Category Archives: Last Will and Testament

Most people know what a Will is, but the concept of an estate plan is a little less well known. Do you need an estate plan rather than a Will? A Will is actually just one of the components of a comprehensive estate plan. It’s arguably one of the most important components, but an estate […]

After a loved one has passed away, the last thing you and other grieving family members are likely thinking about is probating your loved one’s Will. After all, there are so many other things you need to do, all while coping with the loss of someone near and dear to you.  When it comes to […]

Fans of the popular television show Succession may be somewhat familiar with what happens when a person dies without a solid will, but the laws will be different from state to state. If you die without a will in Missouri, your assets will be transferred to your closest relatives because of the state’s intestate succession […]

A person who passes away without leaving a valid will is said to die intestate. A will is a legal document that specifies how an individual wants to leave his or her property – which includes bank accounts, real estate, and personal effects such as cars, books, or jewelry – upon passing. The process of […]

The death of a loved one is a difficult time that can be made more difficult when someone decides to dispute or contest the will of that loved one. Contesting a will is a type of estate dispute that, unfortunately, many families in Branson and elsewhere throughout Missouri go through. Disputing a will means that […]

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 […]

The right to refuse life-extending medical care is well-established in the U.S. Millions of Americans have living wills instructing doctors not to give them certain kinds of treatment. In Japan the idea is a novel one and being hotly debated. In the United States when you prepare your estate plan, you will be asked if […]

Inheriting commercial real estate can seem like a financial windfall for many people. But it can turn into a financial nightmare if environmental pollution is later discovered on the property. In "Contaminated Property Makes for Costly Inheritance" the New York Times writes about two heirs to commercial real estate who had to pay a high […]

If you have a child who you do not communicate with, you might want to make sure that the child does not receive part of your estate. The decision to do that can be difficult, but the process is not. A recent Market Watch column, entitled "Can my 40-year-old long-lost daughter get my estate?," features […]

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 […]