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Overview

Accessible and a clear communicator, Bill focuses his legal practice on estate planning and tax matters.

He helps individuals and families with a variety of legal objectives – from the creation of foundational estate planning documents to the implementation of sophisticated strategies that maximize tax benefits and preserve wealth for future generations. Bill also works with closely held businesses to serve their succession planning, tax planning and general business needs.

Bill enjoys the relationship-driven and personal nature of his practice. He understands that his counsel has a direct impact on the financial and personal well-being of clients. Because of this, Bill takes pride in being a clear communicator who is widely accessible to his clients.

Clients appreciate Bill’s team-player mindset, and his collaboration with the firm’s attorneys in other legal practice areas in order to enhance legal solutions. When strategizing for clients, Bill values being part of a coast-to-coast firm with a national footprint.


Services

Education

  • J.D., Washington University in St. Louis School of Law
    • Dean's Fellow
    • Certificate in Business Law
  • LL.M., Washington University in St. Louis School of Law
    • Taxation
  • B.S.B.A., Saint Louis University
    • magna cum laude
    • Finance
    • Beta Gamma Sigma

Admissions

  • Missouri
  • Illinois

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (BAMSL)
  • Estate Planning Council of St. Louis
Experience

Wealth, Tax, Trust and Estate Planning

  • 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, gift trusts, family trusts, dynasty trusts, qualified personal residence trusts, discretionary trusts, generation-skipping trusts and asset protection trusts.
  • Designed and implemented prenuptial and postnuptial agreements.
  • Counseled tax-exempt organizations on formation, compliance and administration.
  • Assisted with the preparation of client tax returns for a broad range of federal and state tax matters, including income, gift, transfer and estate tax.

Business/Corporate Planning

  • Guided entity formation and internal entity governance related to 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

  • Advised clients on strategies for protecting assets from loss, risk and exposure – both during life and after death – using asset protection trusts, irrevocable trusts, limited liability companies, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, and insurance planning, among others.
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Outside the Office

Bill enjoys spending time with his wife, family and friends in St. Louis.

He and his wife, Alicia, are happy to be frequent visitors of Forest Park by walking from their home in the Dogtown neighborhood. They also enjoy sampling restaurants and breweries, whether in town or while traveling. Bill cheers on local sports teams: the Blues, Cardinals, Tigers and his alma mater, SLU. He is looking forward to adding the new St. Louis MLS team to the list.

Community Leadership
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri
  • Motion for Kids
  • St. Louis Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts

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