Protecting Families ~ Preserving Businesses

My law practice concentrates primarily on the needs of families and small business owners, focusing in the areas of Elder Law, Estate Planning, Probate, Real Estate, and Business Law. I want to teach people about their options and empower them to make the best decisions for their lives. Having knowledge of the law is the best way to create the proper legal documents to address your needs and resolve issues.

We give our clients peace of mind and education, so they can control their future.

Business Law

Let us help you protect your business by assisting you in setting up your business ownership documents, preparing contracts that safeguard your interests, or planning for the sale or transition of your business. Find out more:

Real Estate

Real estate matters often present themselves which require help from a lawyer. Documents may need to be prepared for selling or leasing properties and to fix ownership issues or usage rights. To find out more about real estate law:

Elder Law

A well-rounded Elder Law attorney will address a client's general estate planning issues while also advising them on planning for incapacity and possible long-term care needs, including nursing home care. For more about estate planning and elder law,
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Top 7 Pitfalls When Buying a Business

Purchasing a business is exciting, but the process can be tricky and confusing. There are a variety of variables you should consider before signing on the dotted line. Here are seven common pitfalls: Not forming a business entity. Don’t begin signing contracts, leases, or loan agreements in your own name without planning and implementing your … Read more

Wills and Revocable Trusts: Know the Differences

Wills and revocable trusts are beneficial planning documents used to pass assets on to beneficiaries after death. However, there are very distinct differences. To make the best decision for your family, you should know the three major distinctions between wills and revocable trusts. Privacy When a will is administered, it must go through the court … Read more

Protecting Your Assets When Faced With Nursing Home Care

A family’s life savings can easily be spent in a matter of months when a family member needs long-term nursing home care. The loss of life savings and assets, including the family home, can be devastating. There are several different Missouri Medicaid (MO HealthNet) long-term care programs for which Missouri seniors may be eligible. One … Read more

Why an Updated Operating Agreement is Important for Your LLC

Limited Liability Company (LLC) has become one of the most popular business entity types for solo and small business owners. It is considered to be more flexible than a corporation and has the advantage of combining the pass-through taxation of a partnership or sole proprietorship with the limited liability of a corporation, creating the best … Read more

Got Rental Property?

In today’s real estate market, many homeowners are opting to purchase a new home and convert their current house into an investment property. Whether handling the renting process themselves or using a property management company, it’s not unusual for the business structure regarding ownership of the rental property to be overlooked. If you own your … Read more

How Often Should I Review My Estate Plan?

Although there is no set time to review your estate plan, the new year is a good opportunity to reflect on any significant changes in your life during the past year to determine if your plan still meets all your goals. Time has a way of passing quickly, and it is easy to put your … Read more

Elder Law Education

Elder law is a remarkably diverse area of practice. My philosophy is to reach out to the community to provide education on topics such as estate planning, elder law, options for financing nursing home care, and guardianship proceedings for seniors and their families. If you belong to an organization and would like for me to … Read more

Legal Issues and Alzheimer’s Disease

An education program by the Alzheimer’s Association. Tuesday, October 17, 2017 3:00 – 4:30pm Alzheimer’s Association 3645 South Avenue Springfield, MO 65807 If you or someone you know is affected by Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, the time for legal and financial planning is now. Legal issues and Alzheimer’s Disease is a workshop presented by the … Read more

Don’t Let Easements Become a Headache

If you are purchasing or leasing property — whether a home, a condominium, a farm or a business — you need to be aware of the legally binding easements that affect the title to the property. Separately recorded easements or easements created by deed will specify any rights that allow someone to use a property … Read more

What is Probate and Why Should I Avoid It?

The topic of probate brings up a lot of concerns from people who come to us for estate planning. Many have heard horror stories from families and friends. They know enough to know that they want to avoid probate, but they don’t know why or how. Probate is simply an administrative process supervised by the … Read more