About Northland Elder Law

Kara T. Burgess

Elder Law Attorney

Kara T. Burgess, Elder Law Attorney, 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 limits her practice to estate planning and protecting and preserving assets for the elderly through Medicaid planning strategies. She has personal experience dealing with aging parents and navigating the difficult process of finding care and financial assistance.

Ms. Burgess is a member of the Missouri Bar Elder Law Committee, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) and the Missouri Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (MONAELA). In the past, she served as the Communications Chair for the Elder Law Committee and for MONAELA, and as Treasurer for MONAELA. She is the 2020 MoNAELA Chapter President.

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.

In 2015 Ms. Burgess was honored to receive the Northland Professionals in Aging Claude Pepper Award. This award is given in recognition of efforts to promote awareness and support for the aging, and to serving them with affection, advocacy and loyalty.

Ms. Burgess serves all of the metropolitan Kansas City Missouri area, and Northwest Missouri, including Clay, Platte, Jackson, Ray, Cass, Buchannan, Andrew, Nodaway, Clinton, Caldwell, Livingston, Daviess, and other area Counties.

In her spare time she enjoys a yoga practice, a lake house with her partner, and spending time with family, friends, and her daughter, who also graduated from UMKC School of Law, and is now an Assistant Clay County Prosecuting Attorney.


Chris Silkett


About chris

Chris Silkett is a lifelong northwest Missouri resident. She graduated from Missouri Western State University in 1980 with a degree in business. Ms. Silkett was a small business owner in St. Joseph for 18 years, and for several years thereafter owned a residential management company in Kansas City North. Since 2010 she has been the firm’s Office Manager and Legal Assistant. Ms. Silkett is committed to providing prompt and courteous attention to all of our client’s needs. In her spare time, she enjoys golf and time at her lake house with family and friends.


Kristi Morelock

Office Assistant & Care Coordinator

About Kristi

Kristi Morelock is a lifelong Kansas City resident. She graduated from Northwest Missouri State University in 1980 with a degree in Sociology. Ms. Morelock is a volunteer with Kansas City Hospice, providing respite relief for care takers of hospice patients. In addition, she volunteers with various organizations, including Youth Friends in the northland. She is the firm’s Care Coordinator and Office Assistant, and is committed to helping families with compassionate and professional service. In what little spare time she has available, she enjoys playing bridge, cooking, watching sports and working out.


Carol Birkey

Kansas City Area Marketing Coordinator

About Carol

Carol Birkey has lived in the northland her entire life. This Liberty based professional has been self-employed for over 30 years as a Virtual Office Assistant for small businesses and as a mobile Notary Public. She was involved with the First Step Fund Program through the Kauffman Foundation for 10 years and volunteered at Shepherd Center, Clay County Women’s Exchange and Liberty Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Birkey is the firm’s Marketing Coordinator for the Kansas City area. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her grandson and friends, and doing DIY projects.


Grace Wallace

Firm Marketing Coordinator

About Grace

Grace Wallace is a long time Northland resident with over 15 years of experience working in eldercare facilities. This experience, coupled with her belief that those living in assisted care deserve safe and fair legal representation, makes her uniquely qualified for her current position as Firm Marketing Coordinator. Ms. Wallace has held a number of different positions in the senior care industry, most recently as the Activities Director for The Cedars of Liberty. In her spare time she enjoys practicing yoga, and spending time with her family.

Sparky And Enzo

Sparky And Enzo

Sparky is a black and white 14-year-old Shih Tzu who is a full-time client greeter when he feels like getting out of bed. In his spare time, he enjoys belly rubs and sleeping. Enzo is a brown and white 6-year-old Shih Tzu + Poodle Mix who is a part-time office greeter, any time she is allowed in the lobby. In her spare time, she enjoys playing with her Boxer brother, chasing squeaky toys and eating treats.