We would like to thank our neighbors in Paola, Kansas for visiting our website. As the county seat of Miami County, Kansas, Paola is a small, charming community with lots of history. Only 20 minutes south of the Kansas City metropolitan area, it is one of the fastest growing counties in the state.
Get to Know Paola
Paola Pathways is a trail system currently in development with the approval of the Paola City Council. The trail system will connect vital locations throughout the city including schools, parks, and recreational facilities. The multi-use trails are meant to be family-friendly and non-motorized, consisting of a variety of surfaces and distances intended for walkers, runners, and bicyclists.
When visiting Paola, you don’t want to miss the beautiful Historic Downtown Park Square. Historically, the Park Square was a gathering place for local Indian tribes, as far back as the 1800s. Then, it was the place for horse racing, parades, and celebrations of all kinds. Today, Park Square is the site of the Roots Festival in August and many other special celebrations throughout the year, including the Sesquicentennial Celebration. You can also see the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony, including a visit from Santa, while enjoying carriage rides with your family through the historic streets.
In the center of Paola’s Historic Park Square you can admire the charming fountain and Victorian Gazebo. The prime location for many romantic weddings, the Gazebo was historically a Bandstand built in 1867. The current Gazebo, completed in 1913, was designed by architect George Washburn.
Quality Business, Medical Care, and Education in Paola
Historic downtown Paola is not the only attraction in this charming town. The Baptiste Drive corridor provides a bustling business district where you can find everything you may need to stock your pantry and take care of your household or your farming needs. There are many great restaurants, banks, automobile dealers and other thriving businesses along the corridor.
Paola provides quality health care for its residents through various health care providers, including the Miami County Medical Center, which is owned and operated by the Olathe Health Systems, Inc. The Medical Center is a modern facility that continues to improve the quality of services provided to the Paola community.
As with any thriving community, providing quality education is a must. The Paola Unified School District 368 has developed an impressive reputation, serving approximately 2,000 K-12 children. There is also a satellite campus for Fort Scott Community College located in Paola, which offers flexible class options and schedules to meet the needs of the community.
Estate Planning for Paola Residents
Estate planning is one way to prepare yourself and your family for death and even for the possibility of incapacity during your lifetime. There are a several different options when it comes to estate planning tools. Which ones are best for you will depend on your unique goals for the future. Your Kansas estate planning attorney can help.
The legal definition of incapacity is the ability to comprehend the consequences of certain legal proceedings, including entering into contracts or signing legal documents. Incapacity could be caused by either a physical or mental condition and can be temporary or permanent. Now, when it comes to estate planning matters, incapacity refers to the ability of an individual to manage his or her own affairs and to make important legal decisions for themselves. Without an appropriate estate plan that addresses incapacity issues, you could end up being appointed a court-supervised conservator or guardian.
The other purpose of estate planning is to create a plan for handling your estate after your death. One of the primary estate planning instruments used to establish what to do with your assets after your death is the Last Will and Testament, or will for short. A will is essential a set of written instructions on how your estate should be distributed after your death. A will can also provide a way for you to nominate a guardian for your children minor. A disadvantage of a will, however, is that your estate must go through the probate process before your assets can be distributed.
If you have questions regarding wills, trusts, or any other estate planning matters, contact Gaughan & Connealy for a consultation either online or by calling us at (913) 262-2000.