A well drafted and implemented estate plan can accomplish a wide range of inter-connected goals that go way beyond simply planning for the distribution of your estate assets after you are gone. Knowing that, selecting an estate planning attorney to help you with that plan should be done with care. At Parman & Easterday we are committed to helping you create a Shawnee, Kansas, estate plan that accomplishes all of your goals, including the protection of both your loved ones and the material wealth you accumulate over the course of your lifetime.
Located in Johnson County, along the eastern border of Kansas, the City of Shawnee covers approximately 43 square miles and had a population of 62,209 as of the 2010 Census.
At the turn of the 19th Century, the first European hunters entered what was then “Indian Country.” Shortly thereafter, in 1803, the area now known as Shawnee, along with thousands of acres to the east, north, and west, were acquired by the United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase. Following that purchase, the famous duo of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark explored the Louisiana Purchase by order of President Thomas Jefferson. In 1825, the Shawnee Indian treaties were signed, resulting in the removal of the Shawnee from Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Missouri to Kansas. Modern day Johnson County served as the Shawnee’s headquarters for many years to come. Over the next decade, 1,600 Shawnee Indians relocate to Kansas to the reservation. During the same time, European settlers began moving into the area and creating settlements. In 1854, another treaty was signed with the Shawnee that resulted in many of them being uprooted yet again to Oklahoma. That same year, Kansas became a territory and Shawneetown was incorporated two years later, on August 10, 1856.
Throughout the last half of the 20th century, Kansas becomes a state and the population continues to grow. In 1922, Shawneetown was re-incorporated as Shawnee, a city of the 3rd class and would go on to become a city of the first class in 1971. In 2007, Shawnee was named one of the Top 25 Most Affordable Suburbs in the Country and in 2008 the city was named as one of two communities in the State of Kansas and one of 89 communities in the United States to be designated as a Bicycle Friendly Community. Just two years later, in 2010, Shawnee was also recognized by Money Magazine in its annual “Best Places To Live” survey, placing 17th in the United States ranking. Shawnee was recognized for its affordable housing, air quality index, and median commute time.
Parman & Easterday in the Shawnee, Kansas, Community
At Parman & Easterday we have dedicated our practice to the issues we feel matter most to our friends and neighbors – protecting yourself, your assets, and your loved ones through the creation of a comprehensive estate plan. Working with the right estate planning attorney is crucial to the creation of that plan. Knowing how difficult it can be to discuss highly personal financial and family matters with a virtual stranger though is one of the many reasons why we strive to create lifelong relationships with our Shawnee, Kansas, estate planning clients.
Estate planning is not something that is accomplished in one sitting. In fact, your estate plan is something that should change and evolve with you throughout the course of your lifetime. For this reason, it is imperative that you choose your estate planning attorney with care and that you develop a successful working relationship with your attorney.
Your initial estate plan may consist of nothing more than a simple Last Will and Testament. That simple Will, however, will begin to seem inadequate if you get married and/or become a parent. The same applies as your estate assets grow over the years. The more you have to protect, the more complex your estate plan will need to become. Marriage may cause you to want to make changes to your beneficiary designations within your plan, especially if you become a parent. You may also want your new spouse to take over fiduciary roles within your plan, such as Executor, Agent, or Trustee. The desire to provide for a minor child may prompt the addition of a trust to your plan because your child cannot inherit directly from your estate. Having a family should prompt you to worry about the possibility of your own incapacity and the need to include incapacity planning in your overall estate plan as well. The growth both in size and value of your estate assets may also call for the inclusion of asset protection as well as probate and tax avoidance strategies to your plan.
As retirement looms on the horizon, long-term care and Medicaid planning should be incorporated into your estate plan unless you can afford the high cost of long-term care out of pocket. If you have strong beliefs with regard to end-of-life care, a living Will and/or an advance directive should also be part of your estate plan. Funeral and burial planning should also be included in your estate plan if you want to ensure that your wishes are honored after you are gone. Your unique needs, such as LGBT estate planning, business succession planning, or special needs planning will also be incorporated into your estate plan to create a unique plan that reflects your needs and accomplishes all your goals.
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 Shawnee, Kansas estate planning attorneys at Parman & Easterday by calling 913-385-9400 to schedule your appointment today.