Gayle Evans

Gayle Evans has been in the private practice of law for over 35 years, with emphasis in estate planning, business law, and employee benefits. She serves as general counsel to business clients, with specific expertise in implementing employee benefit plans, including employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs). Gayle provides estate planning for individual clients and business owners. She is a frequent speaker at national tax seminars and writes on estate planning and employee benefits topics. In addition, she has been a faculty member and speaker at the American Law Institute-American Bar Association for more than ten years.

Areas of Practice

  • Corporate
  • Estate planning
  • Taxation
  • Employee benefits

Admitted to Practice

Missouri, 1979

Education

  • University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Law, Juris Doctorate, 1978
    • With distinction
    • Order of the Bench and Robe
    • Member and articles editor, UMKC Law Review
  • University of Missouri at Kansas City, Master of Arts in History, cum laude, 1974
  • University of Missouri at Columbia, Bachelor of Science, cum laude, 1972

Memberships

  • Missouri Bar Association
  • Estate Planning Society of Kansas City
  • Metropolitan Bar Association of Kansas City

Published Works and Presentations

  • “Valuation Principles,” ALI-ABA Basic Estate and Gift Taxation and Planning, published and presented each year 2000–2012
  • “Disclaimers,” ALI-ABA Basic Estate and Gift Taxation and Planning, published and presented each year 2000–2012
  • “Estate Planning With Qualified Plans and IRAs,” ALI-ABA Basic Estate and Gift Taxation and Planning, published and presented each year 1998–2012
  • “Building Wealth Through Qualified Plans and IRAs,” published and presented to the Duke University Estate Planning Conference, 1998; the New Mexico Estate Planning Conference, 1998; and the 47th Annual Mountain States Tax Conference, 1998
  • “Qualified Retirement Plans – What’s Best For The Family Business Owner,” ALI-ABA course on Estate Planning for the Family Business Owner, 1998
  • Estate Planning for Owners of Closely-Held Businesses, Missouri Bar Deskbook Series, authored two chapters, published 1998
  • “Planning for Distributions From Retirement Plans,” Published and presented to the 46th Annual Mountain States Tax Conference, Salt Lake City, 1997
  • “Till Death Do Us Part: Spousal Rights in Employee Benefits,” Published and presented to a Kansas City Bar Association Seminar, 1997
  • Estate Planning for the Family Business Owner, Book commissioned by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants as a training manual, published 1996
  • “Pension Simplification: Highlights of the ’96 Tax Acts,” Published and presented to the 45th Annual Mountain States Tax Conference, Salt Lake City, 1996
  • “ESOPs: A Planning Tool For The Business Owner,” Published and presented to the 44th Annual Mountain States Tax Conference, Salt Lake City, 1995
  • “ESOPs,” The Practical Tax Lawyer, 1995
  • Published and presented “ESOPs” and “Alternatives to Buy-Sell Agreements” ALI-ABA Course Estate Planning for the Family Business Owner, July 1994
  • “Antenuptial Contracts Determining Property Rights Upon Death or Divorce,” UMKC Law Review, 1978

Biography

  • Pro bono work, Children’s Mercy Hospital Donald H. Chisholm Planned Giving Council
  • Shareholder, Chinnery, Evans & Nail, P.C.

 

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