Stockton Law Office LLC - Gardner, Kansas 66030

 Stockton Law Office LLC Contact Details »

Address:
952 East Lincoln Lane Gardner
Kansas 66030

Phone:
(913) 856-2828

Email:
info@nlaw.com

Website:

Facebook:

Linkedin:

Mobile:
-

Fax:
-

Transport Links:
(train, bus, motorway & major roads)
Santa Fe & Energy Center (TradeNet) - 0.5 miles east

 Stockton Law Office LLC Map »

 Information About Stockton Law Office LLC »

Experienced bankruptcy, family law, estate planning and criminal defense lawyer. Call 913-884-3672 the Stockton Law Office in Kansas. Free consult.

At Stockton Law Office, LLC, our mission is to assist our clients throughout what is often the most difficult, even painful times of their lives, while vigorously championing their best interests.

law firm, law office, legal advice, lawyer, attorney, home, stockton law office, gardner kansas.

Stockton Law Office LLC is located in the Gardner area of Kansas. There are at least 2 other listings in the 66030 postcode area.

Lawyers in Kansas 66030

 Services Offered / Area of Specialization »


 Facebook Feed »

Stockton & Stern, LLC
If you have a loved one with special needs, or if you need assistance planning for and obtaining Medicaid or Veterans benefits, our firm can help. Our team has extensive experience helping clients protect their inheritances and other assets while qualifying for Social Security Income (SSI), Medicaid and Veterans benefits.
1/25/2017 10:59:11 PM
Stockton & Stern, LLC
Providing tips and resources to advocate for older adults.
1/13/2017 10:49:26 PM
Stockton & Stern, LLC
Stockton & Stern, LLC will be closed from Friday, December 23rd at 12pm and will reopen Tuesday, December 27th. Have a Happy and Safe Holiday!
12/23/2016 6:49:46 PM
Stockton & Stern, LLC
Wrong Mix of Medications Can Lead to Faulty Alzheimer’s Diagnosis The main symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease include memory loss, confusion and changes in personality or mood. However, these symptoms can also be caused by medications, supplements and vitamins, or a dangerous mix of these—and often results in a false diagnosis of Alzheimer’s. The list of drugs that can cause dementia-like symptoms is long and includes: * antidepressants * antihistamines * anti-Parkinson drugs * anti-anxiety medications * cardiovascular drugs * anticonvulsants * corticosteroids * narcotics * sedatives * statins The elderly are especially at risk of developing dementia-like symptoms because their bodies are not able to process medications as well as a younger person’s does. A lower metabolism, less lean body mass, less water in the body, and decreased kidney and liver functions make it harder to clean out toxins. As a result, drugs can accumulate in the body. Also, seniors are usually prescribed more drugs as they get older. Polypharmacy is the term used to describe the use of five or more medications in people over 65. This can easily happen when multiple doctors are prescribing drugs for different ailments. The more drugs they take, the greater their risk for a damaging drug reaction. Using one pharmacist can help provide a gatekeeper, but it is vitally important to have a primary doctor oversee the person’s complete list of prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, vitamins and supplements. Alcohol, or even taking someone else’s medication, can add to the problem. In many cases, the cognitive symptoms vanish when medication is stopped. But don’t try to do this yourself. Work with the primary doctor to determine which medications can be reduced, eliminated or replaced without adversely affecting the person’s overall well-being. Take the bottles and containers with you so the doctor can evaluate the dosages and expiration dates. More than 100 other conditions, from vitamin and hormone deficiencies to rare brain disorders to depression to urinary tract infections, can mimic Alzheimer’s disease. Some are readily treatable. It’s important to know the person, be aware of medications being taken, and watch for changes in behavior. If a loved one has started exhibiting dementia-like symptoms, act quickly. Insist on an evaluation of their medications and eliminate other conditions. If dementia does exist, it is critical to start treatment as soon as possible. 913-856-2828 www.stocktonlaw.com
8/1/2016 6:37:24 PM
Stockton & Stern, LLC
