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Calvin Karlin

Professional Bio

Calvin J. Karlin practices in the areas of trust litigation, estate litigation, estate planning and creditors rights. He served on the Kansas Board for Discipline of Attorneys for 13 years and is a fellow of the American College of Trust & Estate Counsel. Mr. Karlin is the recipient of the 2008 Kansas Bar Association's Professionalism Award.

Practice Areas

  • Trust Administration
  • Trust Litigation
  • Estate Litigation
  • Estate Planning
  • Creditors Rights
  • Commercial Loan Transactions


Law School:

  • University of Kansas (J.D., 1977)
  • Order of the Coif.
  • Note and Comment Editor, University of Kansas Law Review, 1976-1977


  • University of Kansas (B.A., 1974)
  • Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

  • Kansas Bar, 1977

Professional Associations

  • Kansas Bar Association 2008 Professionalism Award
  • Douglas County Bar Association
  • Kansas Bar Association (Executive Committee of Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section, 1998-Present)
  • American Bar Association
  • Fellow: American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • Kansas Board for Discipline of Attorneys (2003-2016)

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Publications and Presentations

  • Spendthrift Trust Clauses and Kansas Divorces: Does a Settlor's Intent Still Matter? PDF (co-author), The Journal of the Kansas Bar Association, May 2012
  • Estate and Trust Case Update and Practical Tips presentation at Kansas Bankers Association Trust Conference, 2009
  • Recent Estate and Trust Cases presentation at Herbert M. Walton (Johnson County) Bench/Bar Seminar, 2009
  • Mechanics Liens presentation to Mid-America Lumbermens Association, 2009
  • Creditors Rights PDF, Kansas Bar Association Handbook on Probate & Trust Administration After Death, 2008
  • Creditor Rights in Trust and Estate Planning presentation to Douglas County Estate Planning Council, 2007
  • Adjunct Professor, Qualified Retirement Plans, University of Kansas School of Law, 1993-2005
  • Kansas Reporter for American College of Trust & Estate Counsel (ACTEC) for "Will and Trust Construction and Instruction" (2000-Present)
  • Newsletter Editor and Probate author for Kansas Bar Association Real Estate, Probate & Trust Section (published quarterly)
  • Retirement Plan Valuation in Divorce presentations to the following:
    •   - Kansas Bar Association CLE program, 2000; and
    •   - A. G. Edwards seminar for Northeast Kansas accountants, 2005