Lauren E. Surdyke

St. Louis, Missouri Attorney

Phone: 314-244-3604

Location: Clayton, Missouri
Fax: 314-727-2101

Lauren E. Surdyke focuses her practice on estate planning and business transactional matters. She has particular interest in charitable planning and estate planning with complex family situations. She also assists non-profit organizations by advising boards of directors on operational matters and preparing applications for tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Ms. Surdyke graduated with honors from Saint Louis University School of Law with a Concentration in Taxation, focusing on taxation of trusts and estates. She spent two years at a large financial services firm, where she reviewed high net worth estate plans and assisted in the development of strategies to maximize wealth.

Ms. Surdyke currently resides in St. Louis with her husband, Elliot, and their three children. When she is not working, she enjoys volunteering at Best Buddies Missouri and Twin Oaks Christian School.

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Recent Posts by Lauren Surdyke

June 5, 2020 in Estate Planning, Lauren Surdyke Featured

What is the Difference Between a “Do Not Resuscitate” Order and an Advance Health Care Directive?

By: Lauren E. Surdyke The terms “Do Not Resuscitate Order” and “Living Will” are not the same. Many clients think…
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December 11, 2019 in Estate Planning, Lauren Surdyke Featured

Living Will v. Last Will and Testament: Defining our Terms

By: Lauren E. Surdyke Many people I encounter are not aware that “living wills” and “last wills and testaments” are…
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April 3, 2019 in Estate Planning, Lauren Surdyke Featured

Missouri Grants Fiduciaries Access to Online Accounts

By: Lauren E. Surdyke Have you ever wondered what will become of your email accounts, social media accounts, or cryptocurrency…
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Bar Admissions

  • Missouri, 2016
  • Illinois, 2020


  • Saint Louis University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri
    • J.D., with honors, Concentration in Taxation
    • Saint Louis University Law Journal, Staff Member, 2013
  • Missouri Baptist University, Saint Louis, Missouri
    • B.S. (Magna Cum Laude) – 2012
    • Honors: History Department Award (2012), President’s Scholar
    • Major: History, Minor: Business Administration

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • St. Louis County Bar Association, Executive Committee Member, 2019 to Present
  • Best Buddies Missouri, 2016 – Present
  • Board Member, Twin Oaks Christian School
  • International Institute, 2007 – 2010
  • Missouri Baptist Children’s Home, 2016 – Present