PRACTICE AREAS

CIVIL LITIGATION

 

General civil litigation covers a wide array of legal matters that require court involvement.  Almost any dispute can fit within the parameters of this category.  Some examples are as follows:  contract disputes, landlord/tenant disputes, collection matters, property damages, liens, and other disputes that may arise between parties that do not fall within the criminal code.

The attorneys at Graffman & Smith are available to assist clients in bringing lawsuits to protect their interests.  Whether the matter is eventually tried in court or settled, Graffman & Smith is ready to provide whatever counsel and advice is necessary for their clients' needs.

ESTATE PLANNING

 

Planning for one's death is usually not a pleasant thought for many people.  However, the attorneys at Graffman & Smith are ready to aid clients in preparing the most beneficial estate plan for their needs.  This can include drafting wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and transfer on death deeds.  Graffman & Smith will work with its clients to develop plans that will most effectively carry out the client's intentions at death. 

 

Plans can be made to care for small children, equitably divide property among beneficiaries, protect assets for retirement, and allocate assets in the most beneficial way in terms of taxes.  The possibilities are many for estate planning, and the attorneys at Graffman & Smith stand ready to work with each client's individual needs.

MUNICIPAL LAW

 

Representing municipalities takes into account a wide range of legal issues.  The attorneys at Graffman & Smith have considerable experience at representing cities in the South Central Kansas area.  This includes advising city officials on various issues, attending meetings of the governing body, drafting ordinances, and prosecuting crimes in the various municipal courts.  

FAMILY LAW

 

Unfortunately, divorce has become more and more common in the United States.  Attorneys at GGS represent clients in all aspects of a divorce case.  There are many issues that have to be resolved in a divorce.  GGS is able to work with clients at all stages, including child custody, child support, spousal maintenance, debt allocation, and property division.  GGS can handle these matters whether the action is contested or uncontested.

Sometimes, problems do not end once the divorce is granted.  Graffman & Smith can also assist clients in these post-divorce actions, which could include child support arrearages, failures to follow divorce settlements, and changes of child custody.

Related family law actions such as adoptions and step-parent adoptions can be initiated by Graffman & Smith attorneys.

 

Domestic case management and mediation services are also available at Graffman & Smith. 

PROBATE

 

Probate cases come at a painful time for many families because a loved one has passed away.  The attorneys at Graffman & Smith are available to assist families in these difficult times and can move an estate through the probate system from beginning to end whether a last will and testament exists or not.  All of the related issues such as property transfer, estate distribution, and federal and state estate tax returns will also be completed.

If the decedent has created a trust, the attorneys at Graffman & Smith can assist families and trustees in carrying out the directives of the trust.  Graffman & Smith can also handle cases where no probate is required, but property needs to be transferred or distributed.

 

Graffman & Smith can also draft trusts and advise on the ramifications of such.

OIL, GAS & WIND

 

The oil and gas industry is large and economically important in Kingman County as well as Kansas itself.  The attorneys at Graffman & Smith have vast experiences with legal issues related to the oil and gas industry.  These would include the multitude of issues that arise from oil and gas leasing, division orders, conveyance of mineral and royalty interests, pollution of ground water, and surface damages. The attorneys are also qualified to prepare title opinions for oil and gas production purposes as well as draft a wide variety of legal documents related to this industry.

Wind energy has become an important resource of South Central Kansas.  The attorneys at Graffman & Smith can assist you in reviewing leases for wind energy development. 

CRIMINAL LAW

 

Clients who have difficulties with the law can turn to the attorneys at Graffman & Smith.  Criminal actions in most municipal and Kansas district courts can be handled at the firm.  If the charge is a misdemeanor, felony, or a probation violation, Graffman & Smith attorneys will undertake most criminal actions. 

 

Graffman & Smith attorneys will assist clients in assessing their case to determine which course of action makes the most sense.  Whether it is taking a case to trial, plea bargaining, or applying for diversion, Graffman & Smith can work with clients at all stages of the criminal process to achieve the most beneficial results possible.

REAL ESTATE

The attorneys at Graffman and Smith can work with clients at all stages of a real estate transaction.  Whether it is drafting a purchase contract, preparing deeds, or doing a title search, Graffman & Smith can assist with professional legal services.

 

Graffman & Smith can also handle problems that may arise concerning real property.  These could include border disputes, land partition, or fence issues. 

NEGLIGENCE

Negligence entails seeking redress for wrongs committed by the negligent acts of another.  These cases can include car accidents, defective products, and the acts of another person.  These cases typically involve insurance carriers in some form or another.

 

The attorneys at Graffman & Smith are available to assist in pursuing negligence claims.  In order to assess the merits of a potential negligence claim, a consultation with an attorney is a wise move so that all aspects of the potential action can be explored. 

 
 

FIRM OVERVIEW

The lawyers of Graffman & Smith, LLC (GS) have a strong tradition of excellent representation of their clients' interests.  Greg and Cody had the wonderful opportunity to practice with stalwarts of the Kingman legal community, Theodore C. Geisert, Curtis E. Watkins, and Robert S. Wunsch.  Greg first joined the law firm Geisert, Wunsch & Watkins in 2003.  He became a partner at that firm and it became known as Geisert, Wunsch, Watkins & Graffman in 2007.  After Mr. Wunsch and Mr. Watkins retired in 2013, the firm became Geisert, Graffman & Smith, P.A., when Cody became a partner in 2016.  In September, 2018, Greg and Cody embarked on their new venture to create a firm that was streamlined and geared to best meet their clients’ needs.  They cherish the experiences they had with their mentors and now go forth to meet the challenges of a legal practice on their own.

The GS office is located in Kingman, Kansas, at 347 North Main Street, one block south of U.S. Highway 54 / 400.  Greg and Cody regularly represent clients in the district courts of Kingman, Harper, Barber, Pratt, and Reno Counties.  They have also appeared in the district courts of many other Kansas counties as well as the Kansas appellate courts.

Greg and Cody provide a wide range of legal services, both in civil and criminal law - always with professionalism and sincere advocacy of their clients' interests.  Greg and Cody have diverse backgrounds and experiences, which make them uniquely qualified to provide a myriad of services in the general practice of law.

 
 

OUR ATTORNEYS

GREG GRAFFMAN
PARTNER

Bar Admissions 

 

Kansas (2003)

 

U.S. District Court - District of Kansas

Educational Background

 

Oklahoma State University - B.S. (1990)

   

Univ. of Southern Mississippi - M.Ed. (1998)

   

Washburn University - J.D. (2003)

Areas of Practice

 

Civil Litigation

 

Family Law

Municipal Law

City Attorney for Cities of

Cunningham and Spivey 

Probate

Wills, Trusts, and Estate Planning

Real Estate

Criminal Law

Negligence

Professional Memberships

 

Kansas Bar Association

 

Kingman County Bar Association

 

Wichita Bar Association

City Attorney Association of Kansas

Other Activities and Memberships

 

President, Kingman Rotary Club (2006-2007)

Past Board of Directors, Big Brother Big Sisters: Kingman & Harper Counties 

Board of Directors, OSU College of Education Alumni Association

Past Board of Directors, Kingman Area Chamber of Commerce

Chairperson, Kingman 125th Birthday Steering Committee

CODY SMITH
PARTNER

Bar Admissions 

 

Kansas (2013)

 

U.S. District Court - District of Kansas

Educational Background

 

Wichita State University - B.A. (2007)

   

Univ. of Kansas - J.D. (2013)

   

 

Areas of Practice

Bankruptcy

Social Security Disability

Real Estate

Civil Litigation

 

Criminal Law

Family Law

Municipal Law

Kingman City Attorney

Probate

Wills, Trusts, and Estate Planning

Taxation and Tax Returns

Professional Memberships

 

Kansas Bar Association

 

Kingman County Bar Association

 

Wichita Bar Association

City Attorney Association of Kansas

Other Activities and Memberships

 

Kingman Rotary Club

 

CONTACT

GRAFFMAN & SMITH, LLC

OUR ADDRESS

347 N Main, PO Box 491, Kingman, Kansas 67068

Email: info@kingmanlawyers.com
Tel:  620.955.6025

Fax: 620.955.6038

 

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