Elder Law Firm of Andrew Olsen

Kara Gansmann

Kara Gansmann devotes her entire practice to elder law and estate planning in the Wilmington office of Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP (CSH Law).  Kara is especially well-suited for this practice thanks to her strong interpersonal skills, her diplomatic demeanor, and pragmatic approach to problem-solving.  She brings a solid sense of collegiality to her work with both clients and professionals, alike.

In private consultations, Kara counsels individuals and families on tactics for estate planning, asset-protection, and long-term care planning.  Kara drafts wills, powers of attorney, and trusts, including pet trusts and special needs trusts. Kara also advises clients on eligibility and applications for Medicaid, Special Assistance, and certain Veterans’ Benefits.

In the courtroom, Kara represents clients in trust and estate administration matters, will caveats, guardianship/incompetency proceedings, and fiduciary litigation.  Kara also represents clients in administrative hearings for public benefits such as Medicaid and Medicare denials.

Kara’s experienced team of professionals offers clients additional efficiency in legal transactions.  These competent paralegals assist clients in matters ranging from probate to care-giver agreements or promissory notes to real estate transactions intended for asset protection. Kara’s team also includes a certified geriatric care senior advisor, who assists with placement in care facilities.  Kara’s entire team understands the urgency and stress associated with elders’ needs.

Prior to joining CSH Law, Kara served as a staff attorney on an appellate court in Houston, Texas.  There, she managed all aspects of complex civil and criminal appellate matters and drafted over 200 judicial opinions for court justices in six years.  Because of this unique experience, Kara advises her litigation clients on effective trial strategies for successful appeals.

Kara frequently presents on elder law issues to community organizations, churches, and neighborhood associations across Southeastern North Carolina.  She is a prolific writer on legal issues affecting seniors.  She is also a devoted mother, wife, daughter, sister, and niece to all the important people in her life.