Meet Our Team

Tim Ladyman is an Abilene attorney who has been practicing elder law in Texas for more than 30 years. Ladyman has extensive experience in nursing home financial planning through the use of Medicaid programs for the elderly. Ladyman grew up in Arlington, Texas, and attended Abilene Christian University and Pepperdine University School of Law before settling in Abilene, Texas. Ladyman and his wife Lori have a combined six children and seven grandchildren.

Tim Ladyman is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys-Texas NAELA. He also is a qualified mediator and family law mediator. Ladyman is a member of the Abilene Christian University Alumni Association and Abilene Country Club.

W.O. Elmore is a native of Haskell, Texas, with a Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural business from Tarleton State University. He and his wife Mendi have two married daughters and four grandchildren. Elmore worked for the Texas Department of Human Services in the Long Term Care Medicaid program for 25 years. He has been working for the Ladyman Law Office for senior planning services as a Medicaid consultant since 2003. Elmore is a legal assistant, elder law paralegal and senior Medicaid consultant for our firm.

Nursing Home Planning Experts

Lea Smith-Dutton is a native of Carlsbad, N.M., who now resides in Potosi, Texas, with her husband Arthur. Together the two have four children and 10 grandchildren. Smith-Dutton worked for the Texas Department of Aging and Disability as a case manager and policy protocol specialist for 25 years. Smith-Dutton came to our firm in 2010 as a Medicaid eligibility case manager. She has about 30 years of experience with long-term care/Medicaid eligibility issues. She is senior Medicaid eligibility case coordinator and legal assistant for the Ladyman Law Office for senior planning services.

La’Chelle Ruble was raised in Brownwood, Texas, and moved to Abilene to study marketing and business at Hardin Simmons University. Ruble has 19 years of experience with our office. She is a legal assistant and an elder law paralegal. Ruble always has a smile on her face and a friendly, helpful voice for those who call our office.