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Samantha Leigh Shepherd

Elder law Attorney at Overland Park, KS

5.0   6 reviews
  • State Years
    Kansas - KS 11 years
    Missouri - MO 16 years
    Maine - ME 25 years
  • Licensed for 11 years
    State KS
    Acquired 2012
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State MO
    Acquired 2007
    Good Standing, Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State ME
    Acquired 1998
    Inactive No misconduct found

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About Samantha

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Practice areas
  1. Elder law
    Ms. Shepherd has been practicing law for 15 years. For the past 6 years, she has exclusively focused on Elder Law. Her practice includes Estate Planning, Long Term Care Planning, Special Needs Trusts, Medicaid planning, Veterans' Benefits planning, Asset Protection, and Guardianships.

    28 years

  2. Medicaid and medicare

    28 years

  3. Estate planning

    28 years

  4. Guardianship

    28 years

  5. Power of attorney

    28 years

  6. Probate

    28 years

  7. Trusts

    28 years

  8. Wills and living wills

    28 years

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, Kansas Medicaid (KanCare) applications 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 Kansas, 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 electe to serve on the national board of NAELA which is an elected position. In the past, she has served 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.



Shepherd Elder Law Group, LLC
8717 West 110th Street
Suite 420
Overland Park, KS, 66210

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Posted by David | January 14, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Top Notch Lawyer and Firm
Everyone at Shepherd Elder Law Group is top notch in my opinion, from the staff to the attorneys. Ms. Shepherd is extremely knowledgeable and was a godsend in handling my disability compensation case with the sometimes slow and frustrating Veterans Administration. Without her insight, I am sure my case would not have had such a positive outcome and for that, I am eternally grateful. I am now rated service-related Vietnam Agent Orange disabled and because of Ms. Shepherd's sincere compassion, knowledge and determination, I can rest easy knowing my family will be taken care of. I look forward to working with Shepherd Elder Law Group in the near future and highly recommend her.
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Posted by Diane | January 18, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
"Samantha Shepherd and her team at Shepherd Elder Law Group came into our lives at a critical point for our parents' care and life choices. I can say with heartfelt conviction that the firms extreme skill (particularly in the area of veteran benefits) combined with creative caring guided us to the answers we needed to move forward. I recommend the firm to you whole-heartedly."
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Posted by Cheri | March 9, 2015
Samantha and her legal team made my life so much easier!
When I heard that my mother-in-law might be eligible for VA benefits, a friend suggested calling Shepherd Elder Law Group. They were able to provide me with all paper work that was required, a list of items that would be needed and then explained how to obtain needed documents. After paper work was completed, we had a meeting to check that all was done correctly, so that process would not be slowed down by missing or incorrect documentation. The benefits were received very quickly and I could not have done it without them.
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Posted by Will | December 6, 2013
Legal brain, heart, and muscle
Samantha Shepherd and colleagues have been unbelievably helpful in moving through bureaucratic hurdles and uncertainties, enabling both my parents to have the good hospital and other medical care they needed and deserved as their lives drew to a close. They are a group of very caring and responsive people, conscientious, extremely well informed, and somehow able to shape the impossible situation into a workable plan. My brother and I wholeheartedly recommend their services.
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Posted by Karen McMackin | June 18, 2012
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Samantha was very knowladgeable about both the states of Kansas and Missouri, and was able to relieve fears we had. She was extremely helpful in getting my husband to answer difficult questions, and make decisions that he needed to make but had been putting off.
Posted by Carla | May 9, 2012
Professional Guidance with The Grace of an Angel
The first meeting my brothers and I had with Samantha Shepherd, our lives were in disarray. We sadly were facing the diagnosis of our father with moderate-severe Alzhiemers. Twice in one week I was told by strangers who were doing their job to help us prepare my dad for his future, we needed to hire an elder care attorney. As good luck would have it, I was given in a packet of misc. information regarding caring for an aging parent a business card of Samantha’s. I clearly remember it was a Saturday that I left her a message, knowing no one would be in the office, but this is how desperate I was for someone to hear my voice, hear my cry for help. To my surprise I had a call from Samantha that Saturday evening, she was on the west coast and phoned in to catch up on messages. She said she could hear how upset I was in the message I left and as she spoke to me, I was already calming down and she ended the conversation with the assurance that we would meet at the beginning of the week and discuss options and perhaps a course of action, if we chose to hire her. Indeed we did hire her before that first meeting had ended. Our journey with Samantha started in November of 2010 and with our father passing in April 2012, we are nearing the end of our business relationship. She’s compassionate, she’s on top of her game, she knows her stuff, she doesn’t waste time, she gets answers, she moves mountains and all the while comforting you with her soft, yet well spoken, manner and warm smile. And yes, I found myself wanting to include her at my next dinner party. She made it clear at our first appointment, she represented our father and we couldn't have ask for a better advocate and supporter of his rights to the system that you must have knowledge and education of the current laws or you will drown in a sea of never ending paperwork and confusion. I never second guessed her ability, her leadership nor her ethics. I always felt connected...she would email me just to say she was heavy in thought about our dad's current health and I really felt she cared. She's just a good person, a family needs that when the prognosis is just so grim. We never regretted our decision to hire her as our family's elder care attorney, her staff was equally as gracious, professional, helpful and kind. Upon the passing of my father, I received from Samantha and her staff a sympathy card that each took the time to write a personal message to me, that my friend, is a Hallmark Cards commercial! It meant the world to me.
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AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Attorney
  • Shepherd Elder Law Group, LLC
  • 2009 - Present


  • Boston College Law School
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 1994
  • Tulane University
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 1991
  • UMKC- School of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • N/A


  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member of the National Board
  • 2015 - Present
  • 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
  • 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
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Member of the Year
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Missouri Chapter
  • 2012

Speaking Engagements

  • Education for Case Managers
  • Ethics of End-of-Life Decision Making
  • 2011

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Elder law Attorney | Nov 26
Relationship: Friend
"Samantha is a professional. She is caring and friendly. I would highly recommend her to any of my clients."
Elder law Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Elder law Attorney | Aug 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with Samantha for the past several years on several different issues. She is my go-to referral for the Kansas City area for estate planning and elder law issues. I would highly recommend her for anyone facing long-term care issues in the Kansas City metro area."
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Overland Park Elder law Lawyer Samantha Leigh Shepherd
Samantha Leigh Shepherd
Elder law Attorney
Overland Park, KS
Licensed for 25 years