The intent of the rule is that you do not "practice" without a license - that is to protect you and the public. You are not prohibited from having conversations or even exploring legal concepts with people so long as it is crystal clear to the folks you are talking with that (1) you are not a licensed attorney, and (2) you are not providing legal advice that they should rely upon. Sounds to me like you have covered your bases. I frequently had conversations, and still do now that I am licensed, where the discussion is prefaced a lot with "based on what I currently know," "I have not researched the issue, so this is just an opinion," or "I am not giving legal advice, but it sounds to me like..." Always wrapping up with, "if you think this is an issue you should hire an attorney to handle this."
I think you could outline a whole case, develop the cause of action, etc., etc., so long as you did not get paid, the person knew he could not act on it, and that if he were to act on it, he would need to start from scratch with a licensed attorney - perhaps using your conversations as a basis for questioning his "real" counsel.
Of course I am not providing you with any legal advice here... I have not researched Kansas laws, so this is just my opinion.