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Counseling Kansans given that 1900. Call us Today.

Our organization changed into based in 1900 by way of Edward T. Riling who graduated that year from the

University of Kansas School of Law, became a member of the Kansas State Legislature, and opened a one-guy workplace. Edward T. served Douglas County as it's County Attorney, and in that workplace became defined via a citizen as a energetic prosecutor who "has made some enemies." Apparently this was not meant as a complaint due to the fact the speaker stated that he "would not think a great deal of a man who wasn't strong sufficient to make some enemies, in addition to to surround himself with a group of buddies, as Ed has." Since 1900, the company has endured to make a few enemies every now and then, however we al...

Counseling Kansans seeing that 1900. Call us Today.

Our firm was founded in 1900 by using Edward T. Riling who graduated that year from the

University of Kansas School of Law, became a member of the Kansas State Legislature, and opened a one-man workplace. Edward T. served Douglas County as it's County Attorney, and in that office become defined by means of a citizen as a full of life prosecutor who "has made a few enemies." Apparently this was no longer supposed as a complaint because the speaker stated that he "would not suppose a great deal of a person who wasn't sturdy enough to make a few enemies, as well as to surround himself with a gaggle of buddies, as Ed has." Since 1900, the company has persevered to make a few enemies every so often, however we additionally have constantly been blessed with proper working relationships with customers, fellow lawyers, and the Courts of the State of Kansas. In 1910, Edward T.'s younger brother, John J. Riling, joined him in the practice of law and got here to be referred to as a tireless advise, who enjoyed studying the regulation, and changed into absolutely devoted to the practice of law. Known as "Mr. John," he turned into fantastically appeared by both bench and bar in Douglas County and during the State.

The Riling brothers got here off the farm, and nearly actually remembered this history because they developed a shoppers made from farmers, as well as employees, shopkeepers, and other small enterprise proprietors inside the network. During the path of years, because the Rilings' professional stature grew, Mr. John had the possibility to symbolize railroads, banks and coverage corporations. He steadfastly refused to take on a greater moneymaking purchasers due to the fact he recognized that the backbone of his practice, and his livelihood, rested with serving the running women and men of Douglas County, Kansas.

At the urging of Judge Hugh Means, Mr. John have become County Attorney for Douglas

County at some point of World War II, a task he was glad to turn returned over to Robert Oyler whilst

Bob lower back from lively obligation with the armed offerings.

Through the years, the company remained small. For a time, Edward T.'s son became a member of the company, before he retired from the exercise following Mr. John's death. In 1956, Mr. John's son, Eugene C. Riling, joined the regulation organization. He become observed into the practice by the primary non-family member, M. Dean Burkhead, within the 1960?s. The tradition of zealous advocacy persisted with Gene's and Dean's becoming a member of the organization. The culture of representing farmers, people, shopkeepers and other small commercial enterprise proprietors, persevered, as properly.

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In 1978, the corporation grew all over again, as Wesley M. Norwood and Robert W. Fairchild merged their company into ours. Wes left the company in 1989 to become a solo practitioner. Bob left in 1996 to end up a district court docket judge. In 1981, Michael E. Riling joined his father inside the practice of regulation, simply as Gene had joined his father a technology earlier. Timothy G.

Riling joined the organization in 1989 and become with the company for approximately 8 years earlier than he commenced a solo exercise in 1997. In 2009 Mike's daughter Bobbie Lee Riling joined the firm.

From 1968, when Dean joined the corporation, until the mid-1990?s, the organization grew fairly slowly but regularly. By the time John W. Nitcher joined, in 1987, there had been six lawyers within the organization, with James L. Postma, of counsel. In 1994, the company nevertheless numbered simplest seven lawyers.

We perceived ourselves as a small organization, with a family culture, and a history of representing a few families in Douglas County constantly for many years thru numerous generations. Despite the truth that some of our clients owned good sized companies, and we frequently treated paintings for Douglas County, we found out what Mr. John had diagnosed years earlier than, that the livelihood of our organization turned into primarily based upon representing individuals as opposed to establishments.

In the Spring of 1994, John Nitcher received a telephone name from an individual who identified himself as Harland Stonecipher, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Pre-Paid Legal Services, Inc. Mr. Stonecipher had a pal who was not a member of Pre-Paid Legal Services, however was in want of immediate legal help. The pal owned a looking canine used for breeding, which have been running at huge and collected via the nearby Humane Society. The Humane Society changed into willing to return the canine to its owner, however only after the health practitioner neutered the dog. The owner became adamant that, for monetary reasons, the dog must now not be neutered, and nearly actually the dog felt the equal way. Mr. Stonecipher wanted to understand if there was whatever we would do to assist his buddy.

At that time, we felt we have been at the slicing fringe of era, having just bought a fax device and several private computers. A flurry of call for letters went out of our office, with numerous letters dispatched over the cellphone line in a 1/2-day's time. As a result of John's efforts, the canine become restored, a hundred% intact, to its proprietor. The owner turned into overjoyed, the dog more so, and Mr. Stonecipher changed into thrilled with our efforts. A few days later, John acquired a cellphone call from Mr. Stonecipher's non-public secretary, inviting us to take into account becoming the Pre-Paid Legal Services issuer company for the State of Kansas. In reality, Mr. Stonecipher wanted to fly to Lawrence to speak about the possibility with us. We met with Mr. Stonecipher. We assume that he become impressed with the history of our corporation, as well as its strong emphasis on family. We discovered that, like our organization, Mr. Stonecipher's circle of relatives turned into very a good deal concerned in the operation of the Pre-Paid Legal business.

In September of 1994, we formally came on board with Pre-Paid. At that point, there had been 2,111 Kansas contributors. As it took place, Gene Riling took our first Pre-Paid name, did not quite apprehend how the gadget labored. He gave recommendation to the member after which hung up without filling out any of the paper work required by way of Pre-Paid Legal. Things have advanced when you consider that that first call. As this Memorandum points out, we've persisted to upgrade our technical services. We demand extra from our group of workers, and they deliver every and each day. In 2011 Pre-Paid criminal modified its call to Legal Shield.

The manner Riling, Burkhead & Nitcher practices law has modified, as well, and we assume for the better. We stay essentially a complete service law company, in which it is simpler to describe regions that we do now not cover (i.e., issuing securities, and dealing with patent troubles), in place of describing what our offerings encompass. Our attorneys provider our Pre-Paid participants, in addition to carrying on a greater conventional regulation exercise. And, as we begin our 2d century, we remain committed to the ideals and discipline that have carried the corporation to this point.

Gene frequently instructed a story of his father telling him and others, on multiple occasion, that so as to be an amazing legal professional, you need to be a slave to the public. This corporation has been dedicated to this level of service, and optimistically the beliefs that guided the company thru its first century, will convey it on into the following.

As we begin our second century, we stay committed to serving the wishes of our customers. As Douglas County has grown in population, lots of our clients have obtained or started small corporations, or convey us their prison wishes that rise up out of running and dwelling in this economically numerous and dynamic location. The internet and e-trade have improved the wide variety of our customers who are beginning domestic-based totally companies and other entrepreneurial projects. From all throughout the State of Kansas, our Legal Shield individuals are soliciting for legal services to help them set up their small groups and shield hard-earned investments.


Practise Areas

  • Adoptions
  • Appeals
  • Car Accidents
  • Agriculture and Farming
  • Business
  • Child Custody and Support
  • Consumer/Finance
  • Contracts
  • Criminal Defense
  • Divorce
  • Drug Litigation
  • DWI/OUI
  • Elder Law
  • Employment
  • Estate Planning
  • Foreclosures
  • Family Law
  • Insurance
  • Labor Law
  • Landlord Tenant
  • Mediation
  • MIP
  • Personal Injury
  • Probate
  • Real Estate
  • Traffic
  • Tax
  • Trusts
  • Wills

Other Details

Year Established
1900
Firm Size
8
Credit Cards Accepted
Payment Type
    Fixed hourly fees

Office Information

Fax: 785-843-0161

Website: http://www.rilinglaw.com

Law Company Address:

Riling, Burkhead & Nitcher Chartered 808 Massachusetts Street
P.O. Box B
Lawrence, KS 66044
U.S.A.

Open Days and Hours:

  • Monday 08:30 AM - 05:00 PM
  • Tuesday 08:30 AM - 05:00 PM
  • Wednesday 08:30 AM - 05:00 PM
  • Thursday 08:30 AM - 05:00 PM
  • Friday 08:30 AM - 05:00 PM
  • Saturday By appointment

Open Days and Hours:

  • Monday 08:30 AM - 05:00 PM
  • Tuesday 08:30 AM - 05:00 PM
  • Wednesday 08:30 AM - 05:00 PM
  • Thursday 08:30 AM - 05:00 PM
  • Friday 08:30 AM - 05:00 PM
  • Saturday By appointment

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Law Company Address: Riling, Burkhead & Nitcher Chartered 808 Massachusetts Street P.O. Box B Lawrence, KS 66044 U.S.A.


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  • Monday 08:30 AM - 05:00 PM
  • Tuesday 08:30 AM - 05:00 PM
  • Wednesday 08:30 AM - 05:00 PM
  • Thursday 08:30 AM - 05:00 PM
  • Friday 08:30 AM - 05:00 PM
  • Saturday By appointment

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