Category Archives: Estate Planning

A will is a legal document that specifies how an individual wants to leave his or her property upon passing. If an individual passes away without a will, his or her property would be distributed according to Missouri’s intestate succession laws. You may be thinking that creating a will is easy enough to do on […]

Times are changing. The world is changing. Given the current events and what may be considered our “new normal,” we understand that individuals and families may be re-evaluating everything from retirement plans to routine monthly expenses. But, do you have a solid estate plan?  Our Branson elder lawyer knows that a lot can happen in […]

Crafting an estate plan is an important part of everyone’s life regardless of wealth, age and medical condition. Your sudden incapacitation from an illness or injury or the untimely death of a loved one who did not have an estate plan in place can subject family and friends to worrisome uncertainty. However, having a plan […]

A controversial decision by author Harper Lee’s estate has many people wondering if ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ will continue to be assigned reading in school. Reading Harper Lee’s anti-segregation novel To Kill a Mockingbird has become something of an American rite of passage. It is one of the most commonly assigned books in schools. Many […]

Americans are familiar with prenuptial agreements that detail how a couple's property will be divided in the event of a divorce or death. In most states spouses can reach similar agreements after they get married. The Wall Street Journal reports that the use of postnuptial agreements is increasing in "Why Postnuptial Agreements Are on the […]

The idea of freezing a person's brain and bringing it back to life years in the future, when science is advanced enough to do so, has long fascinated science fiction fans and even led to some people having their heads frozen after they pass away.  Scientists might be one step closer to making it a […]

The family life and drama of Sumner Redstone is currently being played out in the media and on Wall Street. It is not the first time that a self-made billionaire's personal life has made the news and harmed his business when the founder gets old, so it would be wise to pay attention to the […]

A recent study on the differences in charitable giving between the self-made wealthy and those that inherit wealth could have estate planning implications. A few years ago Bill Gates proclaimed that the first-generation wealthy are more generous to charities than the dynastic wealthy. In other words, those who made the fortune give more than those […]

One of the best times to review your estate plan or to get one, if you do not already have one, is when you are doing your yearly taxes. Even if you have the assistance of an accountant, filing your income tax return can be a time-consuming and frustrating process. Most people want to get […]