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    • J.D., University of Kansas School of Law, 1993
    • B.S., Kansas State University, 1983
As Practice Chair, Steve brings critical experience to the Wealth Planning/Administration practice and is well-equipped to deal with a variety of estate and business matters. Steve’s practice focuses on estate planning, including health care documents, powers of attorney, wills and trusts, as well as business succession planning, inheritance and estate tax planning, and related tax return preparation. He routinely represents high net worth individuals and families on a variety of sensitive and complex estate and business planning matters.

Steve also assists with the administration of decedents' estates and the administration of trusts, including dispute resolution related to such administration. His estate planning practice includes the incorporation of certain sophisticated estate planning techniques, including lifetime gifting and legacy transfers, family limited partnerships, grantor trusts, charitable trusts, the use of irrevocable life insurance trusts and other trusts.

Steve actively serves as legal counsel and advisor to numerous closely-held businesses, advising them regarding various corporate matters, including the creation and development of business succession plans.

Prior to law school, Steve practiced as a Certified Public Accountant for seven years.
  • Represented founder/family in the transfer of a privately-held corporation from the founder/family to the company and eventually transforming to a 100% ESOP owned entity. 
  • Represent clients in business succession planning and coordinated estate planning. 
  • Represent clients in significant lifetime giving and legacy transactions. 
  • Represent clients in both judicial and non-judicial trust modifications. 
  • Represent clients in the resolution of trust or estate disputes.
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July 26, 2021
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June 7, 2021
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Speaker, Keating & Associates and Polsinelli Webinar
October 15, 2020
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Co-Author, COVID-19 Blog
March 26, 2020
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How to Incorporate a Donor Advised Fund as a Central Vehicle in a sophisticated Estate Plan
Presenter; Catholic Foundation of Northeast Kansas
Summer 2016
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Covering Your Assets: A Primer on Asset Protection
Co-author; USLAW Network Magazine
Fall 2015
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