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B. J. Hickert is a partner in the Topeka law firm Newbery Ungerer & Hickert LLP, where his main areas of practice are estate planning, business, tax, probate and trust law. He graduated cum laude from Benedictine College in 1977; received his J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law in 1980; and obtained an LL.M. in Taxation from the University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Law in 1995. B. J. taught the estate and gift tax course as an Adjunct Professor at Washburn University School of Law and/or Kansas University School of Law for the last 12 years.  During 2008, B. J. was admitted as a Fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.  He frequently provides continuing legal education programs regarding tax, trust administration, estate planning and business issues.


  • Young v. Graves, No. 04-P-51 (Douglas County, Kansas), successfully defended trustee
  • Royd-Sykes v. Dicken, No. 95,053, Decided September 15, 2006, successfully asserted claims against trustee
  • Hiltgen, et al v. Brady, el al, No. 13-109538-A (Kansas Court of Appeals); successfully defended claims against trustee
  • Stephan v. Martin, No. 16-115003-A (Kansas Court of Appeals); successfully defended claims against financial power of attorney agent

Education and Professional Designations:

  • LL.M, Taxation – University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, 1995
  • JD – University of Kansas School of Law, 1980
  • BA, Cum Laude – Benedictine College, 1977 (Student Government President)


  • Newbery Ungerer & Hickert, LLP, Topeka, Kansas, Partner/Owner (2001-Present)
  • Kansas University School of Law, Adjunct Professor (2013-Present)
  • Washburn University School of Law, Adjunct Professor (2006-2014)
  • Newbery & Ungerer, Topeka, Kansas, Associate Attorney (1997-2000)
  • Berger & Carmody, P.A., Lawrence, Kansas, Private Practice (1996-1997)
  • Senior Attorney, FDIC/RTC Professional Liability Section, Kansas City (1990-1995)
  • Morrison, Hecker, Curtis, Kuder & Parrish, Wichita, Kansas, Associate and Partner (1983-1989)
  • Gott, Young & Bogle, Wichita, Kansas, Associate Attorney (1980-1983)

Professional and Civic Affiliations:

  • Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (2008-Present)
  • Catholic Foundation of Northeast Kansas, Director (2014-Present)
  • The Villages, Inc., Director (2006-2016); Treasurer (2008-2015)
  • Chamber Foundation, Director (2006-2014)
  • Topeka Knife & Fork Club – Director (2005)
  • Northeast Kansas Society of Financial Service Professionals – Director (2003-2005)
  • Leadership Greater Topeka – Class Member (2004)
  • Recipient of Annual Martin Henry Award for Volunteerism (2003)
  • Knights of Columbus, Lawrence, Kansas – Grand Knight (1997-1999)
  • Columbus Homes Association, Inc., Lawrence, Kansas – Director (1992-1997)
  • Admitted to Kansas, Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals and Tax Courts
  • American, Kansas and Shawnee County Bar Associations


  •  “Health Care: A Simple Prescription,” Tax Notes, February 20, 1995


  • Business & Estate Planning after the 2017 Tax Act, Lawrence, KS (2018)
  • Estate Planning for the Off-Farm Generation, Topeka and Overland Park, KS (2017)
  • Income Taxation of Estates and Trusts, Topeka, KS (2016)
  • Estate Planning Update: Implications of Portability, Lawrence, KS (2016)
  • ABC’s of Estate Planning: An Estate and Charitable Planning Update, Topeka, KS (2015)
  • Will Charitable Trusts Reduce Taxes, Manhattan, Kansas (2015)
  • Farm & Ranch Estate Planning, Topeka, Kansas (2014)
  • Estate Planning: Impact of Portability and Increased Income Tax Rates, Topeka, Kansas (2014)
  • Planned Giving: Maximizing Benefits of Charitable Gifts, Manhattan, Kansas (2014)
  • Estate Taxation and Income Tax Update, Topeka and Lawrence, Kansas (2013)
  • Estate Taxation, Topeka, Kansas (2012)
  • Estate Administration Ethical Issues, Overland Park, Kansas (2012)
  • New Estate Planning Issues and Ideas, Topeka, Kansas (2011)
  • Trust Review Checklist, Topeka, Kansas (2010)
  • Top Ten Gifts, Manhattan, Kansas (2010)
  • Key Provisions of Trust Agreements, Topeka, Kansas (2010)
  • Water Depletion, Topeka, Kansas (2009)
  • Trust Review Checklist, Topeka, Kansas (2008)
  • Non-Probate Transfer Issues, Topeka, Kansas (2007)
  • New Kansas Estate Tax, Topeka, Kansas (2006)
  • Business Transaction Conflicts of Interest, Manhattan, Kansas (2005)
  • New Kansas Trust Statutes, Topeka, Kansas (2005)
  • Kansas Estate Tax, Topeka, Kansas (2005)
  • Trustee Risks and Responsibilities, Lawrence and Topeka, Kansas (2005)
  • Legal Issues Involved in Structuring a Business, Overland Park, Kansas (2003, 2004 & 2005)
  • Kansas Trust Course, Wichita and Overland Park, Kansas (2003, 2004 & 2005)
  • Planning for Business, Topeka, Kansas (2004)
  • Choice of Entity: Coming of Age, Kansas City, Missouri (2003)
  • Extracting “Captured” Income from C-Corporations, Topeka, Kansas (2002)
  • Kansas Estate Planning Course, Wichita and Overland Park, Kansas (2002)
  • Business Legal and Tax Planning, Topeka, Kansas (2002)
  • Choice of Business Entity, Topeka, Kansas (2001)
  • Long Term Care-A Legal and Financial Analysis, Topeka, Kansas (2001)
  • Key Issues in Estate Planning and Probate, Topeka, Kansas (2000)
  • Family Limited Partnerships and Limited Liability Companies, Topeka, Kansas (2000)
  • Basic Probate Procedures and Practice in Kansas, Topeka, Kansas (1999 & 2000)
  • Setting Up a Small Business, Topeka, Kansas (1999)
  • Kansas Probate: Beyond the Basics, Topeka, Kansas (1999)
  • Planning for Long-Term Care, Wichita, Kansas (1998)
  • Taxation of Repossessed Real Estate, Topeka, Kansas (1998)
  • Family-Owned Business Exclusion, Lawrence, Kansas (1998)
Practice Areas
  • Estate and Gift Taxation
  • Taxation
  • Trusts and Estates
  • Probate
  • Wills
  • Business Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Partnership Law
  • 1997, U.S. Tax Court; 1980, Kansas and U.S. District Court, District of Kansas; 1981 U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit