Intestate succession in Missouri

Most people do not know the specifics of Missouri’s intestate succession laws, but they may make a lot of assumptions about them. Intestate succession refers to the order in which a person’s estate will pass if they die without a will. Many individuals may assume that...

The basics of the probate process

Probate is an important part of the estate planning process to be familiar with. Because probate can have such a significant impact on the way an estate is distributed, it is essential to understand what the probate process is and ways to avoid it if necessary. The...

Are there advantages to probate?

As Missouri families and individuals get their affairs in order and create an estate plan that gives them peace of mind about the future, there are many new terms and rules to learn. One of the issues that commonly comes up during these discussions is probate....

5 ways to avoid probate

Probate is the court process that your property and possessions go through after you pass away. It includes distributing these assets per your will. In Missouri, probate cases can remain open for up to 12 months. As a result, loved ones cannot access the assets until...

What is probate?

You have probably heard people talk about probate before in Missouri. People often moan and groan about it. Probate is not a bad thing. In fact, the whole idea behind it is to protect you and your estate when you die. So, it is not something horrible, but it can take...