Wills & Trusts
Writing a will or starting a trust (or doing both) is a great way to make sure that your estate will be properly looked after you pass away. While a will is more traditional than a trust, both establish a plan that dictates how your assets will be distributed after your death. However, doing either without proper legal counsel is not advised. If you are considering writing a will or setting up a trust, advice from a trusted lawyer can ensure that your will or trust are legally