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Scott C. Stockwell

Scott C. Stockwell

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  • 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
  • Estate Planning
  • Probate
  • Elder Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Business Law
Additional Practice Areas
  • General Civil
  • Probate Law
  • Wills and Trusts
  • Free Consultation
    A free consultation for estate planning and probate clients.
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express
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  • English: Spoken, Written
  • German: Spoken
Professional Experience
Scott C. Stockwell, Attorney at Law
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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 (2015) | Information Management, Marketing, and International Business
International Study in France and Spain
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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
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Kansas State University
B.A. | Political Science, Pre-Law
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Professional Associations
Douglas County Estate Planning Council
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Legal Answers
84 Questions Answered

Q. My Mother was a resident of Wichita, Kansas but passed away in Oklahoma. Would I need to create the estate in KS or OK
A: The place of residence would typically be the location where an estate would be probated if it were necessary to do so. The probate court has jurisdiction--or control--over assets that are located there. So if a person resides in Kansas and owns real estate in Kansas or their personal property in Kansas, that court has the authority to control those assets, ensure payment of properly filed creditors' claims, and to direct the distribution of those assets. If a person passes away while visiting another state, that would not normally cause the second state to have jurisdiction over the assets of the estate. There are some procedures available for small estates that do not require a probate proceeding to be filed. You should consult with an attorney. The attorney should take into account the type of assets and the value of those assets in helping you to determine whether an estate is necessary. If a person owns property in more than one state, it might be necessary to have an ancillary probate proceeding in the other state or states where the other property may be found. An ancillary proceeding is typically a matter of filing documents from the original probate estate in the court of the state in which that person has other property that is located in the other state.
Q. 2 people getting a loan, 1 owns land used for collateral Do both people need to be on deed of property?
A: If two people are not married, a person (and his or her spouse) who owns the real property may give a mortgage of the property to secure a loan. The bank may have concerns about making a loan in which there is not an identify of interest between the owners of the collateral and the borrowers on the loan. You should seek the assistance of an attorney to negotiate the situation with the lender.
Q. Does wife sign contract to sell home or just husband
A: Kansas law provides protections to spouses preventing the sale of real estate without the consent of the spouse. As a practical matter, the spouse's signature is also required on the sale of real estate owned by one spouse. If neither spouse lives in Kansas and has never lived in the state of Kansas, the answer may be different, but if a title insurance company is involved, it may require both signatures to ensure passage of title without question.
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810 Pennsylvania ST
Suite 211
Lawrence, KS 66044-2772
Telephone: (785) 842-1359
Cell: (785) 423-1990
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