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Ladyman Law Offices

Meet Our Team

Ladyman Senior Planning Staff

Top Row L-R: Dewitt Jones, Tim Ladyman, Jay Jones
Bottom Row L-R: La'Chelle Ruble, W. O. Elmore, Lea Smith-Dutton

Tim Ladyman, an Abilene attorney, has been practicing Elder Law in Texas, especially in West Texas for more than 30 years. He and his team help families solve financial and legal problems for their loved ones through the use of Powers of Attorney, Wills, Trusts, Guardianships, Estate Planning, Nursing Home Planning, Real Estate Transactions and Probate. Mr. Ladyman has extensive experience in these areas and his team has extensive experience in Nursing Home Financial Planning through the use of Medicaid Programs for the elderly.

Mr. Ladyman grew up in Arlington, Texas and settled in Abilene. Tim attended Abilene Christian University for his undergraduate degree, majoring in Agricultural Business and then receiving his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu, California in 1980. He and his wife, Lori, have a combined 6 children and 7 grandchildren. Mrs. Ladyman is a middle school teacher, with her Master’s Degree in School Administration. They are actively involved in church, school, sports, academic activities, booster club and interaction with people and needs in the community. They have enjoyed many years of active participation in Abilene public schools and our tremendous youth sporting groups. They have been blessed by the fellowship of an active church life.

The Ladymans spend a lot of time doing family activities and Mr. Ladyman enjoys raising Angus cattle, golfing and fishing on the Texas Gulf Coast.

Tim Ladyman is a member of the State Bar of Texas, a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Texas NAELA. He is also a Qualified Mediator and Family Law Mediator. Mr. Ladyman is a member of the Abilene Christian University Alumni Association as well as a member of the Abilene Country Club.


W. O. is a native of Haskell, Texas, where he graduated from Haskell High School. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Business from Tarleton State University. He and his wife, Mendi, have two married daughters and four grandchildren. W. O. and Mendi currently reside in Abilene, Texas and are members of South Side Baptist Church where he serves as an elder.

Before moving to Abilene seven years ago, W. O. and Mendi resided in Haskell, Texas where he worked for the Texas Department of Human Services (TDHS) in the Long Term Care Medicaid program for twenty-five years. During his employment with TDHS, W. O. held the positions of Long Term Care Medicaid caseworker, Unit Supervisor, and Regional Program Manager. During this time period, W. O. also served as a bi-vocational worship leader at East Side Baptist Church in Haskell, where he also served as a deacon.

After working for 25 years with the Texas Department of Human Services, W. O. retired from State employment and came to work at The Ladyman Law Office for senior planning services as a Medicaid consultant in October of 2003. This gives W. O. 35 years of experience in dealing with long term care financial eligibility and planning. W. O. is now a legal assistant, an Elder Law Paralegal and a Senior Medicaid Consultant for the firm.

Lea is a native of Carlsbad, New Mexico. She graduated from Carlsbad High School. She and husband Arthur have 4 children and 10 grandchildren. Lea resides in Potosi, Texas and attends Highway 36 Church of Christ. Lea worked for the Department of Aging and Disability as a case manager and Policy Protocol Specialist for 25 years. Retiring from state employment in 2009 and coming to the firm in 2010 as a Medicaid eligibility case manager. Lea has a total of 29 years of experience with long-term care/Medicaid eligibility issues. Lea is now the Senior Medicaid Eligibility case coordinator and a legal assistant for The Ladyman Law Office for senior planning services.

La'Chelle was raised in Brownwood, Texas. After graduating from Brownwood High School she moved to Abilene to study Marketing and Business at Hardin Simmons University. She is active in the community and volunteers her time to various charities. La'Chelle is married to Jeremiah Ruble and they have two dogs, Arley and Blue. With her strong faith in The Lord, she enjoys spending quality time with friends and family.

La'Chelle has 15 years experience with The Ladyman Law Office for senior planning services. La'Chelle is a legal assistant and an Elder Law Paralegal. La'Chelle always has a smile on her face and has a friendly voice when you call our office.

La’Chelle enjoys traveling the world and learning about different cultures, no matter the method of transportation, (airplane, foot, train, boat or zip-line). Creative arts, painting, flower arrangements and decorating are but a few of her hobbies. As an avid sports fan, it gives her great pleasure watching games on television or getting to go to the games in person. This also plays into her love of cooking and entertaining where she enjoys making others feel special.



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