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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Kansas on
Q: “ I——- do solemnly swear that I will faithfully, impartially and to the best of my ability discharge all duties of my

Trust according to law as executor Of the last will and testament of—— deceased and I am acting on my own behalf and not on behalf of any bank or corporation which is not authorized to act as fiduciary in the

state. Does this mean I give up my right as executioner of the estate?

Scott C. Stockwell
Scott C. Stockwell
answered on Mar 19, 2024

The language you included in your question is standard language for the oath of an executor that has to be filed with the court before the named executor is issued letters testamentary that give the executor the power to act.

The language does not give up a named executor’s right to...
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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Real Estate Law and Probate for Kansas on
Q: Father passed but my name and siblings name on deed. Can we quitclaim our portion to our cousin who lives in the home?

My father was married about two years before passing. Spouse has stopped talking to us/our family. There’s also a Medicare lien on the house. My sister and I don’t want to be on the deed. Can we just quit claim the deed to our cousin who has been living in and caring for the home since before... View More

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answered on Mar 4, 2024

Hire a MO attorney to search the title and determine ownership as well as encumbrances. Surviving Spouse is probably an heir also. An Affidavit of Heirship might need to be recorded. Depending on the liens and property value, a Partition Action might be advisable. Even if you transfer your... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law, Tax Law and Probate for Kansas on
Q: I need help answering a petition filed against my deceased mother's property in accordance to K S.A 79-2801

My mother passed away in 2012 I have been at the property since then and paid taxes on property until now I have no other heirs to battle for the rights to property but this action filed against the real estate is not what I was planning on happening please some advice on this matter

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answered on Feb 20, 2024

There is no “answer” that can be provided to your question because we have no idea what the petition is about. Also, attorneys in this forum are not allowed to solicit clients. This means that no attorney can write “contact me”.

But you can contact an attorney in your area yourself...
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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Tax Law and Probate for Kansas on
Q: Hello I'm contacting you today to find out what I needed to do with this petition filed against my mother's property

in accordance to K S A 79-2801 I don't want to lose the house I want to pay the back taxes get transfer of property to my name but I have to answer this petition and I'm not sure on how. I knew it might go in to a tax sale but I know if u have half paid before the day of tax sale you... View More

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answered on Feb 22, 2024

It's essential to take immediate action to address the petition filed against your mother's property. Start by reviewing the petition carefully to understand the specific claims and allegations being made against the property. Then, gather all relevant documents related to the property,... View More

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Q: Can a conservator change the beneficiaries of a conservatee's life insurance policy in KS?

My father's conservator--his mother--was named the sole beneficiary of his million dollar life insurance policy rather that his six children. He was the one who created that life insurance policy back when he was well. This isn't a policy that the conservator made after she took over his... View More

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answered on Feb 7, 2024

You will need a KS attorney to represent you. But generally any transaction involving the ward's property going to the fiduciary is presumptively fraudulent. That is the conservator will have the burden of proving his taking the property was for the benefit of the ward. But someone with... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Family Law and Probate for Kansas on
Q: I’m the POA & next of kin. Mother passed away, am I responsible for planning the funeral? Family disagreement over it
William K. Hayes
William K. Hayes
answered on Nov 8, 2023

Your power of attorney terminated upon the death of your mother. Assuming that your mother had no other estate planning documents, until someone is legally appointed to represent your mother's estate, it is best that you make it a group decision regarding the planning of the funeral. If your... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Probate for Kansas on
Q: Can someone force someone else out of a house that they don't even pay taxes on or take care of

I gave the house to my brother who passed away afterwards and he had gotten married. Then after he died his wife got married right after to someone else I am living here now. And his name is spelled wrong on the deed

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answered on Mar 13, 2023

Hire a KS attorney to search the title and determine heirship. You might be an heir, thus tenant in common. If so stay there forever or sue for Partition. On the Deed, apparently it was your mistake and you cannot complain about it.

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Q: Can an out of state relative named in will as the executer of a deceased from Kansas file for a letter of testamentary?
Scott C. Stockwell
Scott C. Stockwell
answered on Aug 11, 2022

Yes. K.S.A. 59-1706 permits an out-of-state fiduciary to be appointed. The fiduciary must appoint a resident agent who resides in the county where the case is located.

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Q: My late boyfriend gave me a letter that said “last will and testament” before he committed suicide is this a legal doc?
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answered on Feb 23, 2022

I am so sorry for your loss. That is absolutely tragic.

I hate to be the bearer of more bad news, but it is not possible to answer your question without seeing the will. Every state has requirements for the proper execution of wills, typically requiring two witnesses. However, usually...
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Q: My dad recently passed away. Do we have to Apply for probate and appoint an executor if we can all agree on stuff
Scott C. Stockwell
Scott C. Stockwell
answered on Feb 21, 2022

There are several different procedures for distribution of assets using probate procedure. Assets that have a payable on death (POD) designation are typically distributed based upon the POD. Transfer on death (TOD) deeds for real estate, filed before death, typically control how real estate is... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Estate Planning, Probate and Real Estate Law for Kansas on
Q: I signed a contract to sell inherited land once probate was done and land put in my name, would it go to an estate acct?

