Wills & Trusts
No one gets out alive. No one. Also true? You can't take it with you. So what happens to your family and to your belongings when you die? Melinda can help you create a plan that is logical and useful to your loved ones.* We can even create a pet care trust to make sure your furry family is taken care of upon your passing. While we do not wade into large estate (i.e. greater than $5 million single/$10 million couple net worth) plans, we will help you decide whether a living trust, other probate avoidance devices, or standard will is the best decision for your family. We can even tackle it remotely! Licensed in Kansas and Iowa.
*Please note that at this time, we do not offer ongoing trust administration. We can refer you to a local professional trust administrator where necessary.
Healthcare & Other POA's
No one can perfectly predict the kinds of disasters that may result in long term illness or incapacity. Murphy's Law offers a variety of estate planning tools to prepare for the event wherein you find yourself unable to make your own healthcare or legal and business decisions.
When combining all of these services with one another or with a will or other planning tools, you may qualify for a discount. Click below to learn about estate planning and to activate contact.
REMOTE SERVICE NOTICE: Consultations may be conducted by video. Local clients may request a house call, pending approval. Clients should prepare to have their documents witnessed within their current "social bubble" (such as their bank or insurance agent) to reduce community virus spread. A current price list is available at this link. I will do my best to accommodate you.
& Probate Avoidance
Transfers of property include not only "real" property and assets, but financial interests as well. While you may be able to find pre-printed or diy forms on the internet, it is important to consult with an attorney to avoid creating problems with your tax returns or long term care plan.
Whether you are looking to transfer property to a loved one, a purchaser, or even back to yourself in another form, we can draft and help file your documents with the appropriate authorities,* as well as work with your accountant to ensure such a transfer fits with your overall financial and healthcare plan. When you are executor for an out-of-state will handling Kansas property, I can file a probate action for you to transfer that property to the appropriate heirs.
*Note that I am physically located in Kansas, and filings in Iowa may be delayed by distance or local rules. In most cases, client will pay recording fees.