Spotlight on Connie S. Haden
by Reg Turnbull
Our spotlight in this issue is on Connie Haden as our less experienced Elder Law attorney. Connie is our committee secretary and practices in the firm of Haden & Byrne, Columbia, MO.
Born in 1979 and raised in King City, MO, Connie graduated from high school there in 1997. She went to University of Missouri-Columbia, where she earned two bachelor’s degrees—one in business economics and one in agriculture economics in 2001. She met her husband, Brent Haden, in Columbia and married him in 2002. She earned her J.D. degree at University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2004 and is licensed to practice in Missouri and Kansas.
Connie’s first job was with the Kansas City law firm of Blackwell Sanders where she practiced corporate law and estate planning. She later went to work with Graves, Bartle, Marcus, & Garrett, where she did work for non-profits and estate planning.
In 2010 she and her husband moved to the Columbia area to be near her husband’s family. Connie and Brent live in her husband’s great uncle’s old farmhouse near Auxvasse, MO, north of Fulton. There they are near a lake, have a barn, and care for a few horses. They have two sons—Wyatt, age 5, and Bryce, age 2.
“My husband and I practice together, along with one other partner. Brent and I both do a lot of work with farmers and ranchers in various areas of the law. I primarily focus on the business side, including estate planning and elder law,” Connie said.
“Elder law issues tied in heavily with estate planning because many of my clients asked about financing long-term care services for themselves and doing special needs trusts for their disabled children,” Connie said. “It was a natural fit for me particularly with my farm clients that I have all over Missouri and Kansas.”
“Many of my clients are land rich and cash poor. They do not have wealthy lifestyles. With the dramatic increase of land prices, clients sometimes get discouraged about how to pass on their assets to their families who want to farm them,” Connie said.
“In Elder Law practice, we see human nature stripped bare. It is incumbent upon us to figure out family dynamics,” Connie commented. “The most important thing to my clients in extended family situations is continuing the Christmas dinner traditions of having everyone around the table. They do not want greed and misunderstandings disturbing that.”
Connie said, “I am impressed with Elder Law practitioners because they are friendly, encouraging, and willing to offer assistance or serve as sounding boards. This has been particularly valuable to me because I don’t work with anyone else who practices in this area.”
When asked about what she does in her free time, Connie laughed and replied, “I don’t have much time for hobbies while starting my new business; however, I like to ride horses, hunt, fish, and chase my sons.”
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