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Do you need a trust?

As a wise consumer, you will soon be meeting with an attorney to discuss an estate plan and when you do it is likely you will discuss the use of a trust. A living trust is a legal arrangement you establish during your lifetime to protect assets and direct distribution after your death.  It is…

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“Per stirpes” or “per capita” – you better know the difference

As you begin the process of establishing an estate plan, there are many important decisions you and your attorney will make. Arguably, one of the most important decisions involves identifying who will receive your estate assets and in what manner you want assets to pass when you die. Whether you create a revocable living trust,…

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…

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A practical guide to guardianship and conservatorship in Missouri (part 2 of 2)

This article continues our examination of the guardianship and conservatorship process in Missouri. We pick up the process after the adjudication hearing is held… If the Petitioner proves by a preponderance of the evidence that the Respondent is incapacitated or disabled, or both, the court will seek to determine the degree of supervision necessary for…

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Property Tax Appeals

But for a few exceptions, the majority of homes and real properties are worth less than they were ten years ago.  That is the bad news.  The good news is that a soft real estate market is the perfect opportunity to review, appeal, and potentially reduce property taxes.  Among all cost-control measures, lowering a property…