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Stephen K. Lehnardt

Estate planning Attorney at Liberty, MO

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About Stephen

Learn Stephen’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    59%
    Lehnardt & Lehnardt, LLC is dedicated to counseling-oriented estate planning with their clients and their clients’ other professional advisors. We are honored to become part of our client’s life as we design their custom, perfectly fitting plan to prepare for the unexpected, protect and retain control assets as long as they want, and benefit their loved ones as our clients wish. If it is time for you to explore a plan, call us to talk about what is on your mind, and what you want to protect.

    27 years

  2. Business
    9%
    Lehnardt & Lehnardt, LLC has years of experience helping clients with their businesses. From startup to wind-down, and everything in between, we provide experienced counsel to business owners on how to structure their arrangements with shareholders, executives, employees, vendors and customers. Whether your business is white-knuckle surviving, multi-million dollar thriving, internationally expanding, or ready for your retirement, we can help. Call us to discover how.

    27 years

  3. Elder law
    9%
    Each of our attorneys and staff has a personal connection with the aging process. We commit to do everything that is legal to protect and preserve client assets from high long-term care and medical needs, creditors or predators so those assets are available as long as possible during their lifetime. Is your family in crisis? Are you thinking about the future? Call to see how we might help you protect your assets for greater certainty and peace of mind now and in the future.

    27 years

  4. Tax
    9%
    Whether personal or business income, investing, gifting, donating or inheriting, federal and state taxes can create significant challenges to everyone. The right tax plan makes all the difference for the financial life and well-being of every client and business. As Tax Attorneys, we represent clients with all types of tax planning and, if needed, tax challenges if and when they present themselves. Call us to see how far we can help you keep your income and assets from Uncle Sam's reach.

    27 years

  5. Trusts
    9%
    Part of our Estate Planning Practice--We custom fit each trust, weither as part of a comprehensive plan or as single or special use plan, so that our clients control every aspect of the asset or benefit that they wish to control.

    27 years

  6. Medicaid and medicare
    5%

Stephen is one of the founding partners of Lehnardt & Lehnardt, LLC.  His focus with clients is as a professional legal counselor, although he likes to refer to himself as "an enabler" who first listens to discover what his clients need and want, and then counsels with his clients to help them get what they want... legally.

Whether estate planning, asset protection planning, business counsel, tax avoidance, or government benefits, Stephen acknowledges and quantifies the complexities that challenge even the simplest goals.  He simplifies matters so clients can focus clearly and efficiently on what they want.  Stephen helps families with special needs, farmers and businessmen, investors and entrepreneurs, heirs and beneficiaries, Veterans and seniors.

Stephen received his undergraduate degree in Public Relations from Brigham Young University (1992) and obtained both his Doctorate of Jurisprudence and Master of Laws in Taxation degrees in 1996 from the University of Missouri—Kansas City School of Law.  Following law school, Stephen entered private practice and formed Lehnardt & Lehnardt, LLC with his father.  Stephen’s clients are from all walks of life and business and located locally, nationally and internationally.  Client matters range from the simple to the most complex—probate and guardianship assistance, business exit and succession planning, estate and retirement planning, planning for . citizens, major commercial real estate investment and development, and multi-national planning for investments and corporate finance, and more.

Stephen is an active member of the American Bar Association (Section on Taxation; Section on Real Property, Probate and Trusts); Missouri Bar Association (Probate & Estate Planning and Tax Law Committees); the Kansas Bar Association; the J. Reuben Clark Law Society; and the National College of Probate Judges.  Stephen is one of the founding members of Wealthcounsel—a national organization of top estate and tax planning attorneys, and is the founder the Midwest Estate and Financial Planning Institute, a 501(c)(3) educational organization whose mission is to provide the community of consumers and professionals with timely and meaningful information an education on estate, tax and financial planning matters.  Stephen has served on the Board of Directors for the National Advisors Trust Company, an independent federally-chartered trust company.

Stephen is an Accredited Attorney with the VA, and is admitted to practice before numerous courts, including the United States Tax Court.  Stephen frequently speaks and conducts public seminars and workshops and professional continuing education instruction on a wide range of estate, tax, elder law and government benefit planning topics, as well as business planning topics.

 

 

Licensed for 26 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2018
Updated 11/23/2022
State KS
Status Active
Acquired 2008
Updated 02/05/2023
State MO
Status Good Standing, Active
Acquired 1996
Updated 01/01/2023

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

Contact Stephen

Lehnardt & Lehnardt LLC
20 Westwoods Dr
Liberty, MO, 64068-3519
Kansas Office
7300 W. 110th Street, 7th Floor
Overland Park, KS, 66210
New York Office
The Graybar Building
420 Lexington Avenue, Suite 2656
New York, NY, 10170
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Posted by Gary | September 26, 2013
Stephen Lehnardt and Firm
Stephen , Meegan and others at the Firm have been incredibly professional and helpful over the course of several years. In a situation with aging parents that is stressful at best, Stephen and others provided wise and compassionate counsel. Fees were fair and always as estimated. Results were exceptional. We set up a Trust when both parents were alive and now with both deceased, it has worked as stated and intended. I have and will continue to refer Stephen and the firm to others.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 200-350 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.1 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • VA Accredited Attorney
  • The Veterans Law Firm, LLC
  • 2010 - Present
  • Attorney and Counselor at Law
  • Lehnardt & Lehnardt, LLC
  • 1996 - Present

Education

  • University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 1996
  • Brigham Young University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1992

Associations

  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • WealthCounsel
  • Founding Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Missouri Estate and Financial Planning Institue
  • Founder
  • 1998 - Present
  • Missouri State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • National Association of Elder Law Attorneys
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • V.A. Accredited Attorney
  • Veteran's Administration
  • 2009

Speaking Engagements

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Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (6)
Endorse Stephen
Unknown Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Stephen is a quality guy, and supplies a great value to his clients. I have known him for years and have no hesitation recommending him to anyone."
Business Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Tax Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I was stunned by the clarity of an answer of Mr. Lehnardt that I just read. Beyond accurate and analytic, it was customized in "plain English" to the needs of the Avvo asker. These are exactly the qualities that every client would look for when hiring an attorney."
Business Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A highly skilled and respected lawyer in the legal community."
Business Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A highly skilled and respected lawyer in the legal community."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Stephen as a colleague in the estate planning community and as a friend for more than 10 years. He is an excellent attorney, a loving family man and a true gentleman in every sense. With Stephen, his word truly is his bond. I recommend Stephen to anyone seeking exceptional legal services provided with a warm, personal touch."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
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