Jim McLeod Leads Pro Bono Effort for Springfield Area Boy, Family


Lathrop Gage attorney Jim McLeod (Wealth Strategies, Tax -- Springfield) has provided pro bono legal services to a southwest Missouri boy named Joey Nelson diagnosed with a form of muscular dystrophy and his family. Ground was broken last week on a new home that leaders of the community are building for the family, who were having a hard time providing the necessary care for their 11-year old son in their mobile home.

In 2009, this family located in Fair Grove, Mo., (outside of Springfield) learned they were a finalist to receive a home makeover from a broadcast television show that helps renovate or build new homes for disadvantaged families. When another family was selected instead, neighbors began a ministry to help the Nelsons fill the gap. Mr. McLeod helped by providing tax advice to the fundraising team. This included the scope of income tax deductions that donations could count towards, as well as how the project would effect the receiving family's tax liability.

In addition to beneficent individuals from southwest Missouri, a large number of area companies and contractors have volunteered help as well. Former Lathrop Gage secretary Tina Coddington helped organize the group's fundraising.

Currently, organizers are looking for churches, civic groups or other philanthropic people willing to donate items like shingles and insulation, sheetrock, kitchen cabinets, tile flooring for bathrooms and showers, and other home items. For more information, people can visit the web site that was created for this ministry,

In his legal practice, Mr. McLeod represents numerous closely-held businesses. He is involved in the full range of business issues affecting closely-held businesses, including succession planning and planning for the financial needs of the non-employee business owners. His estate planning practice includes preparation of traditional estate planning documents such as revocable trusts, wills, irrevocable life insurance trusts and implementing more sophisticated estate planning techniques such as qualified personal residence trusts, charitable remainder trusts and private foundations.

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