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Kara O'Conner Gansmann

Elder law Attorney at Wilmington, NC

5.0   4 reviews
  • State Years
    North Carolina - NC 9 years
    Texas - TX 16 years
  • Licensed for 9 years
    State NC
    Acquired 2014
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State TX
    Acquired 2007
    Status
    Inactive No misconduct found

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About Kara

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Kara Gansmann devotes her entire practice to elder law and estate planning in the Wilmington office of Cranfill Sumner 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 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.

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Location

Cranfill Sumner LLP
5535 Currituck Drive
Suite 210
Wilmington, NC, 28403
RALEIGH, NC
5420 Wade Park Boulevard
Suite 300
Raleigh, NC, 27607
CHARLOTTE, NC
2907 Providence Road
Suite
Charlotte, NC, 28211
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Posted by Eric | March 14, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended
My wife and I were recommended to Kara to help us rewrite our wills and estate documents. By the end of our consultation, we knew Kara was the lawyer we wanted and hired her right then. Kara patiently listened to our wishes and desires and had great ideas on how to verbalize these wishes in a manner that made sense and kept things simple. She was extremely prompt with getting us copies to review and worked diligently with us to tweak and adjust where needed. At no time did we feel left out of the process. I highly recommend that anyone looking for a professional, friendly, and caring lawyer to give Kara an opportunity. You will not regret it.
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Posted by Bonnie | July 25, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Very satisfied
In the spring of 2018 I met Ms. Gansmann to have a new will and related documents prepared. I was warmly greeted and Ms. Gansmann was professional and knowledgeable. She completed all of the documents in a timely manner, provided guidance and I would highly recommend her. In addition, the staff at this practice were exceptionally friendly and professional making the visit a pleasure.
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Posted by Alan | March 25, 2018
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I was very impressed by Ms. Gansmann’s legal knowledge of elder law and estate planning. She was at all times a very personable, pleasant and accommodating person to meet and work with. I was pleased that my existing revocable trust did not need to be completely redone and instead could be restated which did not require re-funding of accounts and assets. I would highly recommend her.
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Posted by anonymous | December 27, 2017
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Personable and Professional
My boyfriend and I originally set up an appointment with Kara in regards to ensuring my security in case something was to happen to him. She sat with us and after listening to our circumstance gave us multiple options. She put together multiple documents for each of us to ensure everything will be taken care of when that time comes. Kara has a great personality and makes having this type of conversation easier. She is very open and honest as well.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Extern
  • United States District Court For The District Of North Dakota
  • 2014 - 2019

Education

  • 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

Associations

  • 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
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Honors and Awards

  • Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018

Publications

  • 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
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Speaking Engagements

  • Medicaid: New Rules in Benefits, Eligibility, and More
  • Medicaid: New Rules in Benefits, Eligibility, and More
  • 2019
  • Estate Planning: Top 7 Tools to Know
  • Advanced Directive Tips: making Healthcare Wishes Explicit
  • 2019
  • Estate Planning: Top 7 Tools to Know
  • Durable Powers of Attorney Insights
  • 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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Wilmington Elder law Lawyer Kara O'Conner Gansmann
Kara O'Conner Gansmann
Elder law Attorney
Wilmington, NC
Licensed for 16 years