Meet Kevin

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A picture of me. A few years old, but the suit still fits.

Hello, and thanks for stopping by! I created The Law Office of Kevin Kelly, LLC to help families build and protect what matters to them. In order to do that, I provide estate planning and business planning services. I also advise nonprofit organizations, but if you’re interested in that, I have a whole other website for you.

I think of myself as being in the peace of mind business. Life is uncertain, and things can change very quickly. My goal is to make sure that you and your loved ones are prepared in the event that you die or become incapacitated. A lot of people think of estate planning as simply filling out a bunch of forms, but I don’t buy that. Estate planning is incredibly personal–I often talk with my clients about the things closest to them. Likewise, I consider planning to be personal, and not a “one-size-fits-all” event. In short, if you’re looking for someone to fill in some blanks on a form, I’m not your guy.

There’s a diagram about attorney bios that contrasts what clients want to see with what lawyers actually put in their bios. It’s pretty funny if you’ve read enough lawyer bios, and you can see that diagram here (there is some coarse language). I’m going to answer the questions that diagram says clients want to see answered:

What’s your e-mail address and phone number?

I don’t post the e-mail address on the website, because the spam will never end if I do. My phone number is (816) 226-6396.

Also, I offer a free 30-minute telephone consultation, and if you want to take advantage of that, here you go:


 

Will you return my calls?

Are you a client, potential client, or another lawyer I’m working on a case with (or against)? If so, yes, usually the same business day. If you’re a salesperson…well, we’ll see.

Are you [a jerk]?

Generally, no (I’m not going to claim perfection here). Sometimes, lawyers and clients get this idea that they’re “winning” by being rude and disrespectful to the others involved in a matter. This is foolishness. Two reasons why: 1) it makes getting the matter settled more difficult and 2) no one likes a jerk, even if it feels good to be one in the moment.

Likewise, I expect non-jerk behavior from others.

Do you have experience doing exactly what I need?

Depends on what you need, but I have experience with:

  • Wills
  • Non-probate transfers
  • Revocable living trusts
  • Advance health care directives and living wills
  • Powers of attorney
  • Special needs trusts
  • Planning for business succession
  • Business planning
  • Small-estate and full-estate administration

What kind of work are you really good at?

Essentially, see the stuff in the previous question. I sometimes take other kinds of cases (I’ve defended a breach of contract suit and handled traffic tickets in the past, for instance). However, I don’t take cases where I don’t think I’d be a good choice to do the work; in those cases, I’ll try to suggest attorneys that might be able to help.

Can I get a link to your blog posts?

There’s one in the main menu above, but you can read my blog here. Oh, and I was quoted in an article, you can read that here.

What do your clients think of you?

Head back to the home page–testimonials are at the bottom. They like me!

Are you on Facebook or Twitter?

You can find me a few places on social media: