Rudy D. Beck has over forty-three years of experience practicing estate planning and elder law. As the founding attorney of Beck Estate Planning & Elder Law, LLC, in St. Charles, Missouri, Mr. Beck emphasizes work in asset protection planning and obtaining benefits such as VA Aid and Attendance and Medicaid to help pay for long-term care. Additionally, his practice encompasses probate and trust administration, guardianships, the preparation of living trusts, wills, durable powers of attorney, the formation of asset protection trusts for beneficiaries, and Special Needs Trusts, among other matters.
Now one of the best known Elder Law attorneys in the St. Louis area, Mr. Beck recalls that his interest in law was sparked at a young age:
I've known I wanted to be a lawyer ever since I was in the third grade. I remember getting in trouble for talking in class one day and my teacher took me outside the classroom and asked me why I talk so much. I told her that it was because I was getting ready to be a lawyer.
Mr. Beck’s desire to go into law never waned as he got older. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Knox College in 1971 and went on to earn his Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1974. After completing his obligation while serving as a 1st Lieutenant in the United States Army, he founded his private practice in December of 1974. In April of 1975, Mr. Beck was elected as City Attorney for the City of St. Charles, Missouri, a position he served in until 1977, after which he served as Special Counsel to the Mayor and City Council for another four years.
Today, Mr. Beck is widely regarded as a leader and intellectual authority in the field of elder law. He frequently presents seminars to other attorneys and to the general public concerning VA Aid & Attendance benefits and Medicaid Benefits, the use of trusts for asset protection planning purposes, and the growing importance of elder law as an area of legal practice. He is also a member of the Probate, Trust and Elder Law Committee of the Missouri Bar and many other organizations and has previously served as Treasurer (2005-2006) and President (2008-2009) of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) Missouri Chapter.
The co-author of Don't Go Broke in a Nursing Home, Mr. Beck is highly attuned to the latest developments in elder law and estate planning. In particular, he notes the importance of recent changes to the estate tax:
We are very fortunate that the area of estate planning is radically changing in light of the increase in the amount that is exempt from estate tax. This year the exemption will be over $11 million per person. That means all but the top one-tenth of one percent of people in the country will be exempt from the tax.
As the co-founder of Veterans Advocates Group of America (VAGA), Mr. Beck also follows prevailing trends related to VA benefits. He explains:
I am greatly concerned that the Veterans Administration is going to make it more difficult for veterans and their spouses to obtain benefits. A veteran myself, I am very disappointed that the VA does not make known the benefits that are available to help veterans pay for long-term care.
Outside of his practice, Mr. Beck is an active member of his community and is committed to giving back to those in need. Among many other engagements, he is a member of the St. Charles Kiwanis Club where he chaired the Scholarship Committee for ten years, a charter board member of the St. Charles Crime Stoppers, and a prior president of the Law School Alumni Association of the University of Missouri. Mr. Beck was voted the Boys & Girls Club Man of the Year for 2002 and received the Champions of Older Americans Awards presented by SSM Healthcare System.
Man of the Year Award, Boys & Girls Club of St. Charles County, 2002
Champions of Older Americans Award, SSM Healthcare
Fifty Professionals Over Fifty of St. Charles County
Distinguished Service Award-Kiwanis Club of St. Charles
Who’s Who Among American Universities & Colleges – nominated by University of Missouri School of Law
Outstanding Young Men of America (1972)