Debunking the Myth: Extended Probate Duration

Debunking the Myth: Extended Probate Duration

Contrary to the misconception that the probate process always drags on for years, the reality is that many estates conclude probate within a year. In Missouri, there is a mandatory waiting period of six months, known as the creditor claim period. This period allows...

Probate Horror Stories

Probate Horror Stories

As an estate planning attorney, it is easy for us to emphasize how important it is for your estate to avoid probate because we unfortunately see the worst side of the probate process. We see families fight, relatives stop talking to each other, and money quickly...

Being Transparent with Your Estate Plan

Being Transparent with Your Estate Plan

Transparency with your estate plan represents an important step to ensure the administration runs smoothly, to prevent fighting, and to fulfill your wishes. If you do not communicate what is in your will or trust, issues can arise. Here are some common phrases that...

Intestate Succession

Intestate Succession

Before you can file your opening probate documents, you must first determine: is this an intestate or testate probate? And, is this a formal or informal probate proceeding?

Validity of Wills

Validity of Wills

The term “testator” refers to someone who has created a Will. In the state of Colorado, there are specific rules to ensure a Will is valid and properly executed.  A Last Will and Testament A Last Will and Testament represents the most common type of will. To be valid,...