Samantha Shepherd is the firm's founding attorney. Her practice areas encompass elder law, estate planning, long term care planning and asset protection, Medicaid planning, Missouri Medicaid applications (MOHealthnet) and appeals, probate and trust administration, guardianships and Special Needs Trusts.
Ms. Shepherd has a strong calling to assist the elderly and individuals with special needs. Initially a corporate lawyer by training, Ms. Shepherd found her desire to serve and to give back to the community drew her to the Elder Law profession. Under the tutelage of Attorney Craig Reaves, the former President of the Missouri Chapter of Elder Law Attorneys and the the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Ms. Shepherd embarked on a rewarding career helping the elderly, those with disabilities and their families.
Ms. Shepherd is a 1994 graduate of Boston College Law School, where she received her juris doctorate. She received her LLM in Estate Planning from the University of Missouri in Kansas City. She is licensed to practice in Missouri, Massachusetts, and Maine. She is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) and the Missouri Chapter of NAELA.
Ms. Shepherd has been appointed as a Vice-Chair of the Elder Law Committee for the Missouri Bar and is also a member of the Missouri Bar's Legislative Review Subcommittee for Elder Law. Ms. Shepherd has been nominated for the position of Treasurer of the Missouri Chapter of NAELA, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. Ms. Shepherd currently serves as a Director on the Board of Directors for Missouri NAELA and is the Chair of the Membership Committee. Ms. Shepherd is also on the committee for the Missouri Seniors’ Legal Helpline.
Languages Spoken: Spanish
Licensed since 1998
I endorse Samantha Shepherd's work as an Elder Law attorney. She is intelligent, knowledgeable, insightful, analytical, passionate, empathetic, and current on the law. She places her client's interests first, and exemplifies the highest standard of ethics. I refer clients to her who call me but who need a Western side of Missouri Elder Law attorney. She treats her clients in the manner she would want her family to be treated. I highly recommend Samantha.
Richard Vouga Elder Law Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
|KS||Authorized to practice law||2012||05/31/2015|
|MO||Good Standing, Active||2007||01/08/2013|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Member of the Year||National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Missouri Chapter||2012|
|Managing Attorney||Shepherd Elder Law Group, LLC||2009 - Present|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Special Needs Section of NAELA||Member||2011 - Present|
|National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys- Missouri Chapter||Treasurer||N/A|
|Missouri Bar||Vice-Chair of Elder Law Committee||N/A|
|Missouri Seniors' Legal Helpline||Member of Organizing Committee||N/A|
|Missouri Bar's Legislative Review Sub-Committee for Elder Law||Member||N/A|
|NAELA||2012 Co-chair of National Meeting||N/A|
|National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (Missouri chapter)||Director on Board of Directors||N/A|
|National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys||Chair of Membership Committee||N/A|
|Boston College Law School||N/A||Juris Doctorate||1994|
|Tulane University||N/A||Bachelor of Arts||1991|
|UMKC- School of Law||Estate Planning||LL.M - Master of Laws||N/A|
|Education for Case Managers||Ethics of End-of-Life Decision Making||2011|