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Over 45 Years Experience

Serving El Paso & Las Cruces

Few attorneys take the time and have the patience required to truly meet the needs of the clients that beseech their aid. Jessica Kludt and Jennifer Coulter of  Townsend Allala, Coulter & Kludt defy this standard by offering the people of El Paso a compassionate, for you- and-your-family, full service law firm that has your best interest at heart. Stephanie, her daughter Jessica, and their partner Jennifer specialize in elderly and Medicaid law, helping the elderly and critically ill supplement their cost of medical and nursing care. “We help those who have difficulties attaining the Medicaid benefits they need — those who have had their benefits denied in the past,” explained Stephanie. “Many of these families have worked 50 to 60 years, never asking the government for anything. The least we can do is provide them with the benefits they deserve.”

About Jessica Marie Kludt

Texas Estate Planning & Elder Law Attorney

Jessica Kludt is a native El Pasoan. After Jessica graduated from Coronado High, she went to the University of Texas at Austin, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and continued on to get her law degree. After graduating law school Stephanie Townsend Allala, her mother, recruited her to move back to El Paso and to join Townsend Allala & Associates.

Jessica was El Paso Probate Bar Vice President in 2013, and President from 2014 – 2016. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the El Paso Bar Association. Jessica is dedicated to serving her community, and often spends her weekends helping veterans and the elderly pro bono. She has also served on the Board of Directors for the Adult Protective Services Silver Star Charity. Jessica is Vice President of Townsend Allala, Coulter & Kludt, PLLC.

Jessica has also spoken at a number of engagements due to her in-depth knowledge of Probate, Estate Planning, and Long-Term Care Planning. Some of these include:

  • The University of Texas at El Paso – UTEP Women’s Estate Planning Conference
  • El Paso Community College – EP Lawyers for Patriots Legal Clinic
  • Texas Society of Certified Professional Accountants
  • Texas Bar CLE Advanced Elder Law Conference
  • El Paso Bar Association – Bootcamp Series
  • Mano y Corazon Institute for Integrative Health: End of Life Series


About Jennifer Coulter

Texas Estate Planning & Elder Law Attorney

Jennifer Coulter is a partner at Townsend Allala Coulter & Kludt, PLLC who focuses on estate planning and benefits planning. She practices exclusively in the field of elder law, focusing on Medicaid planning, Medicaid Estate Recovery Program avoidance and defense, estate planning, and trusts. It is her nursing home Medicaid cases that are her driving passion. She is the current El Paso Probate Bar President as well as a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. Jennifer was studying for an English degree in Lubbock Texas when, at the age of twenty-two she had an illness that caused her to go blind. As a result, Jennifer had to navigate the complex governmental benefits system. It was a life changing experience that made her want to redirect her life to help others in her community. Jennifer changed her major to study psychology and received a BS in Occupational Education from Wayland Baptist University. She then went on to the University of Texas School of Law, where she graduated with honors. Jennifer joined the firm after graduating and has worked to help her clients plan for their futures, access Long Term Medicaid benefits, and protect their assets.

About Jessica Stephanie Townsend

Elder Law Attorney

Stephanie Townsend Allala is a veteran journalist and El Paso Elder law attorney. After two decades in radio, television, and newspaper, she took her advocacy in a different direction- helping the disenfranchised. Ms. Townsend Allala graduated from the University of Texas School of Law at Austin, where she was the Ray and Kay Bailey Hutchison Scholarship recipient. She was also Outstanding Graduate in Broadcasting at University of Texas at El Paso.


She devotes her life to public service, and has served as the President and or Director of all of the following organizations: The El Paso Women’s Bar Association, El Paso Women’s Bar Auxiliary, El Paso Bar Association, El Paso Press Club, El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, El Paso Association of Hispanic Journalists, and CASA of El Paso. She also spent four years as a Director on the Board of Nazareth Care Facility, a non-profit charitable skilled nursing facility. It was her work on the Board of Directors for Nazareth that helped her to understand the difficulties in placement of certain individuals with special capacity issues. For example, many times persons with advanced dementia, schizophrenia and chronic psychosis find themselves suddenly homeless, because there are few facilities capable of caring for people with advanced dementia and mental illness. Ms. Townsend Allala helps these families find permanent homes for their loved ones.


Ms. Townsend Allala is a proud mother of two daughters, Jessica Kludt, who is an attorney and Vice President of Townsend Allala & Associates, and Amelia Jordan, who works and studies in Los Angeles.


Stephanie’s work as advocate for a transparent, honest and open government led her to file the most famous Open Records Request now pending in Texas. It resulted in litigation which is now pending before the Texas Supreme Court, City of El Paso v. Allala. She was named El Paso/El Chuco Person of the Year for 2014 for her fight to bring honesty to El Paso government.