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Adjunct Professors

Bob Ramsdell has joined the University of Kansas School of Law as an Adjunct Professor to teach Estate Planning: Practice during the spring semester. The course replicates the estate planning process, with the students gathering facts, analyzing alternatives, and implementing an estate plan by drafting Wills, Trusts, and other documents for a hypothetical wealthy family.

Sarah Warner has continued to serve as an Adjunct Professor at the Washburn University School of Law in Topeka. She taught Conflict of Laws last fall and is teaching Appellate Practice Conflicts this spring. The conflicts course examines the legal and policy considerations of cases where more than one state has an interest in ongoing litigation, how these considerations affect a court’s jurisdiction to hear the case, and when and how judgments from one state can be recognized in another. The Appellate Practice course provides students with an understanding of the appellate process and how to present convincing briefs and arguments.


Estate Planning Presentations

Death is a certainty.  Incapacity a possibility.  You need a plan for both.

To help people understand the need to plan and options available, since 2010 Bob Ramsdell has given free, public presentations on estate planning at the Douglas County Senior Center, Carnegie Building, and the Lawrence, Baldwin City, Basehor, Linwood, and Tonganoxie public libraries.  He has also given the presentation to a variety of private groups at their request.

“Fundamentals of Estate Planning” provides a broad overview of basic estate planning considerations, including: what happens under intestate succession if you die without a plan; the uses of either a Will or Revocable Living Trust, including the provision of trusts for beneficiaries; an overview of probate administration; the impact of estate and gift taxes; non-testamentary transfer options, such as joint tenancy and transfer-on-death designations; Powers of Attorney for financial and healthcare decision-making; Living Wills and Do Not Resuscitate Directives; and a very general overview of how limitations on Medicaid eligibility might affect your assets.

The presentation is relevant to anyone 18 or older.  It lasts about 1½ hours, including time for audience questions.  Those attending receive a free copy of Bob’s book, Estate Planning Overview.

Check the current Activities Guide published by the Lawrence Parks & Recreation Department for dates and times of upcoming presentations at the Douglas County Senior Center and Carnegie Building.  Also feel free to call Bob at 785-841-4554 to ask about presentations at other venues or if your organization would like to schedule a presentation.


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