Professional. Experienced. Caring.

With more than 20 years of experience, the Law Office of James E. Carpenter is ready to help you when life situations arise that require legal expertise.

Excellence in All Aspects of Service

We offer preeminent legal help with care and understanding, whether it is the joyous occasion of adoption or an emotionally difficult, life-changing event such as a death in the family or a custody issue.

Dedicated to Clients

James E. Carpenter, Esq., has spent his entire career focused on helping clients successfully navigate a complex and often-intimidating legal system.

James E. Carpenter

For nearly two decades, attorney James E. Carpenter has been helping clients navigate the family court system, seeking satisfactory resolutions to often-complex problems. He is always a strong voice and advocate for his clients’ position.

Colleagues and judges alike turn to him for his expertise in mediation and negotiation and in interpreting complex legal guidelines. He is particularly skilled at promoting new ways of approaching novel problems or seemingly inflexible projects and achieving acceptable conclusions for the parties involved.

Practice Areas

Probate Law

Probate is a legal process in which the validity of a will is proved, assets are identified, debts are paid, and the remaining assets distributed in accordance with the will. When you experience the loss of a loved one, the last thing on your mind is going to court, but it is often necessary to initiate court proceedings to settle and distribute the estate.  At this time it is important to contact an experienced and knowledgeable attorney who can assess your needs and provide you with legal guidance and representation in court.

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Family Law

Family Law includes matters pertaining to paternity, child custody, parenting time, spousal support, child support and other post-divorce issues.

Even though the Court enters Final Orders in both Divorce and Paternity cases, all orders concerning child custody, parenting time and child support are subject to review and modification until the child reaches the age of 18.

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Guardianship is a legal process where the Probate Court, upon proper evidence, determines that a child or adult lacks the capacity to make day-to-day decisions on his or her own and needs the assistance of another.

Conservatorship is a legal process where the Probate Court determines that a person lacks the capacity to understand the nature of his or her assets and needs assistance to pay bills and otherwise manage his or her income and property.

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Powers of Attorney

When you need or would like someone else to have the ability to make decisions on your behalf you could benefit from a power of attorney. Powers of Attorney may be drafted to permit another to make financial or healthcare decisions for you or your child.

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Each type of adoption — whether traditional, single-parent, stepparent, non-traditional or adult — presents individual legal concerns and questions, including consideration of the rights of biological parents, possible competing claims to the custody of the minor child, and adherence to all requirements of notice and proof.

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Wyandotte County, Kansas, courthouse – circa 1930s.
Wyandotte County, Kansas, courthouse – circa 1970s.

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