Wills and Trust Lawyer
Under Missouri law if you do not have a Last Will and Testament the state of Missouri will designate how your estate is distributed. Everyone should at the very least have an updated Last Will and Testament. However, contrary to what many people believe, having a Will does not avoid probate of your estate. While a properly executed Will can certainly make the probate process easier, it is not in and of itself sufficient to avoid the time and expense of probate.
One way to avoid probate is through the use of a Revocable Living Trust. This allows a person's assets to be distributed on their death without being subject to probate. Also, it is important that you have a financial durable power of attorney in the event you become incapacitated. It's also important to have a durable power of attorney for health care to properly convey your wishes in the event of serious illness or incapacity and to ensure that your wishes with regards to life support decisions are carried out.
We strive to make the process of planning your estate as simple as possible. We have been rated among the best in client satisfaction in estate planning by St. Louis Magazine. We will not recommend complicated or expensive estate planning procedures when they are not necessary. We will meet with you, assess your needs, and inform you in a clear and honest manner as to various estate planning options and their costs. There is no charge for discussing this with us.
Additionally, if you are involved with an estate that requires probate, we will help guide you through the process and attempt to make this difficult time as easy for you as possible.
Carl F Kohnen
760 Saint Francois St Ste B ♦ Florissant, MO 63031