Spotlight on S. Lynn Bayes-Weiner
S. Lynn Bayes-Weiner was born in Columbus, OH, and graduated from Hempfield High School, in Lancaster, PA, in 1984. She now works as an associate in the Law Office of Jay Thomas, P.A., in Overland Park, KS.
A licensed clinical professional counselor, Lynn received a B.S.Ed. in Social Studies in 1988 and an MS in Counseling in 1992 from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania (“SHIP”). Before earning her Master’s degree, she taught high school social studies in Shippensburg.
Lynn met her husband Jeffrey Weiner at SHIP, while both were completing degrees, his in IT and finance. Jeff is currently a Vice President for Software Development at Mersoft, Inc., in Overland Park. From 1992 to 2000, Lynn worked as a psychotherapist for seriously mentally ill persons in Reston, VA, where her husband was working in the IT field. When they moved to the Kansas City area for his employment at Sprint in 2000, she stayed home to raise their children until 2007, when she returned to her career as Emergency Services Administrator for The Guidance Center, in Leavenworth, KS.
Embarking on a second career, Lynn went to law school in 2009 at the University of Missouri—Kansas City, where she graduated in 2012 after serving as articles and symposia editor for the law review and receiving the estate planning symposia prize in taxation. Besides belonging to the Elder Law Committee of The Missouri Bar, she serves on a subcommittee of the Probate and Trust Law Committee about planning for digital assets.
Lynn and Jeffery have two children—Katie, now age 17, and Sarah, age 13. “Our world was shaken to the core recently when Katie was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. Although difficult to talk about it, I feel that it is better to acknowledge this publicly because a lot of our clients face issues like this,” Lynn said. “They need to know that they are not alone. I am learning first-hand the importance of not only family members fulfilling their support roles but also special needs planning.”
“The practice of Elder Law for me is a natural in that my father was a vice president and chief financial officer for a Florida retirement community while I was growing up, and my brother is an administrator for a continuing care retirement community in Florida,” said Lynn. “I really care about this population—people who are elderly, people with disabilities, and their families.”
“As to Elder Law practitioners, some of the most compassionate people I have ever met are Elder Law attorneys. There is a ‘gift’ to be able to do this kind of work,” Lynn continued. “I have been fortunate to have worked with knowledgeable attorneys in the Kansas City area—Samantha Shepherd and Linda Tabory—who have generously offered me advice.”
“I do not have much time for hobbies. I love to read historic biographies. Unfortunately since I am working full time and taking care of our children (with my husband), I only have about 15 minutes a night to do it. Currently, I am reading a trilogy about Theodore Roosevelt.”
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