Erik Rome practices law in Kansas and Missouri in the areas of estate planning, estate and trust administration, and business and tax planning. He helps clients develop and implement comprehensive estate plans for a wide range of estate sizes, assets, and objectives. Understanding that every client’s goals are unique, Erik works closely with each client to create a custom plan to accomplish their goals, such as minimizing taxes, making charitable gifts, accounting for periods of incapacity, and planning for the eventual transfer of wealth. As part of his estate and trust administration practice, Erik guides executors, trustees, and beneficiaries through the process of administering estates and trusts in what can often be a difficult and emotional time (including the preparation of court pleadings, federal gift and estate tax returns, and IRS private letter ruling requests). Erik works side-by-side with litigators on trust and estate disputes, and has obtained court-ordered trust modifications and terminations. He also advises owners of privately held entities on formation, organizational, tax, and corporate succession matters.
Erik is a member of the Kansas Bar Association (Executive Committee Member of the Real Estate, Probate & Trust Section), Johnson County Bar Association (past Secretary of the Probate Section), Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (Probate Committee Member), and Kansas City Estate Planning Society (Director). In addition, Erik was a graduate of the inaugural class of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel Heart of America Fellows Institute. Erik has presented to a variety of groups on topics such as basic estate planning, incapacity planning, planning with retirement assets, charitable giving techniques, and estate planning for farmers and ranchers.
Erik’s community involvement includes volunteering for the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Foundation’s Military Matters pro bono program (prepared free estate planning documents for veterans); volunteering for the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association’s Power Up Program (prepared free power of attorney documents for health care workers treating COVID-19 patients); volunteering for the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis – Probate and Trust Steering Committee’s COVID-19 initiative (prepared free estate planning documents for health care workers treating COVID-19 patients); being a members of the Overland Park Rotary Club (Director of the Overland Park Rotary Club Foundation); serving on the Kansas City Symphony’s Planned Giving Advisory Counsel; and volunteering at the Johnson County Christmas Bureau Holiday Shop and other fundraising efforts.
Erik earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (focusing on finance and marketing) from Kansas State University and his juris doctor from the University of Kansas School of Law. Erik grew up in Overland Park and has called the Kansas City metro home for most of his life. Erik and his wife, Lilli, have three young children, Lola, Henry and Sami, who keep them very busy.