Guide from our Librarians: Estate Planning
Estate planning enables you to ensure that your loved ones are cared for in the event of your death or incapacitation.
Free Resources for Estate Planning
Use these free resources to help with your Estate Planning:
LawDepot makes estate and health care planning easy with self-guided questionnaires designed to help you understand the process and get your estate and health care documents in place quickly. Print or download personalized estate and health care forms, including a Last Will and Testament and Power of Attorney.
Retirement is now considered a phase of our lives rather than a couple years spent marking time after we stop working. The latest statistics indicate that most people who retire today can look forward to decades of time spent in retirement, and with that much time on our hands, it is imperative that we plan carefully. Not only do we need to develop a financial plan, we also need to develop a health and exercise plan and an emotional and social support plan. This online class will help you to start planning for a successful retirement.
A non-profit law firm and community education organization devoted to helping low-income Kansans meet their basic needs through the provision of important legal and mediation services, as well as helpful legal information:
- Do I Need a Will? 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 document discusses the pros and cons of a will, as well as describing the alternatives available to Kansans.
- Kansas Transfer on Death Deed A Transfer on Death Deed (TOD) allows you to transfer ownership of property after death by naming a recipient and bypassing the probate process.
- Power of Attorney, Advance Directives, Health Care Power of Attorney – Living wills, “do not resuscitate” orders and powers of attorney.
- Estate Planning, Wills, & Powers of Attorney – an online program presented by Alexandra R English, Managing Attorney at Kansas Legal Services, Inc.
- Wills, Powers of Attorney, & Elder Abuse – an online program presented by Alexandra R English, Managing Attorney at Kansas Legal Services, Inc. and Director of the KLS Elder Rights Project
Great Courses’ Getting Your Legal House in Order
Author and elder law attorney Sally Balch Hurme gives viewers a practical, step-by-step to financial, legal, and estate planning. Presented on DVD in 18 lectures.
A list of recommended estate planning titles created by JCL staff: