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Stephen K. Lehnardt

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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 non-U.S. 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.


 


 

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Languages spoken: English, Spanish

Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Estate Planning: 59%
    20 years
  2. Tax: 9%
    20 years
  3. Business: 9%
    20 years
  4. Elder Law: 9%
    20 years
  5. Other: 14%
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Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($200-350/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Coleman Robert Ellis

    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.

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Contact info

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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Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
KSAuthorized to practice law200807/04/2016
MOGood Standing, Active199609/24/2013
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
V.A. Accredited AttorneyVeteran's Administration2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
VA Accredited AttorneyThe Veterans Law Firm, LLC2010 - Present
Attorney and Counselor at LawLehnardt & Lehnardt, LLC1996 - Present
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
Kansas Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
WealthCounselFounding Member2000 - Present
Missouri Estate and Financial Planning InstitueFounder1998 - Present
Missouri State Bar AssociationMember1996 - Present
National Association of Elder Law AttorneysN/AN/A
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Missouri - Kansas City School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1996
University of Missouri - Kansas City School of LawTaxationLL.M - Master of Laws1996
Brigham Young University - J. Reuben Clark Law SchoolPublic RelationsBS - Bachelor of Science1992
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Estate Planning from A to ZTrusts for Tax Reduction2016
Estate Planning from A to ZBusiness Succession Planning2016
Advanced LLC StrategiesUsing LLCs for Estate Planning2014
Advanced LLC StrategiesSpecial Allocations in Operating Agreements2014
Estate Planning ClinicWill and Estate Planning, What you should know...2013