Understanding Kansas Probate and Trust Administration
When a loved one dies, if there is a property owned in the name of that person. Without any other joint owner or death beneficiary designated, the family may need to distribute the assets of the estate under the watch of the probate court to ensure that all actions are carried out according to the terms outlined in the will.
What is the Probate Process in Kansas?
Probate is a court-supervised process to distribute assets to beneficiaries after your or a loved one’s death. Any assets owned in your name or made payable to your estate will go through probate.
It is vital to ensure that your assets’ ownership aligns with your estate planning goals to avoid probate. Suppose you own assets in the name of your trust or other contracts (life insurance, annuity, retirement account) or as joint tenants with the right of survivorship. In that case, those assets will bypass the Kansas probate process.
We Can Handle All of Your Kansas Trust Administration Needs
We can help you with all aspects of probate and trust administration. In addition to helping you with the distribution of assets outlined in a will, we can help you administer any type of trust, including living trusts in Kansas. You can rely on us to ensure that an estate will pass through probate according to the law and to the final wishes of a loved one.
You Can Avoid Probate in Kansas with Proper Planning
Generally, you can avoid most probate matters and will contests through proper Life Care Planning in Kansas. At Larson and Brown, our Wichita, KS lawyers will work closely with you to develop a plan for your family’s future. However, sometimes probate is unavoidable, such as when a loved one dies without leaving a will. When this occurs, we will guide families through the process and work to make the estate administration go as smoothly as possible.
Larson & Brown, PA is here to help you and your loved ones understand Estate Planning, Wills & Trusts, Probate & Trust Administration, Medicaid Planning, Veterans Planning, and Farm and Ranch Planning. Our Wichita, Kansas law firm welcomes the opportunity to consult with clients in Wichita and surrounding Kansas areas to learn more about how we can help meet your probate and trust administration needs.