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Kurt Tjaden counsels clients on their personal estate planning objectives and business succession planning objectives.

Kurt has advised and represented individuals and businesses in tax controversies before the IRS. He advises clients on tax strategy for business and personal use. Additionally, he advises clients on general corporate matters. He has also served as an Estate and Business Planning Seminars instructor at the University of Nebraska College of Law.

Kurt has been recognized for Private Wealth Law by Chambers High Net Worth Guide, 2017-2023. The publication noted client feedback, including:

"He's done a fabulous job for us," says one client, adding: "I can't calculate the theoretical savings, they're off the chart. He's always proactive and he does a good job of working to understand our goals and what we're trying to do."  

"If you want an estate plan that is technically superior, that is leading-edge in terms of planning for federal and Nebraska state taxes, Kurt would be the guy I would use."

Kurt has also been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® since 2008 for his work in Trusts and Estates, Tax Law, and Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law; named to the Great Plains Super Lawyers list; and is AV Preeminent® Rated in Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.

News & Publications

Speaking Engagements


Honors & Affiliations

Honors & Awards

American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Fellow
The Best Lawyers in America®, Trusts and Estates, Tax Law, and Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law, 2008-2024
Chambers High Net Worth Guide, Private Wealth Law, 2017-2023
Omaha Magazine Top Lawyers of Omaha, Wills, Estates & Trusts, 2021
Super Lawyers, 2009-2012; 2016-2022

Community & Professional

Nebraska, Omaha and American Bar Associations
Omaha Estate Planning Council, Member and Past President
Great Plains Federal Tax Institute, Board Member and Past President
American Red Cross Heartland Chapter, Board of Directors, Past Member
Catholic Charities Foundation, Board of Directors, Past Member
University of Notre Dame Club of Omaha, Board of Directors, Past Member and Past President
Nebraska State Bar Foundation, Fellow


J.D., University of Nebraska, 1983

  • Moot Court Board

B.B.A., University of Notre Dame, 1980

  • Accounting


  • State of Nebraska
    U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska
    U.S. Tax Court
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