequent, enthusiastic speaker who provides her time free of charge to a variety of professional and public groups, in that she believes in educating and assisting individuals to self-advocate for their needs.

Debbie enjoys long-distance running, live music, singing, theater, movies, reading and cooking. She loves being with her friends and family. She has two sons, one who is law student at the University of Colorado, Boulder and the other who is a sophomore in engineering at Virginia Tech. Debbie currently has two cats, but is much more of a dog-lover!


Debra K. Schuster
1120 Olivette Executive Parkway
Suite 220
Saint Louis, MO, 63132

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Posted by Gail | July 31, 2015
A Gift to Us!
Deb Schuster was recommended by the Alzheimer's Assn and was SO helpful in advising my husband and I on geriatric issues that will be coming up for us. Her expertise made us feel in control of our situation and up-to-date with health care initiatives, power of attorney and will. Her office and support staff are knowledgeable and helpful.
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Posted by Bill | July 30, 2015
Thoughtful, thorough service and attention!
Our experience with Debra could not have been better. She is an extremely knowledgeable, empathetic and sympathetic individual who obviously cares a great deal about the people she works with, perhaps especially so with her elder clients. We feel she provided us with the best possible advice and help we could have obtained in relation to our legal questions and document preparation. We will definitely be returning to her whenever we are in need of any other legal advice or services.
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Posted by Trish | July 30, 2015
Debra K. Schuster
Ms Schuster has been an enormous help to our family and provided the research, information and actions necessary to deal with our issues. We are grateful to her for her willingness and help.
Posted by anonymous | July 26, 2015
Elderly Aunt
My elderly aunt has always been independent and private with her financial affairs. She has developed dementia and combined with many other health issues, can no longer care for herself. It was extremely important for me, as her only close relative, to be named power of attorney to look after her affairs. Because of Aunt's health issues, we had to reschedule appointments several times. On the day of the first appointment, Ms Schuster had an emergency and sent her associate to meet with us in Aunt's apartment. Aunt was not happy with the associate and uncooperative, but we were able to get the POA paperwork started. Ms Schuster's associate then handled the POA completion and signing. Since then, I met with Ms Schuster for an hour at her offices to discuss how I can best deal with Aunt's financial issues. She was friendly and helpful. I have very limited experience with lawyers, but I would recommend Ms Schuster as an elder care attorney.
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Posted by Mary | July 23, 2015
Great elder attorney!
Ms. Schuster is very professional while also being down to earth with clients, especially elderly clients who may have difficulty hearing or may need a little extra time with her. As an out-of-town attorney-in-fact, she is very responsive to my emails and phone calls and keeps me informed.
Posted by Diane Alack | July 23, 2015
Our Thanks to Ms. Schuster
Ms. Debra K. Schuster is compassionate and true to her word. She is exactly what my mom and I needed. She is very knowledgeable and came highly recommended by people in the Health Care business. Ms. Schuster is very thorough and covered topics that I hadn't even thought to ask. All I can say is that anyone who consults with her expertise will be fully satisfied. I would recommend Ms. Schuster and her firm to all of my friends and family because they will be in her capable hands. Our thanks to Ms. Schuster and her staff for all of their hard work. Sincerely, Diane
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Posted by anonymous | May 26, 2015
Will and Trust documents
Debra Schuster updated our will and trust documents. She is extremely professional and knowledgeable. She went through all of the documents section by section to make sure we understood everything in the documents and readily edited the document pursuant to our discussions before finalizing them. With all of the legal-ease language, she was extremely patient with us, answering all of our questions.
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Posted by Anita | October 24, 2014
Excellent attorney
Ms. Schuster was an elder law attorney for my mother and handled her affairs for many years. Knowing her and her expertise during those years we did not hesitate to retain her for ourselves. Our questions are always promptly and thoroughly responded to and we trust her advice implicitly.
Posted by anonymous | October 9, 2014
Excellence all around
As an out-of-town POA, Ms. Schuster has been very responsive and helpful to me in recommending appropriate actions, services, and legal documents to protect my parent. She sees the big picture. 2010We have used her services since 20102010
Posted by anonymous | September 13, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Horrible experience
My family hired Debra to represent them in a guardianship case. After months of nothing and tens of thousands of dollars, absolutely nothing was accomplished and we have now been restricted from any contact with our family member (whom was placed in a home against her will). She did not do any research for our case, emails sent with incorrect information, did not follow through with the witnesses, did not argue State and Federal regulations that are being violated, etc.. She accepted this case to get her foot in the door with her new law firm and collected the money!
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AVVO RATING 7.3 (Very Good)


  • Saint Louis University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1991
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • MA - Masters
  • 1987
  • State University of New York at Buffalo
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1985


  • Alzheimer's Association
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  • Outreach Director for STL Village
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  • Memory Care Home Solutions
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  • The Huntington's Society
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  • VNA of Greater St. Louis
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  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Elder Law Section
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  • Association of Elder Care Providers
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  • Breakthrough Coalition
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  • National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
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  • Parkinson's Association
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  • ALS Association
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  • MS Society
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  • American Bar Association
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  • Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
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  • Chamber of Commerce of Town and Country
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  • Chamber of Commerce of Creve Coeur
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  • Association for Conflict Resolution
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  • Association of Attorney-Mediators
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  • Life Care Planning Law Firms Association
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  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
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  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
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  • Missouri State Bar Association
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  • Illinois State Bar Association
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Speaking Engagements

  • Riverbender Senior Luncheon
  • "What Is Your Life Care Plan?"
  • 2015
  • Naturally Occuring Retirement Community Presentation
  • "What is Your Life Care Plan?"
  • 2015
  • Educational Outreach Program
  • "What is Your Life Care Plan?"
  • 2015
  • Chrysler Group Retirees Program
  • "Veterans' Benefits, Medicare & Medicaid" Presentation
  • 2015
  • Chamber Luncheon
  • "What Is Your Life Care Plan?"
  • 2015
  • Brooking Park Speaking Series
  • "Staying Out of Court and Not Going to Sleep Angry"
  • 2015
  • Brooking Park Community Group
  • "Resolve Family Disputes When Caring For An Elderly Loved One"
  • 2015
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Elder law Attorney | Jul 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Deb and I worked together in the early days of her practice, and she has established herself as a "go to" attorney in the elder and disability law field. I have no hesitation referring my family and others who may have a need to Deb because I know their matters will be handled competently and with compassion."
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Saint Louis Elder law Lawyer Debra K. Schuster
Debra K. Schuster
Elder law Attorney
Saint Louis, MO
Licensed for 32 years