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The law uses terms that don’t always make sense to people who haven’t been through law school, and “codicil“ is one of them. A will codicil is simply a document that amends the terms of an existing will. Codicils can do a lot of things to an existing will, including explain ambiguous terms, add new …

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Estate Planning St. Charles Attorney

Estate planning is something that all of should do but few of us understand. Simply put, it is the process of arranging your assets in a way that allows for the distribution of those assets in the way you intend when you pass away. You may create an estate plan that covers all of your …

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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 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

Creating a Living Will in Missouri There are a lot of difficult discussions that come with holidays, such as which spouse’s family you are having dinner with, whether you’re eating turkey or ham, and which matching sweater the family will be wearing for your yearly holiday card. In all these difficult discussions we often overlook …

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Wills and Estate Planning St. Charles Attorney

Allowing your assets to go into probate is both arduous and expensive. For this reason, probate should be avoided at all costs. Missouri law allows for a myriad of ways to avoid probate, which include the living trust, Payable-on-death designation for bank accounts, beneficiary deeds and joint ownership. It will behoove you to inform yourself …

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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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Estate Planning St. Charles Attorney

Many things can happen to your estate after your death. To ensure that your survivors honor your wishes, hire an attorney to draft a will that is both clear in its terms and legally binding upon your heirs. Without a will, default legal rules of intestacy (dying without a will) take effect, and people whom …

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