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Kara Gansmann devotes her entire practice to elder law and estate planning in the Wilmington office of Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP (CSH Law). Kara is especially well-suited for this practice thanks to her strong interpersonal skills, her diplomatic demeanor, and pragmatic approach to problem-solving. She brings a solid sense of collegiality to her work with both clients and professionals, alike.
In private consultations, Kara counsels individuals and families on tactics for estate planning, asset-protection, and long-term care planning. Kara drafts wills, powers of attorney, and trusts, including pet trusts, revocable and irrevocable living trusts, and special needs trusts. Kara also advises clients on eligibility for certain public benefits like Veterans’ Special Pension and prepares applications for Medicaid and Special Assistance.
In the courtroom, Kara represents clients trust and estate administration matters, will caveats, guardianship/incompetency proceedings, and fiduciary litigation. Kara also represents clients in administrative hearings for denials of public benefits such as Medicaid.
Kara honed her practice of Elder Law with her long-time friend and mentor, Andrew W. Olsen (“Andy Olsen”). Andy is a board-certified specialist in Elder Law as recognized by the North Carolina Board of Legal Specialization. Andy is also a Certified Elder Law Attorney (“CELA”) as certified by the National Elder Law Foundation. With over 15 years of expertise solely in Elder Law, Andy trained Kara in every aspect of their practice. Together, with their team, they solve the legal needs of seniors across Southeastern North Carolina.
Kara leads a team of experienced professionals who offer clients additional efficiency in legal transactions. These paralegals assist clients in matters ranging from probate to care-giver agreements or promissory notes to real estate deed transactions intended for asset protection. Kara’s team also includes a certified geriatric care senior advisor, who assists with placement in care facilities. Kara’s entire team understands the urgency and stress associated with elders’ needs.
Prior to joining CSH Law, Kara served as a staff attorney on an appellate court in Houston, Texas. There, she managed all aspects of complex civil and criminal appellate matters and drafted over 200 judicial opinions for court justices in six years. Because of this unique experience, Kara advises her litigation clients on effective trial strategies for successful appeals.
Kara frequently presents on elder law issues to community organizations, churches, and neighborhood associations across Southeastern North Carolina. She is a prolific writer on legal issues affecting seniors. She is also a devoted mother, wife, daughter, sister, and niece to all the important people in her life.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Client Champion Award||Martindale-Hubbell||2018|
|Extern||United States District Court For The District Of North Dakota||2014 - 2019|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|North Carolina Bar Association, Elder Law Section||Member||2018 - Present|
|New Hanover County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Houston Bar Association, Adopt An Angel||Member||N/A|
|Order of Barristers||Member||N/A|
|North Carolina State Bar, CLE Committee||Co-chair||N/A|
|North Carolina State Bar, 4all Statewide Service Day||Co-chair||N/A|
|North Carolina Bar Association, Elder Law Section CLE||Co-chair||2017 - 2018|
|State Bar of Texas||Member||2015 - 2017|
|National Business Institute Seminar||Marshalling Assets: Key Complications,” and “Creditors’ Claims Frustrations||2018|
|North Carolina Lawyer||Renaissance Woman: World Traveler, Lawyer, Writer, Volunteer Kara Gansmann Can’t Be Stopped||2018|
|National Business Institute Seminar||What are Trusts? Main Trust Principles||2017|
|National Business Institute Seminar||Medicaid Estate Recovery||2017|
|North Carolina Bar Association||Medicaid Planning Strategies||2017|
|North Dakota Law Review||Editor-in-Chief||2007|
|North Dakota Law Review||Editor-in-Chief||2006|
|University of North Dakota||JD - Juris Doctor||2007|
|University of North Dakota||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2005|
|University of North Carolina, Wilmington||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1998|
|Estate Planning: Top 7 Tools to Know||Durable Powers of Attorney Insights||2019|
|Estate Planning: Top 7 Tools to Know||Advanced Directive Tips: making Healthcare Wishes Explicit||2019|
|Medicaid: New Rules in Benefits, Eligibility, and More||Medicaid: New Rules in Benefits, Eligibility, and More||2019|
|Step-by-Step Guide to Drafting Wills and Trusts||Documenting Long-Term Care, Incapacity, and End-of-Life Decisions||2018|
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