Stephen P. Schmidt
Nebraska Estate Planning Attorney
Stephen P. Schmidt
Stephen P. Schmidt is a Nebraska native who grew up in Lincoln and Central City, graduating from Nebraska Christian High School in 1981. He lived in Omaha from 1982 through 1991 while pursuing undergraduate and law degrees. He received a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in History and Philosophy and a second major in Biblical Studies from Grace University in 1988. He graduated cum laude from Creighton University School of Law in 1991.
Steve received his professional license in 1991 and began as an associate in a general practice firm in Norfolk, Nebraska. Because of his desire to work more in the area of estate planning, he took a position as a trust officer in 1993 with Norwest Bank in Iowa. He spent over eleven years as a trust officer with Norwest (Wells Fargo) in Iowa working with revocable trusts, irrevocable trusts, charitable trusts, life insurance trusts, conservatorships, IRAs and investment management agencies and became manager of their western Iowa Trust Departments.
On April 1, 2004, Steve returned to Omaha and joined a firm doing very cutting edge estate planning and was a member of the National Network of Estate Planning Attorneys. He was with the firm over five years and left in 2009 to join Pat Morrow, a seasoned estate planning attorney who needed someone to begin taking over his practice. Unfortunately, Pat developed cancer and passed away unexpectedly. Steve, with help from Rod, took over Pat’s practice on October 1, 2010.
Professional Associations & Memberships
Steve is currently a member of Wealth Counsel, a national organization for attorneys seeking to provide cutting edge strategies and documents to clients regardless of how large or small the estate.
Steve has been involved for many years with several local chapters of the national Partnership for Philanthropic Planning (PPP - formerly National Planned Giving Counsel). As a charter member and program chair of the Quad City Planned Giving Council, Steve has directed specific attention to planned giving and charitable estate planning.
Before returning to Omaha in 2004, Steve was a board member and the investment chair of the Community Foundation of Fort Dodge and North Central Iowa for several years. He has talked to various civic groups on effective charitable giving. Steve is currently involved in the Nebraska chapter of PPP.
In February of 2008, Steve founded the Bi-monthly Study Group for advisors. He still leads this group to improve their planning skills and to improve the planning for the clients of allied professionals.
Nebraska and Iowa Wealth Transfer Planning Lawyer
Steve and the firm of E Trustee Counselors specialize in all aspects of estate planning. The firm’s attorneys spend approximately 90% of their time working for clients in the preparation of wills and trusts and in the handling of probate and non-probate estates.
Steve and his wife, Faye, have four children and 2 son-in-law's. Steve and his family are actively involved in City Light Church. Steve was president of the Grace University alumni association from 2005 to 2009. Steve enjoys playing outdoor sports with his family such as biking, basketball, tennis and hiking. During inclement weather, board games and reading are included in Steve's hobbies.
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