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Wills vs. Trusts: In Plain English

Wed 11 Nov, by on Estate Planning, Probate

Wills vs. Trusts:  In Plain English

Everyone has heard of wills and trusts. Most articles written on these topics, however, often presume that everyone knows the basics of these important documents. But, in reality, many of us do not – and with good reason – as they are rooted in complicated, centuries-old law. If you are not an estate planning attorney, these concepts tend to remain merely that – concepts. So, if you are “fuzzy” about wills and trusts, know that …

John P. Fritz Selected As 2020 Super Lawyer Rising Star

Wed 4 Nov, by on Estate Planning, Firm News, Personal Injury, Probate

John P. Fritz Selected As 2020 Super Lawyer Rising Star

Attorney John P. Fritz has been selected to the 2020 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers Rising Stars list, an honor reserved for those lawyers who exhibit excellence in practice. Only 2.5% of attorneys in Missouri & Kansas receive this distinction.   

Preparing Your Beneficiaries to Receive Their Inheritance

Tue 3 Nov, by on Estate Planning, Probate

Preparing Your Beneficiaries to Receive Their Inheritance

When you hire an estate planning attorney, you are often looking for help with preparing your accounts and property to ultimately pass smoothly and safely to your loved ones. This is a key component of estate planning. An experienced estate planning attorney will put much thought and effort into ensuring that an appropriate estate plan is created using a variety of legal documents including wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and health care directives. These important …

Protecting Your Significant Other’s Future

Tue 27 Oct, by on Estate Planning, Probate

Protecting Your Significant Other’s Future

October is a popular month for couples to tie the knot in the United States. While wedding planning most often includes tuxedos, dresses, rehearsal dinners, and guest lists, an often overlooked part of pending nuptials is estate planning. For young couples beginning a life together and getting married for the first time, estate planning may not be a terribly complicated endeavor. With minimal property and savings, simple wills, financial powers of attorney, and healthcare directives …

Buyer Beware: How to Avoid Estate Planning Scams

Fri 23 Oct, by on Estate Planning, Probate

Buyer Beware: How to Avoid Estate Planning Scams

Imagine spending thousands of dollars on an estate plan to protect loved ones, only to find that no true protection exists. Unfortunately, this scenario happens on a regular basis to individuals who are victims of estate planning schemes. According to a report conducted by the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau of people ages 50 and over, victims of financial fraud lose $34,200 on average to unscrupulous scammers.[1] In some instances, the scams are discovered before …

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