In February of 2016, Chris Gaughan was appointed to the prestigious Board of Governors by the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys. Chris has been recognized as a Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyer (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017), an award given to the top 5% of attorneys in Missouri and Kansas; a Missouri & Kansas Rising Star (2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012), an award presented to the top 2.5% of attorneys in Missouri and Kansas under the age of 40; and rated by Martindale-Hubbell as an AV Preeminent attorney (2013, 2014, 2015), a rating given to only 5% of all attorneys nationwide.
Known for his ability to provide a wide-range of custom estate planning services to his clients, with a primary focus on helping them provide for the security of their loved ones, reduce estate taxes, and minimize or avoid the costs and delays of probate, Mr. Gaughan prides himself on the lifelong relationships he forms with each and every one of his clients.
He is frequently invited to share his expertise and knowledge of estate planning with peers and financial professionals alike. Recently, he has presented on various estate planning issues for the National Business Institute, Rockhurst University, the Financial Service Professionals of Kansas City, Edward Jones, Morgan Stanley, Ameriprise Financial, and Country Financial. He is an established member of the prestigious American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys and the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, as well as the individual Missouri and Kansas Bar Associations.
A proud alumnus of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, Mr. Gaughan also earned his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Rockhurst University and refers to his undergraduate degree for Estate Plans with complex tax planning.
Happily married for nearly a decade, Mr. Gaughan spends his spare moments frequenting local eateries with his wife, Kristin, watching 80’s films with his three young children, and smoking meat on his back patio. Mr. Gaughan also has a black belt in estate planning, an award he bestowed upon himself, as there are presently no estate planning dojos in the Greater Kansas City area.
He is a published co-author of the book Midwest Estate Planning a guide for your family