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Our Services

Other elder law firms may practice in 5 or 6 areas of law. We place all of our focus on Medicaid asset protection and estate planning to protect your legacy and your money. In addition to office visits, we offer telephone and video appointments, and the ability to handle all matters electronically.

Meet The Team

Kara Burgess

Elder Law Attorney

Kara Burgess is a lifelong Kansas City Northland resident. She graduated from Winnetonka High School, and then from Northwest Missouri State University, with a B.S. in Psychology. She then attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where she received her Master’s degree in Psychology, prior to attending law school at UMKC School of Law.

Ms. Burgess has been practicing law in the Kansas City Northland for 32 years, with a general practice for the first 19, and focusing exclusively on Elder Law for the past 13 years. Her practice handles only Medicaid planning, Asset Protection and Estate planning.

Chris Silkett

Office Manager & Legal Assistant

Kristi Morelock

Office Assistant & Care Coordinator

Carol Birkey

Kansas City Area Marketing Coordinator

Grace Wallace

Firm Marketing Coordinator

Sparky and Enzo

Office Dogs

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Our Latest Reviews!

Northland Elder Law
4.8
Based on 26 reviews
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Paula Boyle
Paula Boyle
20:47 18 Nov 20
It was a pleasure doing business with Northland Elder Law. Kara Burgess has the expertise and professionalism that made me feel very confident about the legal advice... and documents she provided. She truly cares about us elders and the protection of our assets. I highly recommend Northland Elder Law.read more
Dom Serrone
Dom Serrone
19:23 18 Nov 20
Kara is extremely knowledgeable in her field of Elder Law and the plethora of documents needed to get things right. Additionally, she was very pleasant and professional... to work with. Doing anything in this pandemic can be a chore and troublesome to say the least. Northland Elder Law (NEL) made sure that our safety concerns were met and that our health and safety was a priority for them. When it comes to your planning there will be things that never crossed your mind, but Kara explains everything you need and the best way to achieve that peace of mind. She also made sure we had and understood our check sheet of things we need to do to make sure everything we hoped to accomplish with our Trust and Will would get done in the correct manner. If you’re looking for peace of mind and a great professional to get you there - you will be happy you chose Kara with Northland Elder Care. Oh, BTW I love how every thing is put in a very profession binder with tabs to identify every document. So organized and simple.read more
Gary Shelley
Gary Shelley
21:06 11 Nov 20
Wow! Talk about simple and straight forward. This was painless. I expected an extra 0 behind the quoted price. Great value and advice for the price and peace of mind.... Best $$$'s I've spent this year.read more
David Noll
David Noll
21:29 12 Aug 20
No complaints with attorney Kara. Correspondence received from Kara in past was good. Kara’s work for my family in past was very good. Today tried schedule... appointment for my mother with Kara. Woman who answered phone this afternoon for this office was very unpleasant to speak with -it seemed like she enjoys being mean and rude when she thinks she can get away with it. (Based off todays experience and experience with this same employee in the past) Not sure Kara, but felt like she’d lie or misrepresent to you what transpires in her interactions with some people (even if just a few) that she has contact with in the course of working at your law office. Like say 19 out of 20 people she interacts with just like you expect her to in course of working at your law office. Then, every so often, when she wants, she knows/thinks she can slip something past you because she does a good job most the time. I don’t know. I have no way of knowing for sure what going on with her. But I do know that I generally get along just fine with most everybody I interact with in day to day life. So I know its not me, its her. Going to seek law services elsewhere due to the unpleasant experience today on top of the unpleasant experience with this same woman in the past. Hope this helps in some way Kara. And if anyone else has (or has had) problems with this employee of your law office also, at least this may serve as a record to help you document her behavior.read more
Cheri Bonsignore
Cheri Bonsignore
04:52 11 Aug 20
I truly appreciate all of the information and guidance Kara provided us during our consultation. She answered every question we had and made us feel at ease with the... difficult and draining process. Kara was very easy to talk to and provided explanations. Her knowledge and expertise were invaluable. Chris returned my calls quickly. She was extremely accommodating to our schedule to get us in. I felt that our time was valued as well. Chris sent the necessary paperwork shortly after making the appointment via email. Would recommend Northland Elder Law a million times over! Kind, fast, efficient, and knowledgeable. Thank you!read more
Dawn Erkmann
Dawn Erkmann
20:39 21 Feb 20
Professional, caring, straight forward! Perfect.
Charlene Burns
Charlene Burns
17:13 01 Jan 20
After spending five times as much time and money with another law firm, Kara created a new financial power of attorney so I can now help my mother. She is very... knowledgeable, kind and straightforward. I left there with my problems solved. I highly recommend Northland Elder Law and will not hesitate to consult with Kara for future needs.read more
Brenda Hollar
Brenda Hollar
17:22 09 Oct 19
I initially used Kara to assist with securing my Mother's assets. She was very knowledgeable - and took the time to explain and answer all questions. Recently I... referred a friend to her and I again was pleased with her professionalism, knowledge, and her ability to relate to her clients. In both situations, timeliness was important and she was able to accommodate. She also is very upfront with her fees and you do not incur hidden costs. I would highly recommend her servicesread more
Tammy Swafford
Tammy Swafford
19:49 07 Oct 19
Using Northland Elder Law is the best thing we could have done for my mother. I received specific instructions with explanations for everything they did for us. I now... know I could not have done what they did without their help. Everyone should know of their services. Thank you Cara and Chris. I think you are the best.read more
William Lang
William Lang
17:01 07 Oct 19
Kara was very easy to converse with and kept me at ease. I would recommend her to all.
Judy Dale
Judy Dale
19:51 04 Sep 19
I highly recommend Kara at Northland Elder Law. Kara and her assistant Chris were instrumental in helping a very stressful situation become manageable. They were always... available to guide me through a lengthy process. I will remember their professtional, and caring help and understanding.read more
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20:45 16 Jul 19
These ladies are wonderful. It's really terrifying when you are faced with the financial details of long term care for an aging loved one. Your head will be spinning... at first, but just follow Kara's steps and it will start to make sense. I would and have recommended them to anyone.read more
Steph Miller mccann
Steph Miller mccann
15:12 08 Jul 19
I was extremely please with the great service, caring, deal to problems and just all around great help with my Mothers estate. I have and will continue to recommend this... great company and people to many more. Thanks for the great job.read more
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