Estate Planning

In addition to expertise and insight, the Gibson Watson Marino, LLC attorneys bring understanding and a sincere desire to help you make beneficial, informed decisions about your family’s future. From young parents primarily concerned about providing for their children to estates involving complex and closely-held family business interests, our estate planning attorneys will guide you through the process to achieve your goals.

Our services are extensive and comprehensive, including:

Plan Documents -- Wills, Revocable and Irrevocable Trusts, Family Trusts, Charitable Trusts, Special Needs Trusts, Transfer on Death Documents, Do Not Resuscitate Orders (DNRs), Living Wills, Health Care Powers of Attorney, Financial Powers of Attorney, Guardianships, and Conservatorships.

Probate Avoidance and Disputes -- planning techniques to help your heirs and beneficiaries avoid the expense and frustration that can occur with the probate process. When probate is necessary or disputes arise, representing and litigating for you whether you’re a beneficiary, fiduciary, guardian, conservator, trustee, executor, or administrator.

Tax Planning -- helping minimize federal and state gift, inheritance, and estate taxes. With the unintended tax liabilities a large estate can create for surviving spouses and children, devising strategies to provide the liquidity needed to deal with necessary taxes. Our services also include helping you file all the related federal and state tax returns, as well as representing you if disputes or litigation arise with the IRS or Kansas Department of Revenue.

Charitable Planning -- helping you form a charitable organization or counseling you regarding other options in fulfilling your desire to support community foundations, public charities, or private charitable foundations in your estate plan.

Asset Protection -- assisting high net worth professionals, executives, and entrepreneurs with sound asset protection plans utilizing proven strategies which complement your overall estate plan.

Family Business & Succession Planning -- Your family business -- whether a farm, a store, or a manufacturing plant -- is your legacy. Using the most appropriate strategy for your interests, our attorneys can help you plan for how it will continue and who will guide it.

Elder Law -- providing counsel in mature/senior planning areas involving health care, long term care insurance, assisted living and nursing homes, Medicare and Medicaid, in-home care, and end of life decisions; preparing documents to implement the client’s plan for management and disposition of property and minimization of tax burdens.