Eric Knew His Dad Shouldn’t Be Driving…

By |October 6th, 2015|

It was late when the phone rang, but Eric knew from the tone of his father’s voice that the news was not good.

“What is it, Dad?” Eric asked, afraid to hear the answer.

“Eric, I’ve had a car accident. I’m fine, but there is some damage.”

“Dad! That’s your 3rd accident in two months!” Eric blurted out, […]

How Jack Got His Financial Groove Back

By |July 1st, 2015|

Going on vacation is not always easy, especially for Americans, who statistically take less vacation days than do workers in many other countries. Sometimes, returning from a vacation – getting back into one’s daily routine at home and at work – can be just as stressful.

Jack found this to be true. Every time Jack went […]

Are You Prepared for the Future? Really Prepared?

By |April 15th, 2015|

As estate planning attorneys serving Missouri residents, we often talk about what it means to be truly prepared for the future. So many people, especially young adults, fail to grasp the importance of estate planning. They believe only wealthy individuals need estate planning, or they think, “I’m pretty healthy. What could go wrong?”

In a word, […]

Top 3 Estate Planning Concerns: A Checklist More Vital Than Groceries

By |March 15th, 2015|

It was a typical morning at Ellen’s house – find husband David’s socks, make breakfast, get the kids to school, and get to work on time. Estate planning concerns were the last thing on her mind. Stuck in traffic, Ellen focused on the day ahead. “What should I make for dinner?” she wondered. “Oh gosh, […]

What Could Be Better than Green Beer or a 4-Leaf Clover?       

By |February 2nd, 2015|

John spent 20 years working for the same company. Always in at 8 am, always finished at 4 pm, rarely missing a day’s work, except for the birth of his son Danny, and that one annoying fender bender.

Everyone who knew John knew his favorite saying: “It’s better to be lucky than good.” And John did […]

Before “I Do”, Do This.

By |October 15th, 2014|

Love surely is grand, and the decision to marry is more often fueled by passion rather than logic. Who wants to think about legal documents when there is a ring to buy, caterers to interview, and pictures to be taken?

The fact is that marriage is a legally binding agreement and, as such, individuals who wish […]

How to Enjoy Your Golden Years at Home (Without Burdening Your Children)

By |August 15th, 2014|

How do you imagine your life in old age? Will you live in relative comfort at home or in a nursing home setting?

One fact is certain: Nearly 50% of Americans will experience some disability during their lifetimes. Without a proper estate plan, you may find yourself under the care of a court-appointed guardian…a relative […]

Understanding Dementia, and Planning for It

By |July 25th, 2014|

Dementia is a general term referring to a broad range of symptoms affecting memory and thinking. The most common type of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease, accounting for 60-80% of all dementia cases. Some may use the word “senility” to describe an individual with short-term memory loss, but this is inaccurate, because senility refers to mental […]

When Dementia Emerges

By |July 15th, 2014|

After Mary’s father was admitted to the hospital, Mary visited her mother at home. It wasn’t long before she noticed things weren’t quite right. On the coffee table was a stack of unopened mail and bills, some past due. Her parents had never missed a bill payment! The refrigerator was nearly bare. What had they […]

When is the Best Time to Update My Estate Plan?

By |May 15th, 2014|

Life changes and with it, our plans. Marriage, divorce, home buying and selling, births, adoptions, deaths and health issues may bring about life changes that one cannot anticipate. That’s why it’s smart to review your estate plan about every five years, or following any significant life event.

As well, tax laws change from time to […]