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Kyle Krull
Overland Park, KS
Estate Planning Attorney
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If you are giving while you are living, then you are knowing where it is going. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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It appears another state is looking to bag its "Rule Against Perpetuities" limiting the number of years assets may be held in trust. Legislation is awaiting the signature of Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant. The vote in the House sending the legislation to his desk passed with a 105-12 vote. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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When one spouse is in a nursing home, he or she is referred to as the "institutional" spouse in Medicaid-speak. The other spouse, the one who remains at home is referred to as the "community" spouse. Naturally, the primary focus is usually on the one needing care. The community spouse, however, still has his or her own unique needs. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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It was a recurring rejoinder in every Smother's Brothers sketch. Back in the 1960s, Tom and Dick Smothers entertained audiences with their folk songs and humor. The humor routinely interrupted their folk songs as an argument would break out over anything or nothing. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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Retirement planning is one area of life that does not lend itself to a one-size-fits-all approach. For one thing, each of us is an individual and even our definition of "retirement" is unique to us. Some many want to chase a golf ball and others may want to chase grandchildren (and others, a healthy balance of both!). Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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Have you checked college costs lately? Well, if you have not, then you either are past the college years in your family ... or you think you have plenty of time to prepare. If in the former camp, then congratulations. If in the latter camp, then pay heed. Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2015 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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“Estate planning is simply the fancy legal term for deciding what to do with your stuff after you are gone.” Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2015 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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A lot of Americans seem to be captivated by the goings on of the "upstairs" (rich) and "downstairs" (their servants) folks on the hit British drama on PBS. The show? Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2015 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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Your bricks and mortar, cash, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and tangible personal property aside, do not forget to plan for your "digital" assets. Over the past few years I have written about the need to plan for your "digital" assets. However, this remains a dynamic practical and legal consideration for every estate plan. Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2015 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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Those who serve in the military know that "bad things can happen" - and usually at the most inopportune times. While you need to make sure you are "squared away" (i.e., prepared) for whatever happens, this is especially true when you have children. Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2015 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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You have not seen your mother for a while, since you live on the other side of the country. She was the one who always paid the bills, even when your father was living. So, what are those stacks of unopened mail on the china cabinet? Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2015 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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"Green Acres is the place to be. Farm livin' is the life for me. Land spreadin' out so far and wide. Keep Manhattan just give me that countryside." So began the title song before each weekly episode of one of television's greatest weekly sitcoms. The attorney-turned-gentleman farmer (Eddie Albert) and his gorgeous, pampered city wife (Eva Gabor) brought us a lot a lot of laughs for more than six years starting back in 1965. Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2015 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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Gretchen and I spent a day at Arlington Cemetery this week. What a somber, hallowed space. And a large space it is. Since the 1860s, Arlington has served as the final resting place for some 400,000 people, to include those from 11 other countries. Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2015 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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What about when folks are unable to car for themselves? What then? Who becomes their legal "guardian"? Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2015 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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Thank you for your concern over my absence from the blogoshere yesterday. Over the years, with more than 1,200 posts, I have rarely missed a posting Monday through Friday. Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2015 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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Surveys consistently show that about 70 percent of adult Americans do not even have a simple will. Why such a pitiful percentage? I mean they plan a week of vacation with incredible care and spend lots of dineros to make It happen. Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2015 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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Whether delivering lines like "I could been a contenda", screaming "Stella!" or mumbling "the Horror. the Horror", there never has been (nor will the be) another Marlon Brando. When he died as it is appointed all men and women to do once, he left everything behind. Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2015 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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Yesterday, I put the spotlight on the unfortunate fight over the estate of baseball legend Ernie Banks. This post is about another estate, this time that of a renowned physician. The common thread? Changes to an estate plan when dementia is an issue. Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2015 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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I have written about some unfortunate high-profile estate conflicts over the years, but this one came out of left field. Literally. Have you been following the turmoil surrounding the estate litigation over the estate of baseball great Ernie Banks, also known as Mr. Cub? Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2015 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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So, your divorce is final. What next? For starters, you need to update your estate planning legal documents. Do you really want your ex-spouse (or his or her family) to inherit the assets you were able to keep? Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2015 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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Losing a spouse is a major life event. No more obvious statement could be made, yes? This is especially true when the surviving spouse was not the head of household breadwinner. Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2015 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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The elderly among us are vulnerable. They are easy marks for those who would take advantage of that vulnerability, especially when it comes to their finances. Surprisingly, the abusers are commonly include those who are closely-related to them. Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2015 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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You notice a stack of bills piled up - unopened - by the rotary dial telephone on the wall. You know, that dark green wall phone with the extra long "extension cord" you knotted up in high school while talking to your friends? [That was high-technology for a Baby Boomer, because it would stretch all the way to your room! Cool! Again, I digress.] Dude, those bills are way past due! Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2015 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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I have written several blog posts about New Year's Resolutions focusing on financial health, both before and after the ball dropped on Time's Square. Even if you have put your financial house in order, do not neglect your legal house. Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2015 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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I will be the first to admit that a prenuptial agreement (aka an "antenuptial agreement" or a "premarital agreement") is not as romantic as, say, a bouquet of red roses. In fact, it can be downright difficult and awkward to bring up. Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2015 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning