A full-service firm, we offer expertise in the following practice areas:
Collaborative law, developed in the early 1990s, increasingly is becoming a preferred method of resolving family disputes. By using a collaborative law process, a divorcing husband and wife avoid spending time in a courtroom, and can maintain greater control over the outcome and timing of their case.
Each party contractually commits to full disclosure and to negotiating productively toward a fair and equitable agreement, rather than using the adversarial approaches common to the courtroom. Attorneys serve as client advocates to identify and explore mutually acceptable solutions. As needed, mental health professionals may be added to the team to provide coaching, and financial professionals may be called in to offer practical budget and tax planning advice.
As a healthier and more respectful method for resolving family disputes, collaborative law reduces the anxiety of a divorce, humanizes the process and protects the best interests of children because it increases the chances for a cordial relationship as a dissolved couple.
Levy Craig’s family law attorneys are extensively trained in collaborative law and mediation, and are qualified to practice collaborative law in Missouri and Kansas. With more than 30 collective years of experience, they have successfully handled collaborative law cases for clients in both states. Levy Craig attorneys:
- Provide client counsel throughout the process
- Prepare for and participate in group meetings with the collaborative law team
- Work cooperatively with the other spouse’s attorney
- Help identify customized settlement options that serve the needs of each family member
- Guide the process to settlement
- File the legal documents and finalize the case after a settlement is reached
Levy Craig provides corporate law services to complement your in-house legal team or to serve as your company’s primary counsel. Retain us to:
- Form or dissolve a business entity, such as a corporation, partnership, limited liability company, limited liability partnership or business trust
- Draft anti-takeover provisions in shareholder and partnership agreements
- Formulate stock option and appreciation plans
- Draft contracts or agreements pertaining to sales and distribution confidentiality or trade secrets
- Shape policies and review procedures so you avoid legal problems
Prenuptial agreements. Divorce. Child custody. Family financial support. These are the legal issues of the heart and home. Sometimes, they represent the dreams you want to build your life around. And, sometimes they are the realities that threaten the life you’ve built.
When these family matters arise, our attorneys will help you protect life’s tangible assets, such as property and wealth accumulation, as well as its intangible, irreplaceable facets, such as family. Our breadth of family law knowledge spans more than 20 years and 10 specialty areas:
- Divorce, legal separation and modification of decrees
- Child custody, parenting time and visitation
- Child support
- Spousal support and alimony
- Grandparents’ rights
- Litigated family law matter
- Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements
- Property rights and equitable distribution, including issues in large and high-end asset divorces
- Adult and child orders of protection
Levy Craig attorneys have extensive experience with businesses, individuals and first and third party insurance cases. Our skills include insurance cover ages, pursuing insurance claims, maximizing insurance awards and assisting clients in ascertaining all insurance applicable to their case. In addition, the firm defends insured on behalf of insurers and defends insurers against bad faith allegations.
When your company faces litigation, your business and your business reputation may be at stake. For companies of virtually any size, Levy Craig efficiently gathers, evaluates and manages information relevant to your case. We then develop compelling arguments and present them convincingly, harnessing the power of experts and sophisticated technology to represent you in jurisdictions throughout the nation. As needed to manage major, high-stakes litigation, we can work closely with co-counsel and in-house counsel, drawing upon all available expertise to build a forceful case. As a result of our philosophies and approach, Levy Craig litigators have amassed a notable win record at both trial and on appeal.
Even more important, perhaps, is our commitment to helping you avoid the courtroom in the first place. Levy Craig’s litigation attorneys work with attorneys in the firm’s other departments, helping clients manage risk and plan carefully to prevent litigation and its consequences. We also handle alternative dispute resolution and dispute mediation for our clients.
When a lawsuit arises, you can turn to our team for experience in:
- Business, construction and real estate disputes
- Lawsuits involving commercial, construction and fidelity/surety enterprises
- Contract and contract-related litigation
- Real estate property foreclosures
- Breach of warranty claims
Mergers & Acquisition
Levy Craig’s multi-disciplined merger and acquisition practice handles transactions of up to $1 billion for investment bankers and a variety of clients representing the alternative fuel, technology, medical and media industries. These clients rely on our expert attorneys to guide them in:
- Stock and asset purchases
- Mergers and reverse mergers
- Corporate finance
Skilled at navigating complex issues, our senior M&A attorneys also are adept at handling matters with multiple layers, including institutional investors and venture capitalists, private equity funds, conventional lenders and mezzanine financing.
Rely on Levy Craig for experienced counsel on general securities law and investment matters. We serve as borrower’s counsel in many private financings, capital investments and securities offerings. We also counsel lenders and borrowers in numerous loan transactions.
And, whether you are an entrepreneur, real estate developer or business owner, Levy Craig’s senior M&A attorneys can guide you safely and successfully through a range of transactional matters involving:
- Commercial lending
- Capital formation
- Real estate development
- Business expansions or start-ups of any size
- Contract negotiations
Tax law is complex and certainly not for the faint of heart. Fortunately, clients can rely on Levy Craig’s tax attorneys, who are highly knowledgeable in the field. We take a long-term approach, bringing our clients strategic thinking that addresses their specific, ongoing tax issues, both small and large. When the needs are immediate, however, we move quickly to assemble critical information and resolve the client’s situation.
To get favorable results for clients, Levy Craig’s tax attorneys maintain a deep understanding of current tax laws and IRS codes and regulations, and are skilled at negotiating with the IRS on clients’ behalf. In some cases, our work for clients is primarily or exclusively tax-oriented. In other cases, our tax attorneys work in conjunction with lawyers from other departments to develop alternative structures or new strategies to place clients in a more positive tax position.
You can turn to Levy Craig tax attorneys for:
- Audit preparation
- Resolution and appeals
- Mergers and acquisitions
- Business disposition
- Federal, state and local tax law compliance
- Financing transactions
- Partnership syndications
- Federal and state tax litigation
- Counsel on tax problems
- Tax planning for privately held state, national and international corporations
Trust and Estates
Levy Craig attorneys recognize that planning a personal trust or creating a succession plan for the long-term health of a business are highly individualized and sensitive tasks. We don’t take lightly our responsibility as your partner in this process.
Regardless of the value of your assets or the complexities of your estate, we make it our job to understand your individual and business goals, and the issues that impact your decision-making. Based on your objectives, we help you structure plans that will ensure a sound, tax-advantaged financial future for your family or your company. We also help reduce your tax burden during your lifetime and plan for your long-term needs, including eldercare.
We handle a range of financial planning issues – from individual trusts and estates to those of closely held business entities. We have worked with clients to establish charitable trusts, and to structure charitable foundations. Charitable trusts and foundations often turn to us for counsel on tax and corporate issues, as well.
Our expertise includes:
- Estate and tax planning
- Estate plan and probate administration
- Ownership and succession planning for business owners
- Wealth preservation and transfer
- Business exit strategy development
- Buy-sell agreements
- Litigation involving probate, trust and other asset disputes
Kansas City, MO
1301 Oak St., #500
Kansas City, MO 64106
Phone: (816) 474-8181
Fax: (816) 471-2186
North Kansas City, MO
4151 N. Mulberry Drive, Suite 205
Kansas City, MO 64116
Phone: (816) 454-7474
Fax: (816) 454-3525
Overland Park, KS
6800 W 64th Street, Suite 101
Overland Park, KS 66202
Phone: (913) 831-6900
Fax: (913) 831-7156