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Kyle Krull
Overland Park, KS
Estate Planning Attorney
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So, you have been married for some time and are facing a divorce after rearing children, but before retirement. This can be tough in more ways than one. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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Are you in a quandary about what gifts to give your loved ones this Christmas? I have one that is always the right color, fits perfectly and is always fashionable regardless of their age or gender. What is it, you ask? Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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Have you noticed? Traditional American families are no longer the norm. Consequently, with the nature of family changing so has estate planning. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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As you read this, your mind may be filled with visions of sugarplums as they dance in your head ... instead of your estate plan (or lack thereof). Alas, I am here to bring you some good cheer - there is always next year. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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Timing is important. Whether it is keeping time while dancing the Cha-Cha or a quarterback connecting with his favorite wide receiver, timing matters. So it is with making sure you get credit for your charitable giving. Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2014 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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The holidays are a traditional time for families to come together. If your folks are getting a little older and need ongoing help now (or will soon), then this is a perfect time to put on the big boy or big girl pants (whichever you wear) and have a constructive "conversation" with your siblings. Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2014 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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“Sometimes you gotta go back to actually move forward. And I don’t mean going back to reminisce or chase ghosts. I mean go back to see where you came from.” Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2014 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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Back in the 1990s I recall a popular front license plate and bumper sticker that seemed to express the sentiment of the newly retired generation - "We Are Spending Our Children's Inheritance". While that sentiment seemed funny at the time, it could be updated to read "We Are Living So Long An Inheritance Won't Matter by the Time Our Children Inherit It Anyway"! Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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When it comes to elder care, it it cheaper to keep a senior at home instead of in a nursing home. But what is a senior has too much income to qualify for Medicaid benefits to help keep them home? New Jersey seems to have come up with a workaround. What is it? Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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It seems that the unscrupulous are out in full force ... and they do not always look the part like Snidley Whiplash. You do not have to swing a dead cat many times to hit another story about a senior abused financially by someone they trust. Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2014 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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Some decisions in life are easy, others are not. One factor that gives pause when making a very serious life or financial decision is the nagging fear of "not knowing what we do not know," yes? So it is with the decision to convert your traditional IRA into a Roth IRA. Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2014 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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I get it. When retirement comes, many folks feel like getting someplace warmer than Kansas or Missouri. A good many head south to Florida or Arizona to enjoy life in a retirement community and chase a little white ball around or enjoy cocktails and bridge at two o' clock with friends. Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2014 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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When I mention the word "trusts" in the context of estate planning, what images come to mind? Do you see Thurston Howell, III, and his wife Lovey stranded on Gilligan's Island? Or, do you see rich, idle wastrels jet-setting about the world in pursuit of drink, drugs and fleeting pleasure? In reality, the use of trusts for estate planning is not limited to the top "one percent" we hear so much about these days. Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2014 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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I read the news today, oh boy. About the lucky taxpayers who have a new estate tax exemption. And though the news was rather sad (for the IRS). Well I just had to laugh ... because, yes, trusts are still a very good idea estate planning tool indeed.* Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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My wife loves to sale. No typo there. She loves to go to "garage sales" to find hidden treasures and for an excuse to leave our home and meet new people. When I accompany her on these adventures, I am often struck by how boxes and boxes of books - old and new - are for sale at their bulk pulp value. Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2014 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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Any visitor to my conference room is immediately struck by large portraits of two of my favorite men of all time: Abraham Lincoln and George Washington. Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2014 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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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 Nov 26, 2014 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 Nov 25, 2014 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 Nov 24, 2014 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 Nov 21, 2014 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 Nov 20, 2014 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