Bankruptcy and divorce: What to consider when deciding which comes first

It is critical that couples take several financial and legal issues into account when choosing whether to file bankruptcy or get divorced first. Financial issues can be a source of strife for many couples in Kansas. Sadly, a Kansas State University study that was published in 2013 even found that financial arguments are a top…

Creating a revocable living trust for Medicaid planning

It is possible to plan for long-term elder care by establishing a revocable living trust. This can be particularly beneficial for Medicaid planning. When most people in Kansas and elsewhere begin to think about estate planning, their minds are on providing for their loved ones after they are gone. It is understandable and admirable to…

A primer on special needs trusts

Special needs trusts can be very effective estate planning tools. If you have a son, daughter, sibling or other relative with special needs (including physical disabilities, developmental delays or mental health conditions), there is a good chance that you are interested in leaving money for him or her as part of your estate plan. You…

Preserving Medicaid eligibility: a vital part of long-term care planning

In order to preserve assets for loved ones and avoid jeopardizing benefits, it is important to plan for long-term care. Due to advances in such fields as medicine, agriculture, technology, housing and others, Americans are living longer, more fulfilled lives than ever before. This can even be the case after suffering a major health setback…

Credit card debt increasing in Kansas and throughout the nation

Credit card debt is rising among consumers in the U.S., which can result in wage garnishment and other financial difficulties. In the years following the Great Recession, countless people in Kansas as well as other states faced insurmountable financial challenges. These difficulties were often impacted by unemployment, foreclosure and credit card debt. For a few…

Understanding which type of bankruptcy may be best for your situation

The past few years have been difficult for millions of people across the country. While the Great Recession is finally believed to have passed, many people are still feeling the pinch. Money may be tight, with no end in sight to financial difficulties. Whether facing unemployment, foreclosure, medical debt or overwhelming credit card payments, continuous…

Kansas Parenting Plans

Kansas lawmakers wanted couples to prepare for the impact that divorce has on children, so legislators passed a law requiring Kansas couples with children going through divorce to file parenting plans. The plans detail which parent will perform what parenting functions and reaches an agreement about child custody. Both parents are supposed to be involved…

Secrets of Successful Co-Parenting After a Kansas Divorce

After divorce, many people would like nothing more than to never see their ex-spouses again. However, those who had children while married do not have that option. They have to learn to redefine their relationships with their former spouses so they can continue to raise their children together after divorce. People can follow some simple…

Kansas child custody and visitation

Child custody and visitation is an important part of many divorces. In Kansas, joint custody is often awarded so both parents share rights regarding the child. It is usually best if the parents can come to an agreement about how they will share rights and access regarding the child. However, if they cannot agree, a…

When it is time to set up a guardianship or conservatorship in Kansas

When a loved one in Johnson County starts having trouble making decisions or managing finances, it can be difficult for family members to determine what the right course of action is. People, in general, are fiercely protective of their independence and may resist any attempt on the part of family members to intervene into their…