10 Early Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Early diagnosis of dementia provides the best opportunities for treatment, support and planning for the future. The Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org) has released the following list of signs and symptoms that can help individuals and family members recognize the beginnings of dementia. If you are concerned about any of these, be sure to see a doctor and, if suggested, begin treatment as soon as possible. 1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life. Of concern: Forgetting recently learned information, important dates or events; repeatedly asking for the same information; relying on notes, devices or family members for things they used to handle on their own. Normal age-related change: Sometimes forgetting names or appointments, but remembering them later. 2. Challenges in planning or solving problems. Of concern: Changes in the ability to develop and follow a plan or work with numbers, such as having trouble following a familiar recipe or keeping track of monthly bills; difficulty concentrating and taking much longer to do things than before. Normal age-related change: Making an occasional error when balancing a checkbook. 3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, work or leisure. Of concern: Finding it hard to complete daily tasks, such as driving to a familiar location, managing a budget at work or remembering the rules of a favorite game. Normal age-related change: Occasionally needing help to use settings on a microwave or to record a television show. 4. Confusion with time or place. Of concern: Losing track of dates, seasons and passage of time; trouble understanding something if it is not happening immediately; forgetting where they are or how they got there. Normal age-related change: Getting confused about the day of the week but figuring it out later. 5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships. Of concern: Vision problems that make it difficult to read, judge distance, and determine color and contrast. In terms of perception, they may pass a mirror and think someone else is in the room. They may not recognize their own reflection. Normal age-related change: Vision problems due to cataracts. 6. New problems with words in speaking or writing. Of concern: Having trouble following or joining a conversation; stopping in the middle of a conversation with no idea how to continue, or repeating themselves; having problems finding the right word or calling things by the wrong name. Normal age-related change: Sometimes having trouble finding the right word. 7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps. Of concern: Putting things in unusual places; losing things and not being able to go back over their steps to find them; accusing others of stealing from them. Normal age-related change: Misplacing items (glasses, car keys, remote control) from time to time. 8. Decreased or poor judgment. Of concern: Changes in judgment or decision making, especially when dealing with money, such as giving large amounts to telemarketers; paying less attention to personal hygiene. Normal age-related change: Making a bad decision once in a while. 9. Withdrawal from work or social activities. Of concern: Not wanting to participate in hobbies, social activities, work projects or sports; having trouble keeping up with a favorite sports team or completing a favorite hobby; avoiding social situations because of changes they are experiencing. Normal age-related change: Sometimes feeling weary of work, family and social obligations. 10. Changes in mood and personality. Of concern: Becoming confused, suspicious, depressed, fearful or anxious; becoming easily upset at home, at work, with friends or in places where they are out of their comfort zone. Normal age-related change: Developing very specific ways of doing things and becoming irritable when a routine is disrupted. As stated above, early diagnoses provides the best opportunities for treatment, support and planning. When a person is facing a cognitive impairment such as Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, they face unique legal issues that are best addressed by an experienced elder law attorney. If you or a loved one are exhibiting any of the symptoms above, you are encouraged to schedule a time to meet with one of our experienced elder law attorneys. You can also turn to our local Heart of America Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association for programs and services. 913-856-2828 www.stocktonlaw.com
7/19/2016 9:17:12 PM
Stockton & Stern, LLC
Career opportunity in the KC Metro Area!!! Excited to announce an opening at my law firm for a Client Relations Manager. Please see the below announcement and message me for any details.
7/11/2016 3:38:10 PM
Stockton & Stern, LLC
Exciting opportunity available for a personable and upbeat candidate as a Legal Receptionist for our growing law firm located in southern Johnson County. The Customer Service Manager serves as "the face"of our law firm ensuring the our clients, callers and visitors to the firm are handled promptly and professionally. Other responsibilities include providing administrative support and promoting the firm's presence and reputation through internet and social media marketing. This position would be suitable for a candidate who is customer-service oriented, has good verbal and written communication skills and is able to multi-task despite interruptions. Candidate must be available Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00. Please submit your resume with a cover letter and your salary requirement to tamela@stocktonlaw.com.
7/8/2016 8:41:07 PM
Stockton & Stern, LLC
THE LEGAL PLAN-IT Volume 7, Issue 3 Top Reasons Everyone Needs a Comprehensive Power of Attorney The benefits of a highly detailed, comprehensive power of attorney are numerous. Unfortunately, many powers of attorney are more general in nature and can actually cause more problems than they solve, especially for our senior population. This issue of the Legal Plan-It highlights the benefits of a comprehensive, detailed power of attorney, including some of the provisions that should be included. A proper starting point is to emphasize that the proper use of a power of attorney as an estate planning and elder law document depends on the reliability and honesty of the appointed agent. The agent under a power of attorney has traditionally been called an "attorney-in-fact" or sometimes just "attorney." However, confusion over these terms has encouraged the terminology to change so more recent state statutes tend to use the label "agent" for the person receiving power by the document. The "law of agency" governs the agent under a power of attorney. The law of agency is the body of statutes and common law court decisions built up over centuries that dictate how and to what degree an agent is authorized to act on behalf of the "principal"—in other words, the individual who has appointed the agent to represent him or her. Powers of attorney are a species of agency-creating document. In most states, powers of attorney can be and most often are unilateral contracts – that is, signed only by the principal, but accepted by the agent by the act of performance. Much has been written about financial exploitation of individuals, particularly seniors and other vulnerable people, by people who take advantage of them through undue influence, hidden transactions, identity theft and the like. Prior issues of the Legal Plan-It have addressed guardianships and conservatorships and discussed the benefits of court supervision of care of vulnerable people in such contexts. Even though exploitation risks exist, there are great benefits to one individual (the principal) privately empowering another person (the agent) to act on the principal's behalf to perform certain financial functions. A comprehensive power of attorney may include a grant of power for the agent to represent and advocate for the principal in regard to health care decisions. Such health care powers are more commonly addressed in a separate "health care power of attorney," which may be a distinct document or combined with other health topics in an "advance health care directive." Another important preliminary consideration about powers of attorney is "durability." Powers of attorney are voluntary delegations of authority by the principal to the agent. The principal has not given up his or her own power to do these same functions but has granted legal authority to the agent to perform various tasks on the principal's behalf. All states have adopted a "durability" statute that allows principals to include in their powers of attorney a simple declaration that no power granted by the principal in this document will become invalid upon the subsequent mental incapacity of the principal. The result is a "durable power of attorney" – a document that continues to be valid until a stated termination date or event occurs, or the principal dies. Absent durability provisions, the power of attorney terminates upon the principal’s death or incapacity. Having covered the explanation of what a durable power of attorney is, let us look at the top benefits of having a comprehensive durable power of attorney. 1. Provides the ability to choose who will make decisions for you (rather than a court). If someone has signed a power of attorney and later becomes incapacitated and unable to make decisions, the agent named can step into the shoes of the incapacitated person and make important financial decisions. Without a power of attorney, a guardianship or conservatorship may need to be established, and can be very expensive. 2. Avoids the necessity of a guardianship or conservatorship. Someone who does not have a comprehensive power of attorney at the time they become incapacitated would have no alternative than to have someone else petition the court to appoint a guardian or conservator. The court will choose who is appointed to manage the financial and/or health affairs of the incapacitated person, and the court will continue to monitor the situation as long as the incapacitated person is alive. While not only a costly process, another detriment is the fact that the incapacitated person has no input on who will be appointed to serve. 3. Provides family members a good opportunity to discuss wishes and desires. There is much thought and consideration that goes into the creation of a comprehensive power of attorney. One of the most important decisions is who will serve as the agent. When a parent or loved one makes the decision to sign a power of attorney, it is a good opportunity for the parent to discuss wishes and expectations with the family and, in particular, the person named as agent in the power of attorney. 4. The more comprehensive the power of attorney, the better. As people age, their needs change and their power of attorney should reflect that. Seniors have concerns about long-term care, applying for government benefits to pay for care, as well as choosing the proper care providers. Without allowing, the agent to perform these tasks and more, precious time and money may be wasted. 5. Prevents questions about principal's intent. Many of us have read about court battles over a person's intent once that person has become incapacitated. A well-drafted power of attorney, along with other health care directives, can eliminate the need for family members to argue or disagree over a loved one's wishes. Once written down, this document is excellent evidence of their intent and is difficult to dispute. 6. Prevents delays in asset protection planning. A comprehensive power of attorney should include all of the powers required to do effective asset protection planning. If the power of attorney does not include a specific power, it can greatly dampen the agent's ability to complete the planning and could result in thousands of dollars lost. While some powers of attorney seem long, it is necessary to include all of the powers necessary to carry out proper planning. 7. Protects the agent from claims of financial abuse. Comprehensive powers of attorney often allow the agent to make substantial gifts to self or others in order to carry out asset protection planning objectives. Without the power of attorney authorizing this, the agent (often a family member) could be at risk for financial abuse allegations. 8. Allows agents to talk to other agencies. An agent under a power of attorney is often in the position of trying to reconcile bank charges, make arrangements for health care, engage professionals for services to be provided to the principal, and much more. Without a comprehensive power of attorney giving authority to the agent, many companies will refuse to disclose any information or provide services to the incapacitated person. This can result in a great deal of frustration on the part of the family, as well as lost time and money. 9. Allows an agent to perform planning and transactions to make the principal eligible for public benefits. One could argue that transferring assets from the principal to others in order to make the principal eligible for public benefits--Medicaid and/or non-service-connected Veterans Administration benefits--is not in the best interests of the principal, but rather in the best interests of the transferees. In fact, one reason that a comprehensive durable power of attorney is essential in elder law is that a Judge may not be willing to authorize a conservator to protect assets for others while enhancing the ward/protected person's eligibility for public benefits. However, that may have been the wish of the incapacitated person and one that would remain unfulfilled if a power of attorney were not in place. 10. Provides immediate access to critical assets. A well-crafted power of attorney includes provisions that allow the agent to access critical assets, such as the principal’s digital assets or safety deposit box, to continue to pay bills, access funds, etc. in a timely manner. Absent these provisions, court approval will be required before anyone can access these assets. Digital assets are also important because older powers of attorney did not address digital assets, yet more and more individuals have digital accounts. 11. Provides peace of mind for everyone involved. Taking the time to sign a power of attorney lessens the burden on family members who would otherwise have to go to court to get authority for performing basic tasks, like writing a check or arranging for home health services. Knowing this has been taken care of in advance is of great comfort to families and loved ones. Conclusion This discussion of the Reasons Why Everyone Needs a Comprehensive Power of Attorney could be expanded by many more. Which benefits are most important depends on the situation of the principal and their loved ones. This is why a comprehensive power of attorney is so essential: Nobody can predict exactly which powers will be needed in the future. The planning goal is to have a power of attorney in place that empowers a succession of trustworthy agents to do whatever needs to be done in the future. Please call us if we can be of assistance in any way or if you have any questions about durable powers of attorney. To comply with the U.S. Treasury regulations, we must inform you that (i) any U.S. federal tax advice contained in this newsletter was not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used, by any person for the purpose of avoiding U.S. federal tax penalties that may be imposed on such person and (ii) each taxpayer should seek advice from their tax advisor based on the taxpayer's particular circumstances. www.stocktonlaw.com
