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Patrick T. Conner

Patrick T. Conner

Partner
St. Louis
office: 314.480.1637
fax: 314.480.1505
Kansas City
office: 816.983.8637
fax: 816.983.8080
Overview

Patrick combines an intentionally practical approach with a deep grasp of the law to provide clients with advantageous strategies to accomplish their estate and succession planning goals.

Highly focused and disciplined, Patrick develops and implements plans that are customized for clients at all levels of wealth and stages of life. He works closely with each client’s team of advisors, accountants and other professionals to create a comprehensive plan that helps clients realize their goals and objectives and secure the future for themselves, their families and beneficiaries. Clients appreciate Patrick’s ability to present complex strategies in down-to-earth, easily understood terms.

Patrick focuses on wealth, tax, trust and estate planning; estate and trust administration; probate; privately held business and corporate planning; asset protection planning; special needs planning; and probate and trust litigation. He has designed and implemented numerous plans to minimize income, gift, estate and generation-skipping transfer taxes associated with succession planning for individuals and privately held businesses. He also represents fiduciaries, beneficiaries and other claimants when controversies arise involving taxes, trusts, estates and related property interests.

Patrick’s business background and advanced degree in tax law help provide business clients with the advice and knowledge of an outside general counsel.


Industry

Services

Recognition

  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2013-2017
  • National Association of Estate Planners & Councils, Accredited Estate Planner
  • St. Louis Magazine, Five Star Wealth Manager in Estate Planning, Taxation, Business Planning and Trust Services, 2011, 2014
  • St. Louis Small Business Monthly, Top 100 St. Louisans You Should Know to Succeed in Business, 2014, Top Estate Planning Attorney, 2017

Education

  • J.D., Saint Louis University School of Law
  • LL.M., Washington University School of Law
    • Taxation
  • B.S.B.A., Saint Louis University
    • cum laude
    • Management Information Systems

Admissions

  • Missouri
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • Illinois
  • Texas

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Taxation, Real Property, Probate and Trust and Business Law Sections
  • The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Probate and Trust Law Steering Committee
  • Estate Planning Council of St. Louis
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Lawyer Pilots Bar Association
  • The Missouri Bar
Experience

Wealth, Tax, Trust, and Estate Planning and Administration

  • Drafted trust and estate planning documents, including wills, revocable and irrevocable trusts, financial and medical durable powers of attorney, living wills, healthcare declarations, qualified spousal trusts, life insurance trusts, National Firearms Act (NFA) trusts, gift trusts, family trusts, dynasty trusts, qualified personal residence trusts, discretionary trusts, GST trusts and asset protection trusts.
  • Designed and implemented prenuptial and postnuptial agreements.

Estate and Trust Administration/Probate

  • Counseled professional and nonprofessional administrators of trusts and estates on fiduciary duties.
  • Assisted with probate and trust administration, fiduciary income tax returns and accountings.
  • Advised fiduciaries on establishing best practices to minimize risks, avoid litigation and effectively settle disputes without court intervention.

Business/Corporate Planning

  • Formed entities, including limited liability companies, corporations and partnerships.
  • Developed and structured exit strategies that maximized client's goals and objectives.
  • Helped clients devise effective and practical business succession plans.
  • Prepared buy-sell agreements, family business plans, purchase and sale agreements, asset purchase agreements, stock purchase agreements, promissory notes and leveraged buyout plans.

Asset Protection Planning

  • Advises clients on strategies for protecting assets from loss, risk and exposure, both during life and after death. Tools used include asset protection trusts, irrevocable trusts, limited liability companies, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, and insurance planning.

Probate and Trust Litigation

  • Represented clients in litigation on such matters as will and estate contests, breach of fiduciary duty, trust accountings, spousal claims, beneficiary rights, creditor claims, undue influence and business owner disputes.

Special Needs Planning

  • Advised clients on use of special needs trusts and guardianships and conservatorships.
  • Prepared special needs trusts, testamentary special needs trusts, Medicaid payback trusts and other discretionary trusts.
Outside the Office

Patrick is a licensed pilot and enjoys flying throughout the Midwest and South.

He is an avid auto racer and drives several different cars at raceways throughout the Midwest. He also plays ice hockey and golf.

Community Leadership
  • Red Cross, Planned Giving Committee, 2017-present
  • Kidsmart, Planned Giving Advisory Board, 2006-2007 
  • St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Legacy Advisor, 2010-present 
  • Tarlow Family Foundation, 2008-present