Wills & Trusts

Include a Comprehensive Approach to Wills & Trusts

Paths Law Firm, your trusted partner in estate planning and elder law in the Kansas City Metro area of Kansas and Missouri.

As seasoned professionals in the field, we understand the importance of securing your family's future. This must include a comprehensive approach to Wills & Trusts. The attorneys help each the client make sense of their situation, find clarity regarding the options available, and help each client make an educated, informed decision for their next step.

Crafting Your Legacy

Wills & Trusts Expertise

Our experienced elder law attorneys specialize in tailoring Wills & Trusts to meet the unique needs of families across the Kansas City Metro area. We recognize that every client’s situation is distinctive, and our commitment is to provide personalized solutions that stand the test of time.

In the ever-changing landscape of life, having a comprehensive estate plan is paramount. Wills and Trusts stand as pillars of protection, ensuring that your wishes are not only heard but honored.

Why Choose Wills?

A well-crafted will is your voice beyond the present, outlining how your assets are distributed and who oversees the process. In the heart of the Kansas City Metro area, we focus on tailoring wills that reflect your unique circumstances, providing clarity and peace of mind. Most people seem to believe they need a trust to avoid the probate requirement after death. It is unknown where this belief comes from as a will gives direction to the probate court for assets going through probate. If assets can avoid probate, a Last Will and Testament actually does not pertain to the disposition of those assets and therefore has no effect on such assets.

Trusts, on the other hand, transcend the limitations of a will. They offer a dynamic strategy to manage and distribute assets, providing flexibility and control. Our experienced elder law attorney team crafts Trusts that serve as a shield against uncertainties, ensuring your legacy has the maximum protection.  Trusts make provisions for the death, disability, and other problems children and beneficiaries encounter.

Whether you’re just starting your journey or are navigating the complexities of life, wills and trusts form the bedrock of a secure future. Protecting your family’s financial well-being and honoring your wishes are at the heart of what we do.

Deciding between a will and a trust is a nuanced process. Consulting with an experienced elder law attorney is the key to making informed decisions. Our team at Paths Law Firm is committed to guiding you through this journey, offering personalized advice that aligns with your family’s unique needs.

Secure your family’s tomorrow by taking the first step today. Contact Paths Law Firm – your trusted partner in estate planning and elder law in the Kansas City Metro area. Let’s build a legacy of security together.

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Wills & Trusts Expertise: Your Legacy, Our Priority

Navigating the intricacies of estate planning demands a seasoned hand, and that’s precisely what you’ll find with our dedicated team. We go beyond the legal jargon, offering clear, compassionate guidance to ensure your wishes are not just documented but meticulously safeguarded.

Don’t leave the future to chance. Whether you’re just beginning to consider your estate plan or need to update existing documents, Paths Law Firm is here for you. Schedule a consultation with our experienced elder law attorneys, and let’s start building a legacy that stands the test of time.

As proud members of the Kansas City Metro community, we bring a deep understanding of the region's legal landscape. Our tailored solutions are designed to align the client’s desires seamlessly with local laws and regulations.

From the initial consultation to the execution of your Will or Trust, our seasoned attorneys provide comprehensive guidance. We ensure that your wishes are clearly articulated, minimizing future uncertainties.

Safeguarding your assets is at the core of our practice. We employ proven strategies to protect your wealth and ensure a smooth transfer to your beneficiaries.

Common Case Studies

Client Profile:
  • Clients: The Chapmans, a young family residing in Overland Park, Kansas.
  • Scenario: The Chapmans were initially unsure about estate planning, believing it was for older generations.
  • Desired Outcome: Gain clarity on the importance of estate planning and secure their family’s future.


The Chapmans, a young family in Overland Park, Kansas, found themselves at a crossroads. When they heard about the need for a Will and Trust, they were initially skeptical, thinking estate planning was something for their grandparents’ generation. Little did they know, their visit to Paths Law Firm would be a transformative experience.


The Challenge:

The Chapmans had limited knowledge of estate planning and were unsure if it was relevant to their young family. They needed guidance on the intricacies of estate planning, including the necessity of Wills, Trusts, and Powers of Attorney.


