Your estate plan should be the most important set of legal documents you create and execute over the course of your lifetime. It will also likely be a highly personal and often sensitive process that requires the assistance of an experienced and knowledgeable estate planning attorney. Choosing the right attorney to help you with your estate plan is the first step toward creating a plan that helps protect you, your assets, and your loved ones. At Parman & Easterday we would be honored to sit down with you and discuss how we can help you create your Fairway, Kansas, estate plan.
Located along the Missouri border in Johnson County, the City of Fairway, Kansas, covers just over one square mile and had a population of 3,882 people as of the 2010 Census. Fairway, however, is also part of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area which has over two million residents.
Until the area was settled by European emigrants, the area now known as Fairway was inhabited primarily by the Shawnee. In 1839, the Shawnee Methodist Mission was moved to the area and a school for the Shawnee was established. After the American Civil War, the Shawnee, like many Native American tribes, were relocated to Indian Territory (present-day Oklahoma). The mission is now a National Historic Landmark and is operated as a museum. During the early part of the 20th century, as nearby Kansas City grew, so did its suburbs. In the 1930s, a developer laid out a subdivision near a golf course. The subdivision was named Fairway because of its proximity to several driving ranges. In 1949, that subdivision became its own town when the City of Fairway, known as “The City of Trees,” was incorporated.
Parman & Easterday in the Fairway, Kansas, Community
At Parman & Easterday we are committed to serving the estate planning needs of our friends and neighbors in the Fairway, Kansas community. We believe that estate planning is vital for everyone and is best accomplished when you have an ongoing relationship with your attorney which is why our goal is to create a lifelong partnership with our clients. By doing this we believe we can help you create an estate plan that protects you, your assets and your loved ones both now and in the future.
Creating your estate plan will be one of the most important endeavors of your lifetime. Once your estate plan is in place, it should do much more than simply dictate what happens to your assets when you are gone. While creating a plan for the distribution of your assets is part of a comprehensive estate plan, a well thought out plan should also help protect and grow those assets while you are here as well as ensure that they are available to provide for loved ones in the event of your incapacity or death. Your initial estate plan may focus entirely on creating a plan for the distribution of your estate assets in the event of your untimely demise; however, as you progress through the stages of your life, changes in your life will require corresponding changes to your estate plan. If you marry, for example, you will want to include your spouse as a beneficiary in your plan. Becoming a parent will also cause you to start thinking about things such as incapacity planning, probate avoidance, and other estate planning issues for parents with minor children. As your asset portfolio grows, you may need to incorporate asset protection and tax avoidance strategies into your estate plan.
Retirement planning and Medicaid planning will also need to be considered as early on in your life as possible to reap the maximum benefits from those plans. Finally, if you have strong beliefs regarding end-of-life medical care and/or about how your body should be handled after your death, it is imperative that you include advance directives as well as funeral and burial planning components in your comprehensive estate plan to ensure your wishes are honored at the end of your life. The estate planning attorneys at Parman & Easterday would be honored to help you create an estate plan that protects everything dear to you, both now and in the future.
If you have questions or concerns regarding your estate plan, or wish to make an appointment to get started on an estate plan, contact the experienced Fairway, Kansas estate planning attorneys at Parman & Easterday by calling 405-843-6100 to schedule your appointment today.