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Richard William Smith

Estate planning Attorney at Topeka, KS

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also known as Rick Smith, Attorney at Law


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About Richard

Learn Richard’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    35%
    Prepares Wills, Trusts, Living Wills, Powers of Attorney, Real Estate Deeds, designations of guardian for minor children, and other documents for clients in multiple counties across Kansas. Helpful consultations prior to proceeding.

  2. Probate
    35%
    Decedents' estates - large and small. Assists executors, administrators, and families - files Wills, analyzes whether probate is necessary, and helps identify and sell property, and wrap up estate. Proceedings in multiple counties across Kansas.

  3. Adoption
    15%
    Stepparent, Independent, Adult, and Agency Adoptions - multiple counties including Shawnee, Osage, Geary, and Johnson.

  4. Guardianship
    10%
    Represents parents as guardians of adults with special needs; those helping care for incapacitated adult (such as elderly parent); and those caring for children in need of a guardian. Court proceedings in multiple counties across Kansas.

  5. General practice
    5%
    Other work includes demand letters and pre-litigation assistance, and various business matters (such as LLC formation, Trademark & Copyright registration and enforcement).

Rick is a Kansas-licensed attorney who cares about educating his clients as well as preparing what they need. With a strong foundation in estate planning, Rick learned that he loves helping families prepare for or avoid probate, and has grown to love adoption and guardianship work for children and adults in need of care. 

All Across Kansas - Rick has served clients or assisted with property in Shawnee County, Douglas County, Geary County, Johnson County, Coffey County, Osage County, Jefferson County, Washington County, Lyon County, Pottawatomie County, Riley County, Logan County, Russell County, Leavenworth County, Sedgwick County, and Wabaunsee County. 

Artist & Attorney - Prior to law, Rick studied art with an emphasis in portrait painting. With his artistic wife and five children, he enjoys creating every chance he can. He loves outdoor photography, piano and violin.

Consultation & Client Care - Rick is committed to understand potential clients' needs before completing the work requested. He appreciates clients who appreciate the value of sound legal counsel, and works very hard to provide the best of what clients need.

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Licensed for 4 years
State KS
Status Active
Acquired 2018
Updated 11/08/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Richard

Rick Smith, Attorney at Law
5887 SW 29th St
Topeka, KS, 66614

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Posted by Rachel | September 21, 2022
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Adoption Extraordinaire!
Prompt, thorough, expert level communication. Timely in all matters. Kind, thoughtful and genuine. Perfect for our complicated adoption needs.
Posted by Brenda | July 26, 2022
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Estate settling
I used Mr. Smith in the capacity of handling my mother's estate. Very knowledgeable about the whole process. He knew exactly when & what forms/documents needed to be filed with the court & other entities involved. He gave suggestions, too, as to what the best course of action should be for various situations. He explained legal topics in layman's terms. He was very prompt in answering emails and communicating with all parties involved. I highly recommend using Mr. Smith!
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Posted by Steve D. | June 28, 2022
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Great Estate Attorney!!
Mr Smith was very attentive to our needs of an Estate and to the timeliness of which it needed to be done. We were always kept informed and used Google Drive to share files and Court documents. Even our Bank had great comments about the documents that were drawn up....no question on who had authority with this Estate!! Thanks Rick Smith for the Great work!!
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Posted by Wendy | May 26, 2022
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Excellent Attorney
Rick Smith is an attorney with integrity. I greatly appreciated his guidance and felt as though we were worked as a team. I would highly recommend him to anyone seeking legal counsel for estate planning and/or probate.
Posted by Dirk | July 18, 2021
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Private real estate transaction gone right
Last year my wife and I purchased a new home from a family estate. This was a private transaction with no Realtor. I hired Rick to help represent me in the transaction just in case. Rick quickly found an error in the real estate contract that could have significantly delayed our closing. Since then I've asked Rick to review a few small family matters. I trust Rick. He's quick to respond and is not afraid to share honest council.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 20 minutes

Resume

AVVO RATING 6.1 (Good)

Work Experience

  • Owner / Attorney
  • Rick Smith, Attorney at Law
  • 2021 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Mack & Associates, LLC
  • 2018 - 2021
  • Law Clerk
  • Legally Mine, LLC
  • 2017 - 2018
  • Law Clerk
  • Wes Winsor Law PLLC
  • 2016 - 2017
  • Legal Intern
  • Kansas Corporation Commission
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Research Assistant (Tax)
  • Washburn University School Of Law
  • 2013 - 2013
  • Intern
  • United States Senate
  • 2012 - 2012
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Education

  • Washburn University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2015
  • Dixie State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science — Interpersonal Communication
  • 2011

Associations

  • Topeka Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Shawn Bentley Public Service Award
  • J. Reuben Clark Law Society
  • 2014
  • Case, Moses, & Zimmerman, P.A. Scholarship Award
  • Kansas Bar Foundation
  • 2014
  • Excellence Award (Top Student—Legal Research & Writing)
  • CALI—Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction
  • 2012

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Topeka Estate planning Lawyer Richard William Smith
Richard William Smith
Estate planning Attorney
Topeka, KS
Licensed for 4 years
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