The Solution:

The Chapmans’ journey began when they sought out Paths Law Firm, the trusted Kansas City estate planning attorneys. The experienced legal team at Paths Law Firm recognized the need to educate and empower young families like the Chapmans. Here’s how they made the difference:

  • Comprehensive Consultation: The Chapmans received a warm welcome at Paths Law Firm. The dedicated team of attorneys took the time to understand their unique circumstances and concerns.

  • Estate Planning Education: The attorneys patiently explained the importance of estate planning and the role of Wills and Trusts in securing the future. They also shed light on Powers of Attorney, which can be vital for healthcare and financial decisions.

  • Customized Approach: Paths Law Firm crafted a personalized estate plan tailored to the Chapmans’ needs and aspirations. They showed the couple that estate planning isn’t just about wealth distribution but also about protecting their family’s well-being.

  • Ongoing Support: The relationship with Paths Law Firm didn’t end with the creation of their estate plan. The Chapmans knew they had a dedicated team of experts to turn to whenever they needed guidance or updates.

The Results:

The Chapmans’ initial skepticism was replaced with a profound understanding of the value of estate planning. With the guidance of Paths Law Firm, they took the necessary steps to secure their family’s future, ensuring peace of mind and financial stability.



The Chapman family’s journey with Paths Law Firm exemplifies the transformative power of estate planning. No matter your age or financial status, estate planning is a vital tool to safeguard your family’s future. Thanks to the expertise and guidance of Kansas City elder law attorneys at Paths Law Firm, the Chapmans now have a comprehensive estate plan that reflects their unique needs and goals. Are you, like the Chapmans, unsure about estate planning? Our trusted attorneys in Overland Park, Kansas, are here to help. Contact Paths Law Firm today to start your own journey towards peace of mind and financial security through estate planning. Your family’s future is worth the investment.


Case Study Description:

Discover how the Chapmans, a young family in Overland Park, Kansas, transformed their perception of estate planning with the expert guidance of Paths Law Firm. Initially uncertain about the relevance of estate planning to their lives, the Chapmans found clarity, security, and peace of mind through a personalized estate plan. Learn how our trusted Kansas City estate planning attorneys illuminated the path to their family’s future.

Client Profile:
  • Mr. and Mrs. Lewis, a loving elderly couple residing in Overland Park, Kansas.
  • Mr. Lewis, facing a heart condition, required a hospital procedure, raising concerns about their future.


Client Needs:

Paths Law Firm, Your Trusted Overland Park Elder Law Attorneys.


Timely Assistance: 

Paths Law Firm, renowned for its expertise in elder law, immediately accommodated Mr. and Mrs. Lewis, offering an appointment without delay. Our team understands the urgency in such situations and strives to provide peace of mind promptly.


Comprehensive Estate Planning:
  1. Powers of Attorney: We drafted Powers of Attorney documents, ensuring that trusted individuals and their successors would be authorized to make medical and financial decisions on their behalf, should the need arise.

  2. Living Will: A living will was created to express their healthcare preferences, providing a clear guide for medical professionals during critical situations, including end-of-life.

  3. Asset Protection: Paths Law Firm’s estate planning attorneys implemented strategies to safeguard the Lewis family’s assets during their lives, in and out of the nursing home, and ensure a smooth transition to their heirs.


Personalized Approach:

Paths Law Firm recognized the importance of empathy and clear communication when dealing with elder clients. Mr. and Mrs. Lewis were provided with patient and understanding guidance throughout the entire process.



Peace of Mind for Mr. and Mrs. Lewis: With the comprehensive estate planning in place, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis felt a profound sense of relief and security, knowing their affairs were in order. Paths Law Firm’s swift action and expert guidance gave them the peace of mind they sought during a challenging time.



Mr. Lewis stated, “We can’t express our gratitude enough to the exceptional team at Paths Law Firm. Their Overland Park elder law attorneys ensured we were protected in the face of uncertainty, and they did it with remarkable speed and compassion.”

At Paths Law Firm, we take pride in being your trusted Kansas City elder law attorneys, providing timely and personalized estate planning solutions. We’re here to help you secure your future and navigate the complexities of elder law. Contact us today for peace of mind and expert guidance.


