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  • Education
    • J.D., University of Kansas, Order of the Coif; J. L. Weigard Notre Dame Legal Education Trust Scholar; Payne & Jones Lawyering Program Award; UMB Bank Excellence in Estate Planning Award; CALI Awards for Civil Procedure, Contracts, and Federal Income Tax
    • B.S., University of Kansas, Business Administration; Phi Beta Kappa; Beta Gamma Sigma

Family is at the heart of Thomas Ruane’s work. He counsels clients primarily in the areas of estate planning, the administration of estates and trusts, and business succession planning. Thomas advises clients through all stages of the estate-planning process, from the initial planning and preparation of wills, revocable and irrevocable trusts, powers of attorney, health care directives, and other estate-planning documents, through the final settlement of post-death affairs.

He also assists with judicial and nonjudicial trust reformations and the negotiation and preparation of family settlement agreements, in addition to traditional estate and trust administration matters, and the preparation of gift tax, estate tax and fiduciary income tax returns.

In addition, Thomas advises clients in the negotiation and drafting of premarital agreements. He has experience designing and implementing complex estate-planning strategies, including grantor retained annuity trusts, spousal lifetime access trusts family limited partnerships and limited liability companies, charitable trusts, qualified personal residence trusts, and sales to intentionally "defective" grantor trusts.

Thomas also counsels pro bono clients on guardianship and estate planning matters through Legal Aid of Western Missouri and its Adopt-a-Neighborhood and Volunteer Attorney Project programs, and the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association’s Military Matters program.

text icon Publications & Presentations
Speaker, Keating & Associates and Polsinelli Webinar
October 15, 2020
eAlerts Updates
February 19, 2020
eAlerts Updates
December 2017
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Durable Powers of Attorney and Health Care Directives
Presenter, Kansas City Estate Planning Symposium Fundamentals Program
October 17, 2017
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