We can help you create estate plans to meet your goals such as asset preservation, minimization of taxes, avoidance of probate, disability planning and protection of beneficiaries. We also guide families through the Missouri probate and guardianship process when the court's involvement is required.
Drafting an estate plan allows you to avoid unintended consequences. For example, without a power of attorney, your family members may have to go through the time and expense of a guardianship proceeding in order to do things such as pay your bills and make financial decisions. You may assume that your spouse can act for you, but without a power of attorney that may not be the case.
As your lawyer, I will help you find the most economical solution to meet your goals. To schedule a consultation with attorney Amanda Grellner, call 573-897-3609 or send us an email.
An estate plan consists of several different legal documents that work together to meet your goals. Those documents may include:
Will: If you die without a will in Missouri, the state will determine who will receive your assets and who will be responsible for the administration of your estate. Drafting a will allows you make these decisions.
One or more trusts: There are many different types of trusts that can help you accomplish goals ranging from minimization of taxes to avoidance of probate.
Powers of attorney: A durable power of attorney allows you to name a spouse or other trusted person to step into your shoes and make financial decisions if you are incapacitated.
Health care directive: A health care directive lets you decide whether you want a feeding tube or other artificial life support if you are in a vegetative state with no hope of recovery.