Elder Law Attorney


Elder Law Attorney

We've focused on seniors for over
25 years.

Legal experts focusing on Wills, Trusts, Medicaid, Guardianships, and Asset Protection for Seniors and Veterans.

Our elder law attorney in Kansas City has more than 25 years focusing solely on issues common to seniors and their families. This includes planning for the inevitable with Wills & Trusts, or planning for the unforeseen with Powers of Attorney, Guardianships, and Medicaid or VA benefits.

Our caring staff listens to your situation and concerns, then explains your options with a timeline for completion. Our goal is to provide each client with security in legally planning for the inevitable and unforeseen regarding their passing and long-term care needs.

Mission & Values

Our Mission

To provide excellent legal and client services to Missouri seniors and their families as they navigate planning for their later years and preserving their assets.

We value being elder law experts working with our clients as a team efficiently and reliably.


Meet the Team



Russell A. Fracassa (Rusty)

Rusty has over 25 years experience working for seniors and their families as an elder law attorney in Kansas City and across the area. Prior to law school, he was a practicing accountant, which provided invaluable experiences in his current practice of law. When asked what he wanted to do, his reply was “I just want to sit around the kitchen table and work directly with people.”

Rusty's studies include Bachelor's and Master's in Accounting, Master's in Inter-Cultural Studies and Doctorate in Juris Prudence. He has been an active member of numerous and varied professional organizations, including, the Missouri Bar’s committees on Elder Law, Estate Planning, and Probate; the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, a charter member of Elder Counsel®; Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, and the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association. Rusty works directly with client’s long term care issues, including Medicaid, Veteran’s Benefits, Estate Planning, Asset Protection, and Special Needs Planning.


Sr. Paralegal & Operations Manager


Jennifer has been in the legal field for over 20 years and considers Paths her second home.

When she's not working for our client's, she's spending time with her first passion - her children.


Legal Assistant & Community Relations Coordinator


Hilary plays a vital role in the daily operations of the office. In addition to her regular office duties, Hilary has a heart of gold.

She and her family spend time visiting, sending cards, and making special treats for our nursing home clients.


Office Coordinator


René has worked along side Rusty for 35 years. Not only is she part of the Paths team, she is also his wife. René spends her time working with the accountant to keep all of the finances in order, as well as general office management.

In addition to helping run the office, she helps manage the family and grandkids, tries to keep everyone fed, and has a passion to teach Bible Studies. Her former career in Event Planning trained her to juggle all the activity. She understands Rusty's passion to serve people from the first mention of law school. It is a great pleasure for her to be an important part of every area of his life.


Administrative Assistant


Kaela is a college student who aspires to attend law school upon finishing her bachelor’s degree. Most likely when you call or come for an appointment, she will be the first one you meet.

She is also a devoted dog owner and spends her free time either reading or enjoying quality time with her family and friends.


Benefits Coordinator


Lauren is our Benefits Coordinator (processing Medicaid and VA Applications). Lauren previously worked in the finance industry for over 10 years and finds this to be a great asset in this field.

When Lauren is not working, she can be found spending time with her Husband and two young daughters. She has a great love for people and volunteer work, which is put to good use at her local church.


Office Assistant


Sydney is currently enrolled in Metropolitan Community College. She is pursuing a bachelor degree in accounting and later hopes to attend law school.

In her free time, Sydney enjoys volunteering at her local church.

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