In addition to his extensive experience with tax law and estate planning for individual clients, Kent’s private business clients value his corporate, contract and employment law experience with closely-held businesses, and tax advice for the business entities and their owners.
Kent works with individuals on estate planning, income tax planning and tax preparation for individuals, estates and trusts. He also devotes substantial time to charitable and planned giving and to foundation administration. He handles estate and trust litigation and civil tax litigation before the U.S. Tax Court and in U.S. district courts. Additionally, he represents clients in administrative appeals before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Kansas and Missouri Departments of Revenue.
For his corporate clients, Kent provides advice with regard to general corporate, contract and employment law for corporations, limited partnerships and limited liability companies as well as providing tax planning for entity structuring and transactions and tax preparation for various clients. In addition to work for various business, Kent works extensively with shareholders and partners for business succession planning, both for families to preserve wealth and minimize estate and gift tax and income tax in transferring the ownership of business interests to younger family members and for the orderly and tax-efficient transfer of the ownership of private entities among unrelated owners. He has experience with non-qualified deferred compensation and executive compensation and tax planning. Kent also serves as outside general counsel for privately-held companies.
News & Insights
- Press Release08.15.2019
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- Press Release08.27.2018
- Press Release08.15.2017
- Press Release08.15.2016
Kent has been a frequent speaker in the greater Kansas City area on a wide variety of topics regarding estate, business and tax topics. Kent has made continuing legal education presentations sponsored by such entities as the Missouri Bar Association, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, the National Business Institute and Lohrman Educational Services. He has also spoken at numerous occasions at conferences sponsored by various banks, investment and financial institutions and accounting firms in Kansas City and throughout the states of Kansas and Missouri and has been a participant from time to time on local radio shows.
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Professional & Civic Activities
Professional & Civic Activities
Missouri Bar Association
Estate Planning Society of Kansas City
Children's Mercy Hospital Planned Gift Council
Kansas City Ballet, Board Member and Treasurer
Heart of America Tax Institute, Past Chairman
Centurions Program of the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, Alumni (active in a number of local charitable organizations)
Blue Hills Country Club, Board of Directors, Past Officer
Practices & Industries
- Missouri, 1979
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri
- U.S. Tax Court
University of Kansas, J.D., 1979
- Phi Kappa Phi Honorary Graduate Fellowship
University of Kansas, B.S., Accounting and Business Administration, with highest distinction, 1976
- Solon E. Summerfield Senior Award
- Beta Gamma Sigma
- Phi Kappa Phi