About Ozarks Elder Law Firm

As an Elder Law firm, we consider what is best for our clients from all points of view, including the legal, medical, financial, social and family issues. We approach these issues in an objective way, with a primary emphasis on promoting the highest quality of life for the individuals that we serve.

We became lawyers because we wanted to be problem solvers and strong advocates for those who need help with society’s institutions; and we wanted to help people with the legal planning that allows each of us to care for ourselves and to provide for those we care about. This is the philosophy that guides our practice everyday.

We assist clients in planning for the possibility of disability, incapacity, home health care, assisted living and/or nursing home placement. Through estate planning and asset protection planning, our firm helps clients to avoid probate and the impoverishment caused by the escalating cost of long term care. We also help our clients maintain their right to make health care decisions and avoid unnecessary medical treatment.

The sole focus of our Elder Law practice is the legal needs of the elderly and disabled. We meet with clients where they are most comfortable. If a client is unable to travel to our office, we can meet with them at their residence, assisted living facility, nursing home or hospital room.

Lori Rook
Lori Rook
Lori Rook is the Owner and Managing Attorney of Ozarks Elder Law. She was born and raised in the Springfield area. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Missouri State University in 2003 where she graduated with honors. In 2006, Lori received her law degree from Oklahoma City University School of Law before returning to the Springfield area to practice and raise her family.
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Elyse Hartley
Elyse Hartley
Elyse Hartley joined Ozarks Elder Law as an estate planning and elder law attorney in 2014.  She grew up on a farm in Central Missouri and worked as an insurance agent in her family’s business during and after college. She graduated with honors from the Trulaske College of Business at the University of Missouri, where she was selected to participate in the Harry and Ann Cornell Leadership Program.
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Amanda K. Wolf
Amanda K. Wolf
Amanda grew up in the St. Louis area before moving to the small town of Centralia, MO, where she graduated high school in 2001. In 2004, she graduated cum laude with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Justice Systems from Truman State University. She obtained her Master’s of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Columbia College in 2005, where she graduated with a 4.0 GPA.

In 2008, Amanda graduated with honors from the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she earned her Juris Doctorate. While in law school, she received a CALI award for Excellence in Professional Responsibility. She also received a Public Service Award for her work with Mid-Missouri Legal Services and domestic violence victims. In addition, she was on the National Dean’s List; was a pupilage member of the Elwood L. Thomas Inn of Court; served as Marshal of Phi Alpha Delta and Vice President of the Federalist Society; wrote for the Missouri Environmental Law and Policy Review; worked as a research assistant in the law school’s family law department; won first place in the regional arbitration competition; and was named a top 10 oral advocate from her graduating class.

Since 2008, Amanda has practiced law in the Springfield area, having focused in Social Security, Workers’ Compensation, Insurance Defense, Litigation, Real Estate and Property Law, Probate, Elder Law, and Estate Planning. During her years of practice, she has gained invaluable experience in the courtroom, having presented numerous cases in state and federal court. She has also been recognized for her federal work, earning a Regional Commissioner’s Citation, a Regional Chief Judge Citation, a Commendable Service Award, a Recognition of Contribution Performance Award, and an Exemplary Contribution or Service Award.

In addition to practicing law, Amanda is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). She also serves on the Advocacy Committee of the Missouri Chapter of NAELA. Additionally, Amanda serves on the Judicare Panel and Volunteer Lawyer Panel with Legal Services of Southern Missouri and volunteers as a Court Appointed Special Advocate with CASA of Southwest Missouri. Amanda is also involved with the Missouri Bar Association, Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association, Southern Missouri Women Lawyer’s Association, Nixa Chamber of Commerce, and is a member of the Bigger Net Income chapter of Business Network International (BNI).

In her free time, Amanda enjoys warm weather, sunshine, and long walks. She has also been blessed with four active children with whom she spends as much time as possible.

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Lisa Sims
Lisa Sims
Lisa has resided in the Springfield and Marshfield areas for near 20 years. Prior to joining Ozarks Elder Law, where she focuses her practice on Estate Planning, Probate, and Guardianships, Lisa founded and managed her own private practice in Springfield for 10 years, focusing in the areas of family law litigation and grandparent rights.

Lisa earned her law degree in 2008 from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, MN, and was a Law Review staff member. While in law school, in her first year, Lisa was elected as a 1L Representative to further the school’s mission of creating community between the students, faculty, and the board of trustees. Lisa was also awarded a grant in her final year of law school for trial advocacy. She earned her undergraduate degree from Drury University in 2005 where she graduated with honors.

Advocacy and justice have always been a passion of Lisa’s and in 2010 she earned the Missouri Bar Pro Bono Award, and, in 2012, Lisa was awarded the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association’s Equal Access to Justice Award. In addition, Lisa was named a Super Lawyers Rising Star from 2013- 2017.

In addition to practicing law, Lisa is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). Prior to law school, Lisa was elected and served on the Webster County 911 Board of Directors. Additionally, Lisa has served on the Judicare Panel and Volunteer Lawyer Panel with Legal Services of Southern Missouri, and she was a Charter Member of the Rotary Club of Springfield Metro where she served on the Board of Directors and developed a mentorship program for first generation college students.

In her free time, Lisa enjoys traveling, yoga, and spending time with her two adult children, along with the family canines.

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