Steven R. Anderson
Steve Anderson is glad to be a member of Sage Law, LLP. He is licensed to practice law in Kansas and Missouri. His practice focuses on Elder Law, Estate Planning and Probate and Trust Administration.
Steve grew up in Overland Park and graduated from Shawnee Mission West High School. After attending Drake University for one year he transferred to the University of Kansas where he earned a B.S. in Business Administration, with Highest Distinction in 1978. Steve earned his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Kansas in 1981, graduating in the top third of his class. In 2009 Steve earned a Masters of Law in Elder Law from the University of Kansas School of Law. While obtaining this advanced degree the topics and actions covered included the legal issues facing older adults, resources available to seniors and their families, advanced estate planning, working with health care organizations and making presentations to seniors. Steve’s thesis was researching and collating resources to help seniors age in place.
Until 2001 Steve practiced law in Kansas and Missouri with local law firms. During that time he practiced in several areas: litigation, bankruptcy, business transactions, real estate and estate planning. With this broad background Steve is able to assess many diverse situations, counsel families on the costs of disputes and the need to make their decisions clear in documents. In 2001 Steve joined the Commerce Trust Company as a trust administer. Steve was responsible for reviewing, interpreting and implementing trusts and wills and counseling clients on estate planning matters. He made decisions on distributions to trust beneficiaries based on the terms of the documents and saw what trust provisions were easily administered and which caused difficulties for the trustee or beneficiaries. In 2010 Steve moved back to the private practice of law so he could focus on understanding and meeting the legal needs of seniors, their families and those facing estate planning and probate issues.
Since coming back to private practice Steve has enjoyed working with couples, individuals and families in helping them navigate the legal issues they face. While the largest part of Steve’s practice concerns seniors and their families, Steve does work with diverse clients of all ages. While there are basic estate planning documents everyone should have, Steve tailors an estate plan to meet the client’s situation, goals and budget. Steve works with seniors and their families to obtain resources to support the senior, create a plan that protects assets for the family and corrects past decisions that could prevent the senior from meeting his or her goals. In addition Steve works with personal representatives in probate and trustees in administering assets of a deceased and preparing the necessary documents and/or pleadings to protect the fiduciary.
Steve is a member of the Kansas, Missouri and Johnson County (in which he serves as Vice President of the Probate Section) Bar Associations. He also belongs to the Kansas City Estate Planning Society and the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys and its Missouri and Kansas Chapters (in the last two years serving as the KSNAELA president). Outside of his profession Steve has been involved in the community. Steve was active in the Valley View Optimist Club and two local chapters of Habitat for Humanity serving as chairman and member of the board of directors and on committees for over ten years. Prior organizations he belonged to included two Toastmasters clubs. Steve taught youth Sunday school classes and went on many youth mission trips at his church. Steve was a member at Lenexa United Methodist Church. Currently Steve and his wife are members of Church of the Resurrection Methodist Church.
Steve lives in Overland Park and has been married to his high school love Carole Anderson, an independent CPA, for 39 years. Carole and Steve have two grown children: Ryan Anderson, a structural engineer working on the Rams Stadium in Los Angeles and Lauren Schaffer, a physical therapist working through Olathe Medical Center. Both Ryan and Lauren are married, have a son and Ryan will have another son in June 2019. Steve and Carole like to spoil their grandsons and look forward to many fun years ahead with them.