David Crandall elected to NNEPA Board

Richard Randall, Chief Executive Officer of the National Network of Estate Planning Attorneys, announced today that David P. Crandall of Legacy Planning Advocates in Overland Park, Kansas was elected by his peers to serve a two-year term on the Member Advisory Board of the organization.   Mr. Crandall represents the MidWest Region of the National Network of Estate Planning Attorneys, including Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

The Richest Man in Idaho

Red MarblesEveryone leaves a legacy, but not every legacy is worth receiving.  Be deliberate about the legacy you are leaving so that those who receive it will cherish it.  At Legacy Planning Advocates, we recognize that people are more than money.  That's why our estate planning incorporates methods to help our clients preserve their hopes, dreams, aspirations, values, and stories.  One such story told by a former Idaho resident demonstrates the value of a life well lived -- and remembered:


What will happen to Michael Jackson's kids?

Michael Jackson's kidsThey are rarely seen in public, and when they are, it is usually with their faces masked or veiled. It is not clear who their biological father is, but they are Michael Jackson’s legal children. The question facing Michael Joseph Jackson Jr., known as Prince Michael, 12; Paris Michael Katherine Jackson, 11; and Prince Michael II (more commonly known as Blanket), 7, now is: Who will raise them to adulthood?

 “Michael Jackson has been the only parent these children have known, and now he’s gone,” Galina Espinoza, senior editor of People magazine, told TODAY’s Natalie Morales Friday in New York.

David Crandall named to Who's Who

David Crandall, Principal and Founder of Legacy Planning Advocates, has been named to the 2010 Edition of Who's Who Among Executives and Professionals Throughout the World in recognition for his work in Elder Law.

Legacy Planning Advocates is a boutique law firm catering to the needs of those wishing to protect their loved ones, their life’s work, and their accumulated wealth from the ravages of their own disability, long term medical care or death.

We've Moved!

Legacy Planning Advocates has relocated, and we are now in two locations to serve you better.  Our main office is now in Overland Park:

Legacy Planning Advocates
Fifty-One Corporate Woods
9393 W. 110th St., Ste. 500
Overland Park, KS  66210
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Good Bye, Mom

The following obituary ran on August 16-17, 2008 in the Vallejo California Times-Herald:


Plot Thickens in Case of Disappearing Estate Funds

This is a prime example of why proper planning is important. If you do not make the decisions in advance about who is to benefit from what you leave behind and who will be in charge of following your instructions, then the state will decide for you. This story, reported at MySanAntonio, illustrates the disastrous results of the state's decisions in one such case.


What Nebuchadnezzar Learned

Hanging Gardens of BabylonAbout 2,600 years ago, Nebuchadnezzar ruled the Babylonian Empire.  He was a fierce warrior king and a terror to the nations around him.  He also engaged in many public works projects whose ruins or legends survive to this day, among which is one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world, the Hanging Gardens.  He had great power and many accomplishments, but even this great king learned he was not, ultimately, the one in control.  The book of Daniel describes, in Nebuchadnezzar's own words, how he learned this lesson:

Sleeping When the Wind Blows

Scott Farnsworth recently sent me an e-mail with this timeless story: