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Danielle R. Kincaid, 33

Attorney, Ozarks Elder Law, Springfield

danielle-kincaidPractice areas: Elder law, probate and estate planning

Law school: Creighton University

Danielle Kincaid said she never had an “aha” moment where she realized she wanted to be an attorney, but her high school debate experiences led her to understand the value of research, critical thinking and persuasion.

A CALI Award winner in law school with a master’s of business administration from Missouri State University, she sits on the governance committee of Southern Missouri Women Lawyers as well as the Greene County Estate Planning Council and the Foundation for Springfield Public Schools board among others. A member of the professional advisors council for the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, Kincaid is also president of the young advocates council of the Child Advocacy Center.

Her wide experience in law began with an internship at the public defender service in the District of Columbia followed by time as a clerk at a Chicago law firm, an Omaha bank and the United States Trustee Office for the Department of Justice. Later, she’d become an assistant vice-president and claims counsel at Fidelity National Title Insurance Company.

She has specialized in elder law and estate planning since 2015.

What is your biggest accomplishment this year?

I was recently chosen as a Trust and Estate Fellow by the Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Division of the American Bar Association. The Trust and Estate Division is a leading national forum.

What is the best career advice you have received?

Trust yourself. There will be times you will second guess your decisions or wonder if you did the right thing. Trust yourself, trust your decision and move forward. A wise attorney once told me that’s why they call it the practice of law, not the perfect of law.

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