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Kevin Checkett

Estate planning Attorney at Carthage, MO

5.0   19 reviews

also known as James Kevin Checkett

  • Licensed for 47 years
    State MO
    Acquired 1976
    Status
    Good Standing, Active No misconduct found

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The Kansas City Magazine and 417 Magazine of Springfield have named Kevin Checkett as top Missouri lawyer for each of the last ten years.  This distinction is voted upon by other attorneys and awarded to those in the top 5% of their profession.

Kevin Checkett established his general practice of law in Carthage in 1977, after a one-year appointment as research attorney to the Missouri Court of Appeals. Since that beginning, Mr. Checkett has narrowed his practice to general civil trials with emphasis in commercial and bankruptcy litigation as well as estate and business planning. His lectures in both areas have been presented frequently in southwest Missouri. He has served as trustee in thousands of bankruptcies under Chapters 7, 11, and 12, and has been published in professional journals in the areas of creditors' rights, workouts and bankruptcy. Mr. Checkett's litigation experience includes personal injury, all perspectives within bankruptcy, lender liability and other areas of business and commerce, and estates and trusts.

Kevin Checkett has forty years experience in all aspects of trusts and estates.  He has helped numerous family farmers and business owners structure their estate and succession plans for children and grandchildren while minimizing probate and tax costs.   His administration practice helps executors and trustees provide the service required under state and federal law while in accordance with the deceased's will or trust.  Mr. Checkett is experienced in the preparation of federal estate tax returns and resolution with the IRS.

Mr. Checkett is *AV rated by the Martindale-Hubbell Service.  The rating attests to a lawyer's legal ability and professional ethics and is based upon the confidential opinions of members of the bar and judiciary.  The A indicates a high to preeminent legal ability, while the V is an endorsement from other members of the bar of the highest ethical standards denoting an adherence to professional conduct, ethics, reliability, diligence, and other criteria relevant to the discharge of professional responsibilities (http://www.martindale.com/ratings). Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the Judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell Ratings fall into two categories - legal ability and general ethical standards.

Mr. Checkett was one of five organizers of federally chartered Hometown Bank and served on its board as well as on the board of directors of Oakstar Bank in Springfield, Missouri. He was also one of the founders of Carthage Community Foundation and served as one of its belongs to the Missouri Bar and is admitted to practice before numerous United States District Courts across the country and the United States Supreme Court. He is also a member of the panel of trustees for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Missouri, the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees and the board of the legal counsel section for the Missouri Bankers' Association.

Location

Checkett & Pauly, P.C.
517 S. Main St.
Carthage, MO, 64836

Reviews

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Posted by Mark | January 11, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great experience
Super responsive, very straightforward. I would highly recommend him. I've worked with a lot of attorneys in my life and he was one of the best.
Posted by Michael | November 3, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Smooth and Capable
A solid job. He had 15 days to get everything done in probate court for the sale of my father’s house and he managed to do it with time to spare. He and his office got it done.
Posted by Carolina Neal | August 21, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Historic properties champion
We hired Mr. Checkett and his team to solve a very complicated property title situation with a couple of historic properties we want to redevelop in Joplin, MO. With sound advice and diligence, they prepared the case and secure the outcome we want it, on time and on budget.
Posted by anonymous | April 3, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
FAMILY TRUST
Mr. Checkett helped me with a family trust which I was a co-trustee on. My sister was trying to take everything and once I hired Mr. Checkett he was get all the copies of what I needed. He never acted like my questions were not important. My first time to hire an attorney and he made the experience bearable with an unbearable situation. He is quick to answer my emails or phone calls. He helped me understand documents I had no idea of. I never thought you can call an attorney kind, but Mr. Checkett was kind and understanding of my situation. I think his fee's are reasonable. I would for sure hire him again if a situation came up. I highly recommend him to be your attorney.
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Posted by Chad | August 29, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Financial
Kevin is the most knowledgeable, professional, and respected attorneys you will ever find. In my most difficult times he provided his professional services that far exceeded all of my expectations. I have and will continue to recommend him and his entire staff to those in need of his professional services.
Posted by Richard | December 23, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
He worked with my schedule to make things work.
He answered every email in a timely manner and worked with my schedule of home time as I drive over the road and am home every three weeks. He was a pleasure to work with and answered all my questions quickly and in a manner anyone could understand.
Posted by Laura | October 14, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Got the job done.
I do not live in MO but needed legal advice and work done there. Mr Checkett was recommended to us through friends of family who are lawyers. Mr Checkett was always honest and forthright with us regarding our case. The case ended in a satisfactory manner on our end.
Posted by Cheryl | October 14, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
We are very happy with Kevin Checkett representing us in our case!
Kevin Checkett and his team have given us confidence during a difficult time. They have walked us through every step. We feel that we will win our case because of their knowledge and experience. It puts us at ease to know that we have Kevin Checkett on our side. We would highly recommend his firm to anyone needing a lawyer.
Posted by Kristin | September 14, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
10 stars for Kevin Checkett!
Attorney James Kevin Checkett is the kind of man our Country needs to see more of...a man of integrity. He is extremely knowledgeable, yet not in the least bit condescending. He clearly knows the law and how to use it to defend justice. We cannot say enough good things about the manner in which we were treated and greatly assisted by Attorney James Kevin Checkett. We are so glad we have found Kevin Checkett as an honest and competent attorney to help us navigate the laws of justice.
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Posted by Brian | September 6, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Professional
Mr. Checkett came highly recommended by a lawyer in Wa. Our case was a little difficult to begin with and after nearly 2 years of painstaking research and retrieving decades old records regarding the mental status of my father who had left my sister and I 1 dollar.. thru his tireless effort on our behalf we received 75% of our late fathers estate. I would highly recommend this lawyer for several reason's, he kept us well informed regarding the progress made and he took on a particularly complicated case and still won us a considerable settlement he and his office were quick to respond to any questions or concerns and respected the fact that we aren't legal minded, meaning he explained things in such a way as we could understand and follow the progress of our case
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Posted by Sandra | June 29, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Estate/Trust documents prepared
Kevin handled the creation and signing of all Trust documents, revised will, powers of attorney both durable and medical etc. He also introduced us to a Bank whose trust department will be handling the trust and whose reputation is impeccable. All of this was handled in a very professional and timely manner but at the same time very friendly and caring. Kevin is very personable and has a wealth of knowledge. We were blessed to have him to explain these very complicated documents with ease and confidence. It was a pleasure to work with such a professional. We will definitely refer others to him.
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Posted by Elizabeth Denise and Terry | June 1, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Adversary vs ramsey
Kevin and his team were very knowledgeable about the situation and were very thorough with their research about this case.We are very pleased with the service he provided and helping us win this difficult case.Couldn't have done it without his help
Posted by Christopher | April 25, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Chapter 13
Kevin Checkett and his office helped me work through a difficult time following the loss of my job, my wife passing away and facing a mountain of medical bills. We put together a workable plan and was able to pay off all of my creditors within five years. Thank you.
Posted by anonymous | December 28, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
J. Kevin Checkett, Esq.
We have consulted Kevin for a variety of issues and he represented us in bankruptcy. He is a consummate professional and always responds to our calls. If he cannot provide the assistance we need, he knows and has worked with other professionals he suggests.
Posted by Jason | August 18, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Pleasant surprise in a bad situation
From the first time I met Kevin, he assured me that I had done the right thing by coming to see him and that he would make my debt go away. I have heard many promises from other attorneys and sorry to say they were always somewhat less than accurate. Kevin not only came through with his promises but he treated me with respect and compassion at all times in accord with my financial situation. There were many questions I had as this was my first time to file Bankruptcy but Kevin and his staff were always available to address my questions and concerns as well as offer professional advice based on their previous experience. I never plan on going through this again but if I had a friend in need I would definitley not only give them Kevin's number but I would make sure they called him! That is what a good friend would do. Although I was in an unfamiliar place and in a bad situation, Kevin was there to help me get through it.
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Posted by Greg | August 16, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Guardianship and Probate
My initial consultation was very thorough as is any conversation since then. Kevin takes the time to get a full understanding of the needs and explains the process required to move forward. He is very knowledgeable, thoughtful and quick to get results. Clients are treated with great respect and given attention that exceeds expectations when it comes to customer service. Definitely not just an 8-5 guy.
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Posted by anonymous | August 5, 2015
Contract Preparation
We asked Mr. Checkett to prepare a contract to sell property. The work was performed promptly; communication was thorough; and the quality of the work was high.
Posted by Dan | June 19, 2015
Long-time Association
We have a dealings with Kevin Checkett concerning several family and estate matters over the past decade. He has been very easy to talk to and clear, concise and helpful in his advice and guidance. I have also witnessed Kevin working in a courtroom setting where he represented his client with intelligence, dignity, and doggedness. I recommend Kevin without hesitation.
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Posted by RON | April 9, 2015
Lawyers
In my ocupation i dealt with over 30 lawyers in the past 35 years most of them collection lawyers. when i incured a problem with my mothers estate i had 2 friends that were attorneys,but they could not help 1 was a retired judge the other only did estate planning but both refered me to Kevin my sister was the exuator to my mothers estate,but she decided to just hide the money and not pay me,but Kevin tied up the house we had our day in court with a minor problem my mothers past husbands son argued that it should belong to him,well to make a long story short the judge ruled in his favor saying she felt sorry for him.but Kevin insisted that was not the way the law read so he was alowed to submit a brief to the judje. after reviewing the brief the judge overturned the decision and awarded me the house,so therefore Kevid does know the law.then he found a realtor and she sold the house within a week SO KEVIN DOES KNOW THE LAW AND I WOULD RECOMEND HIM
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Resume

AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Checkett and Pauly
  • 2016 - Present
  • Research Attorney
  • Missouri Court of Appeals
  • 1976 - 1977

Education

  • University of Tulsa College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1976
  • University of Missouri, Columbia
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1973

Sample of Legal Cases

  • In Re Vickers

Associations

  • National Association Bankruptcy Trustees
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Missouri Bankers Association, Legal Counsel Section
  • Member
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Board Certified Business Bankruptcy Attorney
  • American Board of Certification
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Top Attorney
  • KC Magazine
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2008
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2007
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2006
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Publications

  • Missouri Bar CLE Deskbook
  • Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
  • 2008
  • Missouri Lawyers Weekly
  • New Bankruptcy Act Will Effect Businesses
  • 2005
  • Missouri Lawyers Weekly
  • Missouri's Unlimited Bankruptcy Exemption
  • 2002
  • Missouri Bar Journal
  • Asset Protection and The Roth IRA
  • 1999
  • Missouri Lawyers Weekly
  • A Primer on Bankruptcy Appeals Procedure
  • 1998
  • Missouri Bar Journal
  • Missouri Bankruptcy Exemption of Pension Benefits
  • 1990
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (1)
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Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Checkett is widely respected by colleagues and courts alike as an expert in the field of bankruptcy. As a fellow attorney, I have relied on his expert advice and counsel in this extremely complex area of the law."
Litigation Attorney | Dec 25
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Kevin is a capable, experienced and knowledgeable lawyer. He zealously represents his client in a professional manner and is generally held in high esteem by his peers."

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Carthage Estate planning Lawyer Kevin Checkett
Kevin Checkett
Estate planning Attorney
Carthage, MO
Licensed for 47 years