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Estate Planning and Probate

Probate is the legal process of resolving all claims and distributing a deceased person’s property, or estate, according to a valid will. A will has to be “probated” by a court, which means the court has to confirm the validity of a deceased person’s will so that interested parties can rely on its authenticity.

Estate planning is the process of accumulating and distributing a person’s estate in a way that maximizes what is transferred to the estate owner’s intended beneficiaries while minimizing taxes and probate court involvement.

Understanding Wills, Trusts, and Other Probate and Estate Planning Tools

We have years of experience drafting wills and trusts for individuals and business owners. We can advise you on a range of probate and estate planning tools, including durable powers of attorney, medical care powers of attorney, elder law planning, establishing guardianships, conservatorships, living wills, contested wills and probate administration.

This is a sampling of the probate and estate planning law services we provide to individuals:

  • Conservatorships
  • Durable Powers of Attorney
  • Elder Law Planning
  • Estate Planning for Digital Assets
  • Guardianships
  • Living Wills
  • Medical Care Powers of Attorney
  • Probate Administration
  • Trust Disputes
  • Trusts
  • Will Contests
  • Wills

Estate Planning and Probate Articles

Undue Influence — Trusts and Wills

Undue Influence — Trusts and Wills

Morse v. Volz, 808 S. W. 2d 424, is a case involving Marvin Morse, who died in 1986. His first wife, with whom he had one child, predeceased him in 1978. He remarried in 1984 to a woman who had a child by her first marriage. The second wife died in 1987. Before his...

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Dude, Where’s My Body?

A recent decision by the Missouri Court of Appeals now requires rethinking with respect to the structure and effectiveness of Health Care Durable Powers of Attorney that contain provisions regarding "right of sepulcher." The right of sepulcher refers to "the right to...

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