Mary S. Shafer

Mary Shafer’s area of practice is estate and trust taxation, administration of trusts, and probate and conservatorship estates. She prepares analysis and recommendations on complex estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax issues. She also focuses on issues involving Foundations and other tax-exempt organizations.


  • Co-author, Exempt Property, Family Allowance, Homestead and Election to Take Against the Will, Chapter 8, Missouri Estate Administration Deskbook, Fifth Edition

Professional Affiliations

  • The Missouri Bar, Probate Committee
  • The Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association


  • Order of the Bench and Robe
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City Law Review, Member
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F: 816.292.2001


Melissa Whitesel

Court Memberships

  • Missouri
  • Kansas


University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, J.D., 1984

Southeast Missouri State University, B.A., Political Science, summa cum laude, 1981