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Nine events that should cause you to review your estate plan

According to a recent article published by caring.com, only 42 percent of adults in the United States have taken the time to obtain estate planning documents such as a Last Will & Testament or Trust. For those adults in the United States with minor children, the percentage is alarmingly smaller. Just 36 percent of those…

202102.20
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Include digital assets in your estate plan

Digital assets are simply defined as content that is stored digitally. Some common types of digital assets include photos, music, videos, power point presentations, Excel spreadsheets, Word documents, logos and other branded graphics, audio files, PDF’s, and access codes to bank accounts, credit card accounts, investments, and the like. For some, these assets comprise a…

202102.18
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Why you must have an estate plan

If you believe estate planning should only be addressed by senior citizens, or those with terminal conditions, or wealthy individuals, you are mistaken. The fact is every adult can benefit from estate planning regardless of age, health, or wealth. Let me repeat that sentence…every adult can benefit from estate planning regardless of age, health, or…

202012.23
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Include digital assets in your estate plan

Digital assets are simply defined as content that is stored digitally. Some common types of digital assets include photos, music, videos, power point presentations, Excel spreadsheets, Word documents, logos and other branded graphics, audio files, PDF’s, and access codes to bank accounts, credit card accounts, investments, and the like. For some, these assets comprise a…

202011.30
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Who decides what happens to your human remains?

“Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Benjamin Franklin, in a letter to Jean-Baptiste Le Roy, 1789. Benjamin Franklin was correct. Death is inevitable for all of us. As a result, each Missourian should…

202008.21
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Estate planning failures of the rich and famous

The establishment of a solid estate planning package is essential, even for the rich and famous. Although adored by fans and showered with swag at ceremonies like the Oscars, celebrities as a whole seem no different than the average American when it comes to making estate planning mistakes. Just like many people who lack celebrity…

202007.22
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Guns and Missouri seniors

In the wake of a recent, controversial event occurring in St. Louis, Missouri involving attorneys Mark McCloskey and his wife Patricia McCloskey, who displayed guns in an attempt to protect their home and lives from trespass and harm, this article does not seek to express a political position on gun ownership and possession. Instead, it…

202006.18
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Seniors must play a larger role in government and society

“We in America do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate.” Thomas Jefferson Hopefully we all agree that older Americans are important to our society, but some say the role older Americans play in both government and society must increase if we are to remain a wonderful beacon…

202006.18
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The Basics of Advance Directives

“Putting your wishes in writing can relieve a tremendous burden for your loved ones.” Life Choices, published by the Office of the Missouri Attorney General. Advance directives are written, legal documents that explain to others what kind of health care you want when you were too ill to speak for yourself. Those documents generally considered…

202004.14
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A Last Will & Testament is Not Enough

Our law firm regularly receives inquiries from potential clients asking for a “simple Will” and how much they cost. While I never discount why people call and ask for an inexpensive solution to their estate planning problems, and I always appreciate their desire to establish a Will using our law firm, the question is analogous…