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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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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

Creating a living trust (a trust into which you place your assets while you are alive) is one of the most powerful estate planning tools available. While many people hear the words “estate planning” or “trust” and think that these issues only are relevant to the very wealthy, many people of moderate means can benefit …

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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

The strategic use of financial planning tools can address tax obligations, legal liability, and management of assets. Contact attorney Kenneth P. Carp today to learn more about how an experienced Missouri estate planning attorney can help you meet your financial goals. What Is an Inter Vivos Trust? An inter vivos trust—also known as a living …

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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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Estate Planning St. Charles Attorney

When you can no longer make your own decisions, many different legal tools can help carry out your wishes. A power of attorney is a legal document that authorizes another person to make decisions on your behalf. It can ensure that other people make financial decisions, health care decisions, and living arrangements in accordance with …

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Estate Planning St. Charles Attorney

When deciding what to include in an estate plan, consider the nature of your assets and property, who your beneficiaries will be, and any relevant tax implications. One thing many people neglect to consider is the opportunity to set up charitable gifts as part of their estate plans. Charitable giving can have many benefits for …

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St. Charles Estate Planning Attorney

When deciding what to include in an estate plan, consider the nature of your assets and property, who your beneficiaries will be, and any relevant tax implications. One thing many people neglect to consider is the opportunity to set up charitable gifts as part of their estate plans. Charitable giving can have many benefits for …

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St. Louis Estate Planning Attorney

Talking about and planning for one’s death is not regularly discussed in Saint Louis or across the United States. People would much rather delay thinking about their demise instead of plan for this inevitable event. Some individuals will delay thinking about their death at all costs. However, proper estate planning is essential. Estate planning is …

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