Man Dies Suddenly In Boating Accident
Earlier this summer in mid-August a group of four people went out for a boat ride on what was likely planned to be a fun evening out on the water at Lake of the Ozarks. Unfortunately, that boat outing ended with a 58-year-old man dead in a boating accident on Lake of the Ozarks. It is unknown to the public if he had an estate plan or will in place before this accident and untimely death occurred. According to police, the driver of the boat failed to keep a watchful lookout and hit a bluff, causing the boat to crash. The accident occurred at night-time, around 9 p.m. on a Saturday night. The boating accident injured two passengers and the driver and killed one other passenger. The man that was killed was pronounced dead by the coroner before 2 a.m. that Sunday morning. None of the passengers on the boat were wearing flotation safety devices at the time of the incident, according to the report and police. What was meant to be a pleasant evening turned bad in an instant that no one could have predicted.
Estate Planning for the Unexpected
An accident can happen in a moment, without any warning. Although we hope this doesn’t happen to us, the truth is that so many things are out of our control and can seem like no big deal until something unexpected happens. Because of this reason, it is wise to have a well-planned and thought-out estate plan in place for all of the scenarios that could take place in the future, including preparing for probate. Just like this man who didn’t expect to die while out for a typical boat outing, accidents can happen at any time and to anyone no matter how careful we try to be or good choices that we make. If there is any uncertainty in your will, it may have to go through probate and make things difficult for your family and loved ones.
What is Probate?
Probate is the process of proving the validity of a will or estate plan to the court so that it can be completed as the last will and testament of the deceased. It can be a complicated process and there are some strategies to avoid it or at least make it go smoother. A probate lawyer Lake St. Louis, MO residents trust can help you with this as you set your will up, making it as easy as possible for your loved ones in the event that your will has to be carried out. A probate lawyer from an experienced law firm, like the Legacy Law Center, can help you and your family be as prepared as possible for whatever unexpected events the future may hold. Contact us today if you have yet to complete your estate planning or will, it is not suggested to wait on taking care of planning for the future because it can be unpredictable.