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practice areas
estate planning
probate and trust
business corporate
civil litigation
landlord tenant
va planning
medicaid planning
frequent questions
what is elder law?
what is a power of attorney?
do i need a will?
how do i avoid probate?
do i need an llc or to incorporate?
what are my rights as a landlord?
what is a trust?
what do i need for medicaid?
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about us

Diane has provided legal services to the residents of St. Joseph and surrounding areas since 2003.  Since that time, Diane has been a member of several civic organizations, serving on the Board of Directors of the Second Harvest Community Food Bank, the YWCA in St. Joseph, and the Midland Empire Homebuilders Association.  She also served as President of the Missouri Western State University Alumni Association and the Executive Board of MWSU Foundation.  Diane represents many of the real estate brokers in St. Joseph, and has received an award for her excellent legal service to the St. Joseph Regional Association of Realtors.  She is a member of the St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce.   

Diane is licensed in Missouri and Kansas and is a member of the Missouri Bar, the Kansas Bar, in federal courts in Missouri and Kansas, and has been admitted to the United States Tax Court.              

Diane enjoys working with her clients to address and solve the problems that they are experiencing, whether that is creating a tailored estate plan, administering the trust or estate of a loved one, assisting in business and compliance matters, representing landlords, or working on real estate issues.    Diane is respected by her peers for her no nonsense approach to the law, having served as the St. Joseph Bar Association President in 2013, and as secretary of the St. Joseph Bar Association for several years prior to being nominated as President.

Jennifer McKinley is a Member/Attorney with Hook McKinley, LLC, where she practices elder law, estate planning and Medicaid planning.  A native of Northwest Missouri, having grown up in Cameron, she graduated Cum Laude from Missouri Western State University in 2005 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and Legal Studies. During college, Jennifer served as Treasurer of MWSU’s Student Government, presented a research paper at the 2004 Academy of Legal Studies in Business International Conference in Ottawa, Canada, and was also named Outstanding Graduate of the Criminal Justice/Legal Studies Department. 

Jennifer attended the University of Dayton School of Law where she received her Juris Doctor in 2010. While at UDSL, Jennifer served as the President of the Honor Council and was recognized for her Pro Bono Commitment. 

Jennifer is an elder law attorney licensed in Missouri and Kansas. Jennifer enjoys working with clients to create and implement estate plans that provide not only asset security, but peace of mind.  She has spoken at seminars and workshops on the needs of the elderly, particularly in the areas of estate and financial planning and the importance of powers of attorney, wills, and trusts.  Jennifer is also an Accredited VA Agent through the Veterans Administration. 
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