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Kyle Krull
Overland Park, KS
Estate Planning Attorney
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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 3 days ago 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 4 days ago at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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Quick. If you are age 50 or older, what is your long-term care planning strategy? How will you pay the freight some day if you require in-home help, assisted living or skilled nursing care? Denial is not a strategy, just as it is not that big river in Egypt. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago 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 6 days ago 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 7 days ago at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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Do you have a loved one with dementia? If yes, then you will want to do some due diligence if they need nursing home care. Make sure the facility you are considering actually lives up to its advertising! Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2015 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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I have written recently about the value of using 529 Plans for college education savings. I really like anything that encourages "personal responsibility" ... instead of turning to government (read: taxpayer) handouts. I was encouraged when I came across a recent article that helps families with children who have special needs save for the future needs of those children, instead of punishing them for being responsible. Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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Are you part of a "blended family" or know someone who is? Of course. I cannot think of anyone who could answer that question in the negative. Speaking of negative, unless very careful estate planning is implemented, blended families can be fraught with unpleasant unintended consequences. Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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Yesterday's blog post was about Casey Kasem and the family feuding over his death. Today, I turn to the ongoing squabble over the earthly "stuff" left behind by Robin Williams. In both instances ... it is not pretty. Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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I have posted a several blogs about the strange case of Casey Kasem. His last days and death are not befitting of the DJ icon Baby Boomers fondly remember for his countdown of the top 40 hits each week, all the way to #1, and his special song dedication segments. Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2015 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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The elderly and otherwise vulnerable adults are frequent crime victims. Only the sickest of criminals prey on them. A recent proposal in Minnesota would toughen that state's penalties, at least for consumer fraud. Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2015 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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The day before a game, most football teams have a practice where they do a "walk through" of their plays. After practicing most of the week in full pads and at full speed, the players and coaches are able to focus on position, timing and sequence without pads and reduced speed. Many potential missteps are avoided on game day by walking through the game in advance. Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2015 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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With more folks "riding in the wagon" than "pulling the wagon" these days, those pulling the wagon are having to pull harder with higher tax income tax rates. Remember: all taxation is political. While the government is devouring more revenue from the economy and seeking to "spread around the rest," there are some practical steps "wagon pullers" need to mind to keep what they can. Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2015 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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I often feel too soon old and too late smart about many areas of life. Most of the time ... that is a good thing. Experience is a great teacher. On the other hand, it would be nice to know about some dead ends ahead of time. Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2015 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. Have you had enough reminders about your New Year's Resolutions? Are you trying to lose weight, right-size or down-size, quit smoking, or take your estate planning attorney to lunch more often (gratuitous suggestion, I know)? Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2015 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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Okay, okay, we will take a break from long-term care matters as we head into the weekend. In fact, we are expecting temperatures in the upper 50s today. Yaaay! Consequently, some of my clients will be headed to any number of local golf courses to try out their sticks. Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2015 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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Old age is not for sissies. Also, just because you are paranoid does not mean they are not out to get you. In short, it always pays to be vigilant. This includes if you are a senior or have a senior loved one in a nursing home. Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2015 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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Have you noticed? Old Kyle is sure pushing long-term care planning this week, especially insuring against the risk. Alternatively, I guess I could join the sports pundit bandwagon and give my take on the last play of the Super Bowl, but, hey, there is enough banter about that already. Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2015 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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I do not mean to demean anyone by the title to this posting. I just really did not know how to put this very common scenario more delicately. What do you do when a parent is aging, is needing help and becoming more and more stubborn? Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2015 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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I am sure some of my 2,300 clients squirm a bit when I ask this question: "What have you done to provide for your potential long-term care expenses?" (Most have done nothing.) My recommendation? Get long-term care insurance! And, yes, I have taken my own counsel on this. Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2015 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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We all know the IRS can come after taxpayers. If you lose, then naturally there are ways to appeal the IRS action ... through IRS channels. But can taxpayers sue the IRS in an independent forum? If yes, do they have a "snowball's chance"? I mean, the game is rigged, right? Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2015 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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I believe you ought to seriously consider having a gun trust so the transfer of your firearms will be glitch-free at your passing. Otherwise, you could be setting up your loved ones for legal problems with state and federal authorities. Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2015 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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Pets are important companions for many Americans, especially seniors. Whether your special companion has feathers, fins or fur, have you made arrangements for its care in a world without you? Who would give your special friend a good home or find a good home for them? Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2015 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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The scenario is a familiar one to those who work with senior citizens who are not destitute*. Someone claims that a senior has dementia or other limitations rendering them legally incapacitated. Then, a court strips away the senior's rights, returns them to the status of a minor child and appoints a guardian to handle the senior's personal, health care and financial matters. Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2015 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning
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Here is some good news. Experts say you may spend 30 years in your retirement years. Now, some not so good news - your retirement savings could be consumed very quickly by health care expenses. Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2015 at Kansas & Missouri Estate Planning