Trust Attorneys Kansas City MO

Setting up a trust on your will is a complicated matter that should be handled with the help of an estate planning and trust attorney. Make it easy on your trust beneficiaries and take care of your estate planning ahead of time. An experienced trust attorney can help you save on estate tax. Please scroll down to learn more and get access to the estate planning and trust attorneys in Kansas City, MO listed below.

Laura A. Hederstedt
(816) 292-8180
1000 Walnut, Suite 1400
Kansas City, MO
Specialties
Estate Planning, Tax, Probate
Education
University of Michigan Law School
State Licensing
Kansas

Lori Ann Gregory
(816) 421-2500
Suite 500, 1010 Walnut
Kansas City, MO
Specialties
Estate Planning, Adoption, Elder Law, Probate, Trusts
Education
University of Missouri - Columbia School of Law,University of Missouri, Columbia
State Licensing
Kansas, Missouri

Mary S. Shafer
(816) 460-5415
Suite 2800, 2345 Grand Blvd.
Kansas City, MO
Specialties
Tax, Probate, Advertising
State Licensing
Missouri

Alleen Castellani Van Bebber
(913) 338-5400
605 W 47th St Ste 350
Kansas City, MO
Specialties
Criminal Defense, Employment, Health Care, Probate, Estate Planning
Education
University of Kansas School of Law,Pittsburg State College
State Licensing
Kansas

Mark Louis Willens
4505 Madison
Kansas City, MO
Specialties
Business, Estate Planning, Car Accident, Divorce, Probate
State Licensing
Missouri

Michael Braun Hunter
(816) 221-1111
1212 Mcgee St. Ste. 200
Kansas City, MO
Specialties
State, Local And Municipal Law, Probate, Real Estate, Appeals
Education
University of Missouri, Kansas City
State Licensing
Missouri

William Lee Hubbard
(816) 399-5506
1718 Walnut
Kansas City, MO
Specialties
Elder Law, Probate, Social Security
State Licensing
Missouri

Gretchen Maria Gold
(816) 460-5410
Suite 2800, 2345 Grand Blvd
Kansas City, MO
Specialties
Estate Planning, Probate, Trusts
State Licensing
Missouri

William P. Mahoney
(913) 371-2299
816 Ann Avenue
Kansas City, KS
Specialties
Criminal Defense, Divorce, Landlord & Tenant, Probate, Juvenile
Education
University of Kansas School of Law,Texas Christian University,IES Freiburg im Breisgau
State Licensing
Kansas

Kelly Dean Brende
(816) 886-4816
Ste 1100, 4600 Madison
Kansas City, MO
Specialties
Estate Planning, Tax, Probate
State Licensing
Missouri

Trust

Q: I have created and revised my wills in the past. The issue is that, as a single person, I'm having trouble finding an executor for my will. I don't trust my sister to carry out my instructions and, sadly, I also don't believe my parents would be good either. Other than friends, are there any other options for establishing an executor for your will? I want to make sure I get someone who will carry out my instructions without bias, self-interest, greed or questions. If there aren't any options, what would you suggest given the scenario?

 

I commend you for your foresight in both creating and updating your will. Your advance planning now will likely save your intended beneficiaries time, confusion and angst in the future. As you believe your sister or parents might not be appropriate executors for your will, you still need to choose someone whom you can trust to carry out your wishes. I recommend making sure your selection is amenable to the designation in advance, as this can be a time consuming responsibility.

You have ruled out friends and business associates, so I suggest a reputable lawyer or accountant would be the best solution for you. If your will is complex, there is the added benefit of those professionals’ familiarity with tax, probate and business administration issues. As you are aware, the executor must satisfy any debts owing from your estate, administer appropriate tax filings and estate returns and ensure that your asset distribution plan is followed to the extent most feasible. And while a family member might agree to administer your estate without taking a fee, an executor, in particular when a professional is so designated, is entitled to and will expect to be paid for their services. I suggest you address the parameters of that compensation at the time the executor is designated.

If you still want someone closer to you involved, you can designate co-executors (such as your family member/friend/business associate) and the lawyer/accountant. Finally, I also suggest choosing an alternate executor so that your probate can proceed more smoothly in the event your original executor appointment (if not co-executors) is unable to act as an executor at your death. While a probate court in the absence of an executor may choose an administrator for your estate, this of course lessens your control over ensuring that your wishes are followed as closely as possible.

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DISCLAIMER: This publication is distributed with the understanding that it does not constitute legal advice or establish an attorney/client relationship by way of any information contained herein. The information provided is for general purposes only, as readers are advised to consult with a qualified lawyer regarding the specifics of their particular circumstances.


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