5/18/2016 3:34:38 PM
Stockton & Stern, LLC
Rock legend and superstar Prince was a worldwide celebrity, and his untimely death is truly tragic. Yet for all his wealth and fame, it appears he may not have had an estate plan in place, dictating how he wanted his millions passed on after he died. And he is not alone. Many individuals in Kansas City, young and old, do not have an estate plan. Prince's death, however tragic, highlights the need to create an estate plan, no matter what your wealth. It is never too late to create an estate plan. Let's examine some documents individuals may want to include in their estate plan. When a person thinks of an estate plan, the first thing that may come to mind is a will. A will is basically a legal statement of who you want to take care of your estate after you die and how you want your assets passed down. If a person has minor children, a will can name who will take care of the children should both parents die. Instead of a will, many people choose a trust as their primary estate planning tool. Trusts are typically more complex than wills, but they have a number of advantages, including avoidance of probate. Some financial assets have beneficiaries named in the account documents. This includes certain types of retirement accounts and life insurance policies. Such beneficiary designations operate independently of what an individual may include in their will. Finally, an estate plan should include a health care directive and a durable power of attorney. A health care directive can outline your wishes about what you want done medically if you can no longer communicate your wishes. A durable power of attorney appoints a trusted person to manage your affairs should you become incapacitated. Creating an estate plan is not just for your own benefit, it is for the benefit of your loved ones, who will not be left second-guessing what you would have wanted. If you have more questions about how to create an estate plan, there are legal professionals available to assist you. Source: money.usnews.com, "A Purple Rain Estate Plan," Brian Preston and Bo Hanson, May 6, 2016 #estateplanning #prince #trusts
5/13/2016 2:54:01 PM
Stockton & Stern, LLC
Sometimes, a person in Kansas City with special needs receives government benefits such as Medicaid benefits or Supplemental Security Income. However, did you know that if a person receiving benefits comes into an inheritance, his or her ability to continue receiving benefits could be affected? There are certain income and asset requirements that an individual must meet in order to receive Medicaid or Supplemental Security Income. If an individual's net worth is too high, he or she may not qualify for such benefits. An inheritance could push a person over these net-worth restrictions. When this happens, an individual may then need to use his or her inheritance to pay for his or her care needs that were formerly covered by his or her government benefits. Obviously, this is not a desirable result for those in Kansas City who plan to leave an inheritance to a loved one with special needs. However, such a result may be avoided in some circumstances through the creation of various special needs trusts. Such trusts include pooled trusts, third-party trusts and self-settled trusts. In essence, these trusts hold assets that exceed the Medicaid or Supplemental Security Income net-worth requirements. The trust, not the individual, retains ownership of the assets, and then distributions can be made to the trust beneficiary to pay for what is not covered by Medicaid or Supplemental Security Income. Special needs trusts can be complicated to complete and should not be handled alone. Instead, an estate planning attorney can be consulted to determine what type of trust one should create to best suit his or her needs and the needs of his or her loved one. The webpage concerning special needs trusts on our website may prove to be of use to learn more.
3/11/2016 2:49:44 PM

 Opening Hours »

Monday:
8:00 am to 12:00 pm, : 1:00 to 5:00 pm
Tuesday:
8:00 am to 12:00 pm, : 1:00 to 5:00 pm
Wednesday:
8:00 am to 12:00 pm, : 1:00 to 5:00 pm
Thursday:
8:00 am to 12:00 pm, : 1:00 to 5:00 pm
Friday:
8:00 am to 12:00 pm, : 1:00 to 5:00 pm
Saturday:
Closed
Sunday:
Closed

 Reviews And Comments »

 Leave a comment or review about this company. We reserve the right to moderate any offensive comments.

Your Name: *
Your Email: *
Your Comments: *
What is 1 + 5?
Comments Temporarily Disabled
* Required Fields
 
User's Comments and Reviews
No users have submitted their reviews or comments yet. You can be the first!

Nearby Lawyer Companies »