Ruth J. Brackney

Ruth Brackney prepares analysis and recommendations on sophisticated estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax issues, including development of complex estate plans, preparation of estate planning documents, estate and gift tax returns, and administration of estates, trusts, and family limited partnerships. With over 20 years of experience, she provides lifetime financial planning involving special needs of children and spouses, financial planning related to divorce and premarital agreements, as well as business succession planning. She counsels multi-generational families on the transfer of wealth, including educating children and supervising family meetings. Ruth assists clients with charitable planning and the administration of private foundations and charitable trusts. She represents estate and trust clients in federal estate tax audits. Additionally, she forms and administers charitable entities including private foundations, charitable lead trusts and charitable remainder trusts. Ruth provides life insurance planning and planning with retirement assets, in addition to assisting with asset protection strategies such as Missouri Spendthrift Trusts. 

Ruth’s prior experience includes working in the Tax & Estate Planning Practice Group at Husch & Eppenberger. She was also an auditor with the Resolution Trust Corporation - Office of Inspector General in Kansas City, Missouri.

Ruth has also passed the CPA exam.

Court Memberships

  • Kansas
  • Missouri


  • Order of the Bench and Robe
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City Law Review, Spring 1997 Edition
  • The Urban Lawyer, Articles Editor
  • Emissaries, Secretary
  • Phi Alpha Delta, Treasurer
  • Phi Kappa Phi

Professional Affiliations

  • Estate Planning Society of Kansas City, former Legal Membership Committee, current member
  • Mid-America Charitable Gift Planners, Board of Directors, 2017, Member
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City, Graduate Tax Law Foundation, former Board of Directors

Community Involvement

  • The Independent, Rising Star, 2020
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City, Board of Directors, 2018 - Present
  • Wayside Waifs, Board of Directors, 2016 - 2019
  • Kansas City Tomorrow, 32nd Class; Alumni Association
  • Encompass, Volunteer/Mentor


  • Q&A, Ask the Expert: Powers of Attorney for Adult Children and HIPAA Authorizations, 435 Magazine, October 2019


  • Presenter, "Planned Giving Options," University of Central Missouri Alumni Foundation, September 15, 2020
  • Co-Presenter, "Charitable Gift Planning and Navigating RMDS Under the SECURE Act," MOKAN Trust & Financial Services Conference, August 17, 2020
  • Speaker, "Income Tax Basis Planning for Estate Planning Purposes", UMKC CLE Recent Developments in Federal Taxes, January 25, 2020
  • Presenter, Income Tax Basis Planning for Estate Planning Purposes, UMKC Federal Tax Seminar, January 25, 2019
  • Co-Presenter,"Pre and Post Sale Planning for You, Your Company and Your Family," A Conference for Business Owners: M&A Solutions for Privately Held Companies, October 8, 2019
  • Presenter, Pet Trusts, Kansas City Estate Planning Society, February 21, 2019
  • Speaker, "Income Tax Basis Planning for Estate Planning Purposes", UMKC CLE Recent Developments in Federal Taxes, January 26, 2019
  • Speaker, “Estate Planning”, HalfMoon Education Inc. Seminar, September 2017
  • Panelist, “Adventures in Portability”, UMKC CLE Recent Developments in Federal Taxes, January 17, 2015; January 30, 2016; January 28, 2017.
  • Panelist, “Practice Management: The Difference Between Success and Failure in Today’s Competitive Environment”, UMKC CLE Estate Planning Fundamentals, September 23, 2014
  • Co-taught, Estate Planning and Drafting, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, 2001-2002
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  • Overland Park

    10851 Mastin Boulevard
    Building 82, Suite 1000
    Overland Park, KS 66210-1669
F: 913.451.0875


Karen Shackelford


University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, LL.M. Taxation, 1998

University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, J.D., with distinction, 1997

University of Illinois, B.S., Accounting, high honors, 1992