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Richard Clancy Parks III

Estate planning Attorney at Springfield, MO

5.0   8 reviews

also known as R. Clancy Parks

  • Licensed for 30 years
    State MO
    Acquired 1993
    Good Standing, Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Richard

Learn Richard’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Elder law
    Elder Law is an area of our law firm’s practice addressing the issues associated with aging. These areas include Medical Powers of Attorney, Living Wills, Retirement Planning (What to do with your IRA, etc.), Life Insurance, and the prospect of long-term care and nursing home expenses.

    20 years

  2. Estate planning
    Estate planning is a process of determining WHO will receive your property and assets after your death and WHEN and HOW the transfer will occur. No matter how little or much a person owns this is called their estate, therefore, everyone has an estate and needs to make a plan for how it will be distributed.

    31 years

  3. Probate
    Probate is a government process to distribute the assets of the deceased, to select a guardian for minor children, and also is the place that governs what happens to you and your money if you are disabled without any other type of plan.

    31 years

  4. Trusts
    A trust is like an empty bucket. A trust is a receptacle for assets. Each trust has a “trustmaker”, a “beneficiary”, and a “trustee”. Usually the client is all of these things while they are alive and well. Upon disability the client can have already appointed someone else to be the trustee if they are unable. Also, the client gets to say who are the beneficiaries upon their passing. The good news is that any asset inside of a trust avoids probate.

    31 years

  5. Wills and living wills
    Last Will and Testament. Most people think that having a “will” is what defines having an estate plan. The truth is you really never want your will to be used because that means you have an asset that is going through probate. A lot of people think a “will” avoids probate, but instead all a will does is inform the probate court on how you want to leave your property.

    31 years

Clancy is the founding partner of Parks & Jones, Attorneys at Law. Clancy began his private practice straight of law school in 1993. Together, Clancy and Cameron Jones focus the law firm in the areas of Estate Planning, Elder Law, Trusts & Wills, Real Estate, and 1031 Exchanges. With offices in Springfield, MO and Branson, MO the firm serves families and business across southwest Missouri.


Parks & Jones, Attorneys at Law
1983 E Seminole St
Springfield, MO, 65804

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Posted by Greg | March 31, 2017
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Top Notch Firm
In my professional and personal life, I have worked with Clancy Parks for nearly 20 years. I have found him and his firm to be very professional, proactive, and attentive to details. For these reasons, I continue to use Parks & Jones for my estate planning needs as well as recommend them to my friends, family, and business associates. It is with great conviction that I encourage you to reach out to Parks & Jones for your estate planning needs.
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Posted by Ana | March 24, 2017
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Professional and Caring
If you need an estate plan or help with your will, look no further. Mr. Parks is a very personable and caring attorney who listens to your needs and has no problem executing them. We definitely recommend him for all your estate planning needs.
Posted by Ryan | March 12, 2017
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Best in the business.
I continue to trust Clancy Parks with every aspect of my estate and everything important to me because of his expertise and knowledge in every transaction. He is second to none in service and integrity.
Posted by Ernest | March 11, 2017
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Expertise with Personal Care and Concern
We have been clients of Parks & Jones for over 16 years. They have helped us structure our living trusts and provided estate planning so that we are enjoying a comfortable retirement. We first encountered Clancy Parks more than 16 years ago at an investment conference. After doing some background checking we had a private meeting and soon developed a personable relationship. In all those years we have never felt that we were dealing with a law firm that was interested in billable hours but one that was interested in our well being and preserving our estate. This personal relationship continues though we have moved more than 1,300 miles from Springfield.
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Posted by Brian | March 9, 2017
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A true professional
Clancy is a true professional in every sense of the word. Clancy is always looking at what is truly in the best interest of his clients. One of the many great things about Parks & Jones is their follow up. I had a Trust done from another local attorney several years ago, it was handed to me and was put on a shelf for the next 15 years. I had Parks & Jones review it and they brought to my attention that in my previous Trust, my property was never actually transferred to my Trust, because the previous attorney didn't take the extra step of actually making sure my property was actually transferred to the Trust, they expected me to do it. Parks & Jones re-did my trust and they followed up and made sure all of my property was properly titled in my Trust. I have since referred several family members, friends, and clients to Parks & Jones and will continue to do so. I extremely highly recommend Parks & Jones.
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Posted by Paul | March 9, 2017
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Great Estate Planning Firm
Parks & Jones is very knowledgeable in the matters that are very important to me. I need a firm that understands and keeps me abreast of any changes in estate planning and laws. I have trusted this firm for the past 15 years and have always been treated with respect and professionalism in all of my dealings. They have always been prompt in replying to my inquiries and always explains things in easy to understand terms.
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Posted by Steve | March 8, 2017
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Extremely knowledgeable professional.
Clancy has been our attorney and friend for many years. We have been impressed with his professionalism and that of his staff. Clancy offers a wide breadth of knowledge in estate planning and his knowledge has been invaluable to us.
Posted by anonymous | February 24, 2017
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An attorney who actually listens and is helpful!
Thank you Clancy for listening to our needs and helping us work through getting our plan in place. If only we had known about you and your great office staff we would have done this way earlier! I tell everyone I finally met an attorney who didn't look down their nose at me, but had a caring and comforting presence that put us at ease right off the bat. You're awesome!
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AVVO RATING 7.6 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Founding Partner
  • Parks & Jones, Attorneys at Law
  • 2013 - Present
  • Owner
  • R. Clancy Parks, Attorney at Law
  • 1993 - 2013


  • University of Tulsa College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993


  • Alzheimer's Association Greater MO Chapter
  • Board Member
  • 2000 - 2006

Languages Spoken

  • English

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (4)
Endorse Richard
Estate planning Attorney | Sep 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Clancy is a knowledgeable and experienced. Happy to have co-counseled with him on multiple matters and would gladly recommend him to others."
Estate planning Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Clancy for over a year now, and I am so grateful to have such a fantastic mentor who truly cares about his clients. I have seen behind the scenes the lengths he is willing to go to accommodate his clients' needs and make sure they are prepared for whatever may happen in the future. As a colleague, I have also seen first-hand the value conferred to clients in each document Clancy produces. He has spent the last 23 years crafting documents that truly consider every stage of the life process from every angle to convey the best of every world possible to his clients. I have been to many CLE events in the last year, but I have heard very little new information and have learned the most from my colleagues, Clancy and Cameron Jones, at Parks & Jones. It is encouraging to know I am learning from the best."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Clancy for around five years now, and I think he is an asset to the legal community. Clancy is a very knowledgable estate planning attorney; I would recommend his services to anyone in need of estate planning services."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Clancy Parks is incredibly professional and an authority in his field. I regularly refer clients to Mr. Parks, as I know they will be treated with respect and receive the highest level of legal representation."
Trusts Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I highly endorse Clancy Parks. He is an excellent attorney and genuinely cares for his clients."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 26
Relationship: Friend
"I have known Clancy for close to twenty years. He is an outstanding person and an excellent lawyer. We have worked together on numerous matters over the years and have shared best practice suggestions."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Clancy is a bulwark in the legal community. He has a passion for people and values relationship with clients above all. His years of experience and tremendous legal acumen enable him to represent his clients with the wisdom needed in this ever-changing legal environment."
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Springfield Estate planning Lawyer Richard Clancy Parks III
Richard Clancy Parks III
Estate planning Attorney
Springfield, MO
Licensed for 30 years
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