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Firm Overview

We are focusing on estate planning. Everyone needs some level of estate planning, even if it is the power of attorney and health care directives. We are helping families when our clients are not able to protect them.

We have been helping people by filing bankruptcy cases as our main focus for many years. Now it is time to focus on estate planning to provide for families for the next 100 years. How exciting it is to give people peace and a road map for their wishes.

I am so grateful to be able to help people protect their loved ones!
Main Office

Main
1201 NW Briarcliff Parkway
Suite 229
Kansas City  MO  64119

Phone
  • (816) 453-2240
Fax
  • (816) 455-6597

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

It depends.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

For estate planning cases the price is flat rate decided before we do any work. We also have a VIP plan.

For Probate cases we bill hourly if the court requires.

Hourly Rates

$375 per hour for attorney time. Travel and paralegal time is discounted.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Evening appointments available upon request.

Office Manager

Jewel

Emergency After Hours

No

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

I have reached the point in life where my friends and family are dealing with end of life issues. I saw where I could really help people.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

I want my clients to have good information regarding their legal issues. But the information is only as good as the source. I have read a lot of NOLO information that is very good that I can share with my clients.

Education is what is required for estate planning. I want my clients to be a well-informed consumer.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

It depends. I help a lot of my real estate clients fine tune their paperwork.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

It depends. Some people are able to do a good job, but when I need legal advice, I hire someone who knows that area of law. No one knows everything.

Susan Bratcher

I worked for Legal Aid of the Western District of Missouri: Representing clients on jailable offenses. Then I was a hearing officer for the State of Missouri. Finally, I became a contract attorney for them and opened my own practice.I grew up on a farm. My parents wanted us to learn the value of hard work. My dad was a pipe fitter. The farm was his part-time job. I learned those values. I have been working 6 days a week in my practice for years. I just started closing the office on most Saturdays. I need the rest. I also want to spend time with my family, which has grown in the last few years. My husband and I have hosted 12 foreign exchange students from all over the world. We adopted our 7th, our son, Amiran.

Before I went to law school, I was a manager at several different types of businesses including fast food, retail clothing and outside sales. I understand seasonal work, which means for my clients, who work seasonal jobs, that I understand that their plan must reflect real life. So for my clients we prepare for the worst and hope for the best.

I only practice happy law. It sounds odd. But before I started my own practice I did termination of parental rights cases for the State of Missouri. It was very nasty law. I saw the worst of the worst including parents, who murdered their children. Now, to do the reframe: I won my cases. To this day I have judges who say that looking at me makes them ill as they can't stop thinking about the family law cases that I had before them. Estate Planning is happy law. My clients are happy that they have protected their loved ones and passed on their values. The same is true with most traffic clients.My major strength is that I see creative solutions to problems. I think outside the box. For example, some of our clients work seasonal jobs. If possible we make their plan payments adjust to the seasons.

I take the time to look for programs that can help our clients. I believe that I can make someone's life better by sharing information about programs that can help them. I try to make a difference in the life of everyone who walks in my door.

I don't sugar coat the truth for clients. I believe that clients should know where they stand. I do this with kindness and concern. I want to know what options I have and I think that clients want the same things. I explain the law to my clients. I think that clients really like to be treated with respect and kindness. I don't believe that needing help is a sign of weakest. I think that getting help is a sign of strength.
License
  • Bar Number: 43944
    Missouri , 1993
  • Bar Number: 15699
    Kansas , 1992
Education
  • Southern Methodist and Oxford University
    Juris Doctor , 1992
    Dallas, TX and England, UK, TX
    Who and Top Grade in British Constitutional Law.
  • Rockhurst University
    Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science , 1988
    Kansas City, MO

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