At Vouga Elder Law & Estate Planning…
We love helping seniors achieve their estate planning goals and create safeguards against the most common financial dangers that come with aging.
Located in Chesterfield, Missouri, we are Where Elder Care Meets Elder Law. We pride ourselves on taking care of our clients and knowing their individual stories. Our goal is to give our clients the absolute best financial benefit, care benefit, and peace of mind by making sure all your “ducks are in a row.” We accomplish this by being your trustworthy guide along the Elder Care Journey.
Each person on our staff has personally been down the road of trying to help a loved one who’s in crisis, and we understand where you are. That’s why we know we can come alongside our aging clients, and their caregivers, and help you find the best possible outcomes for your situation.
Take a look below to read more about our caring, talented staff!
Richard R. Vouga, Esquire and Dana L. Vouga, CSA
Rick Vouga grew up in Frontenac, Missouri and obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in 1972 and his Juris Doctor Degree in 1975 from Washington University.
He has been in private practice for over 40 years and is a lifelong resident of St. Louis County with a current practice of Asset Protection, Veterans Benefits, Special Needs Trusts, Medicaid Planning, Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Administration, and Supplemental Security Income.
He resides in Ellisville, Missouri, with his wife Dana, of 35 years, where they have raised their four daughters.
Dana is a lifelong resident of St. Louis County, growing up in St. Ann and attending Meramec Community College. Dana worked at two different law firms before they began their family. After their daughter with special needs was born, Dana became involved with the Williams Syndrome Association, and became the President of the National Board of Directors. After also serving as Executive Director for LETS (Lets End Teenage Suicide) and raising their daughters, she returned to being a paralegal.
Dana is a Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) and is the firm’s Long Term Care Paralegal. As a CSA, Dana has knowledge about aging, social and financial issues, and health information that affects the majority of seniors. Dana also assists clients and their loved ones by educating them on how they can protect assets, avoid Medicaid “spend down,” and obtain Veterans Administration Pension Benefits.
“We are passionate about the work we do because of our personal experiences. Our second daughter was diagnosed with Williams Syndrome at the age of three months and when she was eighteen, she was diagnosed with Bi-Polar Disorder. She graduated from Lafayette High School with a modified diploma. She is currently 31 years old and she receives Medicaid, SSI, and food stamps. We have been through the emotional and psychological issues of diagnosis, the challenges of parenting a child with a disability and school issues. Then came the transition to life after schooling. We chose not to go through Guardianship, completed the maze of government forms for health insurance and financial assistance, and finally, ‘let go’ and allowed our ‘child’ to become, as independent as possible.” Rick and Dana are here to tell you that “We would be honored to be your guide through these trials and tribulations. “
They are also very familiar with what it is like to “lose” a loved one to Alzheimer’s disease. After keeping her at home for as long as possible, Dana’s beloved grandmother, “Nan,” died of Alzheimer’s in 1995 in a skilled nursing facility. Rick’s step-mother died from Alzheimer’s after spending 5 years in a memory care unit in a skilled nursing facility, after she was no longer to be cared for at home. We are well aware of the difficult, and often times painful decisions and planning that accompany Alzheimer’s disease.
Rick’s father, Jim, is a 99 year old World War II Navy Veteran, who served as a machinist mate aboard a destroyer, the USS Philip, from 1942 to 1945. Rick’s Dad was one of the lucky ones who came home. Jim’s brother, Roger, his only sibling, wasn’t as lucky; he was killed fighting in France. We believe that those who served their country in the military should receive all the benefits the government has provided for them and that they have earned through their service.
We look forward to getting to know each of our clients and their families as they become part of our family. We want you to know there is help out there, and we are committed to being your trustworthy guide through your Elder Care Journey!
Best Personal Regards,
Rick and Dana Vouga
Erin (Vouga) Lamoureaux
Erin Lamoureaux is in charge of Vouga Elder Law & Estate Planning’s Education Outreach, Social Media and Publications. Erin continuously researches and gathers educational information to provide to our clients, professionals and our community through our workshops, articles, newsletter, blog and website.
Erin is Rick and Dana’s oldest daughter and has worked full time with them since 2003, but before then she worked with her dad on and off since she was 16. Before working for her mom and dad she was a photographer at Prestige Portraits.
Erin was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and she currently lives in Wildwood, Missouri, with her husband Michael, and their three cats, Montana, Toby, Zoey and Link. Erin, and her husband Michael, enjoy their summers with their Godson Austin. Erin enjoys reading, photography and making hand crafted jewelry.
Lori Allen is the Office Manager and Rick’s legal assistant. Her role at Vouga Elder Law & Estate Planning includes Human Resources and Accounts Payable/Accounts Receivable, as well as overseeing the day to day operations of the firm. Her duties also include training and managing the team of Vouga Elder Law & Estate Planning.
Lori has been a legal assistant in both Illinois and Missouri since 1990 and had worked previously for Rick from 1993 – 1996. After taking some time off to raise a family, Lori joined Vouga Elder Law & Estate Planning in 2007.
Lori was born and raised in Illinois, but currently resides in West County with her husband, their two sons, and their dog, Sammy. She enjoys gardening, decorating, traveling and spending time with her family.
Lauren Vouga, Rick & Dana’s third daughter, and is our Client Services Coordinator and Benefits Specialist. Lauren is the point of contact for all clients and potential clients. She will listen to your needs, questions and concerns while guiding you through you or your loved one’s Elder Care Journey.
Lauren joined the firm full time in May 2010 after receiving her Bachelor of Science degree from The Florida State University. Since then, Lauren has pursued considerable research and training in the area of Veterans and MO HealthNet (Medicaid) Benefits.
Lauren is an avid distance runner and participates in numerous running events throughout the St. Louis area.
Molly Dahl joined Vouga Elder Law & Estate Planning in 2014 as an Marketing Assistant and helps keep up with in house printing, miscellaneous tasks and other odd and end jobs around the office.
Molly was born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas and lives in St. Ann, Missouri with her husband Thomas. She has a daughter, Marie, a son, Steven and 2 granddaughters, 2 grandsons, and also a bonus step-granddaughter. Her greatest hobby is spending time with her grandchildren who all live in St. Louis.
Molly is retired from Cooperating School Districts also known as EducationPlus, leaving with 16 years of service. She has various backgrounds in accounting, customer service, purchasing, marketing, and office/facility manager.
Kathy Fronczak joined Vouga Elder Law & Estate Planning as the administrative assistant in September of 2015. Her work for Vouga Elder Law involves greeting clients, answering the phones and various office duties.
Prior to working for Vouga Elder Law & Estate Planning she worked as a Project Manager for Maritz Travel.
Kathy was born and raised in St Louis and now resides in West County. She is married, has two sons and a step-daughter. She enjoys cooking, reading and cheering on the St. Louis Cardinals.
Dena M. Kraus
Dena M. Kraus is the Document Specialist with Vouga Elder Law & Estate Planning since March, 2016. Her work involves assisting firm attorneys to meet client needs by drafting and proofreading legal documents, conducting research, preparing correspondence, organizing and maintaining files, and interacting with clients and the general public.
Prior to working for Vouga Elder Law & Estate Planning, Dena worked in elder law as a paralegal for three (3) years. Dena has twenty years of experience as a paralegal in various areas of the law, estate planning, asset protection planning. Dena lives in O’Fallon, Missouri with her husband, Steven, and their four children: Alexandra, Jake, Ashleigh and Ellie. She enjoys golf, kayaking, softball and spending time with her family.