Stay at Home- Zoom Meetings Now Available!

In light of new mandates from the government regarding COVID-19 and social distancing, our firm is implementing virtual consultations in an effort to protect our often elderly and/or immunocompromised clients. Until further notice, Zoom conferences will be our default meeting platform unless there are circumstances that require an in-person meeting. We can also accommodate other platforms such as Face Time. Zoom is an easy to use video conferencing system that works on a tablet, smart phone or computer. Our Intake Coordinator, Kim Smith, will outline in detail how your first conference with our office will be conducted via Zoom.

Rest assured that whether you are comfortable with video conferencing technology or not, our team is working hard to ensure the legal needs’ of our clients and their families are met in the safest and most efficient way possible.

Thank you for your understanding and patience in these unprecedented times.

~ Melissa Q. Leavy, Owner/Attorney, The Elder Care Law Practice, LLC

Legal Resources for Older Adults

The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) is a professional association of lawyers who are committed to improving the quality of legal services provided to individuals as they get older and people who have special needs. The organization provides elder law attorneys with continuing legal education opportunities and provides support to other organizations that work with people as they age. Please view this brochure on Questions & Answers When Looking For An Elder and Special Needs Law Attorney.

ADA.gov Homepage

The link above is to a government website containing information and technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). People who visit the site can read the text of the law, learn about design standards the law mandates, obtain technical assistance materials, and learn about the way the ADA is enforced.

Missouri Revised Statutes Chapter 456

Missouri code regarding trusts and trustees.

Missouri Bar Informational Brochure on Wills

The link provides takes visitors to an informational brochure regarding wills published by the Missouri Bar.

Healthcare resources for seniors

The Official U.S. Government Site for Medicare

The Medicare program helps millions of seniors and people with disabilities meet the costs of their medical care. This official government website provides information regarding the program and allows users to sign up for Medicare.


Healthcare.gov is the health insurance exchange website operated by the U.S. government where individuals can determine whether they qualify for government healthcare subsidies and view health plans available in their area.

The Missouri Department of Social Services

This link goes to the official website of the Missouri Department of Social Services, which provides information and links regarding various state healthcare programs.


The link above takes visitors to the U.S. government’s official informational website regarding Alzheimer’s and other related conditions.

Government agencies and senior advocacy organizations

The Administration on Aging

The Administration on Aging is the federal agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services that is tasked with administering the provisions of Older Americans Act of 1965. This website provides visitors with information regarding the agency, its activities, as well as links to other organizations.

The Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services

The Missouri Department of Health & Services provides various services to Missouri seniors. Visitors to the website can learn about these programs, licensing and regulatory requirements for nursing homes, locate healthcare facilities, access data and statistics, and more.

Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly

Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly (CARIE) is a non-profit organization that is committed to helping improve the quality of life for older people. Among the services that the organization provides are professional training, counseling, and problem-solving. CARIE’s website provides visitors with various resources, including information on elder abuse, Medicare and Medicaid fraud, Medicare prescription drug coverage, senior scam alerts, and other issues.

Mid-East Area Agency on Aging

One of 10 Area Agencies on Aging in Missouri, MEAAA is governed by a 23-member board of directors and served by a 24-member advisory council. There are many for-profit agencies that provide services and advice to seniors however, as a non-profit quasi governmental agency; MEAAA is mandated to provide accurate unbiased information and services.

American Bar Association

When an elder relative is getting legal advice, there are several reasons why lawyers need to meet with your family member or friend alone for at leas tpart of the case evaluation process, so please don’t be alarmed or offended.

Client Testimonials

I was at a total loss as to what to do about my parents estate when my father passed away and my mother was diagnosed with dementia. Melissa was (and is) a savior for myself and my family. She is brilliant, astute on the law, thorough, and she genuinely loves her work. Hire her, you will be glad you did, I assure you. - Paul

Client Testimonials

Ms. Melissa is the real deal, she is professional, courteous and very knowledgeable. She puts her elderly clients at ease with her calm and reassuring manor. She fully understands the different family dynamics and gets the best outcome for her client. I'm very glad I hired Elder Law attorney Melissa Leavy to be my mother's attorney and advocate. Would definitely recommend her and would definitely call her again if I need to. - Lisa

Client Testimonials

Melissa has been a fabulous attorney and consult regarding various legal matters and needs from legal guardianship to creating living will/power of attorney and a trust fund for my girls as well as even a special needs trust. She is thorough, well knowledged and very reliable on finding answers to my many questions on my various legal needs and replies in a timely manner. I HIGHLY recommend her for any legal need you may have. Comparable pricing and just amazing. - Dawne

Client Testimonials

Melissa provided my family with up to date information and offered knowledge based opinions for application for VA Spousal benefits for my Mother. The VA Administration changes it's review policy annually, and Melissa has the necessary training and experience to guide her Senior Clients through the process. Her firm also updated necessary legal documents for my Mom at a reasonable fee. Our family appreciated Attorney Melissa's well informed approach. - Heddy