Most people know that it is important to put an estate plan in place, but many of these folks procrastinate. They feel as though it is something that they can address later on, but unfortunately, in far too many cases, they never get around to it.If you were to die without any estate planning documents, the result would be the condition of intestacy. Under these circumstances, the probate court would supervise the administration of the intestate estate. A personal representative would be … [Read more...] about Don’t Let the State Plan Your Estate
People often think of estate planning as being something that is all about financial matters. It is true that you have to facilitate postmortem asset transfers, but what about the period of time that will precede your passing?An incapacity component should be embedded within every estate plan. This is usually discussed as it applies to the eventualities that await senior citizens. Many elders become unable to make sound decisions due to incapacity triggered by dementia or for some other … [Read more...] about Incapacity Planning for Young Adults
As estate planning lawyers, we feel a great deal of responsibility when it comes to educating people in our community. With the proper planning, you can prepare for the eventualities of aging as you craft your legacy, but a lot of people don’t understand how it’s done. In this blog post, we will share four important pieces of information in a question and answer format.At what age should you put an estate plan in place?This is a very good question. Since the average lifespan is close to 80 … [Read more...] about Estate Planning: Four Questions to Consider
Our elder law attorneys always stress the importance of comprehensive planning. There is no doubt about the fact that some of the matters that must be addressed are not particularly pleasant to consider.At the same time, if you stick your head in the sand and hope for the best, you and your family may wind up paying a considerable price later on. This is a dynamic that definitely applies to the subject of incapacity.Aging and Alzheimer’s DiseaseIt is important to understand the facts … [Read more...] about Incapacity Looms Large During Your Twilight Years
We often discuss the value of living trusts with clients who come in for personal consultations. They typically have many of the same questions, so we have a good understanding of the impressions that many people have about living trusts.In this blog post, we will share a hypothetical conversation between a client and a living trust attorney in an effort to shed some light on the subject.Aren’t living trusts only for very wealthy families?A lot of people are under the impression that … [Read more...] about Understanding Living Trusts
If you start to look into estate planning for the first time, you will invariably hear the term “probate” mentioned quite often. In this post, we will provide some information about the probate court so that you can go forward with a basic understanding of its functions.GuardianshipWhen you think about the concept of guardianship as it applies to estate planning, minor children may come to your mind. This is definitely one type of guardianship, and the probate court has jurisdiction over … [Read more...] about What Does the Probate Court Do?
We all know that passing away is one of the two certainties of life, but in spite of this, the majority of American adults are not properly prepared from an estate planning perspective.A lot of people fail to act because they really don’t know why estate planning is important. Let’s look at three things that you should know about the process, and when you digest this information, you will understand why estate planning is essential.Things Do Not Automatically Fall in PlaceYou may assume … [Read more...] about Estate Planning: The Time Is Now
One of the most common estate planning tools with many benefits is the living trust. Creating a living trust is a very useful way to avoid the time and expense of probate. If you are considering including a living trust as part of your estate plan, you should know more about the living trust benefits you can expect. Our Overland Park living trust attorneys will explain those to you here.What is a Living Trust?A "living trust" is a particular type of trust that becomes effective while you … [Read more...] about Living Trusts: How They Work and Why You Might Need One