Estate Planning, Trusts, Probate and Fiduciary Law
Our extensive practice in estate planning, fiduciary and probate law involves planning and administering estates and trusts of all sizes — providing guidance to anticipate and meet changing needs.
Our estate planning and probate attorneys are well-versed in methods available to reduce gift, estate, generation-skipping, inheritance, excise and income taxes to preserve family assets and facilitate transfers of assets, including family businesses, to succeeding generations. We also have extensive experience in retirement income taxation and the elections that can be made with respect to retirement plan distributions.
Estate planning, probate and trust administration often requires knowledge in related practice areas, such as business law and litigation. Our Wichita Kansas law office has the resources readily available to create a team of lawyers with the skills necessary to meet our clients’ needs.
Services provided by our estate planning and probate attorneys include:
- Preparing tax-oriented wills and revocable trusts, irrevocable life insurance trusts, grantor retained annuity trusts, irrevocable trusts that are taxed to the grantor for income tax purposes, qualified personal residence trusts, and generation-skipping trusts.
- Preparing federal gift, estate and generation-skipping tax returns, Kansas estate tax returns and other state death tax returns.
- Obtaining rulings from taxing authorities.
- Forming family limited partnerships, limited liability companies, corporations, limited liability partnerships and general partnerships.
- Planning charitable transfers to facilitate estate planning goals, creating charitable remainder trusts, charitable lead trusts and other split-interest arrangements between charities and individuals or entities.
- Advising executors, trustees, conservators and other fiduciaries during the administration of estates and trusts.
- Negotiating and/or litigating will contests or trust contests and other disputes involving wills or trusts.
- Meeting the legal needs of the elderly – advising elderly clients about the proper use of trusts as property management techniques and assisting the elderly and their families with guardianships and conservatorships.
- Preparing powers of attorney, including healthcare powers of attorney, living wills and advising clients on the use of these documents.