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Wichita Adoption and Family Law Attorney

When you need a knowledgeable, compassionate lawyer for any legal matter that involves children, you need the McDowell Chartered law firm in Wichita, Kansas. From adoption and guardianship to estate planning and juvenile criminal defense, we are here to serve you in the Wichita area and surrounding counties. Contact our law firm in Wichita to talk about your situation.

Compassionate and Experienced Legal Services

The main practice areas at McDowell Chartered are adoptions, stepparent adoptions, grandparent visitation, juvenile crime, children in need of care (CINC), estate planning and probate. Other areas we handle include family law and collaborative divorce, mediation, criminal law, drunk driving (DUI) and other traffic offenses.

Our Adoption Practice

Our Wichita, Kansas, adoption attorney and experienced staff can effectively handle all adoption matters. With private adoptions, sometimes couples come to us with all the arrangements made. In other cases, they ask our adoption staff to help them find a child. We handle many stepparent adoptions, including those involving military families. Even when these families are legal residents in other states, Kansas allows them to adopt here. We also help relatives adopt children in need of care, who have been taken from their parents for reasons of abuse or neglect.

Our Child Custody and Support Practice

We can represent you in all matters involving child custody and child support issues. If paternity needs to be determined, we will explain your rights and obligations under the law.

When children are taken into protective custody because of neglect or abuse, as a grandparent, you may want to adopt the children if the parents’ rights are terminated. To do this, you need an experienced Kansas child protective custody attorney right from the start to explain your rights. We will help you navigate through this frustrating time and will also make sure that everything needed to qualify you as an adopting grandparent is taken care of.

Our Juvenile Defense Practice

If your child is charged with a crime, you need an experienced Kansas juvenile criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. At McDowell Chartered we have many years of experience defending juveniles successfully. We will work to get charges either reduced or dismissed, thereby achieving the best possible result in court.

Our Estate Planning Practice

Our knowledgeable Kansas estate planning attorney will help you create the documents that will leave your assets to your children and grandchildren as you see best. Our estate planning services include:

  • Drafting wills and trusts
  • Special needs trusts for disabled family members
  • Generation-skipping trusts for grandchildren
  • Establishing guardianships and conservatorships that will name people to take care of your young children or to help you if you no longer can manage your affairs
  • Creating a health care directive or living will to tell family and doctors what you want for end-of-life care
  • Medicaid planning for when a family member needs nursing home care while also helping you keep some assets for the remaining spouse

Contact Our Highly Skilled Kansas Estate Planning Attorney

Most of the clients at McDowell Chartered come from Wichita, Andover, El Dorado, Winfield, Wellington and throughout the counties of Sedgwick, Butler, Cowley, Sumner, Harvey, and Reno. When you want to talk with a knowledgeable, compassionate Kansas estate planning attorney, please call our law firm in Wichita today.

“Putting Children First”

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