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Jeffrey Richard Kays

Criminal defense Attorney at Ashland, MO

4.5   17 reviews

also known as Kays Law Office, LLC

  • Licensed for 25 years
    State MO
    Acquired 1999
    Good Standing, Active No misconduct found

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

About Jeffrey

Learn Jeffrey’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    If you are suspected of a crime or charged with a violation of law, you may require the services of a criminal defense attorney to present your defense or negotiate a penalty. As different rules and procedures exist for different offenses, you should seek a criminal defense attorney who has worked on your particular type of case to provide you with the best defense. An experienced criminal defense attorney knows what information the government will need to prove your guilt.

    25 years

  2. Family
    Family law includes laws of marriage, civil unions, same-sex relationships, domestic partnerships, divorce, separation, property settlements, alimony, spousal abuse, adoption, child abuse, child support, child custody and kidnapping. If you need help with a family-related legal issue, a family law attorney can advise in family disputes as well as represent you in lawsuits.

    25 years

  3. Bankruptcy and debt
    Chapter 7 Chapter 13

    4 years

I practice primarily in the areas of Family Law, Criminal Defense, Personal Injury and Worker's Compensation in the mid-Missouri area.

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Kays Law Office, LLC
129 E. Broadway
PO Box 284
Ashland, MO, 65010


