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Overview

Christine lives by her grandfather’s motto: “Go the extra mile; there is less traffic there!” She strives to give clients more than they expect.

Christine thinks like a business owner. She understands the complex issues related to business succession, estate planning and charitable planned giving. She also appreciates that business is more than numbers and dollars. It is about relationships, communication and, sometimes, family.

Christine works extensively with family-owned businesses and tax-exempt organizations, drawing on her advanced degree in taxation as she advises on administrative, legal, tax and compliance matters. With openness and relatability, she ensures that clients understand sophisticated estate planning techniques such as family limited partnerships (FLPs), limited liability companies (LLCs), grantor retained annuity trusts (GRATs), sale to intentionally defective grantor trusts (IDGTs) or business intentionally defective irrevocable trusts (BIDITs), and qualified personal residence trusts (QPRTs). She also has experience litigating complex trust and tax matters.

Highly regarded in the farming industry, Christine advises family-farm owners on structuring, tax planning, succession planning, creditor protection issues, lease agreements between related entities, farm operation and protection.


Industry

Services

Recognition

  • Kansas City Business Journal, Best of the Bar, 2003-2004, 2006, 2010-2012, 2014

Education

  • J.D., University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law
    • with distinction
    • Dean’s Honor Roll
    • University of Missouri – Kansas City Law Review, Technical Editor
  • LL.M., University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law
    • Taxation
  • B.S.B.A., Rockhurst University
    • Finance Economics
    • cum laude

Admissions

  • Missouri
  • Kansas

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Estate Planning Society of Kansas City
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • The Missouri Bar
Experience
  • Counsels individuals and corporate clients on estate planning and trust issues, including high-value and complex planning matters.
  • Works extensively with family-owned businesses, family farms and tax-exempt organizations, assisting in administrative, legal, tax and compliance matters.
Outside the Office

Christine enjoys spending time with her husband and two teenage daughters.

She also likes to hang out with her very large, very close, extended family. (Christine is one of 10 children, and her husband is one of seven.) When she finds a rare moment to herself, Christine expresses her creative side through painting.

Community Leadership
  • Rockhurst University, Planned Giving Committee, Advisory Board, 2002-present
  • Saint Joseph Health Center Foundation, Board of Directors, 2003-present
  • Children’s Mercy Hospital, Donald H. Chisholm Planned Giving Council
  • Mid-America Planned Giving Council, President, 2005
  • Nonprofit Missouri, Board of Directors