Jul 7, 2023
What executors need to do following the testator’s death

This article looks at three things executors need to do in the weeks following the testator’s passing. Executors of an estate are tasked with a stressful and often unrewarding job. The executor is responsible for distributing the estate and ensuring that all debts and taxes owed by the estate are paid. While that may sound […]

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Jul 7, 2023
Designating a power of attorney should not be a rushed decision

This article talks about what a power of attorney is and how to go about choosing a trusted agent. A power of attorney is one of the most important components of an estate plan. Simply put, a power of attorney gives a designated individual (called the agent) the power to make financial and/or medical decisions […]

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Jul 7, 2023
Estate planning for the digital age: Tips for success

Does your estate plan include digital assets? Technological innovations have had a major impact on our lives. They have changed everything from how we make a phone call to how we operate our vehicles. It makes sense that these advances would also change how we manage our estate. These advances impact estates in many ways. […]

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Jul 7, 2023
Three tips to avoid a disputed estate plan

These tips can help to better ensure a smooth transfer of assets. Conflict over inheritance is not uncommon. There are proactive steps that can be taken to help reduce the risk of a disputed estate. Three examples include: A carefully structured estate plan can meet these needs and better ensure the distribution of the estate […]

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Jul 7, 2023
How should new parents choose a guardian?

Among the many things new parents should focus on is solidifying an estate plan to protect their kids in case they die. People in Missouri who are welcoming their first babies into the world certainly learn quickly that their lives will never truly be the same again. Being thrust into a role that requires one […]

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Jul 7, 2023
Watch out for these pitfalls when appointing a power of attorney

This article looks at three of the biggest mistakes people make when drafting a power of attorney. As CNBC points out, a power of attorney is one of the most important documents in any estate plan. While there are many different types of powers of attorney, for most people the most important one is that […]

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Jul 7, 2023
The top estate planning tips to consider after getting divorced

This article looks at some of the most common estate planning issues raised during divorce. Divorce is an emotional and financial upheaval and in the midst of all that turmoil it can be easy to overlook the fact that ending a marriage will also have a big impact on one’s estate plan. From wills to […]

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Jul 7, 2023
Why You Shouldn’t Wait to Start Estate Planning

This article shows exactly what estate planning is and why even younger adults need to consider planning their estates. While many adults believe they’ll have “plenty of time” to create their wills later on in life, it’s important to take care of estate planning and to make end-of-life decisions early on. In fact, estate planning […]

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Jul 7, 2023
The top points to consider in planning an inheritance

Whether it is planned for after dying or during their lives, parents need to know how best to distribute assets to their children. Anyone living in Missouri with a decent degree of assets that they wish to bestow upon their children will probably have put some thought into how the process is going to work. […]

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Jul 7, 2023
Estate planning: Making Decisions About Your Heirs

When you’re ready to create your will, you’ll need to decide who you want to inherit your assets; however, you may also need to make the difficult decision to disinherit someone. Find out exactly what you need to know about heirs before you start creating this important document. One of the most important documents you […]

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