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Estate Planning  

Estate planning is more than just a collection of documents.  It is the way in which you pass a legacy to your family. Depending on who you are, that could be a business, a home, what is left of your nest egg, an old car, a cherished art collection or a family heirloom.  It could be all of those things.  Estate planning is also the way to specify who will make healthcare and financial decisions for you if you are unable to do so.  Think about how important that is and which person in your life you trust to make the right decisions at the right time.  Security, peace of mind, assurance and clarity.  These are the goals of estate planning.  

Learn more about different estate planning documents.

WILLS TRUSTSTRUST FUNDINGPOWERS OF ATTORNEY • LIVING WILL  • BENEFICIARY DEEDS

PROBATE ADMINISTRATION

Probate is the process by which assets of a deceased person are transferred to their beneficiaries and heirs.  It is necessary (but avoidable with a good estate plan) to protect the rights of creditors of a decedent and is complex and time consuming.  That is why you should always have an experienced probate attorney help you.  

Probate Administration

 

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ELDER LAW

Elder Law includes helping seniors and their families with Medicaid and VA Aid and Attendance benefits, including planning related to those benefits.   This area of practice also includes Guardianships and Conservatorships.  

Estate Litigation

Estate litigation involves disputes over estates, trusts and wills.  Fights over estates are more common than people realize. If you find yourself in a tug of war after the death of a family member, it is probably time to consult with our office about your rights and the best way to protect your interests.

 

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STARTING THE PROBATE PROCESS – ARTICLE 1 of 3

October 14, 2019

STARTING THE PROBATE PROCESS – ARTICLE 1 of 3

STARTING THE PROBATE PROCESS – ARTICLE 1 of 3               Starting the probate process when a person dies can be an intimidating process.  My experience as a probate attorney Creve Coeur has been that the family of the deceased don’t even know where to begin. The purpos...
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Business Succession Planning: Family-Owned Businesses

October 7, 2019

Business Succession Planning: Family-Owned Businesses

BUSINESS SUCCESSION PLANNING:  FAMILY-OWNED BUSINESSES             Business succession planning for family-owned businesses is vitally important to their survival after the death of the founder(s).  By some estimates, for example, more than 70 percent of family owned busi...
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September 30, 2019

LEGAL PLAN BENEFITS:  A HUGE REASON TO GET AN ESTATE PLAN             In the last decade or so, legal plan benefits have become very popular in Corporate America.  One of the most popular uses for legal plan benefits is to create an estate plan for you and your family. WH...
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September 23, 2019

POWER OF ATTORNEY:  FIVE REASONS WHY IT’S SO IMPORTANT A power of attorney is a legal document that allows a principal (one person) to allow another person (an agent or an attorney-in-fact) to make healthcare and/or financial decisions for them if they cannot make those d...
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Five Trustee Duties in Missouri…

September 16, 2019

Five Trustee Duties in Missouri…

FIVE TRUSTEE DUTIES IN MISSOURI                 The job of a trustee, generally speaking, is to administer the trust.  A trustee, in fact, has a fiduciary duty to the beneficiaries of the trust. That means they must always act in the best interests of the trust beneficiar...
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IMPORTANT PROVISIONS TO INCLUDE IN YOUR LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT

September 10, 2019

IMPORTANT PROVISIONS TO INCLUDE IN YOUR LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT

IMPORTANT PROVISIONS TO INCLUDE IN YOUR LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT               Creating a last will and testament is an important aspect of estate planning.  But your will should include certain provisions that make managing your estate easier for your executor. As a wills...
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