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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Sharon Gloyer
Sharon Gloyer
Sharon was born in Joplin and grew up on a farm in the Carl Junction school district. Sharon graduated from (Southwest) Missouri State University cum laude in the university honor’s program before attending law school at Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, Kansas. There, she served a student editor for the Family Law Quarterly and received her Juris Doctorate with Dean’s Honors. After law school, she worked as a senior staff attorney for the Honorable Thomas B. Wine in Louisville, Kentucky, and also served as a trial commissioner for the district courts. She returned to her home in southwest Missouri in 2003.

Prior to joining Ozarks Elder Law, Sharon’s practice included disability law, as well as estate planning, probate, and general litigation for an insurance defense firm. She worked as the editor for the Kentucky Attorneys’ Memo, and is a regular contributor to the Employer’s State Law Alert. Sharon made the decision to concentrate her focus on estate planning and related issues after personally seeing the difficulties families face in caring for aged and disabled family members. Sharon is a member of the Jasper County Bar Association and is licensed to practice law in Missouri, Kansas, and Kentucky, as well as the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri and the District of Kansas.

Sharon and her husband (who recently finished up a nine-month deployment with the Missouri National Guard) have two sons. She is a member of Forest Park Baptist Church in Joplin and enjoys being on the farm, taking road trips with her family, hiking with her boys, and photography.

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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 in the Springfield area and focused in the areas of Disability, Social Security, Workers’ Compensation, Insurance Defense, and Litigation. During that time, she gained invaluable experience in the courtroom and in the areas of Administrative Law, Special Needs, and Disability. During her years of practice, she presented numerous cases before the United States District Court for the Southern District of Missouri. She was also 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.

Amanda is involved with the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association, Southern Missouri Women Lawyer’s Association, and the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys. She also volunteers as a Court Appointed Special Advocate. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outside and trying to keep up with her four young children.

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Bri Warner
Bri Warner
Bri completed her undergraduate degree at Mississippi University for Women where she graduated cum laude. She received her Juris Doctor from the University of Mississippi School of Law, where she graduated cum laude.

While in law school, Bri served as President of the Public Interest Law Foundation, and Coordinator of the Pro Bono Initiative. There, she received the Bobby Wood Clinical Student Award based on her deep commitment to the clinical course, tireless efforts on behalf of clients, practice according to the highest professional and ethical standards, and exemplary classroom work. Bri also received the John Robin Bradley award, given to the student whose commitment to social justice holds great promise for the future.

Prior to joining Ozarks Elder Law, Bri was a Staff Attorney with Legal Services of Southern Missouri and embedded in the Greene County Family Justice Center. There, her practice was devoted to helping survivors of domestic violence.

Bri is a member of Christ Episcopal Church, a Big Sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks, a CASA volunteer, and a member of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks’ Professional Advisors Council. In her spare time, she dotes on her animals.

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