Helen M. Cripps, JD

Helen has been practicing law in the areas of estate planning, probate, elder law, tax and business planning for over twenty-five years. Because she believes that educating people is an important first step in planning, Helen is a frequent speaker at various civic organizations and businesses on the topics of estate planning, special needs, elder law and probate avoidance. Helen is active in community organizations related to her practice areas, including the Mid-Missouri Estate Planning Council. She regularly attends advanced continuing education programs so she can stay current on the always changing laws and planning techniques available for clients.

When not working, Helen enjoys spending time with her husband and their four daughters.

Practice Areas

  • Estate Planning, including Trusts, Wills, General Durable Powers of Attorney, Health Care documents, and Non-probate transfers
  • Special Needs Planning, including Wills and Trusts
  • Elder Law including MO HealthNet Planning, Long Term Care Planning
  • Asset Protection
  • Business Succession Planning, including small businesses and farms
  • Probate Administration including Decedent estates, Guardianships and Conservatorships and Small Estates
  • Trust Administration
  • Tax including Fiduciary Income Taxation, and Estate and Gift Taxation
  • Business Organization, Entity Formation and Planning


  • University of Missouri–Kansas City: 1982–B.A. – Music & Psychology
  • University of Missouri–Columbia: 1988–Juris Doctorate
  • Order of the Coif – Missouri Law Review Member
  • Admitted to practice law in Missouri in 1988

Organizations/Community Involvement

  • The Missouri Bar
  • Boone County Bar Association (Secretary, 1990-1991)
  • American Bar Association
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)
  • Missouri Chapter of National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Mid-Missouri Estate Planning Council, Past President
  • Greater Missouri Chapter, Alzheimer’s Association, Past President
  • First State Community Bank Columbia Market Advisory Board
  • Columbia Chamber of Commerce Women’s Network