Nancy R. Larson

“My mission is to inspire, educate, and motivate my clients to control their future, maintain flexibility, and experience the resulting peace of mind and sigh of relief.”

NANCY R. LARSON is a partner with Harter, Larson & Dodd with offices in Belleville and Mascoutah, Illinois.  Her practice is concentrated in the areas of estate planning, elder law, special needs planning, probate and trust administration, guardianships, prenuptial agreements, business formation, and real estate matters.

Ms. Larson is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Academy of Special Needs Planners, Illinois State Bar Association, and Missouri State Bar Association. She is a frequent speaker on a variety of elder law, disability, and estate planning topics, and has been a contributing writer for the Adult Lifestyles magazine published by the Belleville News Democrat.

Community service is important to Nancy, and she offers her time to serve on the boards for numerous civic and charitable organizations, including her local library, the Alzheimer’s Association, Area Agency on Aging in Southwestern Illinois, Habitat for Humanity, and HeartLands Conservancy.  Ms. Larson has been named “Person of the Year” by the Alzheimer’s Association and is a former recipient of the Southwestern Illinois College Generations of Success Award.

Ms. Larson received her B.S. from Valparaiso University and her J.D. from St. Louis University. A life-long resident of Mascoutah, Illinois, Nancy works with people of all ages and interested groups to provide insight when planning for life’s transitions.


  • St. Louis University School of Law – St. Louis, Missouri
    Juris Doctor, Law Journal/Editorial Staff
  • Valparaiso University – Valparaiso, Indiana
    Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Biology
  • Belleville Area College (now known as Southwestern Illinois College)
    Belleville, Illinois – Associates in Science (Salutatorian)


  • Illinois
  • Missouri
  • Department of Veteran’s Affairs, accreditation

Professional Experience

  • Harter, Larson & Dodd – Belleville, Illinois
    2015 to present, Partner
  • Harter, Larson & Dodd, LLC – Belleville, Illinois and Mascoutah, Illinois
    2008 to 2015, Managing Partner
  • Harter and Larson – Mascoutah, Illinois and Belleville, Illinois
    1980 to 2008, Managing Partner
  • Peabody Coal Company – St. Louis, Missouri
    1979 to 1981, Staff Attorney – real estate transactions, mineral and surface rights, encumbrances, liens, easements, ownership issues and title.


  • Alzheimer’s Association Person of the Year – 2006
  • Southwestern Illinois College Generations of Success Award – 2006

Professional Associations

  • Illinois Bar Association
  • Missouri Bar Association
  • St. Clair County, Illinois, Bar Association
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), including the Illinois and Missouri chapters
  • Academy of Special Needs Planners
  • Elder Law Answers
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (accredited attorney)

Community Organizations

  • Library Board, Mascoutah, Illinois
  • HeartLands Conservancy, Mascoutah, Illinois
    (Board of Directors, current)
  • Chamber of Commerce, Mascoutah, Illinois
  • Area Agency on Aging of  Southwestern Illinois / AgeSmart
  • Our Lady of the Snows Apartment Community
  • Trinity Services for Adult Development Disabilities, Mascoutah, Illinois
  • Alzheimer’s Speaker’s Bureau
  • Alzheimer’s Association Advisory Board
  • Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC) Programs & Services for Older Persons (PSOP)
  • Friends of St. Elizabeth’s Hospital
    Belleville, Illinois (Board of Directors, past)
  • Hospice of Southern Illinois
    (Board of Directors, past / Ethics Committee)
  • Christian Home Care Services, Lebanon, Illinois
    (Board of Directors, past)
  • Habitat for Humanity, Mascoutah, IL
    (Board of Directors, Family Selection Committee)
  • St. John’s U.C.C., Mascoutah, Illinois
    (Endowments, Legacy & Memorial / Stewardship Committees – past)
  • Belleville Economic Progress, Belleville, Illinois
  • Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, Mascoutah, Illinois
    (past leader, Board of Directors)

Publications and Presentations

  • Contributing writer for the Adult Lifestyle magazine, published by Belleville News-Democrat, and the Mascoutah Herald
  • Co-Author of Chapter 11 of the 2013 and 2016  Editions of Special Needs Trust – Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education
  • “Special Needs Planning”
    presented at Southwestern Illinois College, June 2012
  • “Update on Medicaid & Adoption of DRA in Illinois”
    presented to the St. Clair County Bar Association, April 2012
  • “The Fundamentals of Special Needs Trusts”
    presented; training for Regions Morgan Keegan Trust Company in Memphis, Tennessee, April 2011
  • “Multi-Disciplinary Certification Program in Dementia Assessment”
    presented; hosted by University of Illinois, Fairview Heights, Illinois, March 2009
  • “Multi-Disciplinary Certification Program in Geriatrics for Non-Physicians”
    presented; hosted by University of Illinois, Fairview Heights, Illinois, March 2007
  • “Estate Planning 101” and “The Sandwich Generation,”
    community education classes at Southwestern Illinois College, Belleville, Illinois
  • Nancy Larson serves as an invited keynote speaker for many local organizations and groups interested in planning for life’s transitions, including aging and memory loss, intergenerational estate planning, and planning for disability and family members with special needs.
    She is a frequent speaker for civic and charitable organizations, churches, caregiver workshops, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, retirement communities, and trainings for employees.