Due to the widespread media awareness campaigns, many people in St. Charles, Missouri, have started paying serious attention to estate planning. Wills are being updated and trusts established, so that future generations can avoid probate court, where a number of complications may arise. In spite of such measures, probate disputes are common and huge estates are not passed on to intended heirs, but to government coffers through inheritance taxes.
A person's will and trust are extremely important to those they leave behind. Probate law applies after a person's death and the court identifies the deceased person's possessions, determining taxes and other administrative expenses, and finally allocating the property to legal heirs as directed in the will. If there is no legally binding will, the estate is divided according to state laws. Probate litigation means that the will is contested. Recently, Philip Seymour Hoffman's death revealed that he had prepared a will and trust.