Parman & Easterday
University of Utah
The attorneys at Parman & Easterday, LLP, have been providing quality estate planning documents for our clients since the law firm was founded in Oklahoma City in 1984. We have offices in Tulsa, Enid and Shawnee, Oklahoma; Kansas City and Hays, Kansas; and Kansas City, Missouri. We have been able to reach thousands of people who are concerned about protecting their families from the devastating legal effects of disability and death. With the aid of free client workshops, videotaped presentations, numerous articles and special reports, the law firm of Parman & Easterday has focused on protecting families from the expense and delay of probate, providing long term care and Medicaid planning options, and minimizing or eliminating State and Federal Estate Taxes. Our law firm is staffed with experienced attorneys and paralegals, trained in the complex areas of probate, trust, elder law (including Medicaid Planning) and tax law. The aim of each member of our law firm is to help you accomplish your estate planning goals and to take the mystery out of the planning process. Your estate planning documents will be explained in straightforward language you and your family can understand. Our knowledgeable staff has helped people just like you ease the burden on family members left behind. If you take advantage of these services today, your loved ones will be relieved of needless attorney fees and government interference in settling your estate. But more importantly, you will have peace of mind knowing your loved ones are protected. ABOUT JERRY SHILES Jerry Shiles became interested in family law and estate and special needs planning in the Judge Advocate Generals Corps and while assisting a special needs relative. During 20 years in Germany, Shiles assisted clients in estate planning, family law, and related litigation in Germany and the U.S. He also taught university courses and hosted a legal program for the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service. Mr. Shiles’ focuses on estate and elder law planning, Medicaid, probate, estate litigation, business transactions, and family law (adoptions, guardianships). He has lectured at seminars and clinics in Europe, Japan and the U.S. and regularly conducts seminars for attorneys, CPAs, financial planners, nursing home administrators, and others. He authored a weekly newspaper column for over 25 years and is a frequent guest on radio and television programs. He has published numerous family law and estate planning articles and treatises, including “Entity Choices and Tax Consequences,” “Medicaid Planning and the Elder Law Practice: From Ethical Concerns to Practice Tools and Resources,” “A Few Medicaid Planning Strategies Available,” “Medicaid and Estate Planning for the Elderly and Not So Elderly;” “Key Issues in Estate Planning and Probate,” “Some (Medicaid) Issues Involved with Transfers of Gifts of Assets,” “Advanced Estate Planning—Titling of Assets and Family Law,” “Ethical and Planner Liability Issues: Protecting Yourself from Fraudulent Transfers,” “The Dos and Don’ts Before and After Medicaid Eligibility is Established: Other Important Things to Consider,” “Sources of Payment for Long-Term Care,” and “Medicaid, Eldercare, and Estate Planning Issue.” and “The Rights of Family Members Separated in Europe,” “Exploring Custody, Visitation and Support Issues,” “Family Law and the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act,” “Calculating Child Support for Military Personnel,” and “Completing the Divorce: Drafting and Review of the Marital Settlement Agreement.” Shiles is co-author of the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Family Law Section Practice Manual and co-author of the book, Estate Planning Basics: A Crash Course in Safeguarding Your Legacy, published in 2007. PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE Mr. Shiles is a member of the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the Oklahoma City Tax Lawyers Group, the Planned Giving Counsel of Oklahoma, the Judge Advocates Association, and the Family Law, Trusts & Estates Sections of the American, Oklahoma, Nevada, and District of Columbia Bar Associations. MILITARY EXPERIENCE Mr. Shiles is a retired Army Colonel who served over 33 years, active and reserve, as a Staff Judge Advocate; Deputy Chief of the Army's Legal Assistance Division; Chief of Legal Assistance, U.S. Marine Corps; Inspector General; Deputy Chief of Staff Resource Management; Deputy Chief of Staff Personnel; Battalion Commander; and three tours as a Brigade Commander in Germany and Bosnia-Herzegovina, Fort Belvoir, VA and Fort Sill, OK. Mr. Shiles has received the American Bar Association Distinguished Service Award and Department of Defense Meritorious Civilian Service Award and Legion of Merit. He is listed in Who's Who in the Leadership of the United States, Who's Who of American Lawyers, Who’s Who of Executives and Professionals, and in the Martindale-Hubbell Registry of Preeminent Lawyers in the U.S. Mr. Shiles is active in community affairs, including the Vance (Air Force Base) Development Authority; Military Affairs Committee of Chamber of Commerce; Reserve Officers Association (State Judge Advocate, three-term National Judge Advocate, four-term State President, and 16 year National Councilman); American Legion (three-term State Judge Advocate); and Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame (Ambassador, Director of Operations, and Chairperson). He is licensed to practice law in Oklahoma, Nevada, and the District of Columbia, and before the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals (9th, 10th and Federal Circuits) and U.S. Tax Court. EDUCATION Mr. Shiles earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Utah and completed his under-graduate degree in Business Management, with honors, at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. PERSONAL Jerry and Donna live in Shawnee, Oklahoma with numerous dogs, cats, and horses. They have two married children, Phil and Lauren, both of whom live in Kansas, and two granddaughters, McCartney Grace and Emmalee Jean.