I am a native of Lawrence and my family is all from Kansas. While I was in law... more
I am a native of Lawrence and my family is all from Kansas. While I was in law school, my grandma, Evelyn, started developing dementia. She eventually moved from the home where she raised all 4 of her children to a different town to be closer to one of her children who could help take care of her. She lived in a small duplex for a few years but due to her increasing dementia and a couple of ... view profile
I am an attorney at a well-respected law firm in Lawrence, Kansas, in practice for... more
I am an attorney at a well-respected law firm in Lawrence, Kansas, in practice for over fifteen years. While our firm handles virtually all civil matters, the focus of my practice is estate planning and probate administration. In estate planning, I enjoy helping people think through their unique situation and plans, then drafting the appropriate documents – a Will or Living Trust, Powers of A... view profile
Probate is the legal process used to carry out a person's will after their death; a probate attorney advises you on how to perform the steps in the process. In general, once you have identified and collected the dead person's belongings, including their money, property, and other assets, you pay the person's debts and taxes. Once all debts have been paid, you distribute their money and property according to the language of the will. If there is no will, the laws of the state where the dead person lived control how the property is distributed. A probate attorney helps you plan what happens to your property when you die, as they can probate wills and act as your probate court estate representative. A probate attorney also represents family members and beneficiaries wishing to challenge wills.