Case Study Description:

Discover how Paths Law Firm, the premier Kansas City elder law attorneys, provided invaluable assistance to an elderly couple, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis, who urgently required comprehensive estate planning. Facing a critical medical procedure and having never established any estate planning measures, their concerns were addressed promptly and empathetically. Learn how Paths Law Firm’s trusted attorneys in Overland Park, Kansas, crafted a personalized solution, including Powers of Attorney and asset protection, to ensure the Lewis family’s peace of mind during a challenging time.


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Community Relations

Jeane M. Fracassa

Community Relations

Jeane M. Fracassa

Jeane Fracassa – a dedicated and accomplished professional who retired with an impressive 38-year service record from the Kansas City Missouri Police Department. Throughout her illustrious career, Jeane served as a Civian Supervisor in the Communications Unit, where she played a pivotal role in ensuring efficient and effective communication within the department.

Even in retirement, Jeane’s commitment to community service remains unwavering. Currently, she serves in various capacities within Community Relations at Paths Law Firm. Actively engaged in the Lee’s Summit and Overland Park communities, she proudly represents the law firm.

In all aspects of her life, Jeane Fracassa exemplifies the values of community, compassion, and family. Her commitment to making a difference and her love for exploration make her a remarkable individual, whose presence brightens the lives of those she encounters. Whether at work, with family, or during her travels, Jeane’s genuine care for others and her zest for life make her a truly remarkable and inspiring person.

Administrative Assistant

Laura E. Messer

Administrative Assistant

Laura E. Messer

Laura is the Law Firm’s marketing assistant, supporting all marketing tasks, including managing calendars, researching upcoming events, updating marketing software and spreadsheets, and partnering with organizations to maintain relationships that benefit Paths Law Firm’s clients.  Laura is also the law firm’s professional photographer as she provides the professional photographs for the headshots, organizations, events, and networking.

Laura has over 10 years of experience as a professional photographer.  She is also Adobe and Microsoft Certified.  She graduated from Columbia College, Columbia, Missouri with her Bachelor of Arts degree, Magna Cum Laude, in Behavioral Psychology (minors in Social Work and Criminal Justice), and her Photographic Craftsman degree from Professional Photographers of America. She is certified as a Qualified Mental Health Professional, Certified Gentle Teacher, Medicaid Billing Certified, Crisis Intervention Counselor, and a Missouri Notary.

Laura has been married more than 26 years and has a daughter and a son. She has four brothers, a niece, and a nephew. Her four spoiled pets that love her attention. A lot of Laura’s off time is spent taking photos and she is an internationally published photographer. Laura owns a studio on the historic Independence Square. 

Administrative Assistant

Holly D. Bramble

Administrative Assistant

Holly D. Bramble

Holly is our newest member of the administrative team. She is hardworking, has proven organizational skills and excellent communication skills. Holly has transitioned to the Estate Planning field from healthcare administration where she gained valuable knowledge that has contributed to her success here at Paths.

Holly enjoys spending time with loved ones, cheering for the Chiefs, and relaxing on the beach.

Administrative Assistant

Tressa L. Purdy

Administrative Assistant

Tressa L. Purdy

Tressa has the important role of being a client’s initial point of contact as the law firm’s receptionist for all locations.  She also welcomes, assists, and cares for clients at the Lee’s Summit office. Additionally, she provides support in an administrative capacity for the attorneys, staff, and clients.  When you meet Tressa, the first quality many note is her readiness to be of assistance.


Tressa is a graduate of Park Hill High School with extensive administrative experience and executive level management. Tressa brings a stability and comfort to the law firm experience having worked in a variety of industries and having lived in six different major metropolitan cities.


Tressa has a daughter, two sons, and one grandchild.  In her free time, she enjoys her family and friends, loves being outdoors, gardening, bike riding and bird watching. Indoor hobbies include scrapbooking, painting cookies, and cheering on Chiefs football. She is a Kansas City native but enjoys traveling but is always happy to be back in her hometown.  


Kathleen E. Overton


Kathleen E. Overton

Kathleen Overton is an attorney and owner at Paths Law Firm. She has more than 17 years of experience advocating for those with special needs and navigating the state and federal agencies formed to help the disabled and elderly. At Paths Law Firm, Kathleen’s practice focuses on helping the elderly qualify for nursing home Medicaid, creating estate plans to protect beneficiaries, as well as a lot of time planning and forming businesses. Kathleen also enjoys helping clients form non-profit organizations and obtain 501(c)(3) tax exempt status.


After attending law school at the University of Oklahoma, Kathleen began representing clients before the Social Security Administration. Eventually her practice switched to federal court appeals and Kathleen spent years representing clients before the Eastern and Western District of Missouri, the District of Kansas, and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Kathleen has since focused her practice on estate planning and elder law after watching clients struggle to find ways to financially care for loved ones with special needs or aging parents.


Kathleen lives in the Northland with her husband and four children. She spends her free time attending soccer matches and ballet performances with her children and starting endless home improvement projects with her husband. 

Medicaid paralegal

Tena K. Dooley

Medicaid Paralegal

Tena K. Dooley

Tena is a Medicaid Paralegal.  She is very meticulous and organized.  She works closely with the attorneys, clients, and State representatives. 

Tena has an associate in applied science and has over 20 years of office management experience. She has two daughters and one grandson.

Tena enjoys spending time with her family.  She enjoys everything outdoors and her hobbies include fishing and gardening.


Sydney R. Morris


Sydney R. Morris

Sydney is the law firm’s internal accountant and one of their experienced paralegals having been with Paths Law Firm since 2017. She is a primary point of contact for estate planning and business planning.

Sydney graduated with honors from the University of Missouri Kansas City in 2022 with her Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting. She is a Bloch Launchpad, Phi Theta Kappa, and National Honor Society alumni.

In her free time, Sydney enjoys spending time with her husband, reading, baking and going on long walks. 


Christy L. Phillips


Christy L. Phillips

Christy has three years of experience in elder law working for seniors and their families. She is currently the Senior Administrative Assistant and organizes the day to day functions of the office and makes sure everything runs smoothly. When asked why she loved what she does, Christy said at Paths Law Firm, she gets the opportunity to help clients in more ways than one. Her favorite parts of the job are getting to know the clients and helping them get their questions answered. 

Christy’s experience in the finance industry has been extremely beneficial to her role as the Senior Administrative Assistant. Christy has a special place in her heart for the elderly and attributes this to the relationship she had with her grandparents. 

Christy was raised in Ogden, Utah and moved to Independence, MO, when she was ten years old. She has been with her high school sweetheart for 25 years and they have two beautiful children together. Her daughter works in the medical industry, and her son currently attends High School and plays Baseball. When Christy is not working, she enjoys crafting and spending time with her family and friends.

Christy’s experience in the finance industry has been extremely beneficial to her role as Benefits Coordinator. There have been many influences that went into her decision to select the field of Elder Law. Christy has a special place in her heart for the elderly and attributes this to her relationship with her grandparents.

When asked why she loves what she does, Christy said that at Paths Elder law, she gets the opportunity to help clients in more ways than one. Her favorite part of her job is getting clients approved for Medicaid or VA benefits as it is a huge relief for them and their loved ones.

Christy was raised in Ogden, Utah, and moved to Independence, MO, when she was ten years old. She has two children that keep her busy and fill her life with joy! Christy’s daughter cheers for Avila University, and her son plays competitive baseball for the Bucks and races BMX locally for the Motorcycle Closeout Team.

When Christy is not working, she enjoys crafting and making homemade gifts for her loved ones and raising her kids to be healthy, happy, and positive humans.


Practice Areas

  • Medicaid Benefits
  • VA Benefits


Professionalc Memberships and Affiliations

  • Missouri Notary


René A. Fracassa

Rene A. Fracassa, Paths Law


René A. Fracassa

René is the Financial Manager at Paths Law Firm overseeing all aspects of revenue, expenses, and financial planning. She is also responsible for general office management, including assisting in many of the administrative matters that periodically arise. 

René earned her Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management from Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg, Missouri and soon thereafter worked her way through management at The American Restaurant where she worked almost 17 years before relocating to the country of China.

In her spare time, René is currently quite active managing multiple generations of her family, including parents and grandkids.  René has had great impact on the lives of many women teaching discipling and teaching and abundance of Bible Studies. Her former career in management and event planning trained her well to juggle all the activity.


Hilary R. Tichota


Hilary R. Tichota

Hilary plays a vital role in managing the Marketing Department at Paths Law Firm.  She is excellent at bringing new ideas and sharing valuable resources with the law firm and our community. Hilary has been with the law firm since the beginning, working in nearly every role which is invaluable in her marketing endeavors as she brings a unique set of skills into the Marketing Department.

Hilary is nearly complete in her Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Marketing at Park University.  She has earned the honor of being listed in National Honors Society, Phi Theta Kappa, and the Dean’s List. Hilary is always looking for new and innovative ways to share the law firm’s message.

While not working, Hilary spends her time with her family at their rural home. They tend to their chickens and honeybees and enjoy the solitude of country living.


Jennifer A. Bronson



Jennifer is the Sr. Paralegal and Operations Manager at Paths Law Firm.  She oversees the firm’s probate department as well developing, implementing, and managing all the firm’s administrative processes having been with the law firm almost from the beginning.  She enjoys client contact as well as behind-the-scenes operations.


Jennifer began her legal career in 1990 as a legal secretary.  She has worked in small and medium sized firms, as well as court operations.  She has her Paralegal Certificate from Boston University, Law Office Management Certificate from University of Central Missouri, and she is a Master Financial Coach. 


Jennifer has two daughters, twin sons, and twin grandsons.  She spends as much time as she can with them.  She enjoys reading, listening to podcasts, and tending her yard. 


Russell A. Fracassa (Rusty)


Russell A. Fracassa (Rusty)

When asked what he wants to do, his reply was “I just want to sit at the kitchen table and work directly with people.” Rusty enjoys working with clients providing experienced advocacy and supporting them through their unfamiliar and overwhelming situations. Due to all the challenges faced by seniors, it is essential to work with an experienced elder law attorney who has expertise in the law, issues, and concerns affecting seniors and their families.

Rusty brings more than 30 years legal experience and expertise working for seniors and their families as an elder law attorney in Kansas City and surrounding. Prior to law school, Rusty was an accountant and his first couple years practicing law was as a tax attorney. This provides invaluable experience in his current practice of law. Rusty’s focus is helping protect seniors’ assets from taxes and long-term care costs, benefit qualification, and navigating more complex family scenarios in their estate planning.

Rusty has personally experienced the loss every parent fears, caring for a spouse suffering with cancer and the treatment, and working with aging parents through all stages of their lives.  He intimately understands the challenges faced by individuals and their caretakers when capacity or health declines, how to prepare for it, and the legal matters while in the midst of it.  He may not be able to eliminate his client’s grief, but he strives to provide clients with peace of mind.

In 2010, Rusty’s faith and love led him and part of his family to China as Christian missionaries. He and his wife, went permanently, but ended up dedicating 3 years to that ministry. They returned to Missouri to help with grandchildren after a family tragedy and later began anew with Paths Elder Law. The goal is providing compassionate care through legal advocacy.

Rusty has multiple degrees and advanced study spanning his Bachelor’s of Arts in Business Administration – Accounting at Rockhurst College (now Rockhurst University), Masters of Arts in Accounting and in Intercultural Studies, as well as his Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Law.

When Rusty is not practicing law, he enjoys spending time with his family, grandchildren, and excessive eating at local restaurants.

Practice Areas

  • Wills and Trusts
  • Estate Planning
  • Asset Protection
  • Medicaid Benefits
  • VA Benefits
  • Probate
  • Guardianship and Conservatorships
  • Education


BSBA and Master’s in Accounting, Master’s in Inter-Cultural Studies, and Doctorate in Juris Prudence

  • Rockhurst University
  • Liberty University
  • University of Missouri – Kansas City

Admissions to Practice

  • Missouri

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

  • State Bar of Missouri
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (long-time Member)
  • Elder Counsel (Charter and Ongoing Member)
  • Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys (Past Member)
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Missouri State Bar Committees – Elder Law, Estate Planning, Probate