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Probate & Estate Planning

Wichita Probate Attorney

Legal Representation That Reflects Your Values

Probate is a long, complex process that can lead to disputes between family members, creditors and other people who have touched the deceased’s life. If you have lost a loved one, you are already suffering enough and do not need the extra stress of the probate process. At Weber Law Office, P.A., our Wichita probate lawyer can help remove this legal burden from your shoulders.

When you need experienced legal representation that understands your Christian values, contact our Kansas estate administration attorney online or call (316) 265-7802 to schedule an initial consultation to discuss your situation. We will remain sensitive to the needs of your family as we guide you through the estate administration process. Whether your loved one left a will, trust, or no estate plan at all, we will make sure your rights are protected.

We Handle All Aspects of Probate and Estate Administration

At the Weber Law Office, P.A., we guide individuals and families through the entire estate administration and probate process, including:

  • Determining whether there is a will
  • Probating the will within six months of the date of death
  • Appointing an executor or administrator
  • Valuing and collecting the estate property
  • Evaluating and paying debts of the estate
  • Determining who has the right to each piece of property and notifying the heirs
  • Distributing the property to the rightful heirs

If you are facing a will or trust contest, or any other probate litigation, our Wichita will contest attorney can help defend your interests in probate court.

Helping You With Determinations of Descent

You may have to file a determination of descent claim if your family member did not have a will and left the real estate solely in his or her name. In these cases, you do not have to notify creditors of the estate. The proceeding will determine who should receive what assets and in what shares. It typically takes about 30 days.

Avoiding Probate With Small Estates

For smaller estates, probate may not be necessary as long as the estate only consists of personal property and the estate is worth less than any creditor demands against it. We can help with all of the necessary paperwork and filings of affidavits.

Corporate Estates

We can help corporations and other businesses rework their bylaws after partners or owners pass away without leaving proper estate planning documents. We will address all corporate-owned property and succession interests.

If you need to address these issues or other estate planning concerns, call Wichita estate planning attorney J. Joseph Weber today, at 316-265-7802. You can also schedule consultations through our website. Appointments are available weekdays between 8 am and 5 PM, and occasionally on the weekend or in the evening.

Three Common Estate Planning Mistakes to Avoid

If you have an estate plan, you have taken a critical step towards ensuring that the physical and financial assets that you have worked to obtain and maintain will pass to the people that you want to have them when you pass away. If you made your estate plan with the aid of an estate planning attorney, you probably know that estate planning is not a set it and forget it type of thing – you’ll need to revisit your estate plan occasionally to ensure that everything is still on track towards your estate planning goals.

That said, one common estate planning mistake that people make is failing to update their estate plans. Creating an estate plan takes a bit of work, but checking on your plan once you’ve set it up doesn’t require too much time or energy. A good rule of thumb is to look over your estate plan with your attorney every three years. When people do not update estate plans, things can happen that they do not intend, such as former spouses inheriting assets, children receiving different treatment, and so on. An up to date estate plan is the best way to make sure that your estate plan will indeed carry out your wishes.

A second mistake that some people make with estate planning is limiting their efforts to making a will. A will is important, but a will alone to accomplish all of your estate planning objectives. There are other vital documents that you may need to execute, including medical directives, powers of attorney, and trusts. If these documents do not get created before they are needed, things can happen that are not in compliance with your wishes, both during your lifetime and after you pass away. Fortunately, your attorney can help you look at your estate planning needs and determine which documents, in addition to a will, should be a part of your estate plan.

A third mistake that some people make with estate planning is assuming that they don’t need a trust. There are some popular misconceptions surrounding trusts, the biggest of which is that only wealthy people need them. What many people don’t realize is that trusts can do things that wills cannot, and they are a valuable estate planning tool that can help many people achieve their estate planning goals whether they are wealthy or not. For example, assets in a trust can get passed outside of the probate process. This gets assets into the hands of beneficiaries faster and privately, in contrast with the slow speed and public nature of probate proceedings. Trusts can also keep assets safe from creditors, and safe for heirs that may not be old enough or financially savvy enough to manage their inheritances on their own. There are different types of trusts that you can use to achieve various goals, and your attorney can help you select and create the ones that are right for you. One example of a trust is a life insurance trust that ensures that your beneficiaries get the proceeds of your policy quickly and without paying a hefty tax.

Call for a Consultation With a Kansas Estate Probate Lawyer

Whether you are facing a will contest or need help with estate administration, we will work to find solutions that fit your values without going through extensive litigation. Contact our Wichita probate attorney online or call (316) 265-7802 for an initial consultation. Located in Wichita’s River Park Place, our office is open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. We also offer weekend and evening hours by appointment. Credit cards are accepted.