Charles Cole was born in El Dorado, Kansas, on November 30, 1947. After graduating from high school in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, Mr. Cole attended the University of Oklahoma and received a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering in 1970. He was awarded his Juris Doctor degree from the same institution in 1973. Mr. Cole joined Fleeson, Gooing, Coulson & Kitch in 1999. nnWhile in law school, Mr. Cole was a member of the Oklahoma Law Review and served as Case Note Editor. He graduated as a member of the Order of the Coif, a legal honorary society.
Since moving to Wichita in 1973, Mr. Cole has centered his practice in the field of Estate Planning. He assists clients in establishing wills, revocable trusts, and various other phases of complex estate planning. Often, this includes business succession planning and the creation of business entities such as family limited partnerships, corporations, and limited liability companies.
For several years, Mr. Cole was course instructor for the American College Estate Planning Course, offered through Newman University in Wichita, Kansas, to practicing attorneys, trust officers, CPAs, and CLUs. He has made presentations on Estate Planning topics and legal ethics to numerous professional and civic groups, including the Kansas Bar Association, the Wichita Bar Association, the Kansas Chapter of AICPAs, the Wichita Estate Planning Council, and the Wichita Independent Businessmen’s Association. Mr. Cole is a regular participant in the Fleeson, Gooing, Coulson & Kitch Estate Planning Symposium.
In 1992, Mr. Cole became a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. He is recognized in The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Trusts & Estates and Elder Law, and in Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers in the areas of Estate Planning and Probate.
Mr. Cole is a member of the Wichita Bar Association, the Kansas Bar Association, and the Wichita Estate Planning Council, and he was a charter member of the Wichita Estate Planning Forum. He is former chair of the Probate Practice Section of the Wichita Bar.
Mr. Cole and his wife, Janice, have two grown sons.