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Ozarks Elder Law LLC has created a new business unit to serve small businesses.

Effective yesterday, Ozarks Business Law LLC began operating as a division of Ozarks Elder Law, according to a news release. Both LLCs are owned by Lori Rook, Missouri secretary of state filings show.

Ozarks Business Law, which shares the elder law firm’s office at 2832 S. Ingram Mill Road, handles consulting, transactional and succession planning for small-business clients and farmers.

“This is an area of law that is always changing and so it’s really about a growing trend in the elder law arena,” Rook said in the release. “We’ve seen that a lot of our clients’ asset protection and estate planning needs directly coincide with their business, real estate and farm protection needs.”

Reached via email, Rook said she currently employs 13 and is looking to recruit more.

Rook gained full ownership of Ozarks Elder Law in 2018 after Jessica Kruse was elected as a Christian County judge. Founded as Zerrer Elder Law in 2002 by Lois Zerrer, Rook and Kruse took over and rebranded the company in 2013.

Two former Ozarks Elder Law attorneys, Danielle Kincaid and Angela Myers, exited the company in August to start their own firm: The Elder Law Group LLC. Rook has said the attorneys did not share her vision for the future of Ozarks Elder Law, according to past Springfield Business Journal reporting.

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