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Probate

We assist clients with Kansas probate and Missouri probate, from the filing of the will with the Clerk of the Court to the final order of the Court closing the estate. This includes preparing and filing all probate pleadings, giving all required notices, handling the resolution of claim disputes, court appearances, inventories, final accounts and final distribution of assets.

The most common and most tragic problems encountered in Probate arise when family members do not get along and attempt to bring other family troubles or grudges into the already complex realm of Probate. In most cases, when siblings or legatees get along or decide to cooperate, Probate can be a relatively painless process. Estate administration schedule, Kansas. Estate administration schedule, Missouri.

Other problems might also surface. For instance, there may be a will contest or challenge. In some cases, court proceedings may be necessary to recover estate property being held by a relative or to recover possession to a family home from a relative residing there. In some unfortunate cases, the person charged with administration of the estate may be less than truthful with the estate’s heirs. In these cases especially, a prospective heir should seek the representation of a Probate attorney.

We look forward to hearing from you soon and working with you to help solve all of your probate needs. We handle most counties in Kansas and Missouri including: Johnson County, Kansas, Wyandotte County, Kansas, Miami County, Kansas, Douglas County, Kansas, Jackson County, Missouri, Clay County, Missouri, Platte County, Missouri and many other Kansas and Missouri counties.

Estate Planning
We work with clients to help you provide for your family now, in the future should you become disabled, and after you are gone. Clients sometimes ask us what is the difference between an estate planning attorney and a living trust attorney. An estate planning attorney will often do both estate planning and a living trust. Preparing a living trust, or a revocable living trust, is often part of the estate planning for a client, but it is not the only part. A client may also need a will, power of attorney, living will, advanced directive, funeral and burial instructions, and other estate documents, to protect the client and his family. We help clients reduce their estate tax, death tax, inheritance tax and the cost of probate.

Asset Protection
We help clients who need information on asset protection, asset protection incorporation, and offshore asset protection, and avoiding lawsuits and litigation. In our litigious society, the risks to your estate may be increased. An asset protection attorney can help to protect your estate.

Lawsuits and Litigation
The most common and most tragic problems encountered in wills and probate arise when family members do not get along and attempt to bring other family troubles or grudges into the already complex realm of Probate. In most cases, when siblings or legatees get along or decide to
cooperate, Probate can be a relatively painless process.

Sometimes the process is complicated by a will contest or challenge. In some cases, court proceedings may be necessary to recover estate property being held by a relative or to recover possession to a family home from a relative residing there. In addition, there are many state statutes and local Court rules that may. Further, in some unfortunate cases, the person charged with administration of the estate may be less than truthful with the estate’s heirs. In these cases especially, a prospective heir should seek the representation of a probate attorney or probate lawyer.

We assist clients in many area cities including Overland Park, Leawood, Prairie Village, Olathe, Lenexa, Shawnee, Kansas City, Gardner, Spring Hill, DeSoto, Paola, Lawrence, Baldwin, Ottawa, and many more. We assist clients in areas including Johnson County, Wyandotte County, Miami County, Douglas County, and many more.

Gary Rappard is a practicing attorney in Overland Park, Kansas selected for Who’s Who in American Law and awarded the highest rating from the most respected lawyer rating service in the world, Martindale-Hubble Law Directory. He is licensed to practice law before federal and state courts in Kansas and Missouri. He is a current member of the Kansas and Missouri Bar Associations.

Disclaimer

The use of this report or calling Gary D. Rappard’s office to request a copy of this report does not create an attorney-client relationship between the user and Gary D. Rappard or his Law Firm. The information contained herein is general in nature and is not intended to indicate what the results will be in your Kansas or Missouri case. Any examples discussed in this report are not a guarantee of your outcome if we represent you. All cases are unique, and favorable factors in one case or one jurisdiction may not apply or be available in another case or jurisdiction. The contents of this report do not constitute legal advice. The information provided herein cannot substitute for consulting with an attorney who is knowledgeable and proficient in the law. The description and interpretation of the laws and procedures are subject to change. The facts of your case may require a different analysis of the law. You should consult with Mr. Rappard before reaching conclusions so that your unique facts can be applied to the law in effect at the time. Although we will make every attempt to keep the information in this report current, we do not promise or guarantee that the information is correct, complete, or up-to-date. Laws of states other than Missouri or Kansas may be stricter or different than the state laws described herein. Many laws are state-specific. Gary D. Rappard only practices in the states of Kansas and Missouri. You should not rely on this information without seeking the advice of a licensed attorney in your state.