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When and How to Update Your Will or Estate Plan

When to Update Your Will

When and How to Update Your Will or Estate Plan

If you are anything like other people, including many of my clients, you have probably put off creating a Will or other Estate Planning documents. It is never fun to think about one’s death or the many end-of-life scenarios one can face. However, completing your estate planning documents, including a Will, is a significant step […]
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Changing or Revoking a Power of Attorney

Changing or Revoking a Power of Attorney

A Power of Attorney (POA) is a powerful legal instrument that allows one person, known as the principal, to authorize another person, the “attorney-in-fact” to act on the principal’s behalf. This document can be necessary when the principal is either absent or unavailable, or is incapable of making decisions due to their own incapacity. A […]
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Understanding Various Types of Easements

Understanding Various Types of Easements

In real estate, an easement is a legal provision granting a person or entity the right to use another person’s land for a specified purpose. It’s a concept that has far-reaching implications on how a property can be used and by whom, effectively influencing a property owner’s rights. In Missouri, easements hold a special significance. They […]
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Conveying Real Estate Into Your Trust

Conveying Real Estate Into Your Trust

Proper Estate Planning is necessary to ensure your assets are handled according to your wishes after you’re gone, and that your family is taken care of in the manner you desire. One common and effective method is setting up a trust. But what exactly is a trust? How does it work, and why is it important? […]
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Can a Beneficiary Deed be Contested

Can a Beneficiary Deed be Contested?

What is the easiest way to leave your real estate to your intended beneficiaries? There are several ways to do this in Missouri, including by Will, Trust, Joint Titling, or by using a Beneficiary Deed. A Beneficiary Deed is one of the simplest, most convenient, and most frequently used methods in Missouri for leaving real estate to […]
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Estate Planning Tips For Business Owners

Estate Planning Tips For Business Owners

Estate planning, Wills, and Trusts are very important to manage one’s assets and wealth, especially for business owners. In Missouri, where the local business environment thrives on its diverse array of small and medium-sized enterprises, planning how to pass on these businesses is vital. At Piatchek Law Firm, LLC, we are dedicated to assisting Missouri’s business […]
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How To Divide Personal Property In An Estate

How To Divide Personal Property In An Estate

When a loved one dies, dividing personal property among family members can sometimes be emotionally and legally challenging. In most cases, there are usually no major disagreements on personal property, and all goes fine. However, sometimes heirs can get very particular about certain items, especially when sentimental value attaches. As opposed to an equal share […]
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Is It Always Necessary to Probate a Will

Is It Always Necessary to Probate a Will

After the death of a loved one, navigating probate issues can sometimes feel daunting. What happens now? What is the next step? Do I need to “probate the Will, and how do I do so”? Sometimes the answers are a simple “yes” or “no”, sometimes the answers are more nuanced or complex. Hence, in this […]
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What is a Warranty Deed on a House

What is a Warranty Deed on a House

A Warranty Deed holds a pivotal position in real estate transactions. The Warranty Deed is the “gold standard” in real estate conveyance, and conveys property from a seller (grantor) to the buyer (grantee). More importantly, a Warranty Deed protects the parties involved in the transaction, setting the stage for a secure and confident exchange.   […]
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