My father passed away March 31 2021. After he passed away, my neighbor asked if I wanted to sell 5 acres of our 40 acres we have to him. I said yes but made it clear to him I would have to wait until the land was switched to my name. (Side note- my neighbor and the lawyer who handled the probate... View More

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answered on Jan 26, 2022

Such a sale can go one of two ways. First, the heir you can wait until the property is transferred to the heir and then sell it, in which case the sale proceeds are made payable to the heir.

Or, the property can be sold by the estate while still in the estate, in which case the sale...
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Q: If a DD was done but was not done for a case not yet heard in probate does that mean that the case will be dismissed

My brother passed they did a DD in his probate I filed a petition for probate for our mothers property which now they say will be dismissed because of the DD on my brothers estate… he was not a owner of her property she was the sole owner…

Scott C. Stockwell
Scott C. Stockwell
answered on Dec 6, 2021

It is not unusual that the estates of multiple people relate to one another. There is not enough information in your inquiry to explain why the determination of descent for your brother's estate would eliminate the need for probate of your mother's estate. If you are trying to handle your... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Kansas on
Q: I hired a lawyer in KS for probate of property in KS. I'm in the middle of the case, can fire my lawyer

I live out of state. I'm in the middle of probate in KS, and I want to change my lawyer and complete the process myself, is this possible? If so, what are the steps and would I need to appear in KS at some point?

Theodore David Vicknair Sr.
Theodore David Vicknair Sr.
answered on Jul 16, 2021

Generally, yes you can do this. You would have to inform the attorney and he would "unenroll" from the case.

However, if you have any outstanding obligations to the attorney, under the laws of most states, the attorney would have the option of filing a "claim" as a...
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Q: can a person with no legal standing contact and hire the probate lawyer?
Scott C. Stockwell
Scott C. Stockwell
answered on Jul 7, 2021

Probate matters can include guardianships, conservatorships, adoptions, and involuntary commitments, so the answer to who might be eligible to initiate or involved in a probate proceeding could have lots of different answers. Limiting the answer to probate matters involving decedent's estates:... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Kansas on
Q: What happens to a long term significant other when the owner of a house dies without a will in Kansas?

Lived together for 10 years, only one taking care of him through Cancer

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answered on Jun 21, 2021

When a person dies without a will, he is said to have died “intestate”, and the persons who inherit from him are determined by that state’s laws of “intestate succession”. The laws of intestate succession direct a hierarchy of kinship that generally favor the spouse and children first,... View More

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Q: Is there a probate period following death imvolving real property in kansas? And what is it?

Unsure if there was a will but the decedent was only a week buried is it even the heirs legal right to sell a house?

Scott C. Stockwell
Scott C. Stockwell
answered on Apr 21, 2021

After a person passes away, an probate estate may be opened. If there is a will, it must be filed with the court within six months of the date of death and an executor will be appointed. If there is no will, an heir at law or creditor may file a petition to probate the estate for the benefit of... View More

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Q: My father is executor of my grandmothers estate she verbally left the house to me. What is the next step? In Kansas

My father and his brother are in agreement with her wishes.

Scott C. Stockwell
Scott C. Stockwell
answered on Apr 21, 2021

If you, your father, and brother represent all of the persons with a possible interest in your grandmother's estate, the three of you may enter into a valid settlement agreement that controls the ownership of property in the estate. There are several steps that you would have to follow to... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Kansas on
Q: My mother died and left no will. Can I legally sell her belongings to pay expenses and how do I sell her car?
Scott C. Stockwell
Scott C. Stockwell
answered on Apr 21, 2021

The options available to you depend upon the nature and amount of assets in the estate, whether a will exists, and the cooperation of all of the persons who are heirs at law or named in the will, if any. For small estates not involving real estate or intangible assets such as stocks, there is a... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Kansas on
Q: My mother father had a will forme and my brother to split everything 50 /50 the willwas that way 54 years mom died

And dad changed it my brother got everything I didn't even get a will copy is this legal

Scott C. Stockwell
Scott C. Stockwell
answered on Apr 5, 2021

It is unclear whether your question pertains to your mother's or father's estate. Because of that ambiguity, I would encourage you to visit with an attorney.

Your mother and father may have had a joint will. Attorneys generally discourage clients from writing joint wills because...
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1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Kansas on
Q: My mother died I paid all debts and will wasn't probate. No in probate but attorney trying to get settled without judge

lawyers trying to settle and sibling declare descendants wasn't in a will and trying to force sheriff sale

Doug Coe
Doug Coe
answered on Mar 5, 2021

In Kansas, there are ways in which real estate can transfer outside of probate and without respect to what a Will says. Seems like there are a number of issues here. I would recommend hiring an attorney -- even if just for an hour or so -- to help figure out what exactly is going on. Disclaimer:... View More

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