Estate planning can be a delicate subject. It’s a topic that touches on finances, family, and the future—all areas that require careful handling. At the Law Office of Andrew Rowe, P.A., we understand the complexities surrounding the drafting of wills and the overall estate planning process. Let’s explore how we can assist you in Kansas.
The Importance of Having a Will in Kansas
We often hear phrases like “I’m too young for a will” or “I don’t have much to leave behind.” But the reality is, estate planning isn’t reserved for the elderly or the wealthy; it’s a sensible strategy for everyone. When you have a will in place, you are the decision-maker for your life’s work and savings, rather than leaving it up to state laws or the courts.
Do you have preferences about who should take care of your minor children in case you’re not around? How about any family heirlooms that you wish to pass down? What about your hard-earned savings and how they should be used? A will addresses all these concerns and more. If you don’t have a will, Kansas intestacy laws dictate how your assets are divided, and these statutes might not prioritize your spouse, your children, or your preferred charities the way you would have intended. At the Law Office of Andrew Rowe, P.A., we offer tailored guidance to ensure your will represents your values, wishes, and responsibilities to your loved ones.
How We Help You Draft a Comprehensive Will
The thought of sitting down to list assets and make complex decisions can be daunting. That’s why we employ a client-centered approach to ease you into the process. First, we’ll have a consultation where we get to know you—your lifestyle, your priorities, and your concerns. This isn’t just a formality; it’s crucial in understanding what’s unique about your situation.
We then walk you through an organized, step-by-step process to ensure nothing is overlooked. Together, we’ll compile an exhaustive list of your assets, which could include everything from real estate and vehicles to digital assets like social media accounts. Following this, we help you understand the roles and responsibilities of executors and beneficiaries to ensure you’re making informed decisions. We’re not just documenting your words; we’re translating them into legally enforceable instructions that stand up in a Kansas court, safeguarding your intentions long after you’re gone.
Updating Your Will
Life’s unpredictability is one reason estate planning is so crucial, but your estate plan shouldn’t be a static document. Every major life event—such as marriage, divorce, the birth of a child, or even significant financial changes like winning the lottery or starting a business—warrants a review of your will.
Let’s say you initially wrote your will when you were single and since then, you’ve gotten married and had kids. If your will isn’t updated, it might not provide for your spouse and children the way you would want. Or perhaps you’ve gone through a divorce, and your ex-spouse is still listed as a beneficiary or executor—that could be problematic. That’s why the Law Office of Andrew Rowe, P.A. considers will updates as part of an ongoing relationship with our clients. We aim to touch base periodically or when we know significant life changes have occurred, making sure your will is always an accurate representation of your life as it is, not as it was.
Common Mistakes People Make When Drafting a Will in Kansas
Drafting a will might seem straightforward, but it’s easy to make mistakes if you’re not familiar with Kansas state laws and how they could impact your estate. For example, not clearly identifying beneficiaries or not considering the tax implications could result in delays or financial burdens for your loved ones. Other common pitfalls include not updating a will after major life changes or attempting a DIY will that isn’t legally sound. Our team is committed to helping you avoid these mistakes, ensuring that your will is both legally robust and fully reflective of your intentions.
Contact an Experienced Estate Planning Attorney in Kansas
Preparing for the future doesn’t have to be overwhelming or confusing. You don’t need to do it alone. If you need assistance with drafting, updating, or understanding your will, we’re here to help. Call us at The Law Office of Andrew Rowe, P.A., today at 316-202-0131 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with a dedicated Estate Planning Lawyer serving clients in Kansas.