Steven L. McKneely
STEVE McKNEELY joined Seale & Ross in 2000 and became a partner in 2005. His practice is focused on assisting individual and family clients with successions, estate and gift tax (planning, including drafting wills, trusts, and advance directives; implementation of plans; trust operation and maintenance; representation before the IRS), federal income tax, and planning for disabled family members, including special needs trusts to preserve eligibility for governmental benefits. Drawing on his business experience, Steve enjoys serving the needs of small and mid-sized businesses and their owners, particularly with entity incorporation/organization (corporations, non-profits, LLCs, partnerships); drafting and enforcement of non-competition, non-disclosure, and employment agreements; agreements among owners (buy/sell, shareholder, and operating agreements); generational transfer, estate planning, and related matters; taxation; and compliance with corporate legal formalities.
A native of Shreveport, Steve attended Louisiana Tech University where he studied business administration and graduated with honors. Steve worked as comptroller and software developer for closely-held businesses in the Lafayette area, serving on their Boards of Directors, before attending LSU’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center. Following graduation with a law degree from LSU, Steve attended Southern Methodist University, where he graduated with a Law Latin Masters (LL.M.) degree in Taxation.
Steve is a Board Certified Estate Planning and Administration Specialist (by the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization), and is past president of the Northshore Estate Planning Council, an association organized to promote the education of its member professionals engaged in estate and trust planning in the parishes of Tangipahoa, St. Tammany, and Washington.
Steve enjoys shooting sports and is a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment and other individual rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution. Contact him if you have questions about whether a gun trust could be useful for firearms ownership or as an element of your estate plan.