Fortified Elder Law

About Us

At Fortified Elder Law, we are an expert resource when it comes to protecting our clients’ assets. As one of the area’s only crisis Medicaid planning attorneys, Rachel Fortenberry saw a need for a firm focused on asset protection, estate planning, and Medicaid eligibility. Rachel founded Fortified Elder Law with expert strategies, know-how, and the experience of helping more than fifty families become Medicaid eligible.

Fortified Elder Law believes in Education, Service, and Community. As a firm, we seek to provide educational resources to the Springfield area to explain Medicaid eligibility and how to avoid probate. Our firm believes in providing excellent customer service with good communication and respect. We pride ourselves in being a lifelong resource for clients to ask questions and provide answers.

Fortified Elder Law is a sponsor of the Rogersville Senior Center. We are also members of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce and Springfield North Kiwanis International.



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2452 E Madrid St

Springfield, MO 65804

Rachel Fortenberry

Attorney at Law

Becoming an elder law attorney has allowed me to find my life’s work: helping clients preserve their life savings. My greatest joy as an attorney has been to help keep a spouse from losing everything just because they can no longer keep their loved one at home. Oftentimes, my clients have been neglecting themselves and their own health because of the mistaken belief that they cannot afford to place their spouse in a nursing home. Others have spent almost every dime to keep someone at home. These are the clients that I love to help.

I was born and raised in Rogersville, Missouri, graduating from Logan-Rogersville High School in 2006. I stayed local for college, earning a full ride from Missouri State University. I graduated cum laude in 2010 with my Bachelor’s in Global Studies/Political Science. I was lucky enough to attend Case Western Reserve University with a full scholarship as a Hugo Grotius Scholar and Frederick K. Cox International Center Fellow. I was also chosen during that time to serve as a member of the University’s Honor Court and Community Standards Board, based on faculty recommendations for students with high moral character.

I started my career as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Christian County, where I spent practically every day in the courtroom. I prosecuted a large range of offenses, starting with traffic tickets and misdemeanor assaults, moving on to DWI and manslaughter cases, and finally taking over the felony property crimes cases load for my last year, which included burglary, robbery, as well as financial exploitation of the elderly.