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Do You Need a Contract Attorney for Legal Documents?

Friday, March 24 2017 9:07 AM
Categorized In Legal
If you’ve ever signed a contract, you’ve probably wondered whether you should get an attorney involved to review the agreement to make sure you’re being treated fairly and all your interests are looked after. Often we’re told that a contract is “standard” or given a summary of what the agreement entails, but how ... Read Article

Who Should You Name as Your Medical Power of Attorney Representative?

Monday, February 20 2017 10:57 AM
Categorized In Legal
Medical Power of Attorney is a legal designation given to a person of your choosing allowing that person (known in Kansas as a “healthcare agent”) to make healthcare decisions for you in the event you become unable to make those decisions yourself. This is a very important decision, but whom should you choose? Let’s talk about the ... Read Article

Should You Sign an Oil and Gas Leasehold Agreement?

Monday, January 30 2017 11:58 AM
Categorized In Legal
Landowners across Kansas are often contacted with proposals from the oil and gas industry regarding the use of their land for drilling wells. It’s at a time like this when you need to have patience, because if you rush into an oil and gas agreement without having all the facts you could be missing out on money and opportunities you weren&rsqu ... Read Article

Should You Have an Attorney Present When Answering Questions from Law Enforcement?

Thursday, December 29 2016 11:24 AM
Categorized In Legal
It’s a difficult spot to be in - the police have requested an interview with you relating to a crime or are actively questioning you about an event you’ve witnessed or could possibly be a suspect for. You may feel the urge to unburden yourself and give statements to law enforcement immediately, but this could seriously backfire later on ... Read Article

Should You Get a Prenuptial Agreement in Kansas?

Wednesday, November 30 2016 11:12 AM
Categorized In Legal
Prenuptial agreements can be a tricky subject to tackle before entering a marriage, but they can also make sure both parties have their interests looked after in the event of a divorce. As no two marriages are the same, each situation pertaining to a prenup should be evaluated separately. In some circumstances a prenup isn’t necessary, in ot ... Read Article

When is the Right Time to Declare Bankruptcy?

Monday, October 31 2016 9:56 AM
Categorized In Legal
If you’re struggling with debt, you’re probably wondering if declaring bankruptcy would help or hinder your situation. Bankruptcy may be the best answer to your tough financial situation. Are you experiencing any of the following? Frequent calls from debt collectors Overwhelming credit card debt Large medical bills Vehicle reposse ... Read Article

What You Should Know About Home Foreclosures in Kansas

Wednesday, September 28 2016 4:55 PM
Categorized In Legal
In Kansas, a home foreclosure is a process started by a mortgage lender usually when a homeowner is three months behind in payments on the mortgaged debt. The lender then files a lawsuit in the county where the homeowner lives and then serves the homeowner with that lawsuit. While this process is often difficult and stressful, it is not impossible ... Read Article

How Do You Get a DUI Expunged in Kansas?

Wednesday, August 31 2016 9:57 AM
Categorized In Legal
A DUI conviction can severely disrupt your life and cause you to miss out on opportunities in the future. It will show up in your criminal record when employers are considering hiring you, when lenders are determining whether or not to give you a loan and could even make you ineligible for some forms of advanced training and certifications. So how ... Read Article

3 Things You Should Do First if Injured at Work

Friday, July 1 2016 11:15 AM
Categorized In Legal
Work related injuries are stressful and confusing even under the best circumstances. Understanding the basics of worker’s compensation can lessen the impact of a worker related injury. Here are three things you should do if you suffer an injury at work. Report Any and All Incidents Failure to report an accident or improper reporting can lea ... Read Article

Who Is Eligible for Social Security Disability Benefits?

Thursday, June 9 2016 4:32 PM
Categorized In Legal
Social Security disability benefits are monthly cash payments available to people who have worked in jobs covered by Social Security and have a medical condition that meets the department’s definition of disability. These benefits are available to people with a total disability that is expected to last a year or longer, and not to people with ... Read Article

What Happens to Your Property If You Die Without a Will in Kansas?

Friday, April 29 2016 4:34 PM
Categorized In Legal
Death is always a terrible tragedy for a family to endure. But when someone dies without establishing a legal will, there are even more challenging issues for a family to face. To highlight the importance of having a will, here are the Kansas state laws that pertain to assets if a person dies without a will. A person who dies without a will in Kan ... Read Article

What is the Adoption Process in Kansas?

Thursday, January 21 2016 9:52 AM
Categorized In Legal
If you’re thinking about adopting a child or infant, you probably have a lot of questions. While each situation is bit different, here’s a general outline of how the process works in Kansas, who may adopt, and where to start. Who is Eligible to Adopt in Kansas By law, potential adoptive parents must be at least 18 years of age. The ... Read Article

When Do You Need a Lawyer for Your Car Accident?

Thursday, October 8 2015 2:53 PM
Categorized In Legal
After a car accident, it can sometimes be difficult to determine whether or not you need to hire an attorney. Here are some things to consider when deciding if you need a lawyer. Was a personal injury involved? If you and/or someone else involved in the accident suffered permanent injury or missed a lot of time at work, you should contact a perso ... Read Article

When Should You Have a Lawyer Present?

Monday, August 10 2015 3:56 PM
Categorized In Legal
When you hire an attorney, you’re getting a representative who will make sure your legal rights are upheld and that you do not do or say anything to incriminate yourself. If necessary, your lawyer can also come up with a strategy to defend you against any criminal charges that are brought against you. Here are a few situations that would ben ... Read Article

When is it Time to Create a Will?

Wednesday, June 24 2015 2:24 PM
Categorized In Legal
It’s a sobering fact that about 70% of the people who die in the US do not have wills. Perhaps it’s because they believed that creating a will is only for the wealthy, but nothing could be further from the truth. Have you been putting off drafting a will? Perhaps you don’t feel doing so is important for you at your current stage ... Read Article

What to Know Before Renting

Monday, June 8 2015 4:51 PM
Categorized In Legal
Renting a house or an apartment is becoming more and more common in the US, so it’s important for first-time renters to know what they’re getting into. Even experienced renters can overlook important aspects of renting if they’ve never come up against certain issues before. So here are some things you should know and do before sig ... Read Article

11 Things Kansas Landlords Should Know

Monday, May 4 2015 1:51 PM
Categorized In Legal
Avoid legal disputes with tenants by knowing and complying with Kansas landlord-tenant laws. As a property manager, it’s important to familiarize yourself with your rights and responsibilities, as well as the rights of your tenants. These tips will help you avoid some of the common legal problems faced by landlords in Kansas. Know and Follow ... Read Article

What Are the Different Types of Bankruptcy?

Thursday, April 30 2015 4:24 PM
Categorized In Legal
Bankruptcy is a legal proceeding that allows individuals who can no longer pay their bills to get a fresh financial start though the legal process. Bankruptcy is not right for every situation and it does not come without some negative effects. The right to file for bankruptcy is provided for all that qualify under federal law. Bankruptcy may seem ... Read Article