4.5 / 5.0
  17 customer reviews
Posted by Jose | November 28, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Will never use a other lawyer!
Jeffery and his partner April are the BEST! I will never use or recommend another lawyer. They answered all of our questions and reassured us on all of our doubts! We were dealing with family court and honestly can not thank them enough for all they have done. Special shout out to April for replying to our constant messaging and questions. She is a blessing!
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Posted by anonymous | April 4, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awesome Attorney
Mr Kay's was hired after an incident that my son had with CPS that lead to his arrest. He is very professional and hung in there with my son for 2 years of his case that lead to his case being dismissed.
Posted by Hector | April 4, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing Lawyer
Kay's Law is who I turned to when I could not get help from any other Attorneys. I am saddened that I did not find him sooner. I had my trial in 6 months which put him in a hard place to prepare, but he truly heard my cry for help and took my divorce case anyway. From the first day of consulting with him, Jeff was very attentive, understanding, straight to the point with honesty, and worked hard to prepare my case. Jeff helped me get things done the proper way. It took him two weeks to draft, edit, and file a motion; Whereas my previous lawyer had left it sitting on the desk for over a year. He went into my trial, and I walked away with everything I asked for. Jeff Kays is who you want by your side in the Courtroom. Jeff and April (Paralegal) continue to help me with my legal questions and continue to have my best interest at heart. If possible, I would give him a 100/100-star rating. I will be hiring him with any legal concerns from now on. Thank you, Kays Law!
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Posted by Dontarius | April 1, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended
Jeff Kays is the only attorney who was willing to take my case to put my family back together he was engaged from the start making sure things gone done
Posted by Bob | March 31, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney, Delivered Great Service
I’ve used Jeff on multiple occasions, and each time he has done excellent work. In the most recent situation, I needed assistance at the last minute. I called Jeff late in the afternoon explaining what we needed, he showed up early the next morning and was able to provide what we needed, including some additional changes that weren’t discussed the day before. He was prompt, professional and met all of our needs – at a very reasonable cost. I highly recommend Jeff and will definitely use him again.
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Posted by Gabriel | March 31, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Motion for 5 Stars. Granted!
WHEREAS, my ex-wife filed a motion with the court; WHEREAS, I needed legal representation to assist me from being railroaded by a vindictive person armed with unlimited funds; WHEREAS, Jeff Kays was retained to navigate the legal process on my behalf; WHEREAS, Jeff Kays’ skill and legal prowess ensured a fair and equitable resolution to the matter; NOW THEREFORE, I bequest thee a 5-star rating and recommend hiring Jeff Kays for all your legal needs.
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Posted by anonymous | March 31, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Criminal and Family
I would recommend Jeff Kays to anyone needing legal help. He helped my family with a criminal case when no one else would. He was non judgmental, honest and compassionate. Thank you so much for all your help Jeff!
Posted by Sumit | July 27, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent attorney and very good person
Jeff is an excellent attorney and very good person! We consulted him for a traffic violation case. He is very honest and straight forward how to go about the case and what can we expect. I am really thankful for making me understand the legal process, and helping me to proceed better approach.
Posted by Clare | May 16, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Why you should choose Jeff Kays
Jeff Kays is representing me in my family law case. From the beginning Jeff has been everything I wanted in an attorney. From emails, phone calls, and being in a court room, Jeff is honest, firm, professional, organized, clear to the point, and knows what he’s doing. He has always been up front with me when it came to my goals and over delivered with the results. Going to court with Jeff was easier than I could have imagined and I remained confident in him the whole time. Every exhibit, discovery, paperwork was flawlessly organized and Jeff remained focused on me and my child the entire time. Along with my great experience with Jeff, I also had a lot of phone calls and emails with his paralegal, April. She was easy to communicate with and always had my questions answered in a matter of minutes if Jeff wasn’t available. Between Jeff and his team I still remain confident if I were ever to return to court again. Choosing Jeff as my attorney was an easy decision and I would hire him again and recommend him to those who are seeking an attorney.
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Posted by Olivia | April 19, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend!! Caring, professional and dependable!
Nobody wants to go through a divorce but Mr Kays made this process the easiest that it could be for me. He met with me and told me everything I needed to know to make my decisions. I was completely comfortable the first time we met and throughout the whole process. April, his paralegal helped so much and answered any questions! Wonderful experience in a not so fun situation. I would highly recommend!! Thanks!!
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Posted by Linda | January 5, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Child protection and visitation
The first time I talked to Mr. Kays, he gave me information that was vital to me.....I had already spoken to three separate lawyers on the case, and in just a few minutes he gave me information that the other three lawyers had left out....I'm still scratching my head on that one. But I am SO grateful to this nice man for helping me out. I pray God will bless him and his family.
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Posted by anonymous | March 19, 2015
Professional Attorney
We needed someone to stand up for our rights and get the results we needed. Mr. Kays did it! I would highly recommend his services.
Posted by anonymous | July 16, 2014
Reliable, Affordable, Friendly
Jeff and his staff are always available for help when it's needed. Very knowledgeable and friendly and the best thing is they are AFFORDABLE! Not your typical attorney. I would recommend Jeff to handle any of your legal needs!
Posted by anonymous | June 10, 2013
Review of Attorney Jeffrey R. Kays
This attorney handled my legal matter with expertise, resulting in the best possible outcome. He returned my calls promptly and graciously, answering all of my questions in a way that I could understand. I have already recommended this attorney to others.
Posted by William | January 6, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great defense
Jeffrey is an attorney that will shoot you straight on your criminal offers and will negotiate any counter offers you are wanting the prosecution to consider ...he got me less time in such negotiations and very pleased with his expertise .... anybody needing a criminal attorney should give Mr. Kays a call when looking for a proper defense!
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Posted by Andrea | March 29, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Botched uncontested divorce case
Not only did Mr. Kays calculate the incorrect child support amount, but then when my ex filed a modification and the incorrect calc was noticed, Mr. Kays weaseled his way out of making it right. AVOID HIM AT ALL COSTS. This simple uncontested divorce turned into a complete nightmare.
Posted by anonymous | February 15, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awful experience
Do not use this lawyer he cares about nothing but getting paid. Once I paid for the full amount I could never get ahold of him again. He didn’t give me all the information I needed ahead of time so on my last court date I had to make a huge decision on the spot that effected my life in a big way. This could have been avoided easily. Not to mention on my first court date he showed up a little over an hour late without even being prepped for what to expect. I feel I could have done better with a public defender, possibly going in alone.
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Response from Jeffrey Kays February 19, 2018
We're sorry you had a bad experience with our firm. This matter does not sound familiar, and we strive for the utmost client satisfaction in every case. Please contact me directly to discuss your specific concerns.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 225-325 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-50%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 6.9 (Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Jeffrey R. Kays - Attorney at Law
  • 2001 - Present
  • Attorney
  • The Copeland Law Firm
  • 1999 - 2001


  • University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • Columbia College (Columbia, MO)
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1995

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Jones v Normandy Nursing Associates, Inc.
  • Plaintiff's verdict


  • Boone County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Speaking Engagements

  • 14th Annual Missouri Bar Solo & Small Firm Conference
  • Managing a Solo or Small Firm
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

Received (1)
Given (3)
Endorse Jeffrey
Family Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is an excellent attorney and a good person. Quite the combo!"
Divorce and separation
Employment and labor

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Ashland Criminal defense Lawyer Jeffrey Richard Kays
Jeffrey Richard Kays
Criminal defense Attorney
Ashland, MO
Licensed for 25 years