Estate Planning and Probate Articles for Missouri

Holographic Wills

Holographic Wills

A holographic will has two requirements: 1) it must be signed by the testator; and 2) all material portions of the document must be in the testator’s handwriting.

Why You Shouldn’t Do Your Own Deed

Why You Shouldn’t Do Your Own Deed

We know that it can be tempting to file your own deed with the clerk and recorder. It’s inexpensive and deceptively easy. However, like the classic saying, “just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.”

My House is in My Trust – Now What?

My House is in My Trust – Now What?

When setting up an estate plan, dealing with real property takes high priority. If an individual owns a house, land, or other real property, Colorado requires a probate for that person’s estate after death. However, setting up a trust allows you to transfer real...

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,...