William G. Hammond, J.D., is the founding partner of the Elder and Disability Law... more
William G. Hammond, J.D., is the founding partner of the Elder and Disability Law Firm, P.A., in Overland Park, Kansas. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame (B.A. Govt. 1977) and the University of Notre Dame Law School (J.D. 1980). Mr. Hammond, licensed to practice law in Kansas and Missouri, is an author and lecturer. He is co-author of The Kansas and Missouri Nursing Home Guide an... view profile
Stephen is one of the founding partners of Lehnardt & Lehnardt, LLC. His focus with... more
Stephen is one of the founding partners of Lehnardt & Lehnardt, LLC. His focus with clients is as a professional legal counselor, although he likes to refer to himself as "an enabler" who first listens to discover what his clients need and want, and then counsels with his clients to help them get what they want... legally. Whether estate planning, asset protection planning, business counsel, ... view profile
I practiced in Phillipsburg, Kansas with my father until his death in 1988. I... more
I practiced in Phillipsburg, Kansas with my father until his death in 1988. I continue to maintain the Phillipsburg office, but my primary location is now Overland Park, Kansas. I have served on the Kansas Bar Association's Ethics and Grievance committee for many years. My practice is primarily in the areas of Estate Planning, Probate, Trusts, and Elder Law, but my western Kansas background has... view profile
A trust is an arrangement whereby someone owns and manages money or property for another person's benefit. Like a guardianship, a trustee has decision-making authority over the trust property, but no court is involved in the trustee's action–the person who creates the trust defines the scope of the trustee's power. There are many different trust types, including probate trusts, income trusts, spendthrift trusts, and educational trusts. For example, a living trust allows you to manage your property while you are alive and to direct who will manage it if you become incapable of doing so. In essence, you choose your own “guardian” in advance and avoid having the court do it for you. A trust attorney reviews the many reasons for establishing a trust with you, and can ensure your trust will be legally valid.