Our Story

Jim Carpenter is owner and founder of the Law Office of James E. Carpenter, P.A., a Kansas City, Kansas, law firm specializing in family and probate law.

For over two decades, Jim has been helping clients navigate the probate and family court systems, seeking satisfactory resolutions to often-complex problems. In every case, Jim serves as a strong voice and advocate for his clients.

As a probate attorney, Jim helps surviving family members manage the probate process. He assists with drafting wills, powers of attorney, and serves as administrator of estates. He arranges for estate appraisals, locates assets, pays decedents’ bills, settles final debts, prepares and files required documents with the probate court, and oversees the distribution of assets to heirs.

Jim also helps create many new and happy families through adoption. And for children, veterans, and others in need of special protections and guidance, Jim serves as Guardian Ad Litem in guardianships and conservatorships. He can also assist with the appointment of guardians and conservators for adults and children.

Colleagues and judges alike turn to Jim for his expertise in mediation and negotiation and in interpreting complicated legal situations. He is skilled at promoting new ways of approaching novel and seemingly intractable problems, achieving resolutions acceptable to the parties involved. Underscoring his experience and skill, Jim also serves as judge pro tempore in Wyandotte County District Court’s Child in Need of Care Court, Juvenile Offender Court, Probate Court, Protection from Abuse/Stalking Docket and trials, and Child Support Docket.

Jim has been a practicing attorney in Kansas since 1992. He holds undergraduate degrees in biology and sociology from Kenyon College, a master of science degree in environmental studies from Baylor University, and a Juris Doctorate earned with honors from the University of Florida School of Law in 1990.

Jim got his professional start as clerk for Circuit Court Judge Stephan P. Mickle in Gainesville, Florida, where he worked on cases involving prisoner abuse and gain-time calculations. He first took up family law when the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services hired him to work on child-in-need-of-care cases. Then in 1992, Jim moved with his family to Kansas, where his experience as staff attorney and court-appointed mediator for Wyandotte-Leavenworth Legal Services broadened the scope of his legal expertise. He opened his own practice in 1999.

Jim is a proud husband, father, and grandfather, and he is active in the community of Lawrence, Kansas, where he makes his home. There he has led civic organizations, served on the Lawrence Board of Zoning Appeals, and is currently chair of the Lawrence-Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Commission.

Contact Jim at jcarpenterlaw@gmail.com or 913-371-0166