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Stephen C. Jones

Elder law Attorney at Saint Charles, MO

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Learn Stephen’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Elder law
    50%

    19 years, 250 cases

  2. Estate planning
    50%

    5 years

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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Licensed for 23 years
State IL
Status Active And Authorized To Practice Law
Acquired 2006
Updated 01/05/2023
State MO
Status Good Standing, Active
Acquired 1999
Updated 01/01/2023
State KY
Status Former Member
Acquired 2010
Updated 12/20/2022

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Jones Elder Law, LLC
2085 Bluestone Drive
Saint Charles, MO, 63303
Jones Elder Law
3005 Godfrey Road, Suite B
Godfrey, IL, 62035
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Posted by Pat | February 4, 2013
“Knowledgeable, Current, Professional, Friendly, Approachable, and Easy to understand”
The first time I worked with Stephen Jones, I was a bit cautious, since I did not know him personally. Immediately, however, I felt a sense of comfort both personally and for my clients. I have since used Stephen numerous times. One of the greatest fears facing today’s families is the question of how to pay for the costs of nursing home care. It can be terrifying to realize that your life savings may be in jeopardy, or even depleted, when a family member's health begins to fail and you and your family are forced to make difficult decisions about elderly care options. Stephen Jones of Jones Elder Law has been very instrumental in my insurance business over the past two years. He has been particularly helpful in the areas of Veterans Benefits, Elder law, Estate Planning, and Special Needs planning. Stephen is knowledgeable, but extremely approachable, making the law easy to understand, and thus making these difficult decisions easier for my clients and their families.
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Posted by Mark | October 4, 2012
A Partner who cares about his clients
Steve is an attorney interested in his clients. I have worked with Steve through several diferent methods. He has assisted my clients and my family. His knowledge of Elder Law is broad, and his concern for his clients is evident. I regularly refer others to Steve and his firm.

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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founder and Counsel
  • Jones Elder Law
  • 2009 - Present
  • Chief Operating Officer
  • Radix Global Solutions
  • 2006 - 2009
  • Partner
  • SimmonsCooper, LLC
  • 2002 - 2009
  • Associate
  • Bryan Cave
  • 2000 - 2002
  • Associate
  • Gallop, Johnson & Neuman
  • 1998 - 2000
  • Sr. Financial Analyst, Office of the Chairmen
  • Peabody Holding Company, Inc.
  • 1989 - 1998
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Education

  • Saint Louis University School of Law
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 1998
  • Marshall University
  • Masters of Business Administration
  • 1993
  • Blackburn College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1989
  • University of Texas System, Austin
  • Master of Science and Technology Commercialization
  • N/A
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Legal Cases

  • Caregiver Agreement Solution
  • Simple plan to protect the client's assets

Associations

  • ElderCare USA
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Academy of Special Needs Planners
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Speaker's Bureau for the Alzheimer's Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Illinois Task Force for Senior Fairness
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Wealth Counsel
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Advisors Forum
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Elder Counsel
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • National Care Planning Council
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Madison County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Missouri State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (Illinois chapter)
  • Board of Directors
  • 2013 - 2018
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2009 - 2018
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Champion For Illinois Seniors
  • Taskforce for Senior Fairness - Michael Bauer, Political Strategist
  • 2012
  • Missouri Best Lawyers - Selected By Peer Recognition
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2012
  • St. Louis Five Star Wealth Manager
  • Five Star Professional
  • 2011
  • American Jurisprudence Award - Estates & Trusts
  • Saint Louis University School of Law
  • N/A
  • American Jurisprudence Award - Contracts
  • Saint Louis University School of Law
  • N/A
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Publications

  • The Consumer's Guide to Medicaid Planning and Division of Assets
  • Do You Qualify for Financial Assistance for Nursing Home Care?
  • 2012
  • Today's Advantage
  • Ask Everything About Elder Law
  • 2012
  • Top Ten Myths About Medicaid
  • Top Ten Myths About Medicaid
  • N/A
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Speaking Engagements

