Jennifer designs custom estate planning strategies for individuals and businesses to minimize estate, gift, income and other taxes.

Overview

She drafts and implements wills and trusts that meet planned giving goals, preserve generational wealth and take special needs planning and other factors into consideration. She also spends significant time on trust administration and probate matters, including guardianships and conservatorships.  Jennifer has experience working with clients, including high net-worth families, of national banks and insurance companies. She also teaches financial professionals about trusts and estates law.

A former market executive and senior trust officer for The Commerce Trust Company, she managed the private trusts of high-net worth individuals and assisted non-profit organizations with their foundation funds.  She previously served on the estate planning nationwide attorney network for UBS and MetLife. She has extensive experience with planned giving, and is a member of and advises Wichita State University Foundation’s Planned Giving Council. She has served as an expert witness in trust construction cases, and speaks to financial professionals on the ethical duties of providing advice to the elderly and issues of mental capacity. Jennifer has taught the estate-planning course for the American College’s “Certified Financial Planner” accreditation, and regularly speaks on developments in the law.

News & Insights

Speaking Engagements

"Senior Services, Inc.," Monthly classroom speaker on estate and probate topics, April 2013-October 2016

"Navigating the Dangerous Territory of Providing Advice to the Elderly," National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors of Kansas, March 2015; April 2014

"Recent Developments in Kansas Estate and Trust Legislation," Wichita Estate Planning Forum, February 2015

"Fall Estate Planning and Probate Updates," Wichita Bar Association, October 2014

"Is Grandma Okay: Capacity Issues in Estate Planning," Kansas Society of Financial Planners, April 2014

"What's Where When I'm Not There," Bethel Life, October, 2013

Publications

Since 2013 Jennifer has written a monthly "Ask Your Attorney" column for The Active Age magazine.

Recognitions

Recognitions

Selected to the 2020 edition of Best Lawyers in America©

"40 Under 40," Wichita Business Journal, 2000

Professional & Civic Activities

Professional & Civic Activities

Probate Advisory Committee of the Kansas Judicial Council, Past Member

Sedgwick County Law Library, Board of Trustees

Real Estate Property and Probate Committee, Kansas Bar Association

Wichita Bar Association, Member, Ethics Committee and Probate Practice Committee

Wichita Estate Planning Forum, Past Member

Wichita Estate Planning Council, Past Member

Wichita State University's Planned Giving Council

ARC Guardianship Assistance Program

Music Theatre for Young People

The Junior League of Wichita

Girl Scouts of the Golden Plains

The Kansas Humane Society

Western Division of the March of Dimes

Admissions

  • Kansas, 1995

Education

Washburn University, J.D., Dean's Honors, 1995

Wichita State University, B.A., 1991

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