Spotlight on William ("Bill") Hubbard
This summer quarter, we spotlight one of our elder law pioneers, William (“Bill”) Hubbard, as the attorney with a lot of elder law practice tenure. Bill grew up in Farmland, IN, and moved with his family to Overland Park, KS, where he graduated in 1963 from Shawnee Mission North High School.
Bill received his B.S. in Business Administration from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, in 1967. He then went to law school at the University of Missouri-Columbia and received his JD in mid-year of 1971 because he had some breaks for basic training after joining the Army Reserves as a medic.
From 1971 to 1997, Bill first practiced corporate, business, tax, estate planning, and probate law with The Popham Law Firm in Kansas City. He and John Kurtz then formed their own firm, Hubbard & Kurtz, LLP, in 1997 where he continues to practice in midtown Kansas City.
“I was practicing ‘elder law’ before the term became popular when I was trying to solve problems of elderly clients and their families. I joined the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (“NAELA”) in the middle nineties,” said Bill. “Joan Corderman, an attorney in St. Louis, organized several of us to charter a Missouri Chapter of NAELA. From that point on, I considered myself to be an elder law attorney engaged in the practice of applying my legal skills for the benefit of elderly persons.”
Bill is certified as an elder law attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation which is accredited by the American Bar Association and recognized in over 30 states, although neither the Supreme Court of Missouri nor The Missouri Bar reviews or approves certifying organizations or specialist designations. He is a member of the Council of Advanced Practitioners of NAELA. He chaired the Elder Law Committee of The Missouri Bar from 2006 to 2008.
“Elder law practice has always been very interesting and challenging to me because the law never stays the same,” said Bill. “It is impossible to take a ‘cookie cutter’ approach to the practice because of the myriad laws and regulations that keep changing and the various facts and emotions that we have to take into consideration to accomplish our clients’ goals.”
Always generous with his considerable knowledge, Bill finds time to respond to questions from practitioners about elder law issues. He has mentored several lawyers showing interest in concentrating their practices in elder law. He has been instrumental in working on legislative language. For example, he worked on section 461.300, the so-called “marshalling” statute language to subject assets transferred on a non-probate basis to a decedent’s probate administration to satisfy unpaid creditors’ claims and spousal and dependent allowances.
Bill has three children—one from his first marriage and two with his wife Connie. His daughter from his first marriage is Angie Dalton, who has three children, and works as an investment banker in New York after graduating from Kansas University and receiving her Masters of Business Administration from University of Chicago. Connie considers Bill’s daughter and especially the grandchildren to be part of her family too.
Bill and Connie have two of their own children. Jameson “Jake” Hubbard attended Kansas City Art Institute for a year and is a working artist doing wood-block prints in Seattle. Josh is in his first-year of study to be an osteopathic physician at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences after earning his B.S. in Chemistry from Truman State University, Kirksville.
Bill said that he didn’t have many hobbies. “I jog some, work on our home, and hang out with my family. Like many other active members, I spend a lot of time working on various professional presentations, legislation, and article writing. I do enjoy following the Tigers, Chiefs, and Royals,” said Bill. “Finally, I remain active with my sons’ local Boy Scout organizations, and I enjoy hiking and camping with my sons whenever we get the chance.”
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