Estate Planning and Probate Practice Group

Payne & Jones counsels families facing the challenges of estate planning and probate administration with creative and reliable solutions, and our attorneys have provided legal assistance to thousands of clients with a wide-range of estates, from the small-but-growing to the large-and-complex. Regardless of the size of the estate, Payne & Jones is dedicated to facilitating the client’s objectives while minimizing the federal and estate transfer tax burden and the cost associated with administration.

The firm’s estate and probate attorneys are knowledgeable and experienced in utilizing effective tools to create personally tailored estate plans. They are experienced in drafting wills, living or revocable trusts, irrevocable trusts, insurance trusts, marital trusts, trusts for minors, charitable giving alternatives, such as charitable lead and remainder trusts and private foundations, powers of attorney, including powers of attorney for healthcare, and living wills and advance directives.

Our firm is called on by our clients to represent executors, trustees, creditors and beneficiaries in both adversarial and non-adversarial estate administration proceedings. As part of our comprehensive probate practice, Payne & Jones also handles adoptions, name changes, conservatorships, guardianships, and receiverships. With experience in both Kansas and Missouri, the firm is well-known and respected among the probate and estate planning bar.

Our attorneys provide straightforward practical and individually-tailored advice and solutions for these critical matters in the lives of our clients.

Estate Practices

  • Conservatorships
  • Guardianships
  • Probate
  • Wills & Trusts
  • Estate & Trust Litigation

Estate Planning Attorneys

Thomas K. Jones

Payne & Jones, Chartered A Full Service Law Firm, Since 1926 P: 913-469-4100 F: 913.469.8182 (fax) Thomas K. Jones is a principal in the firm, having practiced with the firm since 1975 in our business, corporate, tax and estate planning groups. Tom has provided legal...

Jodde Olsen Lanning

Payne & Jones, Chartered A Full Service Law Firm, Since 1926 P: 913-469-4100 F: 913.469.8182 (fax) Jodde Lanning is a Principal in the firm, having practiced with the firm since 1980 emphasizing various aspects of business associations, corporations, real estate,...

Jon W. Gilchrist

Payne & Jones, Chartered A Full Service Law Firm, Since 1926 P: 913-469-4100 F: 913.469.8182 (fax) Jon W. Gilchrist is a principal in the firm, having practiced with the firm since 1988 in the areas of real estate, banking, estate planning, employee benefits and...

Steven L. Passer

Payne & Jones, Chartered A Full Service Law Firm, Since 1926 P: 913-469-4100 F: 913.469.8182 (fax) Steven L. Passer is a principal in the firm, having practiced in our Business Practice Group since joining the firm in 1991. Steve works with entrepreneurs and closely...

Roger Templin

Payne & Jones, Chartered A Full Service Law Firm, Since 1926   P: 913-469-4100 F: 913.469.8182 (fax)  Roger Templin is a Principal with the firm, having practiced in our Business Practice Group since joining the firm in 1992, and Roger's practice today includes...

Michael J. Fischer

Payne & Jones, Chartered A Full Service Law Firm, Since 1926   P: 913-469-4100 F: 913.469.8182   linkedin Michael Fischer is a shareholder with the firm, practicing in the Business Practice Group. He focuses his practice on tax law, business and estate planning,...

Eric L. Hansen

Payne & Jones, Chartered A Full Service Law Firm, Since 1926   P: 913-469-4100 F: 913.469.8182 (fax)  Background Eric L. Hansen is a principal in the firm, having joined us in 2012 in our business, corporate, tax and estate planning groups. After 16 years of practice...

Kelly J. Clark

Payne & Jones, Chartered A Full Service Law Firm, Since 1926   P: 913-469-4100 F: 913.469.8182   Background Kelly is an attorney with the law firm, having joined in 2012. She practices in the firm's Estate Planning and Probate practice group. Kelly is a lifelong...

Joseph Schmisseur

Payne & Jones, Chartered A Full Service Law Firm, Since 1926   P: 913-469-4100 F: 913.469.8182   Background Joseph D. Schmisseur joined the firm as an associate in 2014, practicing in the firm's Business practice group. Joseph received his Bachelor of Arts in History...