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Elder Law Attorney Richard J. Habiger has been practicing law since 1970 and has extensive experience in all areas of Elder Law services, including Nursing Home/ Title 19/ Medicaid/ Asset Preservation planning/ Veterans Benefits. He is the former managing attorney of the  SIU Law School Legal Clinic  (Legal Services to the Elderly Program), where he taught practical legal skills to law students and provided counsel and representation to the elderly and other clients of the Legal Clinic for 18 years. 

 Habiger is a member of the  National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys  and previously served as the President of the  Illinois Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys .The Academy isthe premier organization of elder law firms thatprovidelegal advocacy, guidance, and services to enhance the lives of people as they age as well as individuals with special needs. 

 Richardand all of his staffalso are members of the Life Care Planning Law Firm Association , an organization of law firms that are in the forefront ofadvocating for the quality of life for elders and their families.Richard also is a member of the  Special Needs Alliance ,an invitation-only organization,dedicated to the practice of disability and public benefits law. Further, Richard is a member of  WealthCounsel  and  ElderCounsel , organizations whose member estate planning and elder law firms are dedicated to a client-centric approach to the estate and elder law planning processes. 

 Currently, Habiger is a member of the Board of Directors of the  Egyptian Area Agency on Aging , and serves on the Finance and Audit, Personnel, and Board Recruitment Committees. For a number of years, Habigerserved on the Leadership Council of the  Greater Illinois Chapter of the Alzheimers Association , having previously served on the Board of Directors of the Southern Illinois area chapter of the Alzheimers Disease and Related Disorders Association. 

 In 1975 Mr. Habiger was recruited to help build the new Legal Clinic at the Southern Illinois University Law School, which in 1982 became known as the Legal Services to the Elderly Program. 

 In 1993 Habiger left the SIU Law School to open Habiger  Associates Law Office. In 2000, the firm was renamed Habiger  Associates Elder Law Office (HAELO)in order to emphasize the unique character of the services the firm provides. 

 Prior to attending law school, Habiger gained invaluable practical and business experience as an office manager for an oil company and as a supervisor for a major health insurance company. Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Habiger was awarded a  fellowship  and worked with a national  legal services program .After being recruited for a  Legal Services grant-funded program at  St. Louis University Law School , Habiger began lecturing at the Law Schooland co-authored a book on  Law and Tactics in Juvenile Cases . 

 Throughout his career, Habiger hascontributed his time and talent in various capacities. Habiger has served on the boards of directors of various community service organizations and committees of various professional organizations. For example,he previouslyserved as an appointed member of the Special Needs Trusts Committee, Real Property, Probate  Trust Law Section of the  American Bar Association . In addition, heis a member of the  Illinois ,  Missouri , and  Jackson County  Bar Associations andhas served on various committees for each association. 

 Habiger  Associates Elder Law Office (HAELO) is a life care planning and elder law firm which focuses on the needs of the elderly and disabled persons and their families. While many law firms strive to address the legal needs of the elder population, the attorneys and multi-disciplinary staff of HAELO go a step further to help with many non-legal issues that can arise as a client ages. As elder law attorneys, and with the assistance of ahighly-trained staff of experts,HAELOassists with nursing home and asset preservation planning, veterans benefits, Title 19 Medicaid and disability issues, Alzheimers and Memory Loss planning, Hospice planning, estate planning, including Living Trusts, Irrevocable Trusts, and Special Needs Trusts. In selected cases, HAELO also will provide representation inguardianships and probate cases . . . and trust administration and termination matters. 

 With the assistance of nurse and social worker consultantsandmulti-disciplinary staff, we also help our clients and their families negotiate the elder care maze of conflicting governmental benefit programs, community resources, insurance reimbursement, and private resources. We help bring peace of mind and assure the elder client dignity and quality of life they so richly deserve. 

 Richard is a featured attorney with  ElderLawAnswers.com , an organization that supports seniors, their families and their attorneys in achieving their goals throughInternet-based consumer-oriented information andtools. 

 Richard and his wife,  Marty , enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren: Christy, Tim, Brian, Monica, Kathleen, Justin, Benjamin, Danielle, Katie, Rebecca, Hannah, Megan, Patrick and Conor. 

 Mr. Habiger has been helping his clients for morethan 35 years, and he would be pleased to assist you or your loved one. 
 

 Education: 

 
 Mr. Habiger is a graduate of  Rockhurst University , where he received an A.B. with a major in History andminors in Political Science and Philosophy. 
 
In 1970 Richard received a J.D. (Juris Doctor) degreefrom the  University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Law . 
 

 Professional Honors  Activities: 

 Richard Habiger was for a number of yearsfeatured in Whos Who in American Law. 

 Publications: 

 
 Mr. Habiger is an author who has written publications for other lawyers andconsumers of legal services throughout his professional career. Most recently, Habigerco-authoredthe Illinois edition of  How to Protect Your Familys Assets from Devastating Nursing Home Costs: Medicaid Secrets . 
 
 Author, Self-Published  

 
	 The Guide to Medicaid Planning: How To Save Your Home, Protect Your Assets,  Finance Your Care Without Going Broke 
	 Memory Loss Legal Survival Guide 
	 Advisors Guide to Special Needs Planning 
	 Parents Guide to Special Needs Planning 
	 The Complete Guide to Life Care Planning 
	 Legal Survival Guide for Alzheimers Patients  Their Loved Ones 
	 Consumer Guide to Title XIX of the Social Security Act 
	 The Nuts  Bolts Guide to Veterans Benefits 
	 What Every Attorney Needs to Know About Special Needs Trusts for Persons with Disabilities 
	 Parents Legal Survival Guide to Special Needs Planning for Persons with Disabilities 
	 The Complete Guide to Life Care Planning 
	 Consumer Guide to Medicaid Planning 
	 Consumer Guide to Understanding  Protecting Nursing Home Residents Rights 
	 Southern Illinois Nursing Home Guide: How to Find the Right Nursing Home and Get Good Care There Without Going Broke 
 
 Audio CDS, Self-Produced 

 
	 Elder Law Questions and Answers 
	 The Value in Mastering the Puzzle: Helping You to Get the Care and Benefits You Deserve While Legally Protecting Your Home and Assets 
 
 Co-Author 

 
	 How to Protect Your Familys Assets From Devastating Nursing Home Costs-Medicaid Secrets (Illinois Edition, 2010) 
	 Advanced Medicaid Planning for the Community Spouse (Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education 2003) 
	 How To Run An Elder Law Practice Ethically  Efficiently (Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education 2004) 
	 How the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 Affects Seniors (Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education 2006) 
	 Forms published in Representing the Elderly or Disabled Client - Forms and Checklists with Commentary (Warren, Gorham  Lamont, RIA) 
 
 Newsletters - Self Published 

 
	  From Our Desk to Yours  (Monthly newsletter for health care professionals) 
	  From Our Office to Yours  (Monthly newsletter for accounting, financial, and legal professionals) 
	  From Our Family to Yours  (Monthly newsletter for clients, their families  friends) 
	  Elder Law Answers to Your Questions  (Monthly newsletter for the public regarding long term care issues) 
 
 Monthly Newspaper Articles 

 
	  Senior Voice  (Monthly articles on Disability, Long Term Care, Medicaid and related issues) 
	  Southern Business Journal  (Monthly articles on Asset Preservation, Estates, Trusts, Probate, and related issues) 
 
 

 Counrt Admissions: 

 
 Mr. Habiger is licensed to practice law in  Illinois  and  Missouri  (but currently limits his practice to Illinois). 
 
In additon, Richard is admitted to practice before the  United States Supreme Court ,  United States Tax Court , and various federal trial and appellate courts. 
 

 Community Activities: 

  

  

 
    In December 2009, as he has done every Christmas season for the past several years, Santa Claus Richard Habigervisited with the residents, their guests, and the staffat    Prairie Living at Chautauqua Supportive Living Facility    in Carbondale, Illinois. 
 
The facility provides gifts forthe residents and a noon-time feastfor all and their guests. 
Santa, of course, hands out the gifts ... with the help of a few elves, and an occasional hearty Ho! Ho! Ho! and Merrrrrrrrry Christmas!  
 
