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Kyle Krull
Overland Park, KS
Estate Planning Attorney
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I enjoy and appreciate the internet. There is so much valuable information at the click of a mouse. It is a dream-come-true for the do-it-yourselfer in all of us. Some projects, however, are very risky DIY project. Continue reading
Posted 6 hours ago at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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Quick. Would you trust to manage your assets if you were incapacitated and after you are gone? Did you draw a blank. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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This headline caught your attention, yes? Relax. A bit. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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Hmmm. The subject of an inheritance (or lack thereof) is one of the most awkward parents can have with their children. So, should you even broach the subject? Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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We all know nursing home costs can drive almost anyone into the poor farm. Did you know family caregiving at home can be rather costly, too? Well, it can. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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Benny Goo is a World War II veteran who fought in the Battle of Normandy. At one time, he was very affluent with a gorgeous home in Hawaii. Today, he has nothing. Mr. Goo says that a woman named “Barbara” stole $2 million from him, which forced him to sell his home. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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Would you be surprised to know that 50 percent of Americans with children and 41 percent of baby boomers age 55 to 64 do not even have a simple will? Perhaps you are one of those folks flying naked (in an estate planning sense, that is)? To paraphrase Dr. Tom Nelson, we are all walking on the tightrope of time stretched out over the great chasm of eternity with death stalking us at every step. Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2014 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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The debate is not as contentious as "Mary Ann or Ginger?" (you must be a "baby boomer" to get that). But some attorneys have drawn battle lines over their own "Gilligan's Island" dilemma: which is better, a will or living trust. Kind of like my answer to the "Mary Ann or Ginger?" question ... I think both are great, it just depends on your personal preference. Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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You have worked a lifetime to save and accumulate. Now, you are planning to determine how that estate will be distributed among the important people and charities in your life. What should you know about this important process so all goes according to plan? Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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When it comes to estate planning, it is rather easy for the whole thing to crash and burn. Some common causes are obvious, like trying to create your own estate plan online. One mistake, however, is more subtle. Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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Squabbles among siblings are expected when they are young. Unfortunately, such discord can (and does) continue into adulthood. One of the common triggers for the mother of all squabbles, however, is when the last surviving parent passes. Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2014 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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Did you know that 36% of Americans of all ages have not begun saving for retirement? Did you know this includes more than 25%+ of the 50-64 year-olds surveyed? Wow. Whether due to losing their job to the recession, an obsolete skill set, disability or runaway medical expenses this can be (and will be) a problem. Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2014 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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We all know we need to prepare our own will, yes? I mean death is a 100% certainty on every actuarial chart I have consulted. Consequently, your will should be inked before your number is up. It seems more Malaysians are learning that lesson, too. Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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It is said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But what if that beauty is captured in the form of artwork? Even more to the point, how do you decide ownership when the artwork is part of an estate? Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2014 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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I must confess, I am not much of a television viewer. I have only the basic cable package because "rabbit ears" no longer suffice where I live. That noted, we can get (and I do enjoy) "Mythbusters" on the Discovery Channel. Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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My friendship with the late Tom Clancy 28 years ago. No, I never met him - and he certainly would not know me. When his book "Red Storm Rising" came out, I was a Captain with 1st Brigade, Third Armored Division (Ready First!), in Kirch Goens, West Germany (yes, Millennials, there was an East and a West Germany back in the day). The 656 page book read like a transcript of our weekly top-secret staff briefings. Its detailed WW III scenario in central Europe was a page-turner with its Warsaw Pact attack on the Fulda Gap. Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2014 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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The title begs a pretty simple question, oui? According to commonly cited statistics, some 70% of adults do not have even a simple last will and testament. Many of them likely (and mistakenly) believe that they have no "estate" for which to plan. Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2014 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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Recent estimates predict that Americans age 65 and older will make up nearly 20 percent of the population by 2030. With nearly one in five Americans eventually needing help with their daily activities, let alone developing health issues like dementia and Alzheimer's, the potential for intrafamily conflicts is a reality. Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2014 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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Assuming you and your financial advisor have determined that you will not outlive your assets, have you considered investing in the higher education of your grandchildren? If yes, what do you know about 529 Plans? Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2014 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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The current number of states with death taxes (independent of the federal death tax) is 19 states. Okay, add D.C. to make it 20 "jurisdictions" at present. However, there are several states making changes for 2015. And, this is good news for citizens of those states. Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2014 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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You would think celebrities, with all of their fame and fortune, have it all together when it comes to estate planning. Unfortunately, they seem to make of the same mistakes estate planning attorneys see everyday John and Jane Doe making. Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2014 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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Vivaldi is one of my favorites. When I could not locate my CD of Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" featuring Itzhak Perlman, I nearly tore up the house looking for it last month. I never found that CD (or my CD of Glenn Miller's "In a Digital Mood"), but in the internet age I was able to acquire the same from iTunes. Whew. Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2014 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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Americans are by nature, get it done people. In fact, we can figure out and do almost anything. [Perhaps major surgery excepted.] But what about estate planning? Should you give that a go on your own? Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2014 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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Some stories just seem to keep resurfacing in the news, even though they are long-forgotten by most. Such is the case of the Anna Nicole Smith estate and its lawsuit against the heirs of her billionaire husband J. Howard Marshall. The stories just seem to have a life of their own. Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2014 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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What sounds too good to be true, just might be. So it is (or has been) when it comes to getting the equity out of your home while you continue to live there. Enter an unpleasant and unintended consequence of reverse mortgages. Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2014 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning