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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Angela Myers
Angela Myers
Angela Myers graduated ranked number 2 in her law school class from the University of Memphis in 2002. While in law school, Angela was a Staff Member of the University of Memphis Law Review, and wrote an article that was published in the winter 2002 law review edition. Angela was awarded a Cecil C. Humphreys Law Fellowship 2000-2002, and was the recipient of the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Civil Procedure I, Torts II, Constitutional Law, Legal Clinic and Best Memo. In 2002, she was admitted to practice before Missouri state courts and the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri.
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Elyse Hartley
Elyse Hartley
Elyse Hartley joined Ozarks Elder Law as an associate 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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Danielle Kincaid
Danielle Kincaid
Danielle graduated cum laude from Creighton University School of Law in 2011, where she served as President of the Student Bar Association, a member of the editorial staff of the Creighton Law Review, and was a founding editor of the Creighton International and Comparative Law Journal. Prior to attending law school, Danielle obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology and a Masters in Business Administration, both from Missouri State University.
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Nicole Lindsey
Nicole Lindsey
Nicole is originally from Gainesville, Florida, and attended the University of Florida. She earned an undergraduate degree in Public Relations with a minor in Business Administration. Nicole then went on to law school at the University of Florida – Levin College of Law, graduating in 1998. She was the Executive Research Editor of the University of Florida Journal of Law and Public Policy and won an award for excellence in research editing.
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Emily C. Weil
Emily C. Weil
Emily graduated magna cum laude from Concordia University in 2009. She went on to complete her law degree at Valparaiso University School of Law in 2013 where she graduated in the top 25% of her class. While at Valparaiso, Emily, received the Pro Bono Commendation, served as a Research Assistant in the Legal Writing Department and a Legal Writing Teaching Assistant.
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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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