  Richard loveshamming it up    and many of the residents want their photos taken with Santa. 
 
The annual Holiday Dinner at Prairie Living at Chautauqua Supportive Living Facility is truly one of those memorable events that the residents look forward to.

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1808 Clark Street, Carterville, Illinois 62918
618-549-4529 or 800-336-4529

Elder Law Attorney Richard J. Habiger has been practicing law since 1970 and has extensive experience in all areas of Elder Law services, including Nursing Home/ Title 19/ Medicaid/ Asset Preservation planning/ Veteran's Benefits.  He is the former managing attorney of the SIU Law School Legal Clinic (Legal Services to the Elderly Program), where he taught practical legal skills to law students and provided counsel and representation to the elderly and other clients of the Legal Clinic for 18 years.

Habiger is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and previously served as the President of the Illinois Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. The Academy is the premier organization of elder law firms that provide legal advocacy, guidance, and services to enhance the lives of people as they age as well as individuals with special needs.

Richard and all of his staff also are members of the Life Care Planning Law Firm Association, an organization of law firms that are in the forefront of advocating for the quality of life for elders and their families. Richard also is a member of the Special Needs Alliance, an invitation-only organization, dedicated to the practice of disability and public benefits law.  Further, Richard is a member of WealthCounsel and ElderCounsel, organizations whose member estate planning and elder law firms are dedicated to a "client-centric" approach to the estate and elder law planning processes.

Currently, Habiger is a member of the Board of Directors of the Egyptian Area Agency on Aging, and serves on the Finance and Audit, Personnel, and Board Recruitment Committees.  For a number of years, Habiger served on the Leadership Council of the Greater Illinois Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, having previously served on the Board of Directors of the Southern Illinois area chapter of the Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Association.

In 1975 Mr. Habiger was recruited to help build the new Legal Clinic at the Southern Illinois University Law School, which in 1982 became known as the Legal Services to the Elderly Program.

In 1993 Habiger left the SIU Law School to open Habiger & Associates Law Office.  In 2000, the firm was renamed Habiger & Associates Elder Law Office (HAELO) in order to emphasize the unique character of the services the firm provides.

Prior to attending law school, Habiger gained invaluable practical and business experience as an office manager for an oil company and as a supervisor for a major health insurance company. Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Habiger was awarded a fellowship and worked with a national legal services program.  After being recruited for a Legal Services grant-funded program at St. Louis University Law School, Habiger began lecturing at the Law School and co-authored a book on Law and Tactics in Juvenile Cases.

Throughout his career, Habiger has contributed his time and talent in various capacities. Habiger has served on the boards of directors of various community service organizations and committees of various professional organizations. For example, he previously served as an appointed member of the Special Needs Trusts Committee, Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section of the American Bar Association. In addition, he is a member of the Illinois, Missouri, and Jackson County Bar Associations and has served on various committees for each association.

Habiger & Associates Elder Law Office (HAELO) is a life care planning and elder law firm which focuses on the needs of the elderly and disabled persons and their families.  While many law firms strive to address the legal needs of the elder population, the attorneys and multi-disciplinary staff of HAELO go a step further to help with many non-legal issues that can arise as a client ages. As elder law attorneys, and with the assistance of a highly-trained staff of experts, HAELO assists with nursing home and asset preservation planning, veteran's benefits, Title 19 Medicaid and disability issues, Alzheimer's and Memory Loss planning, Hospice planning, estate planning, including Living Trusts, Irrevocable Trusts, and Special Needs Trusts.  In selected cases, HAELO also will provide representation in guardianships and probate cases . . . and trust administration and termination matters.

With the assistance of nurse and social worker consultants and multi-disciplinary staff, we also help our clients and their families negotiate the elder care maze of conflicting governmental benefit programs, community resources, insurance reimbursement, and private resources.  We help bring peace of mind and assure the elder client dignity and quality of life they so richly deserve.

Richard is a featured attorney with ElderLawAnswers.com, an organization that supports seniors, their families and their attorneys in achieving their goals through Internet-based consumer-oriented information and tools.

