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Martha C. Brown
St. Louis Elder Law Attorney

martha c brown attorneyMartha began her career working in Probate matters, including Guardianship cases. As she built her practice, she began working with Medicare and Medicaid matters. By 1994, she had an Elder Law practice, although at the time, she didn't realize what it was. Since that time, she has expanded her practice to include Estate Planning, Long Term Care Planning, Medicaid Planning, Medicare, Incapacitation Issues, and End of Life Decision Making, all in which encompass the area of Elder Law. In the beginning of her practice, there were very few other Elder Law attorneys in St. Louis and she was one of them. Martha enjoys working with clients and their families. She thinks it is a very satisfying practice area because of her ability to assist families help various family members. Ms. Brown has been practicing in the field of Elder Law for over 25 years and is a Certified Elder Law Attorney* as certified by the National Elder Law Foundation.

Ms. Brown is active in various Elder Law committees and associations. Ms. Brown served for eight years on the St. Louis County Disciplinary Committee for the Missouri Supreme Court, which is a committee that handles disciplinary matters involving attorneys. A complete list of her professional affiliations is listed below.

Ms. Brown has received numerous awards for her work with the elderly and disabled, including the 2008 Powley Award, presented to a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, who is recognized in their community as a leader in promoting a greater understanding of the rights and needs of elders and persons with special needs and advocating for those rights. Ms. Brown has been designated a "Super Lawyer" every year since 2006 and named "Best Lawyer in America" every year since 2013.

Recently, Ms. Brown has been serving on the Missouri Guardianship Statutory Reform Task Force and completed advanced training to become certified as a Mediator in the areas of Adult Guardianship and Eldercare from Zena D. Zumeta, J.D., a nationally known expert in the area of Elder Mediation.

Education

  • University of Bath, Bath, England
  • B.A., University of Vermont, 1976
  • J.D., University of Missouri-Kansas City, 1981

Professional Affiliations

  • Fellow, American College of Trusts and Estates Counsel
  • Fellow, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member, Missouri Guardianship Statutory Reform Task Force
  • Board President, Association for Aging with Developmental Disabilities
  • Past Board Member, Mid-East Area Agency on Aging
  • Secretary of the Board, NAMI St. Louis Chapter Past Board
  • Member and Past Board Member, Voyce formerly known as Long Term Care
  • Ombudsman Program for Eastern Missouri
  • Past Board Member, St. Louis Bar Foundation
  • Chair, Missouri Bar Elder Law Committee, 2001-2004
  • Founding Member and past President, Missouri Chapter of NAELA
  • Member, The Alzheimer's Association
  • Member and Past Board Member, The Special Needs Alliance LLC, a national alliance of disability lawyers Member, Women Lawyers Association of Greater St. Louis
  • Member, Council of Advanced Practitioners (CAP) of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member, The Missouri Bar, including the Probate and Trust Committee and Elder Law Committee
  • Member, Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis

Publications

  • Author, "Representative Payee for Social Security Benefits" – The Voice, October, 2015 Special Needs Alliance
  • Presented "Housing Issues in Special Needs Trusts" – A Webinar for the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, December 3, 2015
  • Presented "Long-Term Care Planning Essentials" – A Webinar to Lorman Education Center, August, 2015
  • Author, "Housing Issues In Special Needs Trusts: The Devil Is In The Details" – April-June, 2015 Edition of NAELA News
  • Author, Chapter on Guardianships and Conservatorship - MO Bar CLE Black Book on Elder Law Original Edition 2002, updated Supplements 2004, 2007, 2nd Edition 2010, Supplemented 2015
  • Interview featured in the article entitled, "The road less traveled" by David Engel in the Spring, 2014 edition of the UMKC School of Law Alumni Magazine, Res Ispa
  • Author, "Website of Interest" - Special Needs Law Section of the NAELA News, Volume 22, Issue 6, 2010
  • Featured in Walletpop.com article July, 2010 - "Medicaid Madness: Lookback period creates financial hardship for many Americans"
  • Featured in Money Magazine, July 2010 - "Planning for a Special Needs Child"
  • Featured in Missouri Lawyers Weekly - January 18, 2010 "Mysteries Abound in Medicare Set Asides"
  • Author, Special Needs Alliance - The Voice (e-mail newsletter) - May 12, 2012 "Special Needs Trusts and Buying a House"

*Neither the Supreme Court of MO nor the Missouri Bar reviews or approves certifications, organizations or specialist designations.

Awards

Martha C. Brown named Missouri Super Lawyer every year since 2006.

Super Lawyers Magazine every year announces a list of Missouri's top lawyers. Martha has been acknowledged as a "Super Lawyer" in the practice area of Elder Law every year since 2006.

Super Lawyers is an exclusive, unbiased rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 business and consumer practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Super Lawyers honors no more than five percent of the attorneys in any state. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

Super Lawyers selects attorneys using a patented rigorous, multistage process in which peer nominations and evaluations are combined. Lawyers are invited to nominate the top attorneys they've personally observed in action. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made on an annual, state-by-state basis.


Martha C. Brown named Best Lawyers in America every year since 2013.

Martha C. Brown has earned the designation of "Best Lawyers in America" every year since 2013. This prestigious award is based on other attorneys' opinions about the best attorneys practicing in the St. Louis area in elder law. The listed attorneys have won the respect of clients, courts and other attorneys. This listing cannot be purchased, it can only be earned.


Martha C. Brown is presented The Powley Elder Law Award by the NAELA.

In 2008, Martha C. Brown was presented with The Powley Elder Law Award by the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). This award is presented to a NAELA member who has demonstrated a commitment to promote a greater understanding of the rights and needs of the elderly and people with special needs and of how Elder Law Attorneys advocate for those rights. The award is established in the memory of Wes and Helen Powley, grandparents of NAELA member Tim Takacs. Both West and Helen were active in civic affairs for all of their lives, and West practiced dentistry well into his 80s. The award is funded by a grant from the Takacs Family Foundation.


Martha C. Brown included in 23rd edition of The Best Lawyers in America

Martha has been selected by her peers for inclusion in the 23rd Edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of Elder Law. The newest Edition of Best Lawyers has been publicly released and is now available here BestLawyers.com.


Martha C. Brown achieves a 10.0 rating on the Avvo.com

The Avvo rating is an effort to evaluate a lawyer's background, based on the known information. The rating is calculated using a mathematical model that considers the information shown in a lawyer's profile, including a lawyer's years in practice, disciplinary history, professional achievements and industry recognition - all factors that are relevant to assessing a lawyer's qualifications. Background data is collected from multiple sources, including state bar associations, court records, lawyer websites, and information that lawyers choose to provide to Avvo. A 10.0 rating is the highest achievable rating.

Martha C. Brown achieves a Clients' Choice Award on Avvo.com


Martha C. Brown inducted to the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys Council of Advanced Practitioners.

In 2006, Martha C. Brown was inducted into the Council of Advanced Practitioners through the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. A member of the Council of Advanced Practitioners is an attorney who has been nominated and selected by his or her peers — experienced Elder and Special Needs Law attorneys — to be part of the Council as a result of their commitment and contribution to their clients and the ethical, high-quality practice of Elder and Special Needs Law. To become a member, the attorney must be a current NAELA member for a minimum of 10 consecutive years prior to nomination and either hold an AV rating under the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings, the highest rating for ethical standards and professional ability or be a NAELA Fellow or a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA), which is the only approved designation for certification by the American Bar Association, through the National Elder Law Foundation. Martha was selected by her peers because of her outstanding commitment and number of years of experience in the field of Elder and Special Needs Law.


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