If estate planning is in your future, you’ll first need to understand the different wills, trusts and estates law in Kansas that will impact this process.
But, how exactly do you learn what Kansas law regarding wills is — and what kind of role it will play as you protect your personal estate?
Attorney Kevin Kenney is here to help.
As an experienced Kansas City wills and estates attorney, Kevin can guide you through every step of your estate planning journey. And it all starts with teaching you about Kansas estate laws, Kansas trust laws, and more. When you work with attorney Kevin Kenney and his legal team, you can rest assured that your estate planning documents follow all appropriate legislation and protocols in this state.
To learn more about Kansas laws on wills and estates, please call Kevin’s legal offices at 913-671-8008 or schedule a consultation online. He will be happy to answer any of the questions you may have about will, trust, and estate laws in Kansas. In fact, you can find basic information on this topic below — but please keep in mind that this information is not intended to be and should not be taken as legal advice.
Only attorney Kevin Kenney can provide the personalized legal guidance you need.
Kansas Last Will and Testament Laws
When you’re first embarking on the estate planning process, you probably know a last will and testament is one of the first steps. This document outlines which assets in your estate will go to which beneficiaries after your death, and it’s a great place to start when taking stock of your entire estate. When you create your last will and testament with attorney Kevin Kenney, he will use this information to determine which additional estate planning steps are necessary.
He will also make you aware of the important Kansas last will and testament laws for this process, including:
- Who can make a will: Kansas will laws allow anyone who is at least 18 years old and of sound mind to make a will. The will must be in writing and signed by the testator and two or more competent witnesses. A will does not need to be notarized in Kansas.
- When a will goes through probate: If a person dies with only a will, Kansas laws regarding wills require that property go through the probate process. This process ensures a will is legal and valid and that all outstanding debts are taken care of prior to distributing property to the beneficiaries. (A simplified proceeding is used when the estate is made up entirely of personal property and/or does not exceed the maximum allowance of $25,000.)
- What happens when someone dies without a will: Kansas laws require that, should a person die without a will, their estate and assets be distributed based on state intestacy laws. Typically, this distributes property to the deceased’s closest relatives. The state will distribute property up to the sixth degree of relation, after which the state will take possession of the property.
Kansas Estate Laws
But, when you’re planning your estate, there is a lot more at play than just Kansas state laws on wills. You and your lawyer must also be aware of estate law in Kansas that could impact any trusts, guardianships or other legal documents deemed necessary.
Fortunately, when you work with attorney Kevin Kenney, you can rest assured you have professional legal advice on Kansas estate laws — and a professional who knows exactly which steps will be right for your needs. Don’t worry if your attorney doesn’t initially explain the state laws in detail; they can be complicated and confusing. Your attorney will instead take this time to learn as much about your estate and assets as possible, therefore creating the perfect estate plan for your preferences and goals.
Here are a few aspects of Kansas laws on estates that you may learn more about as you proceed in your journey:
- Kansas estate tax: Every estate is subject to two types of death taxes: the federal estate tax and the Kansas inheritance tax. Whether or not an inheritance tax is payable on a certain estate will depend on the estate’s size. Attorney Kevin Kenney is knowledgeable in Kansas estate tax laws and will inform you if this step is necessary.
- Kansas trust laws: The best way to avoid probate and inheritance and estate taxes is by creating a trust as part of your estate planning. You can create several types of trusts, many of which allow you to keep your estate and assets private and pass your property directly to your beneficiaries after your death.
How Kevin Kenney Can Guide You Through Kansas Will Laws
Don’t let the details and nuances of Kansas wills, trusts and estates law confuse you. Work with an experienced attorney like Kevin Kenney from the very beginning.
When you contact Kevin and his legal team, they will set up a consultation to learn more about your current assets and your estate planning needs. Attorney Kevin Kenney has practiced family-building and estate laws for more than 20 years in the Kansas City area, and he is happy to lend you his legal expertise. Whether you want to learn about certain aspects of Kansas wills and inheritance laws, or you’re looking for professional guidance in starting your estate planning journey, he can help.
As Kevin makes a legal and valid estate plan for your needs, he can offer assistance in creating:
- Guardianship designations
- Last wills and testaments
- Living wills and powers of attorney
- Financial trusts
- And more
Whatever your estate planning needs in Kansas, attorney Kevin Kenney is here to help. Get started by scheduling an initial consult online or calling his legal team anytime at 913-671-8008.