417 Business & Elder Law
My elder law practice assists people with all phases of their life planning. With the business law and real estate law side of the firm, I help owners prepare proper documentation and make decisions necessary for the operation of their company. 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. Providing guidance on the formation and operation of someone’s business has always been gratifying. 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 their business, potential 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.
- Greene County Estate Planning Council
- Junior League of Springfield
- Missouri Bar Association
- Missouri Bar Elder Law Committee
- Missouri Bar Probate & Trust Committee
- National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)
- National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA)
- Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association (SMBA) Probate & Trust Committee (2012 Chair)
- Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association
My life’s mission is to help people. At the law office, I do that by guiding clients through difficult situations and protecting their loved ones. I was born and raised in the Springfield area, attending Logan-Rogersville High School and graduating cum laude from Missouri State University. I spent the better part of three years in Cleveland, Ohio, graduating from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 2015 where I received the Hugo Grotius Scholarship and Frederick K. Cox International Center Fellowship.
I began my career as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Christian County, where I spent three years in the courtroom. I prosecuted a large range of offenses starting with traffic tickets and misdemeanor assault, moving on to DWI and manslaughter cases, and finally to the felony property crimes caseload in my last year, which included burglary, robbery, as well as financial exploitation of the elderly.
In late 2018, I moved to civil practice in an effort to help clients more directly. Through my work in personal injury and worker’s compensation, I found that I loved being able to help my clients make sense of the oftentimes complicated and confusing legal process. This passion is what I bring to my clients when assisting them in making wills and trusts, guiding them through complex Medicaid and nursing home planning, or managing the probate process.
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my husband, Brad, giving back to the community through the Junior League of Springfield, and spending time outdoors in the Ozarks.
- Case Western Reserve University, Juris Doctorate, 2015
- Missouri State University, Bachelor of Arts, 2010
- Missouri, 2015
I grew up on a farm west of Kansas City where I learned a lot about life, family, and community. I earned my Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Business Administration from UMKC. While working on my MBA, I worked in management for a division of the University of Kansas where I gained an understanding of hiring practices and staff management. In 2011, I completed my education at UMKC by going to law school and earning my Juris Doctorate, and making the Dean’s List.
During law school, I had the privilege of gaining experience through internships with the U.S. District Court in Kansas within the Clerk of Court’s office; the City of Kansas City, Missouri’s City Attorney’s Office in the litigation and construction contract division; the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District, where I clerked for the Honorable Karen King-Mitchell; the U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri, where I interned with the Honorable Robert E. Larsen; and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Appeals Department. After graduating from law school, I worked with a medium-sized firm outside of Kansas City where we focused on business and contract law.
Throughout the last two decades, I have balanced my education and career with parenting my three boys, two of whom have special needs. While living in the Kansas City area, I had the privilege of serving as a founding board member for The Autism Society of Johnson County, during 2002-2003. While living in Hot Springs, Arkansas, in 2018, I created an Autism support group for families and caregivers as well as a social group for young adults on the spectrum.
Although my background is in Business Law, I always had a deep desire to learn all of the options available for families facing challenges of many kinds, throughout many stages of life. It is this desire that has led me to add the fields of Estate Planning and Elder Law to my knowledge base. Although I am new to the Springfield area, I am starting to get involved with the local nonprofit organizations and forming ties with the local community.
- University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Law, Juris Doctorate, 2011
- University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), Master of Business Administration, 2010
- University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), Bachelor of Business Administration, 2007
- Missouri, 2012
- Kansas, 2013
- Missouri Bar Association
- PEO member
- National Autism Society