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Mr. Peare chairs Hinkle's trusts and estates practice group. Under his leadership, the trusts and estates practice has expanded to be one of the top estate planning practices in Kansas. Dan has extensive experience in high-net-worth estate planning, asset protection planning, and planning with family businesses. Dan also assists clients with business valuations, charitable planning, and planning with life insurance. He has assisted hundreds of business owners, farmers, and ranchers in the preservation and succession of their businesses.

Dan has made numerous presentations relating to trusts, estate planning, and business succession planning on the local and regional levels. He has also had numerous articles published in support of this practice area.

Under Dan’s leadership, the trusts and estates practice has expanded to be one of the largest and fastest-growing practice areas of the firm. Dan has made countless presentations about issues relating to trusts and estate planning on the local and regional levels. He has also had numerous articles published in support of this practice area.

Dan was named to Worth magazine's 2008 Top 100 Attorneys, making him the first in the state of Kansas to earn the distinction. He has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America and Kansas/Missouri Super Lawyers. He is also active in the local, state, and national bar associations.

Besides using his experience and knowledge to serve his clients, Dan serves on the board of directors of the Wichita State University Foundation, the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame, and the WSU Shocker Athletic Scholarship Organization. Furthermore, Dan is a member of the University of Kansas and WSU alumni associations.


Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 70%
  2. Trusts: 20%
  3. Probate: 5%
  4. Tax: 5%

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Contact info

Hinkle Law Firm, LLC

8621 East 21st Street North
Suite 200
Wichita, KS, 67206


KSAuthorized to practice law198807/04/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Top 100 Attorneys of 2008Worth Magazine2008
Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2007
Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2006
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
MemberHinkle Law Firm L.L.C.1994 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar Association, Real Property, Trust and Estate Law SectionN/AN/A
Wichita State University Foundation Planned Giving Advisory CommitteeN/AN/A
Wichita State University FoundationBoard of DirectorsN/A
Wichita State University Barton School of BusinessDean's Advisory BoardN/A
Wichita State University Alumni AssociationN/AN/A
University of Kansas Alumni AssociationN/AN/A
Kansas Sports Hall of FameBoard of DirectorsN/A
Wichita Estate Planning CouncilN/AN/A
Wichita Estate Planning ForumN/AN/A
Wichita Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Kansas Bar Association, Real Estate, Probate, and Trust LawExecutive CommitteeN/A
Wichita State University Shocker Athletic Scholarship OrganizationBoard of DirectorsN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Trusts and Estates Legal Series 2009Inside the Minds.2009
Journal of Taxation of InvestmentsEstate Planning for the Second Marriage (or Third... or Fourth).2007
Kansas Bar AssociationProbate Avoidance Devices.2002
Wichita Business JournalEstate Planning with Highly Appreciated Stock.1998
Wichita Business JournalForm of Business Ownership is Critical Issue for Small Firms.1995
Wichita Business JournalNew Law Aims to Protect Surviving Spouses.1995
Kansas Bar AssociationKansas Bar Association Real Estate, Probate & Trust Section Quarterly NewsletterN/A
Kansas Estate Administration HandbookFederal Estate, Gift and Generation-Skipping Tax.N/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Kansas School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1988
Wichita State UniversityFinanceM.B.A.1985
Wichita State UniversityFinanceOther - Bachelors1982
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Western Kansas Planned Giving CouncilRecent Developments in Estate Planning2012
Schreck Financial GroupBuying and Selling Agreements2012
8th Annual Insurance & Advisors Continuing Education meetingSuccession Planning2012
Continuing Education SessionChanges in Estate Planning and Taxes2011
Ellis County Bar AssociationBusiness Succession for the Family Farm2010
Community Foundation of Greater Butler CountyDonating Real Estate to Charity2010
Ulrich Museum of ArtEstate Planning with Art2009
UBS Financial Services, Inc.Estate Planning In The Current Recession.2009
The RegentHow to Plan Your Estate2009
The Financial Planning Association of KansasEstate Planning in the Current Recessionary Environment2009
Retirement Planning WorkshopChoose To Plan2009
Edward JonesPreserving Islamic Principles in Modern Trust Planning2009
Basic Investing and Financial Planning for WomenChoose To Plan2009
Wichita Estate Planning ForumGuidance on Estate Tax Inclusion for Retained Interest Transfers.2008
58th Annual Kansas Tax ConferenceEstate Planning Update.2008
William Newton Healthcare FoundationBalancing the Charitable Giving Scale — Recent Developments in Planned Giving and Tax Strategies.2007
Wichita State University Athletic DepartmentPlanned Giving for Donors.2007
Wichita Estate Planning ForumNon-Resource Premium Financing and Life Settlement Agreements — Deal or No Deal?2007
Wichita Estate Planning CouncilBusiness Valuation: What Is It Worth and Why Is It Important?2007
National Association of Insurance and Financial AdvisorsPlanning for Business Succession2007
Islamic Society of WichitaPreserving Islamic Principles in Modern Trust Planning.2007
Edward JonesAsset Protection Planning2007
Kansas Bar Association Annual MeetingSummary of Tax Cases and Rulings Affecting the Estate and Business Succession Planner.2006
Church of the MagdalenEstate Planning and Planned Giving Contributions.2006
Wichita Estate Planning ForumEstate Planning in an Uncertain Tax Environment.2005
Kansas Bar Association Annual MeetingEstate Planning Update: Tax Law Changes You Need to Know About.2005
Kansas Association of Insurance and Financial AdvisorsIdentifying Planning Pitfalls and Opportunities for the Client in a Second Marriage.2005
Wichita Estate Planning CouncilEstate Planning for Second Marriages (or Third... or Fourth).2004
Slam Dunk SeminarEstate Planning for Second Marriages (or Third... or Fourth).2004
Plaza Lights InstituteThe Battle Continues: Recent Cases Involving Family Limited Partnerships2004
Wichita Estate Planning Forum PresentationSplit-Dollar Life Insurance Planning after 2002 - Proposed Regulations.2003
Wichita Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors Underwriters, Inc.Estate Planning Practice Update2003
Society of Financial Services ProfessionalsAsset Protection Planning in Estate Planning.2003
Morgan Stanley Dean WitterChoose to Plan — Selected Topics in Estate Planning.2003
Stifel NicolausBear Market: Hidden Opportunity in Estate Planning.2002
Society of Financial Service ProfessionalsChoose to Plan - Selected Topics in Estate Planning, Tax Benefits of Charitable Contribution Planning.2002
New England Financial SeminarChoose to Plan - Selected Topics in Estate Planning, Growth and Tax Relief Under Reconciliation Act of 2001.2002
Morgan Stanley Dean WitterChoose to Plan - Selected Topics in Estate Planning.2002
Legacy Community FoundationChoose to Plan - Selected Topics in Estate Planning, Tax Benefits of Charitable Contribution Planning.2002
Kansas Bar AssociationMediation of The Kansas Uniform Trust Code and The Guardianship and Conservatorship Act.2002
Annual MeetingUniform Trust Code (S.B. 297) Overview of the Uniform Trust Code.2002
Seminar for “End-of-Life Concerns & Considerations"Estate PlanningN/A