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Donald Joseph Quinn II

Probate Attorney at Kansas City, MO

5.0   12 reviews

also known as Don Quinn

  • Licensed for 43 years
    State MO
    Acquired 1981
    Good Standing, Active No misconduct found

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

About Donald

Learn Donald’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Probate
    I was a deputy clerk, auditor and asst. bailiff of the Probate Court in Jackson County Missouri during law school under Judge George Berry from 1978-1980. I have been involved in probate practice and litigation since I went into private practice in June, 1981. Prior to that time I worked as law clerk for Judge Charles Shangler in the Western District Court of Appeals of Missouri. Most of my practice is derived from referrals from other lawyers and satisfied clients.

    46 years, 301 cases

  2. Power of attorney
    I have lectured on the need for durable powers of attorney since I became an attorney. Families don't understand how important they can become if a loved one becomes incapacitated

    43 years, 326 cases

  3. Wills and living wills
    Starting as an auditor and deputy clerk of the probate court I have been involved in reviewing wills since 1978.

    44 years, 150 cases

  4. Estate planning
    I have been involved in estate planning matters since June 1, 1981.

    44 years, 101 cases

  5. Car accident
    I have represented victims in car accidents for over 39 years and have been successful in resolving all my cases to the benefit of my clients.

    43 years, 75 cases

  6. Elder law
    I have been involved with counseling clients in elder law matters for many years and am very conversant with the issues regarding estates when dealing with Missouri Healthnet claims.

    44 years, 50 cases

  7. Trusts
    Trust Agreements can avoid the necessity of probating assets and they can assist in special needs situations.

    44 years, 50 cases

     During law school I was employed as a Deputy Clerk, Auditor and Bailiff in the Probate Court of Jackson County Missouri.  During my two years working in the Probate Court, I learned the importance of good estate planning.  I also learned the basics of trying a case before the Probate Court.   After law school I worked as a law clerk for the Honorable Charles Shangler in the Missouri Western District Court of Appeals where I honed my skills as a legal writer. 

      I am admitted to the practice of law in the state of Missouri before all State court including the Western District of Missouri Court of Appeals and the Federal District Court of Missouri.  I am a member of the Missouri Bar and a current or former member of the National Trial Lawyers Association, the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, the Hispanic Bar Association of Greater Kansas City, Missouri and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.  I went into private practice with my father, Donald J. Quinn on June 1, 1981.  I currently practice law with my son, Matthew D. Quinn ( a third generation lawyer) who is a cum laude graduate of the University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Law.  

       I am a frequent guest speaker on estate planning, elder law and probate matters before both professional, church and civic groups. I have also contributed to stories featured on a local television station.

       This past year I was recognized by the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association's Military Matters committee as their August, 2019  Pro Bono Volunteer.

      I am fluent in spanish and have regularly assisted in pro bono matters involving spanish speaking persons referred to me by various organizations.  My son and I also participate with the Neighborhood Justice Center with other volunteer attorneys out of the offices located at St. Francis Xavier Parish, representing people in the urban core, who cannot afford an attorney and have not been able to obtain the services of a Legal Aid attorney. 

      I  graduated from  Rockhurst High School in 1974 and then graduated from the University of Missouri at Kansas City with a B/A-English  in 1977. I graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law  in 1980.  I have attended numerous post graduate continuing legal education courses and I am conversant with the latest issues regarding Probate and Trust Litigation.

      I have litigated cases before the Probate Judges in Jackson, Clay, Cass, Platte, St. Clair and  Benton Counties in Missouri and in Johnson and Wyandotte County, Kansas (with local counsel).  I have also argued cases before the Western District Court of Appeals of Missouri. 

      Some clients say I have a "type A" personality.  Maybe they are right.  What I do know is that I really care about my clients and in getting them the best results possible.

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Quinn & Quinn, P.C.
9229 Ward Parkway
Suite 260
Kansas City, MO, 64114

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5.0 / 5.0
  12 customer reviews
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Posted by Rickey | December 2, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Estate Planning Lawyer
Mr. Quin is well-versed in and up-to-date with Missouri's estate laws. I am the guardian and conservator of my mother's estate. He gave me practical advice which helped me to make prudent decisions about my mother's property and financial affairs. Mr. Quinn was available and accessible. He delivered what he said he would deliver.
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Posted by Joseph | June 16, 2020
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Sound Advice
Mr. Quinn provided me with great insight as to how probate law works in Missouri. For a reasonable price, he offered me top notch advice regarding my potential legal options. He was patient with me throughout the process and ensured that I was completely satisfied before concluding his business with me. A friendly man and an even better businessman. Will definitely be looking to Mr. Quinn again if I am in need of legal help.
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Posted by Jocelyn | July 29, 2018
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| Consulted Attorney
My niece and I met with Mr. Quinn to get much needed advice on Probate and insurance issues. He listened to us and,advised us on several issues. We felt very comfortable with the information and if we need more help,would definitely hire Mr.Quinn.
Posted by Kathleen | December 28, 2017
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Injury Settlement
Hired Quinn to represent my husband's serious injury from a fall from a ladder. Quinn suggested getting a second opinion because he felt his medical rating was not enough for what he suffered. Quinn said we needed to consider future therapy. Quinn was correct with his advice. The original rating did not include the injury to his head and his wrist, so it was indeed underestimated. We felt as if Lawyer Quinn represented us very well.
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Posted by Elaine | October 24, 2017
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| Consulted Attorney
Great advice
Mr Quinn took my call and gave me some insight into probate law in Kansas. He listened to my story and gave me his honest opinion. He also provided a phone number for me to make further inquiries. Extremely helpful and professional.
Posted by Lucy | February 12, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Successful Probate Garnishment
Don Quinn was hired to pursue a breached conservatorship trust fund. He successfully located the person and their employer. Garnishment was served. I thought it was a lost cause but Mr. Quinn persistent and ethical in every way.
Response from Donald Quinn October 3, 2017
Thank you Lucy for the kind words. I love nothing more than to help out people who need help in the probate area.
Posted by anonymous | January 20, 2014
Knowledgeable, Helpful and Relentless
When my estranged brother died, I called Don's office on a referral from a friend to help with his probate estate. Don had me in to the office right away, took some notes and then prepared a plan to find and then marshall (his word not mine) all my brother's assets. No will so Don had to figure out who got what. I guess he knew what he was doing because the estate was closed in 7 months. He told me in Missouri a full estate has to stay open at least 6 months so I was happy with his work. I would recommend him to anyone for probate work.
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Posted by John | November 12, 2013
Prompt, Friendly, Knowledgeable Information to inquiry about probate.
I called Law office, explained what I wanted to the friendly person that answered the phone, she promptly connected me to Don Quinn. I told Mr. Quinn I wanted to know what I needed to do in Missouri to deal with my mother-in-law's estate. He asked questions abut what was involved in the estate and then gave me advice on what I needed to do. He was very forthcoming with his knowledge.
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Posted by anonymous | October 22, 2013
The Quinns did a great job of calming my fears after my wife died
I used the Quinns to review my estate plan after my wife died. I couldn't remember where anything was, including my trust and the Quinns were able to reconstruct my file by contacting the Courthouse, my CFP and banks. They were really helpful.
Posted by Vince | May 17, 2012
Great Probate Lawyer
Don helped me on my uncle's probate estate. He settled a sticky claim and got it done quick.
Posted by Vin | July 25, 2011
Did a good job on my Will
I needed a will for myself and my kids. He explained the law to me in a way I understood it and then helped me make the right choices to protect my kids incase I die. Don did it quick and reasonably.
Posted by Jack A. | May 17, 2011
Professional and sympathetic
Junior helped me in my probate case and he finished it when he told me it would get over.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 300-350 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Quinn & Quinn, P.C.
  • 1981 - Present
  • Law Clerk
  • Western District Court of Appeals of State of Missouri
  • 1981 - 1981
  • Deputy clerk, auditor and bailiff
  • Probate Court of Jackson County, Missouri
  • 1978 - 1980


  • University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law
  • J.D.
  • 1980
  • University of Missouri (Kansas City, MO)
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts-
  • 1977
  • Rockhurst High School
  • 1974

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Application for Letters of Administration
  • My client, ex wife and mother is appointed as Administrator of Decedent's estate
  • Adjudication of Protectee and Durable Power of Attorney set aside
  • Durable Power of Attorney set aside and Guardian/Conservator appointed by Court
  • In re: DA's Life Insurance Proceeds
  • Wife and son end up as beneficiaries of almost all funds
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  • Neighborhood Justice Center
  • member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Missouri State Bar Association
  • member
  • 1981 - Present
  • Hispanic Bar Association of Kansas City
  • Member
  • 2016 - 2018
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2019
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2011 - 2012
  • American Association for Justice
  • member
  • 1994 - 2002
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
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  • Diocesan Newsletter of Kansas City-St. Joseph Missouri
  • Non Probate Transfers in Missouri
  • 1983

Speaking Engagements

  • Missouri Bar Conference
  • Opportunities for Young Lawyers in Estate & Probate Practice - Tips for Serving a Diverse Clientele
  • 2021
  • Community Affairs show
  • Non Probate Transfers and avoiding Probate
  • 2012
  • Estate Planning needs of Parishoners
  • Avoiding Probate by using NonProbate Transfers
  • 1999
  • Probate Committee
  • Fraudulent Conveyances Act in Missouri
  • 1993
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Attorney endorsements

Received (15)
Given (30)
Endorse Donald
Unknown Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this attorney, who provides so generously to the AVVO community and gives sound legal advice."
Estate planning Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. This attorney provides sound legal advice throughout the AVVO legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Don has been friend many years and has done a very good job representing many clients. I would highly recommend him."
Estate planning Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Don is thoroughly experienced and knowledgeable. He genuinely cares for his clients and works fastidiously to protect the rights and interests of his clients."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Donald Joseph Quinn II provides a valuable service on Avvo. He gives excellent answers to user questions on this site. I am happy to endorse him."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Donald is an excellent resource in the AVVO community."
Car accident Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Mr. Quinn. Truly exceptional and caring attorney who achieves great results in representing clients! I want all people to contact him for help."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Car accident Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. A brilliant, trustworthy and highly respected attorney in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Other
"This attorney is extremely well respected in the community and is looked up to by all fellow attorneys. Clients report fantastic experiences with this lawyer and their experience speaks for itself!"
Unknown Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Car accident Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Quinn. From his credentials Avvo, it is clear he is dedicated to serving those in need and his clients. It's rare that lawyers spend so much valuable time helping the community and striving for more and I applaud him for doing it to such a great level. Kudos."
Probate Attorney | Apr 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I strongly endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Mr. Quinn on many probate matters over the past decade and he is extremely competent, professional, and highly capable in his representation of people with probate needs. He truly is one of the best probate lawyers in this area."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Jun 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Don is a very exceptional lawyer who always fights for his client's rights. We have had several cases together and he always demonstrates his strong advocate skills."
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