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Jeffrey Lee Wagoner

Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney at Olathe, KS

5.0   4 reviews

About Jeffrey

Learn Jeffrey’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Chapter 13 bankruptcy
    25%
    Debtor and small business representation under Chapter 7 and 13 bankruptcy

    5,000 cases

  2. Chapter 7 bankruptcy
    25%
    Asset protection, Debtor and small business representation under Chapter 7 and 13 bankruptcy

    9,000 cases

  3. Bankruptcy and debt
    15%
    Debtor and small business representation under Chapter 7 and 13 bankruptcy

    13,500 cases

  4. Trusts
    15%

    3,000 cases

  5. Estate planning
    10%

    3,500 cases

  6. Wills and living wills
    10%

    4,500 cases

Jeff’s a car guy… which explains all those diecast models in his office. He’s also the founding member of the Kansas City Automotive Museum and serves on its Board of Directors. He leads a group of volunteers who in May 2014 opened the doors of a new non-profit museum for Kansas City.

 

But, if you ask Jeff what his favorite car is, he won’t mention exotic or expensive. Instead, he’ll say, “I would love to have the 1938 Ford coupe my dad drove as a professional dirt track racer in the 1950s. My grandfather’s garage sponsored dad’s race car. If I could track down that car, it would be a great connection to both of them. They’ve both been gone a long time.”

 

A retired Naval Aviator, Gulf War veteran and former commanding officer, Jeff was awarded multiple medals and ribbons. While in the Navy, in San Diego, he met his beautiful wife, Pilar. “She was a student planning on going back to Spain after finishing her undergraduate degree,” Jeff told us, “but I talked her into coming with me back home to Kansas City.”

 

A tough childhood in Clinton, Missouri influenced Jeff’s decision to practice bankruptcy law. “When I was 13,” he told us, “my folks lost the family farm. Dad died in an accident a few months after the bank auctioned off the farm. We didn’t have any money―you measured how rich you were by whether there was milk in the fridge. It gave me an idea of how hard life can be and an appreciation of what many of our clients are facing when they come see us. I also thank God that I grew up in a small town where people cared about our family and helped us cope.”

 

With hard work, Jeff was able to go to college at Mizzou and law school at the University of Missouri―Kansas City. “My mom is an amazing person,” he said. “I don’t know how she made it through all that, but she did, and sent three of her four kids to college.”

 

His childhood experience is why he allows clients to pay for their bankruptcy fees over time. Jeff told us he catches a lot of grief from other bankruptcy attorneys because of that. “But sometimes,” he says, “people need someone to give them a break. They just need someone to believe in them and be on their side for a change. The funny thing is, I’ve found that when you do a good job for someone, and you really care about their well-being, they always seem to find a way to pay you. Until that changes, I’ll keep offering to let people pay over time, at a rate they feel they can truly afford. It’s the right thing to do.”

In 2015, due to constant requests from his bankruptcy clients, Jeff added an Estate Planning and Probate practice to the law firm.  Today, that practice area is rapidly growing and clients receive the same great service and legal professionalism in that practice area as they have for the past 20+ years with the bankruptcy practice.

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Licensed for 27 years
State KS
Status Authorized to practice law
Acquired 1996
Updated 11/08/2022
State MO
Status Good Standing, Active
Acquired 1995
Updated 09/21/2022

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

Contact Jeffrey

W M Law
15095 West 116th Street
Olathe, KS, 66062
W M Law
3720 Arrowhead Avenue
Suite 102
Independence, MO, 64057
W M Law
8320 North Oak Trafficway
Kansas City, MO, 64118
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Posted by Phyllis | August 4, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Bill Turner
Bill Turner was excellent in consulting and advising me in my Bankruptcy decision. He was very patience and answer all my questions and concerns. I highly recommend your Law Office firm to anyone that need your expertise in helping those that are in a hardship situations. I was recommended by Sandra and Victor Mitchell and you all stood up to theirs and mine expectation. Thank you all so much for all of your assistance in this tribes and tribulations time. Bill your are the best indeed!!
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Posted by Mary | June 23, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Jeff Wagoner, bankruptcy attorney
My Chapter 13 bankruptcy case was handled very efficiently and professionally. The decision to file for bankruptcy is a difficult one ... I felt like a failure, but from the beginning to the end of the process I was always treated with respect and I never felt as though I was being judged or looked down on because of my situation. What could have been a miserable experience actually turned out to be quite the opposite. Thank you, Jeff Wagoner and all the staff at W M Law!
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Posted by Bernadette | June 23, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent
Jeff is very professional and patient as well as knowledgeable. He also has an excellent staff including Doug Sisson with whom I worked closely. They maintained close communication and I trusted them both to do what was best for me as their client.
Posted by anonymous | June 23, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Legal Advice / Professional services
Mr. Wagoner was very sensitive to my situation and worked with me to retain his professional services. He prepared me for all of the documentation and the official court proceedings.

Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • President
  • WM Law
  • 1997 - Present

Education

  • University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1995
  • University of Missouri, Columbia
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1986

Legal Cases

  • In re: Farmland Industries, 02-50557, Western District of Missouri
  • Settled case, bondholders did not have to pay back withdrawals

Associations

  • Kansas City Bankruptcy Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Mandarin

Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Young Lawyer of the Year
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • 1997

Publications

  • University of Missouri at Kansas City Law Review
  • Technical Editor
  • 1995

Speaking Engagements

  • Quick Pitches: Tips for New (and Not So New) Lawyers
  • Bankruptcy Basics
  • 2015
  • Border Show Down - Chapter 13 Edition
  • Bankruptcy Conversions Ch 7 & Ch 13
  • 2015
  • Annual Bankruptcy Institute
  • Everything You Wanted to Know About Exemptions
  • 2015
  • 2nd Annual Consumer Bankruptcy Practical Skills Seminar
  • Dealing Clients Who Are Problem Gamblers
  • 2013
  • Top 9 Complications in Bankrupty
  • Divorce Settlement, Estate Complications, Dismissal Issues
  • 2011
  • Kansas CLE
  • Bankruptcy
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (9)
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"There is no question Jeff is a terrific attorney. His knowledge of bankruptcy and estate planning is unquestioned. But as a person who knows Jeff personally I can say without hesitation that he is just as terrific as a person and family man."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Co-worker
"Jeff has been a leader in the Kansas City Bankruptcy Bar. He is an excellent attorney that works hard for his clients."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jul 05
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Jeff is not one of those "stuffed suit" lawyers. He not only cares about his clients, but he cares that his clients are real people. Jeff's understanding of the law is exemplary, and his skill in applying that understanding sets the example other attorneys should strive to achieve."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Kansas City does not have a better bankruptcy & debt attorney than Jeff Wagoner. I have known Jeff for decades, and have referred clients to him. I am aware of his work ethic, his integrity, and his successful outcomes for his clients. Do your homework - consider other attorneys - then retain Jeff Wagoner. You'll never regret that decision. Jeff is quite simply one of the best."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jun 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jeffrey and I are not only lawyers who have helped a lot of people through the bankruptcy process but I have served with him in the United States Navy Reserves. He is an excellent leader and innovator."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jun 23
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Jeff was my mentor and is a well established and recognized bankruptcy attorney, but probably even a better person. He will treat all clients with respect and provide zealous representation."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jun 23
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Olathe Chapter 13 bankruptcy Lawyer Jeffrey Lee Wagoner
Jeffrey Lee Wagoner
Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney
Olathe, KS
Licensed for 27 years
Free Consultation