March 2015 Archives

Advantages and disadvantages of a revocable living trust

Trusts are one important way for someone to ensure property is passed on properly after death. Missouri is like many states in offering a certain type of trust-the revocable living trust-that can provide benefits even before the passing of the person who creates the trust.

Conservatorship rules minor Missouri residents

Under Missouri probate law, a minor child needs an adult, either a parent, or a court-appointed guardian, to assume responsibility for his or her care. Likewise, adults who have been deemed incapacitated due to mental deficiency also need guardians and conservators appointed by the Missouri probate court to manage their legal matters and be responsible for providing care.

Veteran's military daughter fights to honor father's last wishes

Often, a person's last wishes may be disregarded due to an oversight or simply because a power of attorney had not been chosen by the deceased, so no trusted loved was identified to execute these last wishes. Missouri law gives a resident the right to give power of attorney to any trusted individual who may be a relative or a legal professional.

How Missouri law defines durable power of attorney

Under Missouri's legal statutes, one specific legal document allows a citizen to grant authority to another person to make decisions on his or her behalf. This power of attorney essentially establishes a principal and agent relationship. The agent who has the power of attorney is assumed to act at the principal's behest, so the principal is assumed to be responsible for any act of the agent under authority of legal power of attorney. When faced with assigning or receiving this complicated authority, many Missourians consult professional legal help to understand what the law requires of them.