A sad situation presented itself a few weeks ago.  A funeral director was demanding that all the children of a recently deceased client consent to a cremation. One of the children was out of the country permanently, and could not be reached. Fortunately I was able to convince the lawyer for the funeral home that…

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Everyone in Missouri who is age 18 or over should have a Durable Power of Attorney. It doesn’t matter is you have $10 million or just $10. Most of us will be disabled sometime during our life, and will need someone to handle things for us. An existing client came to see us last week.  We had…

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A Power of Attorney is “Durable” if it is still effective when the person who signed it is disabled. This person can be referred to by several terms, but we will call that Person the “Principal”. Before the enactment of Durable Power of Attorney statutes, Powers of Attorney generally only carried the authority that the…

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Durable Powers of Attorney are instruments that literally everyone age 18 or over should have. Sooner or later the vast majority of us will be disabled and need for someone to handle our affairs. From time to time, however, we get calls and questions about how they work after the person granting the power dies.…

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