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Christopher Michael Gaughan

Christopher Michael Gaughan

Practice areas:

Estate Planning, Trusts, Wills & Living Wills

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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)


Practice Areas

Licensed since 2004

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



Fixed (Always)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

6 total 

  • Cary Sawyer Smalley

    I endorse this lawyer. Chris is an excellent lawyer that I have known for many years. He has great client relation skills and is a very knowledgeable attorney. I would highly recommend Chris for your estate planning needs.


    Cary Smalley Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Timothy Parker Price

    Chris Gaughan is an excellent lawyer and is best equipped to help you with your estate planning needs, including preparation of wills and trusts. I have had the pleasure of working with Chris on a number of matters over the years and can attest to his strong character and work ethic. Put Chris to work for you. You will be glad you did.


    Timothy Price Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Gaughan & Connealy

4400 College Boulevard
Suite 190
Overland Park, KS, 66211


KSAuthorized to practice law200510/09/2014
MOGood Standing, Active200401/08/2013

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
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

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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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