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Importance of updating estate plan after a divorce

There are many changes that people in Missouri need to work through after a divorce. Separating one shared life into two separate lives is not always an easy task. Homes are separated; time with children is separated; bank, retirement and investment accounts need to be separated and other aspects of their lives need to be separated as well. This is certainly not an easy task and can be very time consuming. However, people should also make another change that is not usually directly discussed during the divorce process and that is their estate plan.

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Throughout people's lives in Missouri, there are many things they need to take care of for themselves. This includes daily tasks such as eating, going to work, paying bills, taking care of their children and other daily activities. People also from time to time have to attend to more important issues such as buying houses, opening investment accounts and other larger economic matters. Then once they do make those types of purchases and decisions they must ensure that they pay for the costs and manage them.

When a revocable trust may be better than a will

In many situations it is better for people in Missouri to have a plan for big events. It is good to know when certain things are going to happen at the event, what type of seating will be needed, what type of food may be served and many other aspects of events. This is also true for people as they raise children, progress through a career and many other aspects of life. It is also true for people as they prepare for death as well. Estate planning is important to ensure that people's property goes to the people they want it to.

You need a plan for your end of life estate

Missouri residents spend much of their lives working hard at their careers to earn income so that they can provide for themselves and their families. It is a common practice for individuals to save what they can for the future so that they may one day be able to quit their jobs and enjoy their retirements. No one wants to spend their entire life working because they want to be able to appreciate the fruits of their labor before they are too old to relish them.

A will is a foundational document in an estate plan

A will is an important testamentary document for any Missouri resident who wants a say in what happens to their money and possessions when they pass away. That is because a will is a legal vehicle for communicating one's testamentary intentions to others when they are no longer present to do so on their own. For example, in a will a person may make bequests of property to those who they love, may provide for charities, and may engage in the disposition of other estate property based on their own wishes and intentions.

Who needs an estate plan? The answer: Everyone.

After the death of a celebrity or wealthy public figure, it is not uncommon for Missouri residents to hear about the details of their end of life estates. They may discover that the decedents elected to give their money to charity, or in the case of recording artist, Prince, that there was no estate plan in place whatsoever. An estate is what a person has at the end of their life and an estate plan is the directional documents that instruct others on how the decedent wanted their assets divided up.

Why should a health care directive be part of an estate plan?

Suffering an accident and not being able to care for one's self may be a nightmare for St. Louis residents who enjoy the autonomy of living on their own and making their own decisions. However, when incapacitating and life-threatening illnesses and injuries occur, individuals may not be able to communicate their healthcare wishes to the doctors and providers who are tasked with treating them. The inability of a person to direct their own medical decision may cause them to undergo treatments or procedures that they would not otherwise have consented to.

Probate's a headache. How can it be avoided?

If you are reading this, you are seeking answers to questions that too often go unasked. One of the reasons most people don't even think to inquire about estate planning is because they are so busy living their lives they don't think they have an estate to plan for. That's usually not true, which is why it's good to start asking the questions now.

Reasons to avoid probate

Discussing any stage of estate plans can prove difficult for many families. No matter the point of life at which the planning began, family members can often walk away with more questions than answers. Some Missouri residents grappling with this process may be wondering what specific boxes need checking. Others may be wary of the detailed steps involved. The following pointers provide residents with general information on estate planning, as well as how to avoid potential speed bumps along the way. 

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