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Paul Michael Gantner

Estate planning Attorney at Saint Louis, MO

5.0   34 reviews

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About Paul

Learn Paul’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Elder law
    40%

    14 years, 100 cases

  2. Estate planning
    40%

    14 years, 600 cases

  3. Probate
    10%

    14 years, 100 cases

  4. Trusts
    5%

    14 years, 500 cases

  5. Wills and living wills
    5%

    14 years, 100 cases

Paul Gantner joined Purcell and Amen - Attorneys at Law in 2009.  In 2012 he became a partner and in 2014 the firm changed its name to Amen, Gantner, & Capriano.  Mr. Gantner has been able to bring his business and legal education and experience into a firm that has for many years provided comprehensive estate plans that meet clients' needs and expectations.  Mr. Gantner has helped push AGC's mission of "Helping Families Secure their Legacies by Embracing them into the Law Firm Family through Long-term, Personal Advisory Relationships."

 Core Values include: OFFERING SECURITY, EMBRACING FAMILIES, and PROVIDING PERSONAL ADVISORY RELATIONSHIPS

 

Experience

During law school, Mr. Gantner worked as a corporate law clerk for Shelter Insurance Companies in Columbia, Missouri. Mr. Gantner also taught a personal finance class to undergraduate students at University of Missouri.

Mr. Gantner is a member of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Missouri Bar Association, Estate Planning Council of St. Louis, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, and the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys. He is licensed to practice law in Missouri and Illinois.  Paul is also a VA accredited attorney and holds licenses for life, accident and health insurance as well as a Series 65 financial license.


Education

Mr. Gantner obtained his undergraduate B.S.B.A. degree in Management and B.A. degree in Criminal Justice from Saint Louis University, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. He went to law school at University of Missouri, in Columbia, and obtained his Juris Doctorate in 2008. Mr. Gantner also obtained his Master of Business Administration from University of Missouri in 2008.

Paul now gives over 100 presentations a year and teaches at least one continuing education class per semester at St. Louis Community College's Adult Education Program.  The class will usually cover Paying for Long Term Care or Estate Planning issues and choices to make.


Personal

Mr. Gantner was born and raised in St. Louis. He is a graduate of DeSmet Jesuit High School and currently lives in St. Louis County with his wife, Sally, two daughters, Audrey and Olivia and son, Louis. In school, Mr. Gantner played baseball and rugby. He was active in the Board of Advocates and the Sports Law Society during law school.

These days, Paul enjoys playing in recreational softball and bowling leagues. He is a huge Missouri Tigers and St. Louis Cardinals fan, but also roots on the Saint Louis University Billikens and the St. Louis Blues.

 

Licensed for 13 years
State IL
Status Active And Authorized To Practice Law
Acquired 2010
Updated 01/06/2023
State MO
Status Good Standing, Active
Acquired 2009
Updated 01/01/2023

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

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Amen, Gantner, & Capriano - Attorneys at Law
10733 Sunset Office Dr.
Suite 425
Saint Louis, MO, 63127

Reviews

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Posted by AW | July 27, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
7 years and counting!
We have recently updated our trust with Paul. And it has been 7 years since we first hired him. All the same, Paul walked us through the process and took the time to explain in easily understandable terms what it would mean for the different scenarios if one or both of us were gone, and so on. Paul excels in providing specific, practical, and actionable advice. He also has a great team behind him. As we grow in our understanding of trust, we come to appreciate Paul even more for his wealth of knowledge and wise counsel.
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Posted by Aaron E. | July 24, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Family Planning made easy
I had the pleasure of working with Paul Gantner, who helped set up a trust for my wife and I. Paul is knowledgeable and professional with every aspect of this important process. While there are many steps to properly providing all of the information to setup a trust, Paul and his team made this easy for us. Plus he pointed out the key notes that made some difficult decisions seem easy and stress free. Within a short time we had a professional plan in place and I am very comfortable in reaching out again when I have any questions or need to make changes. Thanks for a job well done!
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Posted by Jean K | December 3, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Service !!!
You have been so kind, helpful & you know so much ! Thank you !! I always know you will have the right answer for our family.
Posted by Jeanne M | July 2, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Exceptional Client Service
We met with Mr. Gantner who was very knowledgeable and able to answer all our questions very effectively. As a client since 1997, our relationship with your law firm has been completely satisfactory. We value and appreciate the advice given us and would not hesitate to recommend your law firm to anyone. And Mary was really a big help.
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Posted by LJR | April 12, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Client Chaos to Order
I came in with a loosey goosey document from a different lawyer Paul asked questions and we discussed many aspects of my small estate. I admit to being thrown by the cost after the first meeting,but when I picked up the final documents I was blown away! Everything is organized in one convenient book including instructions for the executor. I’m so relieved to have this all taken care of by people who understand the confusion possible for those left behind.
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Posted by I K | September 1, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Set up your trust today - it’s pretty easy
Paul Gantner was aide to help me to understand how to create my trust while I am still relatively young so in case anything happens,my college aged daughter will be taken care of the manner I would want. My parents had pushed me to get this done but I hadn’t because it seemed too daunting. Thank God I found Mr. Gantner who was very knowledgeable and patient. I should have done it sooner.
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Posted by RMark | August 6, 2015
Expert Estate Guidance
We were very pleased and satisfied with Mr. Gantner. He thoroughly explained the process to us. We recommend his services to anyone needing estate planning.
Posted by PRT | August 5, 2015
A+ Getting everything necessary explained - and completed
I’m so glad I found this group of lawyers on the net - I’ve had little experience with what I needed to do - and Mr. Gantner made it all so easy. There was so much more to do - and I’m quite satisfied that we have gotten all the necessary items covered!
Posted by Heather S | June 9, 2015
Trust Client
We liked the way our trust was explained to us. Paul did not use a lot of “ lawyer jargon “ but talked through these important decisions in ways we understood. He developed a great comfort level with us right off the bat.
Posted by ALB | June 6, 2015
Knowledgeable Advocate A+
Very much an advocate to me & my husband bringing thoughts and knowledge we hadn’t considered. Gave us options instead of “ must do’s “ will continue to support us as time goes by with the full support of a very professional law firm regardless of circumstances.
Posted by BJT | May 27, 2015
5 stars
Very impressed with Paul Gantner’s presentation and guidance in preparing our trust. We are extremely comfortable & confident with the results of his recommendations.
Posted by Robert T | February 5, 2015
A + Review for Paul Gantner
We are very pleased with the experience and attention to detail Paul Gantner and your Estate Matter has shown and executed. We also appreciate the timely manner this process was handled. Thank you.
Posted by N.D. & D.C. | February 3, 2015
Highly recommend for LGBT Estate Planning
Extremely knowledgeable about LGBT estate planning. Prompt in responding to phone calls and were able to offer timely appointments and follow ups. Highly recommend!
Posted by June P | November 1, 2014
Grateful Clients
We are exceptionally pleased with the service provided by this firm. Mr. Gantner’s expertise to handle a very complicated Trust situation for our aged family member is most helpful. Frustration and stress would be rampant in our lives without his willingness to do all he could to solve our problems.
Posted by LE | September 23, 2014
Paul Gantner, Great Estate Planner A+
Paul is very thorough, knowledgeable and explained all the details clearly of our Trust and Will. We feel very comfortable and satisfied with the person we chose to handle our Estate Planning.
Posted by SL | September 22, 2014
Very Knowledgeable, Trustworthy, Affordable & Most Of All Committed To Helping
After needing to make some significant change in my Living Trust, Paul was able to walk me through the changes I needed to make and also correctly put into legal words on how I want my legacy to end up as a person that cared and as a person who wanted to leave this world a little better than I found it. Paul and his office are very personable and very easy to work with. I’m so glad I chose Amen, Gantner and Capriano to handle everything surrounding my Trust. I sleep better at night knowing everything is in order. I’ll recommend them to anyone who needs estate planning attorney.
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Posted by Michael | June 27, 2014
Review for Paul Gantner
Everyone in the office was very friendly and helpful. Our attorney, Paul Gantner is very knowledgeable about all aspects of Estate Planning. He has also planned my mother’s trust and answered questions we’ve come across with regards to her legal issues. We would certainly recommend Paul and his firm to others.
Posted by JD | January 7, 2014
Very Knowledgeable
Paul took his time explaining everything clearly and reviewed areas we had questions about. He was very patient with my elderly parents.
Posted by MES | January 2, 2014
Exceptional Client Service, Great Team “Paul Gantner”
We have 2 cases to use the services of Purcell & Amen. In both cases they have provided solutions and answers to all of our questions and needs. The experience was outstanding and professional with satisfied outcomes. We are impressed with the legal staff and support team. We would give them A+ for service and support.
Posted by LAB | January 1, 2014
Knowledgeable and Client Focused
Our experience with Purcell & Amen and specifically Paul Gantner was exceptional. Everything from the ease of making appointments to the professionalism of our attorney led to a great experience. The knowledge and background of this firm exceeded our expectations and made a necessary task pleasant and comfortable. We were extremely pleased with the thoroughness of our visits and love working with Paul as he was very personable as well as professional. We would recommend this firm to our friends & family.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Member
  • Your Estate Matters, LLC - Amen, Gantner, & Capriano - Attorneys at Law
  • 2014 - Present
  • Member
  • Purcell and Amen - Attorneys at Law
  • 2012 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Purcell and Amen - Attorneys at Law
  • 2009 - Present
  • Law Clerk
  • Shelter Insurance Companies
  • 2007 - 2008
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Education

  • University of Missouri, Columbia
  • MBA - Master of Business Administration
  • 2008
  • University of Missouri - Columbia School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • Saint Louis University
  • BSBA and BA
  • 2005

Associations

  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (Missouri Chapter)
  • President
  • 2022 - Present
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Accredited Attorney
  • 2010 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Missouri Bar
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (Missouri chapter)
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Estate Planning Council of St. Louis
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (Missouri Chapter)
  • President-Elect
  • 2020 - 2021
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (Missouri Chapter)
  • Treasurer
  • 2019 - 2020
  • American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys
  • Board of Governors
  • 2019 - 2022
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (Missouri chapter)
  • Board Member - Director at Large
  • 2016 - 2018
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Young/New Attorneys Section
  • Chair of Steering Committee
  • 2015 - 2016
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Young/New Attorneys Section
  • Steering Committee
  • 2010 - 2016
  • Missouri Care Planning Council
  • St. Louis Board Member
  • 2009 - 2013
  • University of Missouri - Board of Advocates
  • Judging Director
  • 2006 - 2008
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • 40 under 40
  • St. Louis Business Journal
  • 2022
  • Rising Star
  • Missouri Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • 2021 - Rising Star Estate Planning & Probate
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • 2020 Rising Star - estate planning and probate
  • SuperLawyers®
  • 2020
  • 2019 Rising Star - estate planning and probate
  • SuperLawyers®
  • 2019
  • Missouri Chapter Member of the Year
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • 2018
  • 2018 Rising Star - Estate Planning Probate
  • SuperLawyers®
  • 2018
  • Rising Star - Estate Planning and Elder Law
  • Missouri Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Rising Star - Elder Law and Estate Planning
  • Missouri Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Fred L. Howard Prize - Excellence in the Advancement of Advocacy
  • University of Missouri - Board of Advocates
  • 2008
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Publications

  • MoBarCLE publication Elder Law Deskbook 3rd Edition
  • Chapter 5 - Planning and Paying for Long-Term Care
  • 2022
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) - New and Transitioning Attorneys Section Newsletter
  • Message from the Chair
  • 2016
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) - New and Transitioning Attorneys Section Newsletter
  • Practical Ethics in Planning
  • 2015
  • The Missouri Bar Continuing Legal Education Deskbook - Elder Law
  • Planning and Paying for Long-term Care Supplement
  • 2014
  • GCM - National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers - Midwest Chapter Newsletter
  • Guardianship: What is the Process and When is it Appropriate?
  • 2011
  • The Missouri Bar Continuing Legal Education Deskbook - Elder Law
  • Planning and Paying for Long-Term Care - Second Edition
  • 2010
  • St. Louis Bar Journal
  • Practical Ethics in Elder Law
  • 2010
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Speaking Engagements

  • Spring Semester
  • Planning and Paying for Long-Term Care
  • 2016
  • Adult Education
  • Planning for Long Term Care
  • 2015
  • Missouri NAELA Chapter Meeting
  • The impact of Medicaid estate recovery and federal taxation on estate planning for family owned businesses and farms in Missouri
  • 2011
  • In-House Presentation
  • Estate Planning Myths – Why Most Estate Plans Fail, and What to Do About It
  • 2010
  • In-House Presentation
  • Medicaid and Veterans Benefits Eligibility
  • 2010
  • SquareOne LGBT Event
  • FINANCIAL & LEGAL ISSUES FACING THE LGBT COMMUNITY
  • 2010
  • Client Appreciation Day
  • Choosing Fiduciaries
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (14)
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Estate planning Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known paul for 12 years as an honest, hard working person. He devotes his attention and skills to each client he has, giving them his very best efforts. This is why I do not hesitate to refer my friends and family his way anytime I'm asked for the name of an Estate & Wills attorney."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Paul for several years now. He is an exceptional estate planning attorney and is very knowledgeable in this specific area of law. He is always warm, compassionate and advocates only the best for his clients. I know he ensures that all of his clients leave with a comprehensive estate plan and peace of mind. I endorse Paul."
Estate planning Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Paul has personally helped my friends and family on several occasions. His professionalism and expertise is unmatched. I would recommend him to anyone in need of advice on wills, trust, or estate planning and probate issues."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Paul in an expert in the area of Estate Planning and Probate. His dedication to his clients is unparalleled. I highly endorse him."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Paul is the most knowledgeable, thorough, and conscientious estate planning and probate lawyer that I have encountered. His knowledge in this area of law is unmatched. When I have clients, family, or friends with estate planning needs, I send them to Paul. I give him my highest recommendation."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Paul and his colleagues have always provided first rate work in a timely manner."
Estate planning Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. They are an expert in the field of estate planning."
Estate planning Attorney | Aug 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | May 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Aug 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Paul has been a valuable resource for me when handling matters which involve estate planning and probate. Along with advising me with regard to specialized areas of estate planning when dealing with my own clients, I feel confident every time I refer a client to him because I know he will address all of their needs in a professional and courteous manner. I highly recommend Paul to anyone who needs Estate Planning or Probate advice."
Estate planning Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Paul Gantner is an excellent attorney. He is a very quick study on absorbing cutting edge strategies in the estate planning, estate administration, and elder law fields. His writing and research skills have been recently demonstrated in an article in the St Louis Bar Journal and an Elder Law Deskbook chapter for the Missouri Bar. I endorse this lawyer's work."
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