New and young parents often have several things in common. They often have a home with relatively little equity, and very little else. Hopefully they have a decent job or jobs, and decent prospects for advancement. When they think about estate planning they often just worry about naming a guardian for their children – which…

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The short answer is Yes.  There are two reasons why – the legal one, and the practical one: Legally, in Missouri, and most other states, you must be a licensed attorney in order to represent anyone except yourself.  In a probate proceeding you are representing the “estate”, even if there is only one child or…

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A Beneficiary Deed, also commonly called a Transfer on Death Deed, is an instrument that transfers title to real property on the death of the owner, or sometimes on the death of the last of several owners, such as husband and wife.  They are available for use in Missouri, and many other states (but not…

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HIPAA stands for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. The law deals with a variety of issues but we are most concerned about the privacy rules that are a part of the Statute. In general terms they provide that a patient must give written approval prior to their “protected” health care information…

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The wording on Real Estate Deeds is critical.  This is true whether you are using a trust based plan or otherwise.  Our most recent case in this office involved a situation where single Mom bought a new home.  She elected to title the home as Mom and Daughter.  When Mom died a few weeks ago Daughter assumed,…

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We are asked constantly about avoiding probate.  There are many ways to do this.  What works best for your situation is a very highly individualized matter.  Essentially there are two ways. Beneficiary Designations, including Transfer on Death and other similar tools; and Revocable Living Trusts Joint ownership of property also avoids probate provided it is…

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