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Charlie Amen is an owner of Amen, Gantner & Capriano, Your Estate Matters, L.L.C. He has extensive experience in the estate planning field, in addition to his background in financial planning, income tax counseling and tax return preparation. He knows the importance of planning for the future, both economically and emotionally. Mr. Amen, along with other members of the firm, will work hard to provide quality estate planning services to clients concerned about protecting their hard-earned dollars and providing for their loved ones in case of death or disability.


Because of his knowledge and desire to share that knowledge with others, Mr. Amen is frequently invited to speak on estate planning matters. He teaches adult education classes in the through Meramec Junior College on topics such as investments, taxes and estate planning. He also devotes his time to educating customers through estate planning seminars.



After serving as a Coast Guard Attorney handling everything from court martials to administrative maritime law, Mr. Amen became a Deputy District Attorney in Solano County, California, where for 11 years he prosecuted felony cases. He was also the owner of an income tax preparation firm, primarily responsible for income tax returns. For two years, he worked as a stockbroker and financial advisor at a large brokerage firm.


Recognizing the need for his clients to have the legal tools to control their own affairs and avoid the hassle and heartache of probate, Mr. Amen joined Purcell & Amen, L.L.C., the successor of Purcell & Associates, L.L.C.  Mr. Amen has been able to combine his financial, tax and legal experience into comprehensive estate plans that meet clients' needs and expectations.


Mr. Amen is a member of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Missouri Bar Association, California Bar Association, The Estate Planning Council of St. Louis and the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys. He is licensed to practice law in both Missouri & California.



Mr. Amen obtained his undergraduate degree in History/Government from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, where he also obtained a commission in the Coast Guard. He went to law school at University of California, Hastings College of Law, in San Francisco and obtained his Juris Doctorate in 1982.



Mr. Amen and his wife are both originally from South St. Louis County and are Lindbergh High School graduates and currently live in Kirkwood with their family. He was active in Boy Scouts and is a former Cubmaster. Mr. Amen is also a Commander in the Coast Guard Reserves, serving as the St. Louis Legal Officer.


For recreation, Mr. Amen and his wife are in a bowling league. He is an avid stamp and coin collector and a lifelong St. Louis Cardinals fan.


Mr. Amen is a member of the St. Louis Coast Guard Officers Association, Reserve Officers Association, and the Founders Board of the American Cancer Society's Heritage League.


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Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 45%
  2. Probate: 25%
  3. Elder Law: 25%
  4. Litigation: 5%



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Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

10 total 

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  • Todd D. Schmitz

    I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Amen is an oustanding attorney and his firm provides great service. I know Charles and several members of his staff They do great estate planning, Medicaid and veterans benefits work. I recommend his services and would not hesitate to send my family members to his firm. He is a well-respected member of the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys.


    Todd Schmitz Trusts Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Jamie Lynn McGavic

    Charlie Amen is very knowledgeable and zealously advocates for his clients. I strongly recommend Charlie and the rest of the firm to handle your elder law, probate, and estate planning needs.


    Jamie McGavic Adoption Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Amen, Gantner & Capriano, Your Estate Matters,LLC

10805 Sunset Office Drive
Suite 100
St. Louis, MO, 63127


MOGood Standing, Active199501/08/2013
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top Lawyers In MissouriThe Legal Network2014
Top Scoring Wealth Managers in the St. Louis AreaSt. Louis Magazine2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerAmen, Gantner & Capriano, Your Estate Matters, L.L.C.2014 - Present
OwnerPurcell and Amen2003 - 2014
Senior Associate AttorneyPurcell & Associates1998 - 2003
Deputy District AttorneySolano County California1985 - 1996
Staff AttorneyUnited States Coast Guard1982 - 1985
Association namePosition nameDuration
Bar Association of Metropolitan St. LouisMember2010 - Present
Samuel and Justina Halley FoundationTrustee2010 - Present
Missouri Care Planning CouncilDirector - St. Louis Board Member2008 - Present
Kathryn G. Favre Foundation for AnimalsTrustee2006 - Present
Estate Planning Council of St. LouisMember2004 - Present
Kirkwood Chamber of CommerceMember1999 - Present
American Academy of Estate Planning AttorneysMember1998 - Present
Missouri BarMember1995 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1982 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
Consumers GuideWhere There's a Will, There's Probate2015
Consumers GuideA Special Needs Child Needs Special Planning2014
Consumer GuideTo My Dog Lucky: I Leave $10,0002014
Consumers GuideCharity Begins at Home2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California, Hastings College of the LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1982
United States Coast Guard AcademyHistory/GovernmentBS - Bachelor of Science1974
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
adult educationEstate Planning Living Trusts2015
Humane Society LuncheonEstate Planning: For You and Your Pets2014
CPA Professional EducationWhat CPAs Need to Know About Estate Planning2014
Contact 2Debt Collectors After Death2014
Adult Continuing Education ClassPaying for Long Term Care2014
Adult Continuing EducationEstate Planning: Living Trusts2014
Monthly ProgramWhen Older Clients Falter2013
Adult EducationEstate Planning 1012013
Lemay Senior Resource Team monthly meetingPet Provisions in your Trust2011
Guest speaker at Class on Senior Financial AffairsEstate Planning-Why your Estate Plan may Fail2011
Adult Continuing Education ClassEstate Planning: Living Trusts2011
Adult Education ClassEstate Planning: Living Trusts2010
Adult Education ClassEstate Planning: Living Trusts2009