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Debra Schuster

Paule, Camazine & Blumenthal, P.C.

Debra K. Schuster has practiced elder and disability law since 1999, having practiced health law since 1991. She works with and advises social workers, geriatric and care managers, financial planners and accountants, psychiatrists and geriatric physicians about incapacity issues and financial exploitation. Her practice focuses on multi-disciplinary collaboration with these professionals to address the complex, myriad age and disability issues her clients face.

Debra’s personal experience with her mother and grandfather, both of whom had dementia, has given her insight into the stresses that caregivers and families endure when caring for a loved one with dementia, which led her to become a certified Elder and Adult Mediator. She assists families with facilitated conversation about difficult end-of-life issues when someone should stop driving, move to assisted living or a skilled nursing facility, delegate financial matters to someone else to high conflict matters involving contested guardianship, financial exploitation and the removal of appointees under Durable Powers of Attorney and trustees.

Debra is passionate about volunteering in the community. She is past president of the Breakthrough Coalition, a multidisciplinary group of senior care and disability community providers. She is the past vice president of Operations for Memory Care Home Solutions, past board member for Brith Shalom Kneseth Israel, and was the co-chair of the BAMSL Elder Law Committee.

Debra received her B.A. in anthropology in 1985, her master's degree in health administration in 1987, and her J.D. from Saint Louis University School of Law in 1991.