Law firms typically focus on specific areas of the law called practice areas. Our primary practice areas are Estate Planning (Wills & Trusts) and Elder Law (medicaid planning & asset protection). We’ve chosen to limit our practice areas to better serve our clients. After all, if you wouldn’t go to an orthopedic doctor for a heart condition. Likewise in the law, most people would think twice before having their divorce attorney prepare a trust.
The Missouri Bar has Rules of Professional Conduct which we follow. One of the rules (Rule 4-7.4) states that “a lawyer shall not state or imply that the lawyer is a specialist unless the communication contains a disclaimer that neither the Supreme Court of Missouri nor The Missouri Bar reviews or approves certifying organizations or specialist designations.” So most Missouri attorneys choose not to use the word “specialist”.
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What I will tell you is that for the past 5 years, my practice has been focused on two areas of law: estate planning and elder law. Often people refer to me as an “Estate Planning Attorney”. My firm is built to handle estate planning and elder law cases. You’ll notice that right away – it guides how we answer the phone, how we schedule appointments, and how work flows through our office. If you have another type of case (for example: a divorce) we’ll gladly refer you to another attorney in the area who handles that type of law. That said, if you are looking for an attorney to help you:
Get your affairs in order,
Prepare a Last Will & Testament,
Create a Living Trust,
Protect your life savings, or
Help you qualify for Medicaid
We are happy to help you. Just call to schedule an initial consultation.
Southeast Missouri is my home. I grew up in Scott City, Cape Girardeau, and Jackson. After practicing law in Columbia, Missouri, I had the opportunity to return home and practice in the area where I grew up.
My Bachelor of Science degree is in Finance from Brigham Young University. After finishing my undergraduate degree, I worked as an Accountant for the Capital Group of Companies (American Mutual Funds) in Irvine, California. There I was on the Global Institutions Operations Team. I performed asset reconciliations on multi-billion dollar accounts for some of the nation’s largest institutional investors. Yet, the difficulty with large institutional investors is that you never have the opportunity to meet your clients and see the difference you are making in the lives of individuals. So I decided that practicing law would give me the opportunity he wanted of being able to make a positive impact on people’s lives.
I attended the University of Missouri law school. While at Mizzou Law I was recognized as a Top 10 Oralist in Moot Court and for receiving the highest grades in Appellate Advocacy and Professional Responsibility. And with my background in finance I had the unique opportunity during my third year of law school to teach Finance 2000 (an undergraduate finance class) at Mizzou. I am proud of the fact that during my second semester teaching Finance 2000, I was recognized as Outstanding Finance Instructor based on student evaluations.
Being able to help people solve problems is enjoyable. Whether that problem solving uses my law license or background in finance, or some combination of both, I get great satisfaction out of being able to help individuals like you.