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Trusts: The Advantages and Disadvantages

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Only a few years ago, people set up living trusts almost exclusively to save on taxes. Today, they are used to avoid Probate and for other purposes. This article explains the living trust. It is not meant to be a … Continue reading

TRIAL TIPS FOR CLIENTS

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  TRIAL TIPS FOR CLIENTS Preparation is the key to successfully presenting accurate information in court. ¬† ¬† ¬†   WHAT TO WEAR? We advise our clients to dress conservatively. Court is a somber, conservative and non-colorful environment, so the … Continue reading

How to best work with your lawyer

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First ask about the cost of legal representation. If your situation will require more work beyond the first consultation, remember to ask for the lawyer’s fees in writing. You do not have to hire the lawyer after the initial consultation. … Continue reading

What is Estate Planning?

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What is Estate Planning? “Estate” is the legal term used to define your property and money‚ÄĒbasically, everything that belongs to you. Estate planning attorneys tell you different strategies you can use to transfer your belongings after you die. By planning … Continue reading

Proposed Legislation Would Give Adoptees Access To Medical Information

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Missouri lawmakers are debating a bill that may make it easier for adoptees to find their birth parents. If House Bill 252 is passed, it would require the Missouri State Health Department to provide birth parents with a contact preference … Continue reading

Legislation Passes Senate Eliminating Adoption Tax Credit For Out-Of-State Adoptions

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Legislation that passed the Senate this week may steer Missouri couples more toward adopting a Missouri child over adopting one from outside the area. Legislation passed the Senate eliminating a $2 million annual allotment of tax credits for those couples … Continue reading

Paper Calls For Regulation Of What Happens To Digital Assets After Death

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With more of people’s lives spent online, the issue of what to do in the event of their death with their digital assets is an ever more-pressing question. According to a paper written by a University of Illinois law professor … Continue reading

Attorney G. John Richards, Former Lincoln Co. Prosecuting Attorney Dies

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The former prosecuting attorney of Lincoln County died Tuesday evening following a crash last week, he was 51. According to his web site, Attorney G. John Richards was seriously injured last Thursday morning in a crash on Route 47, west … Continue reading

MO Court of Appeals: Adding Spouse To Property Turns Property Into Marital Asset

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A divorce case dividing assets reviewed by the Missouri Court of Appeals last week determined a farm that had belonged to the husband became marital real property after the wife’s name was added to it. The case, JJ v EJ … Continue reading

Three Charged In Abduction Of 5-Year-Old On Transplant List

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Three people have been charged in the abduction of a 5-year-old boy who was taken from a St. Louis Hospital where he is very sick and on the heart transplant list. Porter Stone was kidnapped Tuesday after he completed an … Continue reading