Nicholas Halbur


Nick Halbur is a Senior Associate Attorney with Koukol Johnson Schmit & Milone and a top Medicaid and Elder Law attorney in Omaha.  Nick chose his practice area based on the importance of his relationships with his grandparents and his volunteer experience as a Creighton University undergraduate visiting nursing home residents. Nick has practiced elder law since graduating from law school in 2006. He excelled as a student in the Elder Law Clinic at St. Thomas, which then hired Nick to teach and supervise law students for 3 years before he entered private practice and began practicing elder law in Omaha. 

The core of Nick’s practice is in Medicaid planning for long-term care and estate planning for individuals and families. Nick also practices in probate court, estate administration, trust administration, special needs planning, guardianships, and conservatorships. He offers educational seminars for community organizations, corporate groups, as well as legal, financial, and long-term care professionals.

Nick’s career goal is to provide the best possible advocacy and planning for seniors and their families. He does this by focusing on the unique issues facing Nebraskans and Iowans as they age (estate planning, long term care planning, and capacity) as well as providing services in closely related areas of law (estate and trust administration, guardianships, and conservatorships) so that families can rely on Nick to be their life long lawyer.

Nick graduated from the University of St. Thomas School of Law in 2006 where he then taught and practiced elder law as a clinical law fellow supervising law students and representing low income Minnesota seniors. Nick is currently licensed in Nebraska and his home state of Iowa.

Nick is a member of the NSBA, ISBA, the Elder Law Sections of both, as well as the Real Estate Probate and Trust Law Section in Nebraska.  Nick belongs to the Omaha Estate Planning Counsel, WealthCounsel, and the Robert M. Spire American Inn of Court.

Nick wrote or edited each core section of the Nebraska State Bar Association’s Elder Law Handbook related to Medicaid planning for long-term care (Medicaid Resources, Senior Housing Options, Medicaid Estate Recovery, Medicaid Annuities, and Medicaid Applications). During his clinical teaching work he taught several legal education classes for the general bar and published a law review article regarding data privacy, privilege, and ethics. Nick continues to enjoy teaching classes for his fellow attorneys, especially regarding Medicaid’s intersection with other areas of law and asset protection in the face of long-term care expenses.

Nick grew up in rural Carroll Iowa where his father, Joe, practiced law until his passing. Before his professional career Nick held agricultural and construction jobs. Nick is married with two kids and enjoys bicycling and leading his son’s scouting activities.

Practice Areas

Elder Law
Estate Planning


University of St. Thomas School of Law
Creighton University
Iowa State University

Bar Admissions

Nebraska County & District Courts
Nebraska Court of Appeals
Nebraska Supreme Court
Iowa County Courts

Professional Affiliations

Nebraska State Bar Association
Iowa State Bar Association
Inns of Court
Omaha Estate Planning Counsel
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
Vulnerable Adult Justice Project

Community Involvement

Served as Secretary & Vice-Chair of the NSBA Elder Law Section
Cubmaster for Loveland Cub Scout Pack 366

Seminars & Publications

“Getting the Most Out of Medicare & Social Security” Article in the May/June 2018 issue of The
Nebraska Lawyer.
“Ten Things Every Estate Planner Should Know About Long Term Care” Article in the May/June
2012 issue of The Nebraska Lawyer.
“A Ticking Time Bomb? University Data Privacy Policies & Attorney-Client Confidentiality in Law
School Settings”, Co-Author (Utah Law Review 2011).
Nebraska Elder Law Handbook editorial board and author
Nebraska State Bar Association Annual meeting seminars covering elder law, probate, Medicaid and estate recovery