I am Rick Gibson and the owner and principal attorney at the Law Office of Rick Gibson & Associates and the Common Sense Elder Law Firm. I grew up in St. Louis with my parents, 2 brothers a sister and of course, the family dog. From there I went to college at Quincy College (now Quincy University) then on to law school at the University of Notre Dame. Since graduating in 1985 from Notre Dame, I have practiced primarily in Missouri and Illinois, though I have tried cases in 6 different states. I started the Common Sense Elder Law Firm for people like my parents. Our population is aging and there is a great need for lawyers who can meet the needs of older persons. We provide full range of elder law services including Medicaid Planning, Asset Protection, Trusts, Estate Planning, Last Will & Testament, Powers of Attorney for property and Healthcare and Living Wills. I live in Godfrey, IL with my wife Missy and sons Dan and Nick.
- Author of: Consumer’s Guide to Medicaid Planning, 2007; Consumer’s Guide to Medicaid and VA Planning, 2010 and 2012; Medicaid: From Qualifying Clients to Applying for Benefits, 2008.
- Speaker for: National Business Institute Seminar for Lawyers and Financial Professionals, 2007 and 2008; Illinois State Bar Association Practice Update, 2009.
Marsha has been a legal secretary for longer than she will admit for fear it may reveal a clue as to her true age. Through the years she has worked in all areas of the law and has become very good at listening and understanding the unique problems that our clients bring to this office for a solution. Marsha lives in Bunker Hill, IL with her husband, Joe and daughters, Tiffany and Courtney. Much of the last several years have been spent watching Tiffany and Courtney pitch for softball teams throughout Southern Illinois.
Mary is the legal assistant you will be dealing with the most. She will walk you through the information gathering that is so vitally important to proper planning. She assists with creating of the Medicaid, Estate Planning and Probate Documents. In her spare time, Mary likes to play tennis, travel and go on tandem bike rides with her husband Steve. Mary has three adult children Alicia, Ashley and Alex who know that mom is still the one to come to when a problem needs fixed.
Jim Gau: Jim is an attorney at the Law Office of Rick Gibson and the Common Sense Elder Law Firm. Jim grew up in North St. Louis County and attended Chaminade College Prepatory in St. Louis. After that, Jim went to the University of Dayton in Ohio for a degree in Psychology. Jim then attended the University of Dayton Law School and graduated in 2010. Jim is licensed in both Missouri and Illinois, licensed to practice in front of the U.S. District Courts of Eastern and Western Missouri, and also certified to deal directly with the Department of Veterans Affairs. In his spare time, Jim enjoys playing the guitar and supporting the St. Louis sports teams.
Pat Cairns: Pat is the person you will most likely talk with if the law firm is doing the Veterans Aid and Attendance benefit for you or a family member. She will help you gather all the necessary documents to be filed with the application and will follow up with the VA in obtaining the status of the benefit. Pat has over 30+ years in dealing with the government as she is retired from the Social Security Administration. She and her husband Wayne are avid Cardinals baseball fans. She has two adult children Mindy and Amanda and is a proud grandmother to Josie and Jackson.