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Kyle Krull
Overland Park, KS
Estate Planning Attorney
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Parents work hard to provide for their children while they are in the home ... and help them from time to time even after they are all grown up. It is just what parents do. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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Here is a little secret about your estate planning: organization and communication are as important as your legal planning. Why? Because when your estate plan "matures" you will not be there to field questions and clarify you made certain decisions. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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What do you call the seemingly endless paperwork and details that follow the death of a loved one? Sure, the technical answer is "estate administration" or "trust administration," but I have a better word that more accurately captures how it actually feels to the surviving family members: Administrivia. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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It seems Americans under age 35 are not saving money. No, in reality, they are spending more than they have. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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Are you a business owner? Grab your wallet, because Obamacare and other "taxes" are looking for it. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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Did you know aging affects your ability to safely drive an automobile? Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2014 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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So, you and your spouse have built a nice "estate" and are living comfortably with no children or grandchildren. Should you consider doing some planning for what happens to that estate once both of you are gone? Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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As more and more Americans are exercising their Second Amendment rights, attention should be given to protecting and preserving valuable firearms and even collections. This is especially important when it comes to the postmortem transfer of ownership and even the eventual sale of the firearms. Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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From the time we are born, until the time we die, our lives are papered with paperwork. Some documents are just shredder food and other, well, are essential. Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2014 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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Back before the federal estate tax exemption was $5 million (inflation-adjusted to $5.34 million), estate planning attorneys and their clients were focused on sheltering wealth from the death tax. Now, with that fear lessened by the increased exemption, the focus has shifted to income tax planning for many. Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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Pretty tough to think about leaving your minor children as orphans, yes? To make matters worse, unless you have a will to nominate the guardian (backup parent) for your minor children, then a judge (likely a stranger to your family) must pick their guardian. Not good. Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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One thing about goofing up your own estate plan? You likely will not be around to see the disaster you created. Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2014 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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While a good number of states have some form of estate or inheritance taxes, only about one percent of Americans are now subject to federal death taxes. So, with estate protection from estate taxes now less of a concern, many Americans are engaging in estate planning to protect their loved ones from the estate they will inherit. Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2014 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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As predictable as finding "It's a Wonderful Life" in your DVD player at Christmas, it is time once again to start mulling over year-end tax, estate, and financial planning moves while it is yet 2014. Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2014 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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Take this to the bank: an unsigned will is not worth the paper used to print it. Period. Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2014 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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Elder abuse is a quiet crime. Oftentimes the abuser is a family member. Consequently, elder abuse is commonly unreported. Los Angeles is trying to change all of that. “Our office is in the forefront of domestic violence,” the L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer told the Los Angeles Daily News, according to an article titled "L.A. gets $1.6 million to combat elder abuse." “Our office receives 11,000 cases of domestic violence each year, but last year, we received only 100 cases of elder abuse," Feuer continued. Feuer is certain there are more cases out there and that elder abuse is under-reported.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2014 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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Have you heard the late night cable television pitches from former actors about the wonders of reverse mortgages? It sounds so simple, so enticing and almost too-good-to-be-true? Sure, you can convert the equity in your home to case with a reverse mortgage, but someday that mortgage is going to shift into reverse and the piper must be paid. Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2014 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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Contrary to popular belief, not everyone "needs" a will. Really. This is especially true when all of one's assets have a joint owner or a postmortem beneficiary designated. On the other hand, a will can be "cheap insurance" when it comes to expressing your postmortem distribution objectives and avoiding family fallouts. Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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In the United States we sometimes think our country is unique. In reality, people are people wherever you find them. In fact, this is true when it comes to fights over estates and inheritances. Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2014 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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This question is being decided in a New York lawsuit. While we always assume doctors have the best interests of their patients at the fore (that Hippocratic Oath thing), doctors are people just the same. They have the same temptations as everyone else and a court will decide whether the doctor in question crossed the line. Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2014 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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Did that title confuse you? Translation: When someone dies without any heirs and no estate plan passing their property to charities or non-family members, then their home state is the "default" heir. Accordingly, the propery "escheats" to the state. Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2014 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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Today, retirement accounts and life insurance are common - and significant - assets owned by American adults. One option to quickly distribute assets the proceeds to heirs after someone passes away is by filling out a beneficiary designation form for each asset. Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2014 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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"The Monuments Men" is a recent Hollywood film set in World War II. The central theme is the rescue of art stolen by Nazis. For the first time, many Americans learned that even art can be a victim of war. For some families, the battle still continues to claim their Nazi stolen art. Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2014 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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Thanksgiving Day is about a month away. Perhaps that would be a perfect occasion to have your estate planning say? Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2014 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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The good news is we are all living longer. The bad news is we do not necessarily keep up mentally or physically (or both) with each passing birthday. So, are you prepped financially if dementia is in your future? Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2014 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning