Lawrence Wills, Estate Planning, and Probate Administration Attorney

It is never too soon or too late to start thinking about what will happen to your property and loved ones after you pass away or if you ever become incapacitated. By planning today, you — and your family — can gain peace of mind tomorrow.

At the Whitman Law Offices, in Lawrence, Kansas, attorney Charles E. Whitman offers estate planning services that effectively address the needs of clients at every stage of life, whether you are a young adult or a couple nearing retirement. We also help clients who have recently lost a loved one to navigate the probate administration process, as well as handle any related disputes that may arise.

Call (785) 843-9460 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation.

Tailored Estate Plans to Meet Your Needs

Our clients come to us with different situations and needs. We will take the time to understand your objectives and utilize a mix of estate planning tools to help you meet them:

  • Wills — These let you specify where your assets will go after you die, and they allow you to name a guardian for your minor children if both parents die.
  • Trusts — A trust allows for control and distribution of your assets according to certain parameters you specify. Different trusts, such as living trusts or special needs trusts, are available to meet different needs.
  • Living wills — These documents let you express your wishes regarding life-prolonging treatment in case you fall into an unconscious or terminally ill state.
  • Powers of attorney — These let you designate a person to make medical and financial decisions on your behalf if you are no longer able to do this for yourself.
  • Guardianships and conservatorships — If you have a loved on who is no longer able to manage their own day-to-day, medical or financial affairs due to incapacity, we will work with you to establish a guardianship or conservatorship to allow you to care for them.

Probating an Estate After the Death of a Loved One

We represent children, surviving spouses or other parties who have been named executor or appointed administrator of an estate. We have extensive experience helping clients navigate the administration process for testate (where there is a will) and intestate (where the deceased did not leave a will) situations.

We will help you understand your duties, in order to ensure prompt and proper settlement of the estate. We will assist you with all the necessary steps, including opening the estate, marshaling assets, distributing and re-titling assets, locating heirs, and filing any required accounting by the court. The probate process is complex, requiring drafting and filing of specialized documents as well as compliance with notice and other procedural requirements, so it is important with an experienced lawyer you can trust.

Our Probate Litigation Practice

We represent clients facing disputes that arise during the probate or estate administration process. We work hard to find efficient resolution to conflicts and provide assertive advocacy both in and out of the courtroom. We handle a broad range of disputes, including will contests, disputes among heirs regarding division of assets and allegations of breach of fiduciary duty by the executor or administrator.

Contact the Whitman Law Offices online or call (785) 843-9460 to schedule a free initial consultation. We accept major credit cards and offer home visits by appointment.

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