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Scott C. Stockwell

Scott C. Stockwell

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  • Business Law, Estate Planning, Probate...
  • Kansas
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Scott C. Stockwell has a general practice of law with a focus in estate planning, probate, business law serving the Lawrence, Kansas and Douglas County, Kansas area as well as the surrounding counties of Jefferson, Leavenworth, Wyandotte, Johnson, Franklin, Osage, and Shawnee. Scott is a 1984 J.D. graduate of the University of Kansas School of Law in Lawrence, Kansas, a 2015 M.B.A. graduate of the W. P. Carey School of Business in Tempe, Arizona and a 1981 B.A. graduate of Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas.

Practice Areas
  • Business Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Probate
  • Real Estate Law
  • Elder Law
Additional Practice Areas
  • General Civil
  • Probate Law
  • Wills and Trusts
  • Free Consultation
    A free consultation for estate planning and probate clients.
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    Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • German: Spoken
Professional Experience
Scott C. Stockwell, Attorney at Law
- Current
Private Legal Practice in Lawrence, Kansas
Director, Utilities Division
Kansas Corporation Commission
Assistant to Commissioner Keith R. Henley
Kansas Corporation Commission
Arizona State University
MBA / Information Management, Marketing, and International Business (2015)
International Study in France and Spain
University of Kansas School of Law
J.D. / Law
Activities: Law Clerk Johnson County District Court; Traffic Court Attorney; Chief Judge of the Traffic Court
Kansas State University
B.A. / Political Science, Pre-Law
Professional Associations
Douglas County Estate Planning Council
- Current
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7 Questions Answered

Q. I am starting an online business through Digital Altitude. They have asked me to take out a line of credit. HELP!
A: You should proceed with caution and take no action without the advice of counsel. Your understood one set of circumstances to justify your initial involvement or investment. Now you are being asked to borrow money to "purchase" the next level. You have characterized the arrangement as a "pyramid" arrangement. You should be testing your involvement in such an arrangement by consulting with an attorney who could help you evaluate it. Some questions that might be appropriate might include: Why is the arrangement requiring you to borrow money? What are the terms for borrowing the money? What are you buying with the money? What are the risks that you will lose the investment you have made, the borrowed money, and have to pay back the loan with money from other resources you have (or don't have)? Are there blue sky laws that apply to this transaction and has the company promoting this "pyramid" complied with those laws?
Q. How can I buy an unoccupied and vacant home owned by a trust?
A: Publicly available records should identify the name of the trustee and will perhaps identify the mailing address for the trustee. The local government (city or county) may also have an interest in enforcing any rules regarding vacant property and that process may be public record. An attorney should be able to assist you in locating the trustee.
Q. What is the law regarding a decreased person and a car note, when the bank fails to get the car for almost 2 years?
A: There are appropriate procedures to transfer ownership of the vehicle and to quiet title to the vehicle. How to proceed would depend on the assets involved and the value of the assets involved. If the bank perfected its security interest in the car by recording a lien on the car title, that liability needs to be determined and, if enforceable, repaid. You should consult with an attorney to determine the steps necessary to complete the transfer and determine the amount truly owing.
Q. Why do my siblings and i not have money from dads estate sale. He has been gone 2 years
A: A typical probate estate is concluded in about nine months. In some estates, there are circumstances that require additional time to sell assets or conclude lawsuits. Given the time that has passed, it would be reasonable for the estate's attorney to explain the delay and identify when the estate may be concluded and an estimate of the costs of administration of the estate. There should have been an inventory and valuation prepared by the executor within 30 days of when the executor was first appointed at the time the estate was opened All of the named beneficiaries of the will should have received a copy of the inventory and valuation. It is prudent for a beneficiary to review the filed inventory and valuation to see if it is accurate and includes all assets at proper valuations. The executor should have also filed petitions to extend the period to administer the estate beyond nine months for additional periods of time as the court allows. It would be reasonable to determine whether those additional periods were sought by the executor. Those extension requests provide an opportunity for the judge to be brought up to date on the progress of the estate and set reasonable limits on further extensions. You should consider hiring an attorney to make the inquiries about the estate's status for you. An experienced attorney will be able to better evaluate the information gathered to determine what further steps, if any, prompt distribution of the assets and the filing of a petition for final settlement with a final accounting.
Q. I am a DPOA and need to ask some questions re: responsibility and authority in this capacity. McPhrson County, Kansas.
A: The Kansas Elder Law Hotline provides assistance to senior citizens aged 60 and over and to the persons who provide assistance to them. The phone number of the Kansas Elder Hotline is 888-353-5337.
Q. Mom died in Joplin Missouri lived in Kansas had no will.What does my brother and I need to do?She does own some property
A: It is likely a probate case will need to be filed for your mother's estate. There several different types of procedures that might be appropriate based upon the specifics of your mother's estate. If there is a need for action or for someone to be appointed as an administrator of the estate, then a petition for administration or simplified administration might be appropriate. If there is not a need for an administrator, then it might be possible to wait for six months to pass and file for a determination of descent order to be issued. You should consult with an attorney as soon as possible to determine the best course of action based upon the specific circumstances.
Q. What is the procedure of filing a petition to change the deed of a house in the state of Kansas? No longer probate
A: There will be a need for some type of probate procedure to transfer the ownership of the real property. The type of procedure that would be appropriate would depend upon several factors, including when your father passed, the urgency, and whether there is a need for an executor to be appointed. You should consult with an attorney as soon as possible.
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