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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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Federal Estate and Missouri Inheritance Taxes…

January 8, 2020

Federal Estate and Missouri Inheritance Taxes…

2020 Federal Estate and Missouri Inheritance Taxes               With the passing of a New Year comes a new year tradition – updating the estate and inheritance tax rates.  This is the 2020 update, straight from our good friend, the Internal Revenue Service. Estate Tax Es...
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Transferring the Title to Real Property During Probate

December 3, 2019

Transferring the Title to Real Property During Probate

Transferring the Title to Real Property During Probate If you have been named the executor of an estate, you may be wondering how probate will affect the transference of real property from the estate to the heir. Indeed, probate itself can be confusing with all of the leg...
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Starting The Probate Process…

November 18, 2019

Starting The Probate Process…

STARTING THE PROBATE PROCESS – ARTICLE 2 OF 3                 In the last article we talked about the initial steps of probate and starting to administer the decedent’s estate and start the probate process. As a probate lawyer Creve Coeur, Missouri, I can tell you that th...
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Why It’s Important for Every Person to Have an Estate Plan

October 24, 2019

Why It’s Important for Every Person to Have an Estate Plan

Importance of Estate Plans Education about estate planning is essential because there are complex elements of creating such documents that most people don’t realize. When establishing an estate plan, you have to do more than just write down your wishes. Your attorney can ...
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What a Will Can and Cannot Do

October 23, 2019

What a Will Can and Cannot Do

Wills Lawyer If you are planning your estate, you probably know that the main option you have is a will. This is not your only option, however. Before you decide whether or not you want to use one of the alternatives, you should know what a will can and cannot do. There a...
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Understanding the Limitations of a Will

October 23, 2019

Understanding the Limitations of a Will

Wills Lawyer Most people understand what a will does. It is a legal document primarily used for determining who will receive your possessions after your death. A will also has a few other legal uses which make it important for everyone to have a will. However, there are a...
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