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At Elder Law Group PLLC we share a desire to make a real difference in the lives of those with whom we work. Our entire team is here to make Elder Law, Estate Planning, Long-Term Care and other important issues as stress-free as possible. We look forward to working with you soon. We have two offices in Eastern Washington – our primary office in Spokane, and in the Tri-Cities.

 

Our Legal Staff

Lynn_ElderLaw_350dpiLynn St. Louis – Attorney

Lynn St. Louis, founding partner, believes that no one is more deserving of dependable and compassionate support than our seniors. She experienced first-hand the unique challenges facing those in need of Long-Term Care by providing care and guidance for her own aging parents. She founded Lynn St. Louis Law Office PLLC, now known as Elder Law Group PLLC, so that others could benefit from her expertise, personal insight and experience.

  • Lifelong Washington Resident
  • Licensed to Practice Law in Washington and Idaho
  • Bachelor’s Degree – University of Washington – 1982
  • Juris Doctor Degree – University of Washington – 1985
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Idaho State Bar Association
  • Spokane County Bar Association
  • Spokane Estate Planning Council
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)
  • Washington Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (WAELA), Board Member, former President, Member of the Year (2008)
  • Rated “Superb 10.0” by Avvo – an attorney-rating site that evaluates experience, reputation and professional conduct. Learn more here.
  • Ranked “AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell and one of only 5% of female attorneys to be selected for Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers – the highest possible rating for legal ability and ethical standards. Learn more here.

 

Liz_ElderLaw_350dpiLiz Wallace – Attorney

Liz joined Elder Law Group PLLC in 2015 as an Associate Attorney and now leads our Tri-Cities branch in Kennewick. Liz was born in Spokane, and then lived in Georgia and Iowa before returning to Spokane to attend Gonzaga School of Law. Her father died suddenly just after she graduated, and the passing of her mother just three years later gave Liz a unique perspective on the difficulties people must face during the long illness of a family member. This understanding has fueled her interest in being part of a firm that provides excellent care and guidance for clients planning for and dealing with the difficulties presented by the long-term care, illness, and loss of a loved one.

Liz is a great fan of the Pacific Northwest and the State of Washington. When she is not working, she is spending time with her wife, Wrane, and their three teenage daughters and various pets. They enjoy camping, river floating, reading by the fire, cooking, and playing pool.

  • Licensed to Practice Law in Washington and Idaho
  • Bachelor’s Degree – Central College, Pella, Iowa – 1999
  • Juris Doctor Degree – Gonzaga University School of Law – 2006
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Idaho State Bar Association
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)
  • Washington Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (WAELA)

 

Jonas J. Hemenway – Attorney

Jonas joined our team in 2016 as an Associate Attorney. Jonas is a Spokane native, but has spent the last 9 years living and working in Oregon where he attended the University of Oregon School of Law and practiced as an Estate Planning and Elder Law attorney. Jonas is very excited to be back in Spokane and to continue his practice as an Elder Law attorney.

In his free time Jonas spends time with his wife and 5 young children. He enjoys music, reading, cooking, and the outdoors.

  • Licensed to practice in Washington and Oregon
  • Bachelor’s Degree – Brigham Young University – 2007
  • Juris Doctor Degree – University of Oregon – 2010

 

Our Support Staff

At Elder Law Group PLLC we believe in delivering superior legal service in a comfortable atmosphere. To that end we are proud to provide the skills and expertise of a caring and dedicated office team.

Annie_ElderLaw_350dpi Annie Franken – Office Administrator

Annie joined our firm in 2015.  Although this is Annie’s first experience in working with an Elder Law practice, she came to the firm with significant professional experience in office administration and organization. As such, Annie keeps the office functions flowing smoothly to enable other Team Members to focus on our client care. She serves as personal assistant to our founding partner, Lynn St. Louis. Annie manages human resources and accounting, coordinates marketing and events, and directs our vendor relationships.

Away from Elder Law Group PLLC, Annie loves spending time with her husband, Fred, tiny daughters Ella, Vera, and Margot and their large extended family.  Annie and Fred love to cook together and are remodeling a vintage home.

 

 

 

2015-10-17 02.42.12Sheryl Owens – Legal Administrator

Sheryl joined the firm in 2015. She has many years of experience in long-term care with the last five years dedicated exclusively to Elder Law.

With her emphasis and expertise in Estate Planning and Medicaid planning, she brings the required resources to Elder Law Group PLLC. She loves working with family members and elder law clients to help them achieve their goals and give them peace of mind. Her background also includes comprehensive knowledge of Medicare and long-term care planning.

When not helping clients she enjoys cooking, which includes taking cooking classes, reading and walking along the Centennial Trail and through her neighborhood. She has two sons, Ryan and Tyler. They are the glue to her family and she loves spending time with them.

 

 

Marissa_ElderLaw_350dpiMarissa Davison- Paralegal 

Marissa joined our firm in 2012 and has worked in the legal field the majority of her career. Marissa is the Paralegal at our Tri-Cities location and is highly capable and qualified. She enjoys interacting with our clients and providing the “Southern hospitality” that comes naturally to her.

Prior to joining Elder Law Group PLLC, Marissa’s Paralegal skills were honed in Walla Walla, working with the Senior Partner of another firm who focused on estate planning, real estate, and corporate law. Marissa also has experience in a variety of other areas of law, but she definitely prefers the kinder, gentler aspects of our elder law practice. She believes that elder law is an area where we truly do make a difference in our clients’ lives and is constantly humbled by the peace of mind our services provide our clients.

When Marissa is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Andrew, and their pets, cooking/baking, and gardening.

 

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Eva Hines – Legal Assistant

Eva joined the firm in 2015 as our Receptionist and became our team’s Legal Assistant in 2016. Eva has gained in-depth knowledge and skills in a wide variety of legal tasks and administrative duties,  providing assistance to our legal team and clients.

Away from the office Eva enjoys hiking, being outdoors, reading, and caring for her pets. She also loves spending time with her family, friends, and longtime boyfriend, Brett.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rochelle Cusick – Legal Assistant

Rochelle joined the firm in 2016. Rochelle has a background in auditing administration and is providing assistance with legal tasks and administrative duties. She has deep roots in Spokane and a love for the Pacific Northwest. Rochelle is dedicated to providing support to our legal team and our clients.

When Rochelle is not working, she enjoys kayaking, camping and having adventures with her family and friends.

 

 

 

 

Jen Johnston – Client Engagement Specialist

Jen joined the firm in 2016 as our Client Engagement Specialist.  Jen brings to the firm varied administrative experiences in both operations and sales through her participation at a retirement community, and work in the legal field.  Jen’s previous involvement with the elderly and their family members showed her how emotional and challenging it can be to determine how to pay for retirement and long-term care.  Assisting families in navigating those difficulties became a passion for Jen, and she is very excited for the opportunity to work with and get to know our clients of Elder Law Group, and their families.

Outside of the office, Jen loves spending time with her husband, Matt, and her two grown children, Cody and Jordyn.  She also has a granddaughter, Alexia, and 2 dogs that keep her busy.  Her interests are cooking (the more difficult the recipe, the better!), reading, hiking, white water kayaking and yoga.

 

Terry Fehling – Receptionist

Terry joined our firm in 2016. She comes to us with over eight years of experience as a Legal Receptionist. Terry brings all of her skills together as an essential part of the firm’s office operations. Terry’s warmth and professionalism are a welcome greeting to our clients.

Terry loves to cook and bake. She is also quite the crafter. Terry is a pet lover and makes time to pet-sit for her family and friends whenever possible. Of course, our canine team members, Piper and Willie, benefit from her tender care. Terry has two children and recently welcomed her first grandchild to her family.

 

 

 

Piper – Canine Companion

Piper joined the firm in 2014. He is an exuberant yellow Labrador Retriever.

Piper, like most Labrador Retrievers, loves everyone he meets. He turned two years old in July and is happy to say “hello” to our clients who don’t mind his wet nose.

Piper is unique in some ways. For one thing, he used to be an indiscriminate eater. As a result, in 2015 he had two surgeries – one to remove a big rock, and a second one to remove a couple of brass fittings. Fortunately, we think he has outgrown these tendencies!