I am married and keep very busy running my own law practice. It is a challenging career but also very rewarding. I have been practicing law since 1996, and it is a wonderful profession where I help clients resolve their problems and also meet some really amazing people in the process.
I grew up in Springfield, Missouri and graduated from Glendale High School in 1989. After finishing college and law school, I practiced law for several years in St. Louis. I moved back home to Springfield in 2004. Much of my early career was spent representing title companies and practicing real estate law. The knowledge that I gained in real estate assists me on a daily basis with my business and estate planning clients. For the past few years, my passion for assisting small business owners and wanting to ensure that families have done proper estate planning drove me to refocus my law practice on educating my clients to protect their assets and plan for their future. There are too many small business owners in the Springfield area without the proper business formation documents, and I want to ensure that they learn what options are available to them and the reasons why creating a formal business entity is so important. Everyone needs estate planning and although we all know we need it, many families are left dealing with the consequences when a family member dies without having a well-prepared estate plan or without having any estate plan at all. With the addition of elder law to my practice, it has ensured that I will be able to continue assisting my clients with all aspects of their life planning for the remainder of their lives.
My philosophy on the practice of law is that it is important to explain the law to a client in an easily understandable way and to educate them about their options. Someone can only make the proper decisions about how best to protect their businesses and formulate the best estate plan by having the knowledge necessary to make those important decisions. I treat my clients the way that I want to be treated, which is to be given the information and taught what I need to know so that I can make my own decisions about what is right for my business and my family. Being an attorney should be comparable to being an educator of the law and informing the community about what they need to know to resolve their legal needs.
- 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
- SMBA Probate & Trust Committee (2012 Chair)
- Missouri Bar Probate & Trust Committee
- Missouri Bar Elder Law Committee
- Greene County Estate Planning Council
- National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)
- 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