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Amanda Marie Showalter

Family Attorney

3.9   8 reviews

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About Amanda

Learn Amanda’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Child custody
    20%
    Child custody is the legal term that helps us understand when a child is going to be where and who is going to make what decisions for the child. The court will enter an order for child custody in both dissolution of marriage actions and paternity actions. Child custody has two sub-parts – physical custody and legal custody.

    9 years

  2. Divorce and separation
    20%
    The legal term in Missouri for divorce is “dissolution of marriage.” Please see our website for a more indepth discusion:

    9 years

  3. Family
    20%
    Family law is the practice of law in the areas of dissolution of marriage, legal separation, paternity, child custody, child support, guardianship, name change, and can include DFS/CD and juvenile court cases.

    9 years

  4. Probate
    20%
    Probate is the legal process that provides for the orderly transfer of a decedent's property to his or her heirs (usually children and family members)– whether through the rules of intestacy or pursuant to the directions in the will. Probate also functions to determine the legitimacy of claims against the estate and insures the payment of proper claims.

    9 years

  5. Estate planning
    5%

  6. Wills and living wills
    5%
    A will is a legal document that tells the court how you want your property distributed among your children, your family or others. It also directs the court as to your preference for guardians for any minor children you may leave behind.

    9 years

  7. Adoption
    1%

  8. Child abuse
    1%

  9. Child support
    1%

  10. DUI and DWI
    1%

  11. Guardianship
    1%

  12. Juvenile law
    1%

  13. Marriage and prenuptials
    1%

  14. Power of attorney
    1%

  15. Speeding and traffic ticket
    1%

  16. Uncontested divorce
    1%

I was graduated from UMKC Law School in with honors in 2009. I was awarded the John R. Specca award for excellence in the study of family law. I am honored to have been a member of the Family Law Moot Court Team and a staff member on the Journal of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. I first began my practice by clerking for the Hon. Commissioner Sherrill Rosen in Independence, MO. This gave me a broad and firm foundation in litigation in the area of Family Law. When my clerkship ended I was privileged to practice at a boutique probate firm in the Liberty area where I learned from some of the most experienced and best known probate attorneys in the area. I was saddened when the lawyers there all retired and the firm closed, however I recognize that because of my experience at that firm I have a robust knowledge of the probate laws. Subsequently I opened my own firm, Showalter Law.

As an attorney who has been through the divorce process herself, I fully understand how emotionally challenging family law matters can be. I work hard to empower you in your time of need by fighting for your family with dignity and compassion. I value direct communication and will ensure you are always able to communicate with me. I also always provide you with candid legal advice and innovative advocacy in any type of family law or probate matter.


Education
JD, UMKC School of Law, 2009 with honors
John R. Specca award for excellence in Family Law
BA, Psychology, Truman State University with distinction 2006

JURISDICTIONS ADMITTED TO PRACTICE
Missouri
Kansas

PROFESSIONAL & BAR ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIPS
Missouri Bar 
Kansas Bar
KCMBA
Clay County Bar
CASA – Volunteer Attorney of the Year on behalf of abused children for 2013

Association of Family and Conciliatory Courts

 

PUBLISHED ARTICLES

I am fortunate to have had article an article accepted for publication in the Journal of the American Academy of Matrimonial Law.

 

"What's Yours is Mine" Inadvertant Disclosure of Electronically Stored Privileged Information, 23 J. Am. Acad. Matrimonial Law. 177, 2010

 

 

Licensed for 13 years
State KS
Status Active
Acquired 2012
Updated 11/08/2022
State MO
Status Good Standing, Active
Acquired 2009
Updated 01/01/2023

