[This post was developed in cooperation with Kenny Brown and Quin Swiney for AmeriTrust. The partners of Tallgrass Estate Planning are proud to work with the trust officers and advisors at AmeriTrust, and we often refer our clients to them for help. No referral agreeme...

This post was developed in cooperation with Debbie Stumps, the Director of External Relations for Purview Life. The partners of Tallgrass Estate Planning are proud to work with the Life Care Managers at Purview, and we often refer our clients to them for help. No refer...


A little over 3 years ago, when we started down this beautiful, hopeful, uncertain path, we didn’t know how our informal, admittedly non-traditional, approach would be received. We hoped that if we knew our stuff, cared about our clients, and stayed tru...

What are ABLE accounts? Who do they benefit? How do they work? Here are the basics:

What is an ABLE account?

Deciding how to distribute or divide the family farm, ranch, or land is not an easy task. Perhaps not all of your children want the farm, determining value is tricky, there are loan and subsidy programs to preserve, there are tax complications, and there are asset prot...

November 13, 2018

We hear it all the time. "I don’t need to do estate planning because I don’t have much.”

Here's the thing: It's wrong. Just wrong. 

Large or small, castle or tiny house, you have an Estate. The size of your estate may affect your goals and which tools will best accomplis...

October 19, 2018

There is a Buddhist teaching about Three Divine Messengers, each of whom help us to wake up, pay attention, and make right choices. The Messengers are described like this:

01/First Messenger: Old Age

Did you never see in the world a man or woman eighty, ninety, or a hund...

October 10, 2018

Two roads diverged in a wood and…

It’s likely our loved one took the most common path – the one that led to probate.  Maybe they left a will or communicated their wishes at the last Thanksgiving dinner.  But, they are gone now.  And here you are, in the land o...


These new rules (find them here) apply to VA pensions and VA needs-based benefit programs. We're still reading through the new rules and commentaries, but here are a few highlights so far:

Asset Limits:

Prior to the rules becoming effective...

September 10, 2018

Estate planning is unlike other areas of law - like criminal defense, family law, or personal injury - which demand immediate action because of a present crisis. Estate planning is about getting out ahead of a crisis, making things as smooth as possible down the road....

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