Thomas D. Peebles, Jr. is a shareholder and member of the Estate Planning Practice Group of Carnahan, Evans, Cantwell & Brown, P.C. Mr. Peebles has concentrated his practice in estate planning and estate and trust administration matters since 1980.
Mr. Peebles has significant experience in the preparation of basic and sophisticated estate planning documents, and in wealth transfer planning for high net worth clients, closely held business owners and their families. He has been awarded an AV Rating from Martindale-Hubbell in recognition of his preeminent work in assisting his clients in achieving their estate planning goals and objectives. In 2004, Mr. Peebles was elected a Fellow of The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel in recognition of distinguished service in the practice of estate planning, probate and trust law.
Mr. Peebles has been honored since 2010 by being named to the “Best Lawyers in America” list and in 2017 and again for 2019 he was named Lawyer of the Year in Trust and Estates – Springfield, MO. He has also been named on multiple occasions to the Missouri-Kansas “Super Lawyer’s list” by Law & Politics Magazine, honoring him as one of the top 5% of practicing attorneys in Missouri and Kansas. In 2007, Mr. Peebles was elected by his peers as a Fellow in the American Bar Foundation. Membership as a Fellow in the American Bar Foundation is limited to one-third of one percent of the lawyers in America and is in recognition of a lawyer whose professional, public and private career has demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of the community and to the traditions of the profession.
Mr. Peebles is the author of several publications, including “Estate Planning Practice – The Fundamentals” (MoBAR, Annual Estate and Trust Institute, 2003), “Miscellaneous Estate Planning Techniques” (Missouri Bar Estate Planning Deskbook, 3rd Edition, 2010) “Basic Tax Considerations” (National Business Institute, How to Draft Wills and Trusts in Missouri, 1996), “Funding and Operating Living Trusts” (National Business Institute, Planning Opportunities with Living Trusts in Missouri, 1993), and “Funding the Living Trust” (MOBAR CLE, Effective Use of Living Trust, 1991). Additionally, Mr. Peebles is a frequent speaker on estate planning topics, including programs for The Missouri Bar.
Mr. Peebles has, over the years, devoted a substantial amount of his time towards civic and charitable activities including the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, the Foundation for the Springfield Public Schools, the Springfield-Greene County Library Foundation, the History Museum of the Ozarks, the Hospice Foundation of Southwest Missouri, and the Child Advocacy Council. Mr. Peebles was recognized as one of ten “Volunteers of the Year” as part of the 2004 Gift of Time Awards sponsored by the Council of Churches of the Ozarks.
Mr. Peebles received his bachelor’s degree from Missouri State University, cum laude, in 1977, and his law degree from the University of Missouri at Kansas City in 1980 where he was a member of the Law Review Editorial Board from 1978-1980.
In addition to his membership in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Mr. Peebles is a member of the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association (Chair, Probate and Trust Committee, 1991 to 1992), the Missouri Bar (Member, Probate and Trust Committee), the Greene County Estate Planning Council (President, 1990-1991), and the American Bar Association (Member, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section).
University of Missouri at Kansas City, J.D., 1980
Southwest Missouri State University, B.A., cum laude, 1977
Estate and Wealth Transfer Planning
Estate and Trust Administration