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Our firm develops estate plans based upon each family’s needs. We understand that your hard-earned legacy is important to you and we want to help you preserve your hard work for those you love. To that end in many cases we offer fixed or flat fees so as to ensure that you will know exactly the cost of an estate plan. We also assist clients in probate and trust administration, probate and trust litigation, guardianships, conservatorships, business succession and Medicaid planning. We look forward to working with you soon.

PARTNERS


H. MICHAEL NICHOLS J.D.
mnichols@nicholsjilka.com

Mike Nichols double majored in Economics and Political Science at Oklahoma State University and worked for two years as an operations analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank in Kansas City before entering law school at the University of Kansas.

Early in his legal career, Mike served as a probate judge, an opportunity which provided valuable insight into probate and testamentary trust administration, estate planning and estate taxation. In addition to legal practice, Mike has taught Estates, Gifts & Trusts, and Estate & Gift Taxation at the President's College School of Law in Wichita and has been an adjunct for Estate Planning in the CFP program in the Barton School of Business, Wichita State University.

Mike has served as Vice President of the Wichita Estate Planning Council and is a former member of the Executive Committee of Kansas Bar Association Real Estate, Probate and Trust Section. Mike is a member of the Wichita Bar Association and the Kansas Bar Association.

In addition to legal practice and teaching, Mr. Nichols was a senior trust officer at banks in Kansas City and Wichita, the Manager of Personal Trusts at a bank in Michigan and the Manager of a trust department at a bank in Chicago for many years.


MICHAEL T. JILKA J.D.
mjilka@nicholsjilka.com

Mike Jilka began his legal career in 1988 upon graduating from the University of Kansas School of Law. He served in judicial clerkships with the Kansas Court of Appeals and for U.S. District Judge Monti Belot. In those positions, he assisted the judges in drafting opinions, performing legal research, and developing jury instructions during trials.

Upon leaving the judge's chambers, Mike embarked on a litigation practice at a large Kansas City law firm. He represented local governments and their officials in litigation arising in state and federal courts. In the ensuing years, Mike developed an appellate practice, drafting briefs and arguing cases before the Kansas appellate courts as well as the 10th Circuit in Denver. Subsequently, Mike expanded his practice into the estate planning field, advising clients regarding wills, trusts and guardianships. He currently represents clients in probate litigation throughout the State of Kansas.

Mike has published numerous articles in the past two decades in the Kansas Bar Journal, where he serves on the Board of Editors. His articles cover topics ranging from automobile search and seizure, the FLSA, Section 1983 litigation, the First Amendment, and attorney fee litigation. He has spoken at many seminars for organizations such as the Kansas Bar Association, the Topeka Bar Association, the Douglas County Bar Association, and the Southwest Kansas Bar Association.