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

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Reviews

3.9 / 5.0
  8 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | April 25, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazingly professional, reliable and courteous!
I hired Ms Showalter for a limited entry of appearance regarding a child support modification hearing. I live out of state (roughly 1,500 miles from Missouri) and due to health conditions I simply could not attend the hearing. She treated me with nothing but dignity and respect. She kept me informed of every little detail. And she honored and complied with all of my requests.
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Posted by Jerome | July 2, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
I hired Mandy to handle my estate planning and it couldn't have been any better. At the initial consultation Mandy explained everything very clearly about how the process would work. At our next meeting, Mandy had all the required documentation completed and then explained each and every page carefully in a way that I could easily understand. I would highly recommend her for any family matter requiring a legal professional.
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Posted by anonymous | May 25, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer
Mandy is a compassionate, honest and hardworking attorney. I cannot imagine anyone else handling my case. The firms communication wonderful and transparent, I have online access to my case at all times. Mandy and her staff have always made me feel as if I am the priority and never let me leave without making sure I understand everything about my case! I would highly recommend Mandy and Kiske Law.
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Posted by Kianna | September 15, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Support and expertise.
In a time of turmoil, Amanda's guidance was imperative to my wellbeing. I felt safe in that she knew the anawers to questions I never thought I would need to ask. She made me feel taken care of and informed in this situation where I knew none of the language and would easily have been lost without her expert advice. She was also really laidback and down to earth so I felt comfortable sharing all of my concerns with her and she always answered my questions over email or by returned phone calls very quickly. I just don't know what I would have done without her. She made a potentially long, confusing and painful process completely easy to understand, quick and painless. Thank you Amanda! -Kianna
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Posted by anonymous | May 22, 2015
Client
Mandy showed a passion for helping and relayed all of the steps of my court process in a way that I was able to understand and accept during my initial consultation meeting. Her and her team have answered my repeated questions and represented me and my case in a honest, open manner. When I reached out for initial consultation, they were there to help guide me. I've found my attorney and legal team for now and the future.
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Posted by anonymous | May 21, 2015
Simplified the whole process
Mandy made a really difficult time a little easier. She was able to easily relate to me and my situation and made what seemed like a complex process relatively simple. She adhered to her promise to respond to all messages within 48 hours - which seems like a long time when things are chaotic - but she was upfront about this from our initial meeting. Her down to earth communication style made her easy to talk to, and her office staff was a pleasure to work with.
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Posted by anonymous | December 17, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Careless about you
Soon as she received fees, she is completely ignoring you. No phone calls or email from her even ones. Only a email from her office right before court date and did not say any thing to you in court room or sitting far from me. Never discuses about case with bad attuites. It was unpleasant experience with her.
Posted by anonymous | May 19, 2015
Horrible experience
All I can say about this attorney, is that I can't stop kicking myself for hiring her. Calls and emails were rarely returned, office staff was extremely rude and unprofessional, and what should have been a simple case, was drawn out for almost a year. I would not recommend this attorney to anyone.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-250 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 7.0 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Showalter Law Firm
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Clerk to Judge Sherrill Rosen
  • Jackson County Family Court
  • 2009 - 2010

Education

  • University of Missouri (Kansas City, MO)
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2009

Associations

  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Missouri State Bar
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • John R. Specca award for excellence in Family Law
  • John Specca
  • 2009
  • Family Law Moot Court Team Member
  • UMKC
  • 2009

Publications

  • 23 J. Am. Acad. Matrimonial Law. 177
  • "What's Yours is Mine" Inadvertant Disclosure of Electronically Stored Privileged Information
  • 2010

Speaking Engagements

  • MidAmerican Tax Advisory Client Panel
  • Everything You Need to Know about Probate Law
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (2)
Endorse Amanda
Family Attorney | Sep 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Mandy. She is professional, thorough, and works her hardest to do her best for her clients. She is always prepared, and isn't afraid to do the work that is needed to get the best result for those she represents."
Family Attorney | Oct 29
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Mandy is a dedicated family lawyer who values communication with her clients. She is often at work before 8:00AM and stays until after 5:00PM most days. She has a thorough knowledge of the law and of how families interact with the court systems. Mandy is also a highly experienced probate attorney. She is familiar with all of the probate processes having handled over 200 probate cases despite her young age. She is diligent and capable in the difficult process of the probate court."

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Family Lawyer Amanda Marie Showalter
Amanda Marie Showalter
Family Attorney
Licensed for 13 years