Attorneys

 

Aaron L. Love, JD.

Attorney-at-Law

Aaron was admitted to the Missouri Bar Association in 1981. After working as an attorney in the banking industry for 16 years, Aaron established a private law practice in Lee’s Summit, Missouri in the year 2000 .  

As part of his banking experience, Aaron managed the trust department for a local bank. This is when Aaron began to see the importance of estate planning.  He also saw the need to educate families about how their estate plan would actually work when they most needed it. His very first estate planning client confirmed the value of the firm’s approach when, after completing her plan she declared, “I have been worrying about this a long time! For the first time, I have peace of mind.” This repeated type of client experience helped Aaron realize that peace of mind is one of the primary reasons families pursue estate planning. They want assurance that their home, valuables, and money will easily pass to whom they want it to upon their deaths.  

In 2003, Aaron‘s mother died within a month after experiencing a debilitating stroke. She had been the primary caregiver for his father, who had dementia. Aaron’s father became a resident of an assisted living facility in Nevada, Missouri. During this time of caring for and providing support for his dad, Aaron’s passion for caring for the elderly grew exponentially.  It was during this time that one of the firm’s taglines was developed: “Legacy Planning for All Seasons of Life.” It became apparent to Aaron that his estate planning practice must be flexible enough to adapt to the unique concerns of his clients in each season of their lives. At one end of the spectrum, younger families are focusing on the daunting task of choosing guardians for the minor children and worrying about how their children’s college education will be funded, should something happen to them. The other end of the spectrum finds that, while senior clients are still concerned about planning for who gets their assets upon death, they are often more concerned about losing capacity or losing all of their assets to long-term care expenses. So, Aaron expanded his personal legal training to include elder law. As a result of that training, he has presented hundreds of educational seminars on a variety of issues that are of special interest and concern to seniors and their loved ones. The firm has expanded its legal services to include an array of elder law services, including helping spouses legally protect assets when the other spouse has to be admitted into a long-term care community.  

Aaron relies on his memberships in Elder Counsel, Wealth Counsel, and the Missouri Bar to stay abreast of changes in the law in his areas of practice. 

Aaron enjoys spending time with his wife of forty years, Brenda, and their four adult kids. One of his family‘s favorite vacation spots is the Colorado Rockies. 

Polly Bartle Blomquist, JD.

Attorney-at-Law

In 2001 after being admitted to the Missouri and Kansas Bar, Polly Bartle Blomquist began her career at the Family Court in Jackson County, Missouri.  While there, she tried hundreds of cases, gaining valuable trial experience.  After having children, the gravity of the responsibilities of parenting caused Polly to realize the importance of Estate Planning for young families.  As she began discussing Estate Planning with her friends and family, it became apparent how few people possessed accurate information on the subject.  Because of this, Polly decided to move into the private sector to begin providing Estate Planning for individuals and families with the goal of educating them about the value of proper advanced planning. Today Polly works to help families achieve their objectives, whether that be ease of transfer of assets or ensuring assets are preserved, protected, and managed effectively for beneficiaries for years to come.

Polly  has a special heart for the senior community, instilled by her mother when she was a child, by taking Polly to nursing homes to sing for residents. In high  school Polly worked at a senior living community, where her care for seniors grew.  Today Polly serves seniors in the areas of estate planning,  asset protection  planning,  and probate with the kindness, patience, and respect the senior community deserves.

With the combination of Estate Planning and trial experience, Polly has a unique approach to meet the needs of clients of all ages.  

When she is not serving clients, you will find her volunteering at her church, spending quality time with her husband, son, and daughter, and traveling to ski, hike, or pursue any outdoor adventure.  

Polly educates other lawyers and professionals by teaching Continuing Education classes, and is a member of Missouri Bar Association, Kansas Bar Association, Cass County Bar Association, Johnson County Bar Association, Wealth Counsel,  Elder Counsel, and the Association of Women Lawyers.  

 

 

Support Staff

 

Brenda Love

Office Assistant

When Aaron established the law practice in 2000, Brenda jumped in with both feet, providing assistance wherever it was needed.  This included administrative tasks, purchasing of supplies, etc.  Her tasks have changed only slightly over the years.  With the practice growth and expansion, other hands have taken on the administrative responsibilities.  She continues to supply the paper, pens, staplers, file folders, etc. that are used daily by the team.  Brenda participates in strategic planning and offers support for events in the community that the firm participates in.  She can be found delivering food she has prepared for events hosted by the law firm. 

After eighteen years as a speech pathologist, Brenda came home to complete raising the four Love kids. She is most fulfilled being the support and back-up crew for Aaron and their adult children. Brenda divides her time in a variety of endeavors.  When not providing support for Love & Blomquist, she operates a small catering company called, It’s the Bee’s Knees Bakery.  You can find her in the West Bottoms of Kansas City MO, every First Friday weekend, where she operates a small bistro/bakery in Bottoms Up Antique Market.  She continues to work a small amount of time each week in the high school kitchen of Summit Christian Academy.  She also enjoys teaching third, fourth, and fifth grade Sunday School with Aaron each Sunday. 

 

Cindy Stokes

Client Services Director

If you have called our office, chances are, you have heard the cheery voice of Cindy Stokes, our Client Services Director. Cindy is a Lee’s Summit girl! After graduating from Lee’s Summit High School in 1981, she then attended Longview Community College and received an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration and Technology Administration in 1983. After retiring from her position as Senior Vice President of the Bank of Lee’s Summit (now known as Security Bank) after 24 years of service, Cindy joined the law practice in 2007.

Cindy has served on the Board of Directors for a local pregnancy resource center and Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street Inc. She also has served on committees for the Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce and is a past Chairman of the Membership Committee.

Married to Jeff, her high school sweetheart, Cindy lives on 80 acres in southeast Johnson County, MO and raises Corriente cattle. Cindy and Jeff are blessed with three lovely daughters, two sons-in-law and a granddaughter! Along with her many passions and responsibilities, Cindy enjoys her family and helping her three daughters in the faith-based preschool they have owned and operated in their community for 4 years. She and Jeff are also active in their church, participate in adult Bible studies, and own an online development business.

 

Lisa Riffle

Client Services

Lisa is one of the lovely ladies that make up Love & Blomquist’s Client Services department. She oversees the processing of several areas of service, including probate (decedent estates and adult guardianship/conservatorship), VA pension planning & claims, trust funding, and trust administration. Lisa has been with the firm for 8 years. Her strong attention to detail coupled with over 18 years of customer service experience in the banking industry is a great asset to this practice. Lisa enjoys building relationships with her clients and feels that the services provided by the firm are important and valuable for those they serve.

Lisa grew up in the Kansas City area and has been a lifelong Royals fan. She graduated from UCM with a bachelor’s degree in public relations. Lisa is passionate about her family and enjoys travel, yoga, concerts and theater and being a member of the welcome team at her church.

 

Karla Polson

Client Services

Karla is our in-house Medicaid expert. She serves the firm by sitting in on Medicaid consultations, gathering and organizing documents for Medicaid applications, and keeping in touch with clients throughout and after the whole application process. She has been with our firm since 2015. Before joining the Love & Blomquist team, she worked over 30 years for the Missouri Department of Social Services processing Medicaid and public assistance cases, with the last 18 years in supervision and management of various county offices throughout the state.

She has a passion for helping others and working with people to come to the best solutions for their individual situations. She loves that she gets to work directly with families, learning their stories and guiding them through the Medicaid process. She said, “The expression of relief we witness when a client learns about the potential options they have is priceless.”

She married her high school sweetheart and has lived in Odessa, MO most of her life.  She enjoys being active in her small-town rural community and church, spending time with her grandchildren, and going on beach vacations.

 

 

April Phillips

Client Services

April joined the law firm in 2012 to assist in completing several accounting projects. as the need grew, she was brought on full-time to handle the daily bookkeeping and assist in paralegal responsibilities. Since April welcomed her first child in 2015, she has continued with the firm as a part-time Medicaid paralegal. She enjoys the detail of processing Medicaid applications and being a part of a team that provides clients with solutions for legacy planning.

April earned her Finance/Economics Bachelor’s degree from Southwest Baptist University. She and her husband are very invested in the ministry of their church, where they lead community groups and serve in children’s and guest service ministries. April is grateful to be able to spend a lot of time with her 2 children. In her spare time she enjoys playing tennis and having picnics with her family.

 

Susan Lanphear

Legal Assistant

When you come into our office or call on the phone, Susan will most likely be the one to greet you. She has been our Legal Assistant since joining our office in 2015.

Susan graduated from Calvary Bible College in Kansas City with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biblical Studies. Prior to coming on board with our office, she worked for 13 years at Plaza Heights Christian School in Blue Springs. She had also served as office manager at a busy chiropractic office in Independence for many years. Her favorite “job”, however, has been that of being a mom to her twins, now grown.

In her time off, Susan and her family enjoy traveling, hiking, biking, and other outdoor activities. Susan also enjoys reading and time spent with her church family at Cross Way Bible Church in Blue Springs. She enjoys her duties here at Love & Blomquist because she gets a real sense of helping the people who call in and she thoroughly enjoys the amazing team of coworkers here.

 

Lainey Berry

Marketing Director

As the Marketing Director, Lainey is over community relations, business development, and digital marketing. This includes attending networking meetings, coordinating speaking engagements and continuing education classes, representing the firm at health fairs, and developing strategies to help grow the business.

Newly graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2018 with a Bachelors of Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing, she joined the firm in June of 2018. She is excited to put her degree to work in the legal industry. Lainey joined the firm with experience in personal assistance, customer service, and social media management. Coming into this job has been an exciting challenge and a fun opportunity to grow in her love for building relationships and serving others.

Born and raised in Lee’s Summit, MO, but now living near downtown Kansas City, Lainey is excited to be working back closer to home. In her spare time she enjoys baking, drinking coffee, and serving at her church, The Cause.

 

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