Deborah J. Smiley

Estate Planning, Corporate and Banking

Deborah J. Smiley specializes in estate and business planning and estate and trust administration. Her practice includes trust and estate planning, general business and corporate planning, real estate transactions, probate and trust administration and tax planning. Deborah advises clients on various wealth management issues, including asset protection and preservation, business succession and sale, estate and business planning and retirement planning.

Inspiring families and business owners to plan for the inevitable is the keystone of Deborah’s practice. She develops and nurtures relationships with her clients. Being responsive and setting clear expectations with clients is crucial to her practice.

As a Certified Financial Planner, Deborah spent eight years in wealth management for large trust companies where she handled client’s financial planning needs. The CFP® certification ensures that a professional adheres to the principles of integrity, objectivity, competence, fairness, confidentiality, professionalism and diligence when dealing with clients.

Deborah also hold the designation of Accredited Estate Planner®. The Accredited Estate Planner® (AEP®) designation is a graduate level specialization in estate planning, obtained in addition to already recognized professional credentials within the various disciplines of estate planning. It is awarded by the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils (NAEPC) to recognize estate planning professionals who meet stringent requirements of experience, knowledge, education, professional reputation, and character. Deborah is also a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.

Prior to beginning her estate and business planning practice, Deborah litigated State and Federal cases in Missouri, with a focus on Title VII cases, including co-chairing two federal jury trials and one St. Louis City jury trial. She also practiced in the areas of domestic relations, intellectual property and criminal defense.

Education ▾

  • University of Kentucky – B.A., Political Science Cum Laude
  • University of Kentucky Law School – J.D.


  • Estate Planning Council of St. Louis, Board Member
  • Past Chair of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis’s Probate and Trust Committee
  • Cardinal Glennon Hospital, Board Member
  • St. Louis Missouri Humane Society’s Steering Committee, Board Member


  • Missouri Bar