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This answer to this question brings to mind the following response we’ve all heard at some point in our lives: sure you can—but should you? There is nothing in Missouri law that requires you to consult with an attorney when making a will, but it is highly advisable to do so. Making a will is …

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Estate Planning Attorney St. Charles Missouri

When a considerable sum of money is involved, a spendthrift trust is an incredibly effective means of passing along and preserving wealth to your heirs. Not only does a spendthrift trust protect money from creditors, it protects it from your heirs themselves. By its nature, a spendthrift trust prevents heirs from racing through their inheritance, …

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Estate Planning Attorney St. Charles Missouri

Not surprisingly, lawyers who specialize in estate planning will say “no.” However, they aren’t alone, and many of the financial experts who advise against DIY estate planning don’t actually have any skin in the game—they lose nothing if you go your own way and use one of the many self-help online services that offer DIY …

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Estate Planning Attorney St. Charles Missouri

You work hard with your family’s future in mind, but many people nonetheless fail to secure that future with robust estate planning. People offer up a variety of reasons for putting off estate planning, but by engaging in some basic planning now, you’ll not only help protect your family financially but will also afford yourself …

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Estate Planning St. Charles Attorney

A trust is a legal instrument that allows a trustee to hold legal title to someone else’s property—who identified as the beneficiary. You can even be the trustee of your own trust, which allows you complete control over all the property held in that trust. A living trust (an inter vivos trust) refers to a …

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Estate Planning Attorney St. Charles Missouri

You probably understand how critical estate planning is for your family’s future, but it’s nonetheless one of those things that many people find many reasons to put off—sometimes, indefinitely. Putting in the time and effort to effectively plan your estate, however, can go a long way towards protecting your family’s future finances and can allow …

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Estate Planning Attorney St. Charles Missouri

You’ve put in the time and effort to create a legal trust that’s an effective tool for you right now, but what happens as your circumstances evolve? It’s something to think about, and a somewhat-recent case in Missouri highlights the importance of the issue. When it comes to your trust, don’t leave anything to chance; …

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Estate Planning Lawyer St. Charles Missouri

What a Missouri Will Can’t Do A last will and testament is an expression of a person’s intent for the resolution of financial affairs upon death. Because this is an expression of personal choice, many testators—those with wills—are surprised to learn that the law limits wills, and probate courts will not enforce certain provisions. In …

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