"Quality Estate Planning at Discounted Rates"
James G. Blase
With over 35 years of experience in the estate, tax, elder care and asset protection planning areas, Jim Blase is principal of the law firm. Jim is a native of St. Louis, and graduated with honors from St. Louis University High School in 1975. He owns a CPA Certificate from the State of Missouri, which he earned upon graduating with honors from John Carroll University in 1978, with B.S. degrees in Accounting and Finance. Jim also graduated with honors from Notre Dame Law School in 1981, where he served as Managing Editor on the Notre Dame Law Review. He then earned an LLM in Taxation degree from the New York University Graduate School of Law in 1982, where he served as Graduate Editor on the Tax Law Review.
Jim spent the first half of his legal career as an associate and partner in the estate planning and administration department of what is now the downtown Thompson Coburn law firm, and as partner and chair of the trusts and estates department of what is now the Armstrong Teasdale law firm in Clayton. In 1999, Jim formed his own law firm in St. Louis County, in an effort to bring the same or greater level of expertise and service to his clients, but at substantially lower billing rates.
Jim is also an adjunct professor at the St. Louis University School of Law, where he teaches a course in estate planning to third-year students. He is a frequent author and lecturer on a wide variety of estate planning subjects, and has authored over 30 articles and chapters for various professional and Missouri continuing legal education publications.
Jim has an A.V. Preeminent Peer Review Rating™ from Martindale-Hubbell® Law, which is the highest rating given for legal ability and ethics, and a perfect 5.0 out of 5.0 Martindale-Hubbell peer review score.
In 2004, Jim produced the 4-hour, 4-dvd boxed set, The 1904 World's Fair Reconstructed - A Virtual Tour of the Entire Louisiana Purchase Exposition, which still sells at the Missouri History Museum Gift Shop today, and also is available on Amazon. The video was critically acclaimed by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch upon its release in 2004.
Ryan G. Polley
Ryan G. Polley primarily assists clients on all stages of the estate planning process and provides advice on tax planning, medicaid planning and asset protection planning in a variety of factual scenarios. Further, Ryan specializes in handling both simple and complex trust and probate administration matters for clients in the most efficient manner possible. Ryan is also well-versed in the preparation of fiduciary income tax returns, gift tax returns and estate tax returns. Ryan received his J.D. in 2008 from Saint Louis University School of Law with a Tax Concentration and is a member of the Missouri Bar. He graduated summa cum laude from Florida State University in 2005 with a dual major Bachelor’s degree in Criminology and Psychology. He currently lives in St. Peters with his wife and two young daughters.
Jim was one of five winners nationally of the 2014 Wealth Advisors with Heart Award, presented annually by Trusts & Estates magazine, New York, New York, for his service to the poor, sick and elderly in the St. Louis metropolitan area. Click here to read the article announcing his award.