Richard and his wife, Marty, enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren: Christy, Tim, Brian, Monica, Kathleen, Justin, Benjamin, Danielle, Katie, Rebecca, Hannah, Megan, Patrick and Conor.

Mr. Habiger has been helping his clients for more than 35 years, and he would be pleased to assist you or your loved one.

Education:

Mr. Habiger is a graduate of Rockhurst University, where he received an A.B. with a major in History and minors in Political Science and Philosophy.

In 1970 Richard received a J.D. (Juris Doctor) degree from the University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Law

Professional Honors & Activities:

Richard Habiger was for a number of years featured in "Who's Who in American Law."

Publications:

Mr. Habiger is an author who has written publications for other lawyers and consumers of legal services throughout his professional career.  Most recently, Habiger co-authored the Illinois edition of "How to Protect Your Family's Assets from Devastating Nursing Home Costs: Medicaid Secrets".

Author, Self-Published

  • The Guide to Medicaid Planning: How To Save Your Home, Protect Your Assets, & Finance Your Care Without Going Broke
  • Memory Loss Legal Survival Guide
  • Advisor's Guide to Special Needs Planning
  • Parent's Guide to Special Needs Planning
  • The Complete Guide to Life Care Planning
  • Legal Survival Guide for Alzheimer's Patients & Their Loved Ones
  • Consumer Guide to Title XIX of the Social Security Act
  • The Nuts & Bolts Guide to Veterans' Benefits
  • What Every Attorney Needs to Know About Special Needs Trusts for Persons with Disabilities
  • Parents' Legal Survival Guide to Special Needs Planning for Persons with Disabilities
  • The Complete Guide to Life Care Planning
  • Consumer Guide to Medicaid Planning
  • Consumer Guide to Understanding & Protecting Nursing Home Resident's Rights
  • Southern Illinois Nursing Home Guide: How to Find the Right Nursing Home and Get Good Care There Without Going Broke
Audio CDS, Self-Produced
  • Elder Law Questions and Answers
  • The Value in Mastering the Puzzle: Helping You to Get the Care and Benefits You Deserve While Legally Protecting Your Home and Assets
Co-Author
  • How to Protect Your Family's Assets From Devastating Nursing Home Costs-Medicaid Secrets (Illinois Edition, 2010)
  • "Advanced Medicaid Planning for the Community Spouse" (Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education 2003)
  • "How To Run An Elder Law Practice Ethically & Efficiently" (Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education 2004)
  • "How the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 Affects Seniors" (Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education 2006)
  • Forms published in Representing the Elderly or Disabled Client - Forms and Checklists with Commentary (Warren, Gorham & Lamont, RIA)
Newsletters - Self Published
  • From Our Desk to Yours (Monthly newsletter for health care professionals)
  • From Our Office to Yours (Monthly newsletter for accounting, financial, and legal professionals)
  • From Our Family to Yours (Monthly newsletter for clients, their families & friends)
  • Elder Law Answers to Your Questions (Monthly newsletter for the public regarding long term care issues)
Monthly Newspaper Articles
  • Senior Voice (Monthly articles on Disability, Long Term Care, Medicaid and related issues)
  • Southern Business Journal (Monthly articles on Asset Preservation, Estates, Trusts, Probate, and related issues)

Counrt Admissions:

Mr. Habiger is licensed to practice law in Illinois and Missouri (but currently limits his practice to Illinois).

In additon, Richard is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, United States Tax Court, and various federal trial and appellate courts.

Community Activities:

 

 

 

In December 2009, as he has done every Christmas season for the past several years, "Santa Claus"  Richard Habiger visited with the residents, their guests, and the staff at Prairie Living at Chautauqua Supportive Living Facility in Carbondale, Illinois.

The facility provides gifts for the residents and a noon-time feast for all and their guests.
Santa, of course, hands out the gifts ... with the help of a few elves, and an occasional hearty "Ho! Ho! Ho!" and "Merrrrrrrrry Christmas!"


Richard loves "hamming" it up and many of the residents want their photos taken with Santa.

The annual Holiday Dinner at Prairie Living at Chautauqua Supportive Living Facility is truly one of those memorable events that the residents look forward to.

 


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