Professor Emeritus Edwin T. Hood


Ed Hood assists clients of Expat Legal Services Group with complex international tax, business, and estate planning matters. He is an active legal scholar who has coauthored several major legal works and received numerous academic awards. During his long career at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Professor Hood taught 22 different courses with an emphasis in taxation, property, business organizations, trusts and estates, and estate planning, achieving Professor Emeritus status in 2007.

He continues to teach the international tax course at UMKC School of Law and directs a summer study abroad program focused on law of the European Union that he has lead for the last 18 years. Throughout his career, Professor Hood has served as Of Counsel at various firms seeking his unique expertise. Notably, he has served as a court-appointed Special Master and continues to provide expert testimony on complex tax-related matters in his private capacity.

He founded the Hood Law Group with his son, Matthew Hood, in 2011, representing both domestic and international clients in tax, business law, and estate planning matters. His years of experience working both in academia and as a practitioner have allowed him to develop a unique perspective towards navigating the complex legal issues his clients encounter managing their business operations internationally.

His broad knowledge of global tax laws and the interconnectedness of U.S. and foreign legal systems allows him to serve as a trusted advisor to his clients facing challenging legal obstacles. He draws upon decades of experience in the fields of international tax, business, and estate planning and a robust understanding of global comparative law to deliver a complete solution for expat clients.

Contact us now to schedule a consultation with Professor Hood.



Master of Laws, Taxation, New York University School of Law

Juris Doctor, University of Iowa College of Law

Bachelor of Arts, Accounting, University of Iowa



Member of California Bar

Member of Missouri Bar

Member of Iowa Bar

United States Tax Court

American Bar Association

Kansas City, Missouri Bar Association



Visiting Professor of Law, Prifysgol Bangor University School of Law, Wales, United Kingdom, Spring 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016

Director, UMKC Ireland Summer School Program, 1999 to present.

Visiting Professor of Law, Faculty of Law, University College, Dublin, Ireland, 1998

Visiting Professor of Law, Academy of International Taxation, Taiwan, 1985, 1990.



Supplement to Simes and Smith, Law of Future Interests, co-Author with Julie Cheslik. (2016-2017)

Closely Held Businesses in Estate Planning (with Mylan and O’Sullivan), successor edition to Closely Held Corporations in Business and Estate Planning. (Aspen 1998)

Taxation of Limited Liability Companies & Partnerships, co-Author and Editor (UMKC-CLE 1995).

Valuation of Closely Held Business Interests, 65 UMKC Law Review 399 (1997) with Mylan and O’Sullivan.

Golden Parachute Agreements-Reasonable Compensation or Disguised Bribery, 53 UMKC L. Rev. 199 (1985) with Benge.

Tax Cost of Protecting Executives When Corporate Ownership Changes, 36 Tax for Accts 92 (1986) with Benge.

Closely Held Corporations in Business and Estate Planning (with Kurtz and Shors) (1982 by Little Brown & Co.) Two volumes.

Introduction, Symposium: The Value-Added Tax, 6 Journal of Corporation Law 6 (1980).

Intra Family Sale of Control, 1 UMKC Bus. Planning Institute 1 (1978).

Comment, Alimony and Support Payments – Effect of a Questionable Foreign Divorce, 51 Iowa L. Rev. 1125 (1966).



Speaker, Update on New Tax Legislation Society for Financial Services Professionals, (November, 2010)

Speaker, KCMBA CLE on International Taxation (January 2010).

Speaker, Asset Protection, UMKC CLE (October 2009).

Speaker, Living Wills, UMKC Medical School (April, 2005).

Moderator, Film discussion The Lost Boys of Sudan (April, 2005).

Speaker, Choice of Business Entities, UMKC CLE (March, 2002).

Speaker, Shareholder Buyouts for Closel

Tax Considerations in Buy and Sell Agreements and Other Developments in Corporate Taxation After the Tax Reform Act of 1986, Washburn University Annual Seminar of Law.

Developments in Corporate Taxation After the Tax Reform Act of 1986, Washburn University Annual Seminar of Law.

Tax Considerations in Buy/Sell Agreements After the 1986 Act and Recent Developments in Corporate Taxation, 1988 Kansas Tax Conference.

Subchapter C Considerations, UMKC Graduate Tax Program Fourth Annual Seminar on Business Taxation (March 17, 1988).

Unwinding a Transaction, Tax Planning or Tax Fraud, Annual Meeting of the Kansas Bar (May 1985).

Corporate Tax Materials, Academy of International Taxation (co-sponsored by SMU Law School and the Ministry of Finance, Republic of China).



Kansas City’s 2007 Legal Leaders, as recognized by the Kansas City Daily Record (April 2007)

Distinguished Visiting Professor, DePaul University (Fall 2008)

Distinguished Visiting Professor, Suffolk University Law School (Fall 2007)

Ruby M. Hulen Professorship (2001 to August 31, 2007)

University of Missouri Kansas City Professor Emeritus status, (September 2007)

Law School Mentor for the Arthur Mag Fellow (1982, 1984, 1986 and 2005)

Pearson Award for Excellence in Teaching (1993)

University of Kansas City Faculty Fellowship Award for Outstanding Scholarship (1983-84)