Paul R. Hales, Attorney at Law, LLC

Firm Overview

My legal practice is focused on personal attention to the needs of individuals, families, and private businesses and nonprofit organizations in the areas of estate planning, business law, personal injury, and health care.

I have been practicing law since 1973 and have been a solo practitioner since 1991.

Example cases

Estate planning cases for individuals and families to address individual needs, children, charitable giving and wealth preservation. Formation of limited liability companies, corporation and nonprofit organizations to address business planning needs. Litigation on behalf of individual, business and nonprofit clients.

Main Office
City House in Grand Center 3534 Washington Ave.
St. Louis  MO  63103-1019
  • (314) 534-3534
  • (314) 534-0444


Free Initial Consultation?
I will do an initial 30 minute consultation for free. However, I will not review documents prepared by the prospective client for free.
Services Offered For Fixed Fees?
I offer fixed price services for estate planning documents and business organization. When appropriate, I will take a case on a contingent fee basis with my fee to be paid from the proceeds of a litigated or negotiated settlement.
Hourly Rates

Office Information

Office Hours
Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Emergency After Hours
Languages Spoken
Bosnian and Spanish.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

I like the fact that the circumstances of each case are different and I like to help solve problems for clients.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

I appreciate clients who educate themselves about their own cases and I take care to explain the law as it relates to facts of each client's case.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I find that a client who has prepared a document is well prepared to discuss his or her own needs. I am willing to review those documents and discuss recommendations as necessary.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

I am not willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves in court because of the possibility of a misunderstanding that might be considered my professional error. If I am to be involved in a case in which a client must appear in any official proceeding, I insist on taking full responsibility for the client's legal representation.

Paul R. Hales

I was a partner in the law firm of Goldstein and Price and then the Vice President of Korte Construction Company before becoming a solo practitioner.

I have learned from 35 years of legal and business experience and work in the community that it is most important to listen closely to the facts of each case and the needs of each client. I am much more attuned to, and aware of, the human nuances of a case than I was as a younger lawyer. That enables me to provide better, more professional service.

I believe the law should be both an approachable and distinguished profession. Accordingly, my style is personal, direct and professional. My office in a Victorian townhouse I restored in the mid-town St. Louis arts and theater district reflects the care I take in my work and my commitment to change things for the better.

Personal interests:

My most important personal interest is my family. Other interests include community improvement, education and public policy.

  • Bar Number: 25105
    Missouri , 1973
  • Columbia University School of Law
    Juris Doctor , 1973
    New York, NY
  • Wesleyan University
    Bachelor of Arts , 1967
    Middletown, CT
    Liberal Arts

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