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Kyle Krull
Overland Park, KS
Estate Planning Attorney
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So, you had your eye on a retirement future, but an unexpected disability changed everything. What now? Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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Remember when Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter of Bobby Brown and the late Whitney Houston, was found "unresponsive" in a bathtub back in January 2015? She is not "progressing," but her case illustrates the difference between a "guardian" and a "conservator" for an incapacitated adult. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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They are often referred to as "Crummey Trusts" and attorneys have been preparing them for clients since the late 1960s. Properly drafted and executed, these trusts can help taxpayers transfer significant wealth by leveraging the annual gift exclusion, particularly when the underlying trust asset is life insurance. In addition, these if these gifts to the trust beneficiaries "lapse," then they are used to pay the insurance premiums and are further protected by the trust terms both "for" and even "from" these very beneficiaries. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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How important is basic estate planning? True confession time for Kyle. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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No, those bills, bank statements and quarterly investment reports are not going to organize themselves ... as they begin to resemble a small mountain on your coffee table. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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I get really angry when I hear about folks who take advantage of senior citizens. I am sure you do, too. It looks like San Diego prosecutors are going after the bad guys with a special focus ... and additional resources. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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I met with some clients recently with one daughter who really racked up the degrees and the attending college/grad school expenses with them. In their estate plan, these clients have provided for their other daughter to get a cash distribution "off the top" to even things out before division into equal inheritance shares. Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2015 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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To gift, or not to gift? That is the question. Is it nobler to see your benevolence in action or to escape the slings and arrows of current gift taxation ... or future estate taxation or capital gains taxation? Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2015 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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Are you single? If yes, then you are in good company. Why? Singles outnumber marrieds for the first time in U.S. History. Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2015 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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My grandfather used to tell me the "the old must die ... but the young may die." If estate planning is something on your "someday" list, then may I encourage you to at least move it to your "pre-Bucket List"? Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2015 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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We are very blessed to live smack-dab in the middle of the United States, here in Kansas and Missouri. Sure, cultural fashions arrive here from both coasts with some delay (like colored mohawks and body ink), but that is not necessarily such a bad thing. I mean I can live without any "bling" on the rear end of my jeans. Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2015 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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Have you ever heard the expression "I always seem to have more month left over at the end of my money"? This financial condition commonly reflects poor personal budgeting. We should all endeavor to live within our own respective monthly harvests, yes? Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2015 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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I always enjoyed reading Ann Landers in our local paper as a lad. It seemed she really understood human relationships, especially issues arising in the context of family. Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2015 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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If you do not have a will, then you are not alone. Some 70% of adult Americans are passengers in that same boat. Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2015 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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No man is an island. Similarly, you should not ask for whom the bell tolls. Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2015 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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You have heard the admonition not to "eat and elephant all in one bite," yes? So it is with estate planning. No, really. Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2015 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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I know, I know, I just wrote a blog post about the whole blended family thing just a few days ago. But this is a little different. Blending a family after age 50 can be a horse of a different, especially when compared to blending before age 50. Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2015 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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That title of today's blog post reads like the pre-release description of a new summer action movie. But we have seen this "movie" played out in the Washington, D.C. before. Every time an attempt is made on its very life ... the villanous death tax just keeps coming back. Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2015 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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At any given time I have a handful of long-standing clients and new potential clients who are thinking about marriage ... for the second or third time. Whether following a divorce or the death of a spouse, forming a "blended family" is a rather common occurrence. Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2015 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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Celebrity deaths are commonly followed by celebrity estates. Most of the tales are tragic. Such is the case of Twisted Sister drummer AJ Pero. Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2015 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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If you have a "significant other" who is not your "spouse," then you already know some of the estate planning challenges when one partner dies. The surviving partner could be out on the street (literally) when it comes to residing in the home you share. Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2015 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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What do Millennials want out of money? Freedom, baby, freedom. Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2015 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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Will you run out of money before you run out of life? That is a common concern of seniors. The mistakes they make are usually because they do not know what they do not know. Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2015 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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Have you heard that your retirement plan and your estate plan are both worthy of your focus and follow through? Well, it is true. They go together like the famous Swiss ice skating duo of Frick and Frack. Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2015 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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I went to a Burton Cummings performance last Wednesday night at Knuckleheads Saloon. What a hoot. Mr. Cummings was the front man for The Guess Who back in the day. His songs (many co-written with Randy Bachman) formed a good part of the soundtrack for the late 1960s and 1970s. Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2015 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning