My elder law practice assists people with all phases of their life planning. It is a rewarding career and I truly enjoy resolving issues for my clients. I was born and raised in Springfield, Missouri and graduated from Glendale High School in 1989. I graduated from St. Louis University School of Law in 1996, and practiced law in St. Louis for several years before returning home to Springfield in 2004.
For my early years practicing law, real estate and business law were my primary areas of focus. As my estate planning practice began to grow, it became clear that many clients needed additional information concerning planning for long term care expenses. Their needs prompted me to add elder law to my practice areas. For estate planning, I concentrate on educating my clients about how to avoid probate and properly direct their assets to their chosen beneficiaries. With nursing home planning, I inform my clients about their options to avoid spending their life savings paying for nursing home care. In cases of disability, I explain Powers of Attorney, Special Needs Trusts, and guardianships with families. When a relative dies and probate was not avoided, I guide my clients compassionately through the process.
It is important that people understand how to protect their assets whether it is in relation to disability, long term care, or upon death. As an attorney, my philosophy is to inform my clients about their options so they can make educated decisions about all aspects of their life planning.
- Truman State University, B.A. 1993
- St. Louis University School of Law, J.D. 1996
- Missouri, 1996
- Illinois, 1997
- Missouri Bar Association
- Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association
- National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)
- SMBA Probate & Trust Committee (2012 Chair)
- Missouri Bar Probate & Trust Committee
- Missouri Bar Elder Law Committee
- Greene County Estate Planning Council
- National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA)
- Junior League of Springfield
I grew up in Fayetteville, Arkansas and graduated from Fayetteville High School in 1994. While earning my Bachelor of Arts degree in editorial journalism from the University of Arkansas, I took a course on Constitutional law and that inspired me to go to law school. While in law school, both of my grandmothers passed away. I helped my parents as they dealt with my grandmothers’ estates and through that process it was clear to me that I wanted to do estate planning and probate work as my career. After graduating from the University of Arkansas School of Law, I moved to Springfield and began practicing in the areas of estate planning and probate. I took time off from the full-time practice of law to have my three children. I still maintain an active schedule volunteering with the PTA of my children’s school, shuffling to their various activities, and reading historical fiction novels.
At work, I enjoy sitting down with people and helping them make a plan that will transfer their assets according to their wishes. My favorite part is seeing the relief my clients experience knowing that everything is put in to place for their loved ones down the road. I also enjoy assisting clients through the probate process. Experiencing the loss of a loved one is a difficult time and the idea of probate can be especially daunting. I always remember that year in law school when I watched my parents go through the pain of losing their parents. On top of dealing with their grief, they had to figure out what to do with all the “stuff.” My goal is to guide my clients through the probate process and make it go as smoothly and quickly as possible.
- University of Arkansas, B.A. 1998
- University of Arkansas School of Law, J.D. 2001
- Missouri, 2001
- Arkansas, 2002