Will Execution Archives

Reasons to change a will: Part III

Missouri residents are always advised by experienced attorneys to make a will and to continue to update the various aspects of the will regularly. Such vigilant monitoring often requires the testator to change the existing will at some point. The testator has various options available to that person in order to help explore the various options to change the will legally. Experienced attorneys can often help the testator in such cases.

Reasons to change a will: Part II

A Missouri resident is not only encouraged to create a will to protect family after the person dies but the person should also be vigilant about the will that already exists. That person can accomplish that with the help of an attorney. Life is constantly changing and the will should also reflect the changing circumstances in the person's life.

Reasons to change a will: Part I

A Missouri resident who is compelled to face that person's own mortality often finds it beneficial to consult an attorney in order to create a legal will that will protect the family and loved ones, even after the person has passed away. Many people consider making a will the ultimate form of responsibility since it involves taking care of the person's loved ones and dependents.

Living wills can help the testator

Living wills are drafted and executed by a Missouri resident in order to help that person to make provisions when the person is alive but incapacitated. It is common for a person who has been diagnosed with a prolonged, chronic or terminal illness to have a living will created.

What is a nuncupative will under Missouri law?

When people realize that death is imminent because of a health condition, they may want to get their affairs in order and make sure their estates are administered and distributed as they intend. To address this concern, Missouri law allows these people to make nuncupative wills -- that is, oral wills -- in the days, hours or minutes before their death.

Proper will execution can ensure a testator's wishes are honored

Most people who have something they want to leave behind to relatives or close friends understand that Missouri law requires them to leave a will or trust or some other legal device that clearly states their intentions. If they do not, their assets and properties go into the hands of the state for distribution. Sometimes these assets and properties eventually end up with these relatives or friends, but not always.

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.

The will contest procedure in Missouri: Part II

The previous post on this blog discussed some of the basics of the will contest procedure in Missouri. Once the matter has entered probate court, it does not end. The state's probate laws require that a petitioner comply with certain rules and regulations before a final judgment is made.

The 'will contest' procedure in Missouri: Part I

According to Missouri probate laws, a will is considered binding if it is not challenged within a period of six months from either the date of probate, the date when a probate court rejects the petition or the date when the court issues the first notice of granting letters on the deceased person's estate, whichever is the latest.

Missouri living wills: a brief introduction

A Missouri living will is an instrument by which an individual can provide instruction to temporarily withhold a medical treatment or completely stop it from carrying on any further. The legal system in Missouri allows individuals to use a declaration to authorize physicians or providers of health care to withhold or cease treatment under specific circumstances. The statement used in living wills has a specific format where the intent of the individual must be clearly explained.