Max W. Custer, Jr. - Biography

In 1975 Max W. Custer, Jr. began practicing law with a firm that focused on vehicular and workers' compensation injuries. In 1980 he left that firm to broaden his areas of practice and start his own business. Since that time he has represented individuals and families not only in the personal injury field but also in their personal and business planning. Within the estate planning field he has a particular interest in serving the specialized needs of protecting assets for persons who are elderly or have a disability. He has worked extensively in the charitable planning area, serving as in-house counsel for an international charitable organization. In this capacity he trained a planned giving staff, authored explanatory brochures and articles, presented seminars for donors and their professional advisors, and traveled nationally and internationally to develop and finalize complex gifts.

He speaks often on the subjects of estate planning, asset protection, special needs trusts and veteran's benefits, and has been a frequent lecturer before accounting firms, charitable organizations and various other groups in Missouri.

Max attended Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana and received his Bachelor's degree with a major in theology. He received his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Washington University in St. Louis.

He is a member of the Missouri Bar, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, the New York Bar and the American Bar Association. He also is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and Missouri National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.

His family oriented practice is reflected in his staff. His wife of thirty-four years, Rebecca, serves as his assistant and secretary. They have four adult children and three grand-children; the latter number growing every year, much to their delight.