"Intestacy" is the term used when one dies without a valid last will. Some people are under the impression that the government takes your property if you die estate. The reality is that legal rules of descent determine who will inherit your property. If you are married your closest relative is your surviving spouse and he or she will inherit some or all of your property, depending on whether you have children, if you die without a will. This does not mean there's no reason for you to … [Read more...] about Estate Planning For Domestic Partners
When devising a comprehensive long-term financial plan, it is important to take steps to protect your assets. Individuals in certain professions are naturally vulnerable to creditors and claimants and, if you do not take action to shield your personal resources, the consequences can be devastating. … [Read more...] about Are Your Assets In Harm’s Way?
Overland Park probate attorneys provide assistance with all different issues that arise in probate court. While many people are aware of the need to go to probate court after a death has occurred so assets can transfer to new owners, this is not the only situation where probate proceedings may be necessary. It may also become necessary to go to probate court if a loved one has become incapacitated without an incapacity plan in place. Under these circumstances, going … [Read more...] about Understanding Guardianship Proceedings in Probate Court
Guardians and Conservators: Commonly Asked Questions from Larry Parman Answers to commonly asked questions about guardianship and conservatorship in Oklahoma and Kansas. … [Read more...] about Guardians and Conservators: Commonly Asked Questions
We've recently looked at a number of questions surrounding guardianships in Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma. This week we will wrap up our brief series by looking at additional issues we haven't covered. As with any questions or issues about guardianships, it's important that you talk to us for personalized advice if you need assistance. Our information is designed to be educational and helpful, but it is never a substitute for advice from your personal … [Read more...] about More Guardianship Questions
Over the past several weeks we have looked at some essential issues surrounding guardians in Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma. Today we will look at what you can do when it comes to choosing your guardian. While we have looked at the kinds of guardians, the types of responsibilities they have, and the process of appointing a guardian, we haven't addressed the question of whether you can choose your own guardian, or whether you can exert any control over the guardianship … [Read more...] about Choosing Your Guardian
Questions about guardians, conservators, and similar issues commonly arise in a number of estate planning situations. Whenever someone is legally unable to make at least some decisions, a court can appoint a guardian, conservator, or both. Today we start a multi-part series on guardians, conservators, and the issues that surround them so you can have a better understanding of these important issues. Though the terminology surrounding these issues, and some of the particular details, will differ … [Read more...] about Guardians, Conservators, and More – Frequently Asked Questions
Since we are often asked about guardianships and conservators, we thought we would take a closer look at the legal process involved in choosing a guardian or conservator. What happens? What will the court do? What can you do? While the answers to this question will differ slightly depending on where you live and the individual circumstances you face, there are general principles that apply to almost every situation. Today we will answer some of these questions so you will … [Read more...] about How Does a Court Choose a Guardian or Conservator?
We recently began a multi-part discussion on guardians and conservators by looking at some common questions. Today we want to expand on that discussion by taking a close look at the duties of a guardian or conservator. What does a guardian do on a daily basis? What duties can a conservator expect to perform? Let's take a look. Guardians, Conservators, and More: What does a guardian do? Guardians protect the interests of the incapacitated ward because the ward is legally incapable of … [Read more...] about Guardians, Conservators, and More – What Does a Guardian/Conservator do?
What happens when people in Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma own foreign property and want to create an estate plan? How can you ensure the property located in a different country will pass in accordance with your wishes? While most people will never have to answer these questions, people who own foreign property need to pay special attention to this issue. What happens to property located in different countries can be incredibly complicated, and require careful planning and attention to … [Read more...] about Estate Planning With Foreign Property