Jo's Bio

A Des Moines native, Jo Kline is a graduate of Iowa State University and Drake Law School. She spent her legal career as the owner and operator of Iowa's first real estate closing company, Iowa Escrow, and its premier "1031 Exchange" qualified intermediary agency, Iowa Exchange. But it was her service as volunteer chair of Iowa's largest hospice that prompted Jo to begin writing about the legal issues surrounding death and dying and the meaning of legacy.

Her writing includes The 60-MINUTE GUIDE TO HEALTH LITERACY, The practical guide to Health Care Advance Directives, SO GROWS THE TREE - Creating an Ethical Will and her 2014 novel EXIT, set in a small-town hospice. Jo is also the author of a multistate Health Care Advance Directive that reflects contemporary medical conditions and treatment choices, and acts as a guide for medical decision making in any health care situation.

Former co-host of WHO Radio's "Credit Show," Jo has been featured in print and broadcast media, including The New York Times, Reader's Digest and The Philadelphia Inquirer. A regular contributor to the Des Moines Register, her work has been featured online at the Huffington Post and LifeZette. Her 12-week series, Health Literacy 101, appeared in the Des Moines Register. Jo lives in West Des Moines, Iowa.

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