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Coulson Elder Law

774 Sunset Blvd Ste 200
O Fallon, IL 62269-1960
(618) 632-7000
Fax: (618) 632-7333
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Elder Law Attorney
Coulson Elder Law serves 62301, 62082, 62050, 62078, 62092 and more...
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    About My Business
    Our practice areas include Estate Planning, Medicaid Eligibility, Veterans Benefits, and more. We understand the many financial challenges you may face as you and your loved ones grow older. At Coulson Elder Law, our clients' well-being is our number one priority.
    About My Services
    Asset Preservation- Asset preservation planning is legal planning used to protect your home, investments and other assets from being taken or used during your lifetime to pay for things that won’t benefit you or your family.
    Veterans Benefits- If you are an older (age 65 and up) or disabled war-time veteran, or you are widowed from a war-time veteran, and you have ongoing out-of-pocket medical or care expenses, you are potentially eligible for veterans pension benefits.
    Medicaid Planning- Many people cannot afford the overly expensive costs of a Missouri or Illinois nursing home, and without proper guidance, even those who can afford it will most likely pay far too much and may even see their life savings disappear. Fortunately, Illinois and Missouri Medicaid Programs are here to help.
    Care giving for someone with Alzheimer's Planning- Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most difficult jobs in the world. In addition to making sure that your loved one’s daily needs are met, you must deal with the fact that your relationship with this person is no longer what it once was. Plus, you are trying to maintain some sort of life of your own. As a caregiver, you need to take into consideration how you are doing as well, and recognize the boundaries between what you can handle on your own and what things you need to get assistance for from others.
    Special Needs Planning- Providing for a loved one with special needs in your estate plan requires that you be aware of and take into consideration some special legal and practical considerations. A special needs trust can be established for the benefit of a minor or adult special needs child (or other family member) in either of two basic ways.
    Estate Planning- Estate Planning presents a unique opportunity for you to provide for your loved ones after you pass away, to the very best of your ability and in accordance with guidelines you establish. It can also assure that your financial and health care matters will be attended to, by the person you select and as you have directed, if you later become unable to take care of those things personally.
    Experience And Credentials
    Wes Coulson is a certified elder law attorney and the principal of Coulson Elder Law. He earned his B.A., with honors, from Northwestern University and his J.D. from The University of Michigan. He is a member of the Illinois State and Missouri Bar, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the St. Louis Estate Planning Council and the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis. Mr. Coulson lectures frequently and presents classes on his vast experience and knowledge. He has published many articles on Medicaid eligibility planning; The Purchase of or Exchange for a Life Estate Interest as a Medicaid Eligibility Planning Technique, The Use of Caregiver Services Contracts, Opening the Door Gently and Dealing with Life Insurance in Medicaid Eligibility Planning. Wes holds Life and Health Insurance Producer’s licenses, as well as a Series 6 Securities Broker’s license. He is married and lives in St. Louis.

    Michael DeZern is our Associate Attorney. In April 2014, Mike received his license to practice law in Missouri. In 2013, he graduated cum laude from Saint Louis University’s School of Law with a Juris Doctorate Degree. Prior to studying law, Mike joined the Army in 1999 and was stationed in Fort Bragg, North Carolina where he served as an infantry paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division. After three years of military service, he returned to Saint Louis, Missouri and started working in the Asset Protection Department for Kohl’s and The Home Depot. With over a decade of experience in defending our country as a soldier and as an Asset Protection Specialist in the retail sector, Mike brings valuable insight to Coulson Elder Law and its clients. Mike also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of Missouri, Saint Louis. He is a native of Florissant, Missouri.
    Fees And Payment Sources Accepted
    The subject of our fees is one we know is important to you, and we want to be very up-front with you on the subject.
    Estate planning, asset preservation planning, VA and Medicaid benefits planning, and special needs planning, when done correctly, are very personal and individualized processes. Your financial future, and that of your loved ones, will be directly and often dramatically impacted by how well the planning is done. No two clients, and therefore no two plans, are ever alike. Our work always involves much more than preparing documents. We need to partner with and guide you in seeing to it that your plan doesn’t just “look good on paper” – we need to, and we will, help to make sure that it “works in real life.”
    In order to develop your plan, we need to first listen and learn – about your current circumstances, the health care challenges you may be facing now or in the future, your individual preferences, your family circumstances, your planning goals, and your financial situation. Doing so will enable us to determine how best we can help you, how much of your life savings the planning can help you protect, and how much and what types of work we will need to do to accomplish the help.
    At the end of our first meeting, after we have learned about your situation, we will be happy to tell how much our fees will be. Most typically, our work is covered by a set fee. And, just as importantly, you’ll also know what you’re going to get for your money. At that point, you’ll decide whether or not you want to hire us. If the answer is no, you won’t owe us any fees.
    Are we “the cheapest lawyers around?” No, and we don’t claim or try to be. After all, your life savings are at stake. We don’t think it’s wise to “cut corners” under circumstances in which how well, and how thoroughly, the planning is done can have a financial impact that can far, far exceed the investment you make in the planning. For example, is it a wise choice to spend an extra $1,000 on planning done in a way that will protect an extra $50,000 of your life savings? We think so, and we hope you will share that belief. When it comes to protecting your life savings, it’s really important to cover all the details.
    Do we offer exceptional value? Yes, we promise that we do. We pride ourselves in achieving excellent results for our clients. We’re able to achieve that because we have a staff of dedicated and accomplished professionals. We are not a general practice firm. Elder law and estate planning are what we do, all we do, and we do them very well. In many situations, the value of the assets we’re able to help our clients protect is more than ten times the amount they invest in our fees. How many other investments can offer you a 1,000% or higher rate of return?
    We believe it’s worth mentioning that most of the prospective clients who meet with us choose to hire us. We think that’s a good indication that, after people learn what our planning can help them to accomplish, and see that we have the knowledge, experience and confidence it takes to produce excellent results, they’re convinced that our fees are fair and reasonable, and that they represent a good value and investment. We think that when you meet with us, that’s how you will feel.
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    Monday- Friday 8:30am-5:00pm
    Closed Saturday & Sunday
    License No. 10816
    Issued by Certified Elder Law Attorney
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