Seaton, Seaton & Dierks, L.L.P.

Attorneys at Law

Shelli Clarkston Mertz - Associate

Shelli Clarkston Mertz represents businesses with contract disputes, mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, business planning and formation, dissolutions, obtaining tax-exempt status, and franchise agreements. Shelli also assists businesses with the preparation of buy-sell agreements, bylaws, operating agreements, and a variety of other contracts.

Shelli has represented clients with real estate transactions, including Internal Revenue Code Section 1031 like-kind exchanges. Further, many of Shelli’s clients include property management companies, townhouse cooperatives, and landlords of commercial and residential properties.

Shelli also has an estate planning practice where she assists clients with the preparation of wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and special needs trusts. Shelli utilizes her education and experience in taxation in her estate planning practice.

Shelli attended the University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law where she earned her Masters of Law in Taxation and Juris Doctorate. While at UMKC, Shelli received the award of Outstanding Tax Student from the Kansas City Low Income Tax Clinic. Shelli also served on the executive board of the Ellison Moot Court, served as President of one of UMKC's student organizations, and was a staff member of one of the country's top law journals, the Urban Lawyer. 

In addition, Shelli earned a Masters of Arts in Management with an emphasis in Leadership from Doane College and a Bachelor of Science in Merchandising from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln.

Shelli previously worked for the Tax Institute where she advised hundreds of clients on complex state and federal tax procedures relating to all types of business entities, foreclosures, cancellation of debt, and rental properties.

Shelli has also assisted the Kansas City Low Income Tax Clinic where she worked with IRS Appeals Officers on client Tax Court cases, as well as handled many tax controversy cases dealing with levies, collections, and offers in compromise.

Prior to attending law school Shelli worked in the banking and financial industry for ten years where she worked with clients on personal financial matters, planning, and financial responsibility.

Community Involvement:

            Manhattan Konza Rotary

            Manhattan Chamber of Commerce

            Chamber of Commerce Small Business Advisory Board

            Mercy Auxiliary Board of Directors, Vice President

            Manhattan Referral Network, Vice President

Bar Memberships:

            American Bar Association

            Kansas Bar Association

            Missouri Bar Association

            Riley County Bar Association

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