Parman & Easterday, LLP provides skilled legal services to clients in Wyandotte County who need help with estate planning or who are coping with the illness, injury, or death of a close family member or friend. Our legal team is here for you during difficult times in your life to help you protect your assets and loved ones. We also help you plan ahead to achieve financial security and take care of yourself and your family. Give us a call to find out more.
Life in Wyandotte County
Wyandotte County is the fourth largest county in the state of Kansas by population. As of the most recent census, Wyandotte County was home to more than 157,500 people. The county is home to Kansas City, which is the most well-populated city within Wyandotte County and is also the county seat.
Wyandotte County is located directly to the west of Kansas City, Missouri. It is named after a group of Indians who called themselves Wendat, but who were known as the Wyandott or Wyandotte Indians. The county was first organized back in 1859 and by 1880 it had become the site of a smelting and refining company that employed more than 250 men. It was also a dry county, and remained that way until an amendment in the Kansas constitution in 1986.
Today, Wyandotte County’s economy is thriving, in part because of the county’s location at the intersection of Interstate 435 and Interstate 75. The county is home to Hollywood Casino and to the Kansas Speedway, both of which bring in many visitors. The county spans 156 square miles, just 4.6 square miles of which are water. Although it is one of the largest Kansas counties by population, it is the smallest county in terms of area in the entire state.
Seniors in Wyandotte County
In Wyandotte County, approximately 11.7 percent of county residents was aged 65 or older as of the most recent census. Many seniors in Wyandotte County live alone. In fact, census data from the most recent census showed that 10 percent of households in the county were made up of someone 65 or older who was living alone.
Seniors often require community resources and assistance. This can be especially true for seniors who live by themselves, rather than with a spouse or with other family members. There are many opportunities for seniors in Wyandotte County to take advantage of programs and services that are catered towards the elderly.
The Official Website of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas, has a page that is dedicated to the Area Agency on Aging. According to the website: “The agency administers programs that provide a continuum of care, including information and referral, home delivered and congregate meals, in-home services, and nursing home assessments.”
The site can put seniors in touch with case managers who can help coordinate access to benefits that improve their quality of life, help them maintain their independence, and help them stay healthy. There is also a link to information about in-home services for seniors, nutritional programs, and additional resources where seniors can turn for assistance. Details are also provided about caregiver programs in the area.
Seniors should take full advantage of all the different benefits that help enrich their lives. Many older people should also get help from elder law attorneys who can provide guidance on making a legacy plan, protecting assets as they age, and preparing in case of illness or incapacity. Parman & Easterday helps seniors, and people of all ages, address the issues that matter when it comes to becoming more secure and taking care of the people you love.
Courts in Wyandotte County
Parman & Easterday provides help with the creation of an incapacity plan so guardianship or conservatorship proceedings can be avoided. If there is no incapacity plan in place and a friend or family member is very sick or badly injured, it may become necessary to have the incapacitated person declared to be a ward. The probate court will determine if the sick or injured person is truly incapacitated. If so, the court will appoint a guardian or conservator.
Parman & Easterday, LLP also provides help if you must go to court to wind up the affairs of the estate after a death. After most people pass away, probate is necessary. During probate, a will is validated and assets are transferred according to the deceased’s instructions in the will. If there is no will, intestacy law will apply to determine how assets are transferred during probate.
While assets that transfer during trust administration do not typically require the involvement of the probate court to move to new owners, there are also situations where problems arise with trust administration and going to court does become necessary.
In any situations where the probate court must become involved, the proceedings need to take place where the incapacitated or deceased person was domiciled (where he lived). The District Court for the 29th Judicial District is the proper court for people living in Wyandotte County. The telephone number to reach the probate department of this court is 913-573-2834.
Going to court can be a complicated process, so you should strongly consider reaching out to Parman & Easterday for help navigating any proceedings that you have before the court.
Getting Help with Estate Planning in Wyandotte County
Parman & Easterday knows the local courts in Wyandotte County and can help you navigate through your interactions with the probate court when a loved one dies or when you must pursue guardianship or conservatorship proceedings.
Our legal team can also assist you in making a comprehensive legacy plan, financial plan, or incapacity plan so you are prepared to build a secure future. Give us a call today at (913) 385-9400 or contact us online to find out more about how our legal team can assist you.