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Christopher Michael Gaughan

Christopher Michael Gaughan

Practice areas:

Estate Planning, Trusts, Wills & Living Wills

About Me

Chris Gaughan has been recognized as a Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyer (2013, 2014), an award given to the top 5% of attorneys in Missouri and Kansas; a Missouri & Kansas Rising Star (2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012), an award presented to the top 2.5% of attorneys in Missouri and Kansas under the age of 40; and rated by Martindale-Hubbell as an AV Preeminent attorney (2013, 2014), a rating given to only 5% of all attorneys nationwide.


 


Known for his ability to provide a wide-range of custom estate planning services to his clients, with a primary focus on helping them provide for the security of their loved ones, reduce estate taxes, and minimize or avoid the costs and delays of probate, Mr. Gaughan prides himself on the lifelong relationships he forms with each and every one of his clients.


 


He is frequently invited to share his expertise and knowledge of estate planning with peers and financial professionals alike. Recently, he has presented for the National Business Institute, Rockhurst University, and a host of private and public continuing education classes for financial professionals. He is an established member of the prestigious American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys and the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, as well as the individual Missouri and Kansas Bar Associations.


 


A proud alumnus of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, Mr. Gaughan also earned his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Rockhurst University and refers to his undergraduate degree for Estate Plans with complex tax planning.


 


Happily married for nearly a decade, Mr. Gaughan spends his spare moments frequenting local eateries with his wife, Kristin, watching 80’s films with his three young children, and smoking meat on his back patio.


 


Published Works and Presentations
A Crash Course in Medicaid and VA Aid & Attendance (2014)
VA Special Pension – An Alternative Way to Pay for Long Term Care (2014)
How to Integrate Estate Planning Into your Practice and Add Additional Value for your Clients (2014)
Disintermediation and its Impact on Estate Planning Attorneys and Financial Advisors (2014)
Everything You Wanted to Know About Estate Planning But Didn’t Know Who to Ask (2014)
Estate Planning 101 (2014)
Top Elder Care Strategies – Funding Sources for Long-Term Care (2014)
How-To Monetize Estate Planning for Financial Advisors (2013)
A Comprehensive Estate Planning Example (2013)
Family Limited Partnerships (2013)
Charitable Remainder Trusts (2013)
Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts (2013)
Ownership Management (2013)
Value Management (2013)
The Statutory Basics (2013)
Intro to Wills in the Probate System (2013)
Transfers Using Revocable Living Trusts (2013)
Transfers Using the Probate System (2013)
Estate Planning for Young Families (2013)
Transfers Using Revocable Living Trusts (2013)
Estate Planning for Farmers and Ranchers (2013)
Basic Estate Planning for Financial Advisors (2013)
Transfer of the Decedent’s Property (2013)
Insurance Coverage Contract Language 101 (2011, 2012)
Litigating Insurance Coverage Claims: From Start to Finish – Ethical Considerations (2011, 2012)
Settling Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Claims (2010)
Insurance Ethics (2009)
Lien Claims (2009)
Keys to a Successful Settlement Conference (2009)
Missouri Tort Reform (2005)

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2004

  1. Trusts: 40%
  2. Estate Planning: 40%
  3. Wills & Living Wills: 20%

Payment

Fees:

Fixed (Always)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

6 total 

  • Megan E. Waugh

    I know Chris through the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys. Chris is energetic, a pleasure to be around and clearly loves what he does. He is an excellent attorney and I highly recommend him for all your estate planning needs.

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    Megan Waugh Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Ryan Lynn Jensen

    I gladly and enthusiastically endorse Chris! I consider him a mentor, a friend and colleague. As a fellow member of the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys, I know that he is well qualified to handle any estate planning, Elder Law or related matter. He is honest and caring. I would send my own mother or any other family member or friend to him--I know of no greater compliment I could give him.

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    Ryan Jensen Estate Planning Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Gaughan & Connealy

4400 College Boulevard
Suite 190
Overland Park, KS, 66211

Resume

License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
KSAuthorized to practice law200508/09/2015
MOGood Standing, Active200401/08/2013

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers

Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2013
Missouri & Kansas Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
Top 40 Under 40National Trial Lawyers2012
Missouri & Kansas Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2011
Missouri & Kansas Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2010
Missouri & Kansas Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2009

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Estate Planning Attorney and Founding PartnerGaughan & Connealy2011 - Present
PartnerFranke, Schultz & Mullen, PC2004 - 2011

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Missouri State Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Kansas Bar AssociationN/AN/A
American Academy of Estate Planning AttorneysMemberN/A

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
United Fire & Cas. Co. v. LewisN/A
Argonaut Great Cent. Ins. Co. v. Valley Village, LLC,N/A
Colony Nat. Ins. Co. v. CunninghamN/A

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Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Missouri - Columbia School of LawN/AJuris Doctor2004
Rockhurst UniversityAccountingBachelor of Science2001

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Rockhurst University MBA ProgramEstate Planning for Young Families2013
Gaughan & Connealy Continuing Education SeriesTransfers Using Revocable Living Trusts2013
Gaughan & Connealy Continuing Education SeriesTransfer of the Decedent's Property2013
Gaughan & Connealy Continuing Education SeriesBasic Estate Planning for Financial Advisors2013
Estate Planning for Farmers and RanchersEstate Planning for Farmers and Ranchers2013
Litigating Insurance Coverage Claims: From Start to FinishEthical Considerations2012
Litigating Insurance Coverage Claims: From Start to FinishInsurance Coverage Contract Language 1012012
Litigating Insurance Coverage Claims: From Start to FinishEthical Considerations2011
Litigating Insurance Coverage Claims: From Start to FinishInsurance Coverage Contract Language 1012011
National Business InstituteSettling Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Claims2010
National Business InstituteLien Claims2009
National Business InstituteInsurance Ethics2009