  • Fundamentals of Elder Law
  • Fundamentals of Elder Law
  • 2013
  • Planning in Illinois Post DRA
  • Long Term Care Planning
  • 2012
  • How Does Elder Law Apply To Me? I'm Not Elderly
  • Changes to Illinois' Medicaid Rules, Again
  • 2012
  • Alzheimer's Association Looking Ahead Program
  • Legal Planning for Seniors
  • 2012
  • BNI Luncheon
  • How Elder Law Can Protect Your Clients Today!
  • 2012
  • 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
  • Alton Memorial Hospital Lunch & Learn
  • Alzheimer’s Hope: The Alzheimer’s Legal Survival Action Plan
  • 2011
  • Gateway Hospital Lunch & Learn
  • The Powerful Power of Attorney
  • 2011
  • Cedarhust of Collinsville Senior Living Luncheon
  • Irrevocable or Revocable? Which Trust is Best for My Family?
  • 2011
  • Free Public Education
  • Long Term Care Planning Workshop
  • 2011
  • The Glenwood Educational Seminars
  • How Our Veteran’s Can Find Additional Money For Long Term Care
  • 2011
  • Main Street Community Center, Coffee Talk
  • Planning for Long Term Care Needs
  • 2011
  • Anderson Hospital, Lunch & Learn Workshop
  • Legal Planning During a Health Crisis
  • 2011
  • Trenton Village Family Night
  • Wills & Trusts
  • 2011
  • Safe Harbor Financial Client Appreciation Luncheon
  • Protecting Your Assets From Long Term Care Costs
  • 2011
  • Mederi Caretenders Lifelong Learning Series at Hayner Library
  • Don’t Go Broke In A Nursing Home
  • 2011
  • Senior Living Series by Garden Place Senior Living Community
  • The Differences in Medicaid Planning vs. Veteran’s Planning
  • 2011
  • Free Public Education
  • Planning for Long Term Care Needs
  • 2011
  • Caregiving Workshop
  • Legal Aspects of Caregiving
  • 2010
  • Workshop for Caregivers
  • Nuts and Bolts of Caregiving
  • 2010
  • Long Term Care Planning Workshop
  • Long Term Care Planning
  • 2010
  • Estate Planning Workshop
  • Estate Planning
  • 2010
  • St. Clair County Office on Aging Community Education Service
  • Tips for Caring for An Older Adult
  • 2010
  • Alzheimer's Association Speakers Bureau
  • Caring for a Loved one with Alzheimer's from a Legal Perspective
  • 2010
  • Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville’s Lifelong Learning Program
  • Elder Care & Asset Protection
  • 2010
  • What is Going to Happen to You and Your Family If You Have to Go Into A Nursing Home
  • Medicaid Planning
  • 2009
  • Top Ten Myths About Medicaid
  • Medicaid Planning
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (10)
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Elder law Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. He is a fellow NAELA member and a definite asset to our organization and the field of elder law."
Elder law Attorney | Nov 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Stephen and I have worked together on various Elder Law/Estate Planning committees and advocacy groups. He is a very talented attorney and advocate for seniors and their loved ones. He is highly regarded by his colleagues in the Elder Law/Estate Planning. I highly recommend him."
Elder law Attorney | Oct 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Stephen Jones is an exceptional attorney that truly cares about his clients. He brings both strong skills and compassion to his work with families. I would not hesitate to recommend his services to a relative or friend looking for a caring, smart and accomplished elder law attorney."
Elder law Attorney | Oct 04
Relationship: Other
"Steve Jones has become a leader in the elder law field. His office represents what elder law attorneys should be: compassionate, knowledgeable, and effective. He represents his clients passionately, and applies state-of-the-art planning concepts to get the best results in each client situation. I have no hesitation whatsoever in recomminding Steve as a top-notch elder law practitioner."
Elder law Attorney | Oct 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Elder law Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Attorney Stephen Jones! Attorney Jones is a capable attorney who delivers results for his clients. I am impressed with Stephen's dedication to his practice, he goes above and beyond to remain educated on the constantly changing world of Elder Law."
Elder law Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Steve is an extremely knowledgeable, practical, trustworthy, conscientious, and effective practitioner. He is always very responsive and easy to communicate with as well as a pleasure to work with."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Elder law Attorney | Oct 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. He is knowledgeable, inciteful, analytical, and current on the law. He places his client's interests first, and exemplifies the highest standard of ethics. I refer clients to him who call me but who need an Illinois Elder Law attorney."
Elder law Attorney | Oct 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Elder law Attorney | Sep 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"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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