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FRANK D. TAFF, J.D., Attorney at Law

3601 SW 29th Street, Topeka, Kansas 66614

Wills, Trusts and Estate Administration

You have heard bad things about probate! Fortunately, only some of them are true.

Probate is a Latin term meaning "to prove." We inherited the idea from the Romans and the British. In the last thirty years, the administration of estates has been greatly simplified. Kansas law provides several different methods of assuring that those entitled to the property of a decedent receive their 

lawful share. Not all of these methods are called "probate." For example, there is a procedure called "informal administration" and one called "simplified administration" and there is also a process known as "determination of descent." With some of the methods, the probate court is not involved at all. Which method is best, the process and the procedure is determined by the value and type of property owned by the decedent at the time of death, as well as by the heirs and beneficiaries of the decedent and the creditors.

Call us today at 785.272.4108 for a confidential appointment and assistance in estate administration or for an appointment to prepare your Will.