As an elder law attorney, Danielle Kincaid works with clients to preserve their livelihoods, legacies and dignity.
“It’s a positive area of law, generally speaking,” she says. “When we’re doing an estate plan, it’s more proactive to put documents in place so that at the time of death or if there’s an incapacity, we’ve got all the tools in the toolbox we need to protect our clients.”
Kincaid says her duties shift day to day. The legal advice she gives ranges from helping a client protect assets when their spouse goes into assisted living to ensuring a client’s disabled child receives inheritance without losing government assistance and helping a family business pass to the next generation.
After four years working in elder law and eight years practicing law, Kincaid started her own firm with partner Angela Myers. In August, the two split from Ozarks Elder Law LLC to form The Elder Law Group LLC. They also brought on three paralegals from Ozarks Elder Law and fellow attorney Nicole Lindsey.
“We are excited to continue practicing in the same area,” she says, adding it was a difference in perspective that led to the split. “Our vision is to be client focused, prepare documents in a timely manner and be affordable for everyone in our community. We’re really excited for this new adventure.”
At Ozarks Elder Law, Kincaid says she had around 300 clients and personally managed $320,000 in annual billings. She says the number of clients joining her at The Elder Law Group has not been finalized.
Although Kincaid is at a new practice, she says her motivation has not changed.
“Our primary focus is our clients,” Kincaid says. “Many of my clients are going through a time of crisis: a bad health diagnosis, a move into a nursing home or an end-of-life event. It is important for me to not only provide sound legal advice, but to do so in an understandable and compassionate manner.”
She says it’s important to not only guide her clients with empathy but also to empower them.
“It’s not enough for me to provide specific, tailored estate planning advice,” she says. “I want my clients to be educated on their estate plan.”
Crista Hogan, executive director of the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association, says it’s the confidence and assurance Kincaid provides clients that makes her stand out.
Hogan says she first worked closely with Kincaid in 2015 to establish the local bar’s Mini Law School for the Public workshop, and she credits Kincaid’s vision to the continued success of the initiative.
“While Danielle’s practice may be relatively young, her influence and involvement are already equivalent to what most attorneys would accomplish over an entire career,” Hogan says.
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