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Did you know that ANYONE over the age of 60 in Kansas can call an attorney with their legal question FOR FREE?  The Elder Hotline is a program of Kansas Legal Services, and private attorneys volunteer their time to field your calls.  All you have to do is call the program at 888-353-5337, and you will be connected with a volunteer attorney who will try to answer your questions.  And you will receive no bill!
Tip Sheet • July 2019  Jeremiah Battle, National Consumer Law Center  
Thanks to a new law in Kansas, financial abuse of an elder is a serious crime and there are consequences. Do you know someone who is being financially abused by a trusted person or power of attorney? It’s no longer a “family issue.” It is a crime. A law was passed during last year’s legislative session. It makes it a crime to take money from elders who are 70 years or older and for powers of attorney to misuse funds. 
KLS works with the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) and the Area Agencies on Aging as a part of the state aging network. Older Americans Act funds are added together with LSC and other private funds to address this growing area of need.  Medicare Interactive
This information and checklist were prepared as a handout for clients who are thinking about a will and looking at alternatives. It is all in the pdf document attached at the bottom of the page.  DO YOU NEED A WILL? Elder Law Advice line at 1-888-535-5338   Many people believe that a will is the best way to express their desires for disposing of their property after their death.  This may or may not be true.  There are other things to consider. 
This packet can be used to terminate a guardianship of a person who has died. It includes instructions, petition for termination of guardianship, order for termination of guardianship, and the guardian's final report. If there is also a conservatorship separate action must be taken because the court tracks the final distriubtion of the remaining funds. 
This two page pamphlet reviews topics associated with grandparents who find themselves raising their grandchildren. Topics of legal custody and guardianship are addressed.  Updated 2020.
Your estate consists of everything you own: your home, personal property, car, land, stocks and bonds, life insurance and any other property in which you have an ownership interest. Estate planning is a plan for how you will acquire property, use it, conserve it and, perhaps most importantly, how it will be transferred upon your death. There is no way to determine your wishes regarding distribution of your property after your death unless you take appropriate steps prior to your death. Estate planning can be beneficial no matter what the size of the estate. 
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