Probate

Probate Courts have jurisdiction over situations when a person with assets dies without a will. When there is no will those assets will be distributed according to a plan established by laws of this State.  When there is a will and the assets do not automatically become owned by another (such as by a Beneficiary Deed or co-ownership with another or some other designation of automatic transfer of ownership) then the county Probate Court will supervise to make sure that the distribution is made according to the plan set out in the will.

The Probate Court also has jurisdiction in situations when a person is disabled by age or disability and unable to manage their own assets and/or to care for him or herself.

Will contests are another area handled by the Probate court.

Our office has been practicing in these areas for over forty years and can guide you through these proceedings, preparing the needed paperwork as well as attending whatever hearings may be required.

Contrary to widespread beliefs the Probate Court will not take a substantial amount of an estate's assets.  However you may want to set up a plan to transfer assets without Probate Court involvement such as transfer of a house or land by beneficiary deed. Our office can guide you through these steps by preparing the needed documents and explaining the advantages and disadvantages of estate planning and avoidance of Probate Court involvement.


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Kansas City, Cass County, Grandview, Peculiar, Belton, Raymore, Harrisonville, Pleasant Hill, Lee's Summit, Stilwell, Louisburg, Spring Hill, Gardner, Olathe, Overland Park, Warrensburg, Ottawa & More.

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