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Joseph John Piatchek

Joseph John Piatchek

Managing Attorney, The Piatchek Law Firm, LLC
  • Estate Planning, Probate, Business Law ...
  • Missouri
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Hello, my name is Joe Piatchek. I was born in Springfield, Missouri, where I attended elementary, middle school, and high school. In fact, I have lived here in Springfield my entire life, except for seven years spent in Columbia, Missouri: four years undergraduate and three more in law school at the University of Missouri – Columbia.

After graduating from Mizzou with my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, I returned to Springfield to work at Lakeland Regional Hospital, where I worked with adolescents who were suffering from various forms of mental illness, abuse, and neglect. I also worked at The Burrell Center in Springfield as a Community Support Worker (social worker/case manager) for senior adults with persistent and acute mental illness. During this time, I first began exploring a professional role as a counselor to others. Rather than pursuing graduate work in psychology, I instead decided to attend law school.

Upon graduating with my law degree and passing the Missouri Bar Exam, I returned to my hometown of Springfield and began my own law practice in 2004. Today, I am the Managing Attorney at Piatchek Law Firm, which currently has four attorneys and employs about 15 staff members overall. I am proud of our growth, but I am even more proud of the cast that I have assembled. I am a member of many community and professional organizations, including Southeast Rotary here in Springfield, and I have regularly donated my time and expertise to local churches and non-profit agencies. I have previously volunteered time for Legal Services of Southern Missouri, served on the board of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Ozarks, and the board for Birthright.

University of Missouri - Columbia
J.D. (2004) | Law
Honors: Special Advanced Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution; Dean's list multiple semesters.
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University of Missouri - Columbia
B.A. (1999) | Psychology
Honors: Graduation with Honors
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Professional Experience
Managing Attorney
Affordable Legal Services
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The Piatchek Law Firm, LLC
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Articles & Publications
Home Court Advantage: How Basketball Prepared Me to Run a Business
Boys and Girls Club of Springfield Newsletter
5 Mistakes Business Owners Make
Ozarks Law Blog
5 Things to Consider If You Have Aging Parents or Family Members
Ozarks Law Blog
Spotlight Attorney
Speaking Engagements
Insurance Planning, Benefits Consultants Group - 2010
On Law: Preparing for Law School, Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Informational Presentation - 2010
Succession Planning, Buy-Sell Arrangements, and Key-Employee Planning, Business Killers 2011
Estate Planning Overview, Bradford Park Neighborhood Association 2013
Estate Planning, Probate, and How to Avoid Probate - 2017, Lunch and Learn Series, Highland Springs
Estate Planning, Probate, and How to Avoid Probate - 2018, Lunch and Learn Series, Highland Springs
Estate and Tax Law Changes, Blueprints for Success Executive Lunch Series -2011
Advance Dispute Resolution
University of Missouri
Client Champion Award
Top 10 Estate Planning Attorney
Attorney and Practice Magazine
Top Attorney in North America
Who's Who Legal
10 Best Estate Planning Attorney - Missouri
American Institute of Legal Counse
2016 Trusted Adviser Award
Springfield Business Journal
Principles of Trust Award
Better Business Bureau
A+ Rating
Better Business Bureau
Graduation, With Honors
University of Missouri
Professional Associations
The Missouri Bar  # 56580
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
The Missouri Bar
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  • Free Consultation
    Many, but not all, of our initial consultations are free. During a free consultation clients are typically requesting general information about how a case works, what options are available, how long a case takes, how much it costs, etc. - such as clients interested in creating a new will or trust, setting up a new business, inquiring about a divorce or bankruptcy, or having received a traffic ticket or been charged with a crime, among many other topics. However, if you already have a court case going on, or if you need us to review already existing documents, or need very specific advice specialized to your exact situation, we may charge for our consultation time. In any event, there is never a charge for contacting our firm to ask about whether you qualify for either a free or paid consultation.
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  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Many of our services are done on a flat fee. Some are done hourly. Some contingent.
Practice Areas
Estate Planning
Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
Business Law
Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
Real Estate Law
Commercial Real Estate, Condominiums, Easements, Eminent Domain, Homeowners Association, Land Use & Zoning, Mortgages, Neighbor Disputes, Residential Real Estate, Water Law
Family Law
Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Paternity, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Restraining Orders, Same Sex Family Law
  • English: Spoken, Written
Legal Answers
Q. COVID19 stimulus check made to both me and spouse arrived, he died 3 months ago,how/can I cash this check?
A: May likely require filing a case with the local county probate court where you live. There are several ways this can be done, perhaps even a "small estate", among other ways. In any event, you likely need some sort of authority to sign on his behalf, and probate courts is where you can get that authority. You are welcome to contact me for a more in depth discussion.
Q. Is it legal for a lawyer to ask for a SSN online through an email address?
A: My biggest concern is the first sentence of your question - why would he have to be married to get an inheritance? I have been doing this about 15 years, and have never seen anything like that, sounds a bit like the plot to a Hollywood movie, "must be married, so I must pretend to be his fiance to get the money" - in any event, pretending to be his fiance would not be the same as even pretending to be married, which is what is required (to be married) according to your question... the whole things sounds fishy, if I were you I would want to know a whole lot more before doing anything! Also agree with previous attorney's answer, don't lie!
Q. My husband passed away, the estate is insolvent
A: To fully answer the question, I have several questions that would need to be answered. How was the house titled,k in his name only, or both your names as husband and wife? Was an actual estate opened on his behalf in your local county probate court on his behalf, or not? Who are these other creditors, and are these debts only in your husband's name, or both of your names? Are any of the debts medical debts?

The urgency or requirement to pay these other creditors is going to be heavily dictated by your answers to the above questions. You are welcome to contact me if you want to have a more in depth discussion, if I knew more I could be far more helpful and give some exact answers. There are definitely some scenarios where you might be able to keep some of this money, and other scenarios where that would be more difficult. ... Read More
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The Piatchek Law Firm, LLC
1200 E. Woodhurst, Suite T-200
Springfield, MO 65804
Telephone: (417) 882-5858
Fax: (417) 882-5951
Monday: 8 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Tuesday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed