Experienced attorney and CPA focusing on you, your family and the businesses you work with.
Practice areas & skills: Trusts, Wills & Living Wills, Estate Planning, Probate, Elder Law
I initially became interested in the field of Elder Law when my grandmother entered a nursing home while I was in law school. By living through the emotional and financial turmoil that every family experiences when a loved one goes through this st...
Practice areas & skills: Trusts, Estate Planning, Guardianship, Medicaid & Medicare, Wills & Living Wills
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 c...
Practice areas & skills: Trusts, Probate, Estate Planning, Elder Law, Agriculture
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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.