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About me

- Grew up in Memphis, Tennessee & Bolivar, Missouri. 

- Graduated in 1994 from Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri, with a Bachelor of Arts in English with minors in Business Administration, History & Political Science.

- Graduated in 1997 from University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, with a Juris Doctorate. After successfully passing the bar exam, was sworn in as member of the Missouri Bar in 1997.

- Offers practical consulting and legal experience in business law, corporate transactions, document creation & review, estate planning, planned giving, wills, trusts, probate, LLCs & nonprofits.

- Assists clients in making educated, thoughtful decisions in all manner of legal matters & transactions.

- Routinely negotiates & drafts documents that make transactions practical & oversees transaction due diligence.

- Well-versed in litigation management and strategy, dispute resolution and mediation, managing numerous ongoing contracted attorney relationships across the US in ongoing complex litigation matters.

- Possesses broad expertise and understanding in planned giving, charitable estate planning, trust management, and probate, including charitable trusts, donor advised funds, and endowments, plus general charitable tax law issues, LLCs & nonprofits.

- Writes and presents trainings & seminars, particularly in the areas of business law, planned giving, estate planning, charitable giving, nonprofits and more.

- Experienced in project development & management, systems development and volunteer training & management, including a volunteer-driven program that produced estate planning documents for thousands of people across the United States.

- Co-founded a successful statewide traffic ticket legal help site, later expanding multistate (

- Enjoys online life and information, producing and finding valuable content, pursuing ideas and influencing people through online connections.


Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 25%
    17 years
  2. Contracts: 25%
    17 years
  3. Business: 20%
    17 years
  4. Trusts: 15%
    17 years
  5. LLC: 15%
    17 years



Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • William Oris Worsham

    John has many years of Estate Planning experience and I have referred many friends to him for his services. He's very personable and approachable. He takes the time to make sure his clients understand the process.


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Contact info

Vaughan Law, LLC (417Law)

2101 West Chesterfield Blvd.
C100 #66
Springfield, MO, 65807


MOGood Standing, Active199701/08/2013
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Owner/AttorneyVaughan Law, LLC2007 - Present
AttorneyAG Financial Solutions2007 - Present
Partner/MemberWorsham & Vaughan2003 - 2007
Testamentary Services AttorneyAssemblies of God Financial Services Group2000 - 2003
AttorneyLowther Johnson Law Firm1998 - 2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
Springfield Metropolitan Bar AssociationN/A1998 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
Enrichment JournalEstate Planning the Right Way2010
Enrichment JournalPastoral Probate Pitfalls, or How Encouraging People To Do Estate Planning Can Blow Up in Your Face2010
Enrichment JournalWhat If You Are Named Executor?2010
Enrichment JournalExecutor Checklist2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Missouri - Kansas City School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
Southwest Baptist UniversityEnglish / minors in Business, History & Political ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1994
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
GO LEAD: Professional Development for the Nonprofit SectorPlanned Giving and Estate Planning Techniques2014
Springfield Creatives Q&ADocuments are Magical: Using Good Contracts to Make Your Creative Life Easier2011