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September 2013 Issue

Dear Elder Law Committee Members:

Welcome to the sixth issue of the committee newsletter! There is great information for everyone. Articles are provided through the links below.

Christine A. Gilsinan
Editor, Missouri Bar Elder Law Committee Newsletter

This Issue's Articles

  • Reg's Ruminations by Reg Turnbull, Chair
    The last two years have been eventful for me, as your Elder Law Committee Chair. We started the Elder Law Institute which was so successful in 2011 that we had it at two locations with rebroadcasts at several other locations in 2012. These were in addition to two webinars each year. Thank you to Vice Chair Samantha Shepherd, of Overland Park, KS, for heading our education committee….. (More)
  • Recent Western District Case Prompts Calls for Action by Reg Turnbull, Chair
    The Western District of Missouri issued an opinion on August 6, 2013, In the Estate of Betty Jean Collins, WD 75448, that pointed out that the words we use in the documents that we draft make a difference..... (More  
  • Spotlight on Samantha Shepherd
    Samantha Shepherd has been appointed Elder Law Committee Chair for 2013-2014 and will take office at the Annual Meeting of The Missouri Bar this week. She was born in Newmarket, Suffolk, UK (the birthplace of thoroughbred horseracing)..... (More)
  • Spotlight on Christopher W. Dumm
    Our spotlighted attorney, Christopher W. Dumm, of Joplin, was born in Euless, TX, where his father was a civil engineer. After a little over a year, his family moved to Missouri where he was raised on his father’s 600-acre family farm in Jasper..... (More)
  • Second Annual Elder Law Institute by Samantha Shepherd, Vice Chair
    As the summer concludes, it is time again for reflection on recent activities of the Elder Law Committee of The Missouri Bar. Since the publication of the last newsletter, the Elder Law Committee held its second Annual Institute. The Institute was a success, with attendees from all corners of our state..... (More)


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