There is no time like the present to get your affairs in order. Establishing an estate plan is one of the most important steps you can take to protect yourself and your loved ones in the event of death or disability. Proper estate planning not only puts you in charge of your finances, it can also spare your loved ones of the expense, delay and frustration associated with managing your affairs upon your death or disability.
Because estate planning is about taking care of yourself and those you love, there is no financial threshold you must meet in order to qualify for planning. The qualifications are simple and twofold: first, you must care about someone or want to have some level of control over your life, health, and assets; and, second, you must be age 18 or older. Estate planning is the creation of your written instructions combined with the legal language necessary to accomplish your goals. If you want to control how things are handled for the rest of your life and after your death, you must have your own estate plan. Your instructions will protect and provide for you, your spouse or partner, children, pets, assets, goals, and legacy.
If you are undergoing a change in your life, such as a marriage or divorce, birth of a child or adoption, loss of a loved one, retirement, selling or purchasing a business, or receipt of an inheritance, your estate planning needs will likely change. This is a great time to contact us to assist in your estate planning to help you make these life transitions.
Our experienced estate planning attorneys, who are licensed in Kansas, Missouri, and other states, assist clients of all generations and with estates of all sizes in a comprehensive, cost-efficient, and timely manner, focusing on the following areas of practice:
- Preparation of documents necessary for comprehensive estate plan, including Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney, and Living Will Declarations
- Probate Avoidance Strategies
- Asset Protection Planning
- Business Succession Planning
- Charitable Giving
- Wealth Transfer Strategies
- Probate and Trust Administration
- Elder Law
- Special Needs Planning
- Trust and Estate Litigation and Dispute Resolution
- Estate and Gift Taxation
- Prenuptial Agreements
- Retirement Beneficiary Designations