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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

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 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

Getting Divorced? It’s Time to Update Your Estate Plan There are many painful disputes to be resolved in a divorce case. Dividing assets, allocating debt, negotiating child custody arrangements, settling on alimony and child support, and other painful considerations can make former couples weary of dealing with the legal system. Despite this, it is important …

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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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What Won’t Be Protected in Your Missouri Will When you’ve spent your entire life working, there comes a point where you start to contemplate who you will leave the products of your hard earned work to. Naturally, you start looking into drafting a will that will detail who you want to leave your most prized …

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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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