Attorney-Mediator

The Law Firm of Wear & Wear – Attorney and Mediator

Bill Wear and Bill Wear Jr

Bill Wear, Sr. & Bill Wear, Jr in 1974. Bill Wear, Jr. began practicing law with his father, Bill Wear, Sr. in 1974. Bill Sr., began practicing law with his father, Sam M. Wear after he returned from the Navy at the end of World War II. Bill’s great-grandfather, A. Hunter Wear, began practicing law in Cassville, Missouri in 1873 and moved the law practice to Springfield, Missouri in 1885.

Bill Wear, Jr. represents the fourth generation in the Wear family law firm — the oldest law firm in Missouri.

A FULL SERVICE LAW FIRM – Wear & Wear provides legal services in the areas of personal injury, divorce & custody, estate planning and civil litigation and mediation.

Bill received his license to practice law in Missouri in 1974 and received his license to practice law in Hawaii in 1981. Most of Bills’ clients live in Southwest Missouri, although he works with clients from all around the country and some who live overseas.

Before Bill graduated from Missouri University’s School of Law in 1974, he clerked for St. Louis Court of Appeals.

Areas of practice: personal injury, divorce & custody, estate planning, civil litigation and mediation.

Bill Wear, Sr. and his father Sam Wear in the 1940′s. Sam Wear while serving as Greene County Prosecuting Attorney around 1916.

Mediator and Trainer

  • Founded Springfield, Missouri’s first Divorce Mediation business in 1977
  • Practice mediation in Missouri and Hawaii
  • Certified by the Missouri Bar Association to train other attorneys and psychologists to practice mediation and arbitration pursuant to Missouri Supreme Court Rules 17 and 88
  • Presented mediation programs and seminars at state, regional, national and international conferences and venues
  • Presenter at the National Wellness Conference, the American Holistic Medical Association Conference, the World Conference on Logo Therapy, the American Holistic Nurses Association Conference, the International Conference of Family and Conciliation Courts, the Hawaii Bar Association’s Family Law Section, the Missouri Bar Association’s Annual Conference, the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Therapists Annual Conference and the Annual Conference of the Pacific Social Science Institute

Member or former member of the following organizations:

The Academy of Family Mediators
The Association of Conflict Resolution
The Association of Family & Conciliation Courts
The Child Advocacy Council (founding board member)
The Hawaii Bar Association and the Hawaii Bar Association’s Family Law and Alternative Dispute Resolutions Sections
The Hawaii Bar Association’s Lawyers & Judges Assistance and Intervention Committees (founding member)
The International Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
The Midwest Mediation Association (former president)
The Ministerial Alliance of the Ozark’s Area Council of Churches
The Missouri Association of Trial Lawyers
The Missouri Bar Association and the Missouri Bar Association’s Family Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution Sections
The Missouri Chapter of the Alliance For the Mentally Ill
The Missouri Chapter of the National Council of Alcoholism (founding member)
The Missouri Supreme Court’s Intervention Committee
The Ozark Association of Marriage & Family Therapists
The Ozark Christian Counseling Service (board member)
The Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association’s Family Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Probate & Trust Committees and chairman of the Psychiatric Facilities Committee

Authored:

  • Recovering From Divorce…and The Horse You Rode In On!
  • Happily Ever After
  • Golf Therapy
  • “Healing the Wounds of Divorce”
  • “A Spiritual Path To Love And Intimacy”
  • “Relationships 101”
  • “Taking the War Out Of Divorce”
  • “The Art of Healing Yourself”

Presenter at the following events:

The National Wellness Conference
The American Holistic Medical Association Conference
The World Conference on Logo Therapy
The American Holistic Nurses Association Conference
The International Conference of Family and Conciliation Courts
The Hawaii Bar Association’s Family Law Section
The Missouri Bar Association’s Annual Conference
The American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Therapists Annual Conference
The Annual Conference of the Pacific Social Science Institute