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Nancy Gibson has been practicing law in Missoula, Montana since 1985. She attained her undergraduate and law degrees at The University of Montana. She spent the first nine years after her admission to the Montana bar at a Missoula litigation firm specializing in settlement, defense and trial of civil cases.
In 1994, Ms. Gibson opened her own law office in Missoula, Montana, and began specializing in elder law, disability law, wills, trusts, probate, guardianship, and special needs trusts. Since then, she has worked locally, state-wide, and nationally to address legal issues of the elderly and the disabled.
She has been an active member of the Elderly Assistance Committee of the State Bar of Montana, and chaired that committee from 1998 through 2003. She is actively involved with the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), and she regularly attends the national conferences of that organization. She served as Co-Chair of the Health Care Decision-Making Special Interest Group of NAELA from 2001 to 2002. She recently completed serving four years on the NAELA Board of Directors. She is the only Montana member and a past director of the Special Needs Alliance, a national by-invitation-only organization of attorneys who specialize in special needs trusts and disability planning.
Ms. Gibson has served as President of the Western Montana Estate Planning Council. She has also served Western Montana through board positions and steering committee involvement for a number of other non-profit organizations. She has served as Chair of the Board of Directors of Partners in Home Care, Inc., a non-profit organization committed to providing high quality home and community health services. She has provided services as a legal consultant for various non-profit agencies providing health care and aging services within Montana. She often speaks to professional groups, disability organizations and local communities on elder law, health care planning, and special needs trusts.
Ms. Gibson provides legal services to clients throughout Montana, through her specialization in elder and disability law. Her practice includes preparation of wills and trusts, particularly special needs trusts; asset preservation and long term care issues, including Medicaid issues; advising clients on public benefits eligibility, particularly in the context of settlements and inheritances; administration of estates and trusts; guardianship, conservatorship, and other protective arrangements. She takes pride in assisting people of all income and asset levels, and enjoys helping families to best provide for the future care of their loved ones who have disabilities.
We provide elder law services and disability planning, including special needs trusts, throughout Montana. Our goal is to help seniors, persons with disabilities of all ages, and those who are assisting loved ones with issues of decision-making, planning for incapacity, inheritance issues, estate and trust administration, and eligibility planning for government benefits.