"Clancy is a fine lawyer but, more importantly, he has become a very good friend. He has a tender listening ear towards family matters and desires to make your legal issues less stressful and more beneficial for all that are concerned. I trust him with all of my heart."

Judee Steward

"You guys make the lawyer-business interesting and engaging, so I don't dread appointments at your office. I think that's quite an achievement!"

Ron & Kristen Steward

"I personally used Parks & Jones for my family trust and have referred my family members and several of my clients. I could not be more pleased with the entire team at Parks & Jones. They genuinely listen, they explain things very well, and most importantly, they truly care. I would highly recommend Parks & Jones."


"AMAZING!They really helped my mother in law and I appreciate them asking great questions that really helped uncover what was best for her.Thank you to the Parks and Jones team!Highly recommend their services."


"We like how Clancy stays in touch with us. We feel like he really cares about us and our situation. His staff is also very responsive to our situation. His staff is also very responsive to our needs."

Dean and Joanne Knapp

"Joy and I have known Clancy since he was a little boy. We consider him part of the family. As a lawyer, he has handled our estate with professionalism, follow-through, and genuine care."

Tom Dye, Former KYTV Channel 3 Weatherman

"Our previous experience with attorneys was impersonal and unresponsive. Clancy changed all that for us and has been an excellent advisor and soundingboard as we dealth with our estate planning and business issues."

Jeff and Lynette Goetzinger

About Our Firm

Springfield, MO Estate Planning & Elder Law Firm

How We Got Started

Estate planning and elder law planning is essentially about being in control of your assets and providing for the well-being of you and your family. From the beginning in 1993, Clancy built the business from the ground up—a law firm focused in the areas of estate planning, elder law, wealth protection, business law, real estate, tax, and 1031 tax-deferred exchanges. Clancy started as an entrepreneur from an early age. At the age of 9, he built a lemonade stand with his best friend and made such an impact that the local paper (not the New York Times, but rather the more humble Carthage Press!) featured him on the front page. Clancy is fond of saying he is basically an entrepreneur with a law degree.

Clancy’s early business experience was encouraged by his parents: his father—a long-time, cutting edge dentist—and mother, an accomplished real estate agent. Clancy attributes his entrepreneurial spirit to both his parents and paternal grandmother (“Grando”), all key players who instilled strong work ethics and values clients experience today when working with Clancy. Clancy’s unique business experience combined with more than two decades of legal experience provide Clancy and the law firm the ability to empower clients to take control of and preserve their property for the next generation.

The Attorneys

R. Clancy Parks, Founding Partner

Clancy was adopted days after he was born in August of 1965. This fact has been a significant reason for Clancy’s profound sense of gratitude for all of the personal and professional success he has enjoyed. Clancy says being “chosen” by his wonderful parents was the best gift he could have been given. Prior to law school, Clancy obtained his bachelor’s degree in Business/Political Science; taught English in China; and served as an Event Coordinator for a 10,000 seat arena. (He even had dinner with Reba McEntire!) After graduating from the University of Tulsa College of Law in 1993, Clancy moved his family back to Missouri and began the law firm. Clancy is very proud of his two children, Andrew and Graceanne.

Cameron G. Jones, Partner

Cameron was born and raised in Missouri. He grew up in Springfield and attended Evangel University, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a concentration in Pre-Law. After graduation, Cameron attended law school in Virginia Beach, VA at Regent University School of Law with a focus in estate planning and elder law. Cameron’s legal internships included working with a large law firm; clerking for The Honorable Judge Der-Yeghiayan, a United States Federal District Court Judge in Chicago, Illinois; and spending the summer of 2010 interning at the law offices of R. Clancy Parks, Attorney at Law. 2011 marked the time Cameron joined the law firm as a licensed attorney. Having both of their professional goals aligned, practicing law together has enabled Clancy and Cameron to harness their synergistic potential, which maximizes the quality of service they provide their clients.

Kara N. Ransom, Partner

Kara N. Ransom, Partner

Kara grew up in the self-proclaimed “Floating Capital of Missouri”–Steelville, MO. She attended Evangel University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, while also completing some master’s-level counseling coursework. Following graduation, she attended Regent University School of Law in Virginia Beach, Virginia, where she focused on estate planning and elder law. Kara’s legal internships include clerking at the American Center for Law and Justice, interning at a small law firm in Virginia, and interning in the estate planning branch of a medium-sized law firm also in Virginia. Kara is excited to be back in Springfield with her husband, Nathen, and their children, Parker and Paisley. She joined Parks & Jones as a licensed attorney in the spring of 2016. Her desire to make a difference in the lives of her clients while providing excellent quality of service makes her a great addition to an outstanding team.

John N. Vaughan

Raised in Memphis, Tennessee, John moved to Missouri as a teenager and spent his high school and college years in Bolivar, Missouri.  He graduated from Southwest Baptist University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts in English. He graduated University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law in 1997, and served as clerk for Judge William F. Mauer after law school. He moved his family back to southwest Missouri to join a local law firm but found his passion when he shifted to Assemblies of God Foundation and developed an extensive practice in estate planning, wills, trusts, planned giving, charitable giving and non-profits. He stepped out of the nonprofit world to start his own law practice that he maintained after transitioning back to AGFinancial to serve as an attorney practicing primarily in estate planning, charitable giving and nonprofits, litigation management, and international lending. John has four children and is active in church and local nonprofits including Springfield Creatives and Ozark Trails Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Parks & Jones Attorneys

R. Clancy Parks, Kara N. Ransom, and Cameron G. Jones Attorneys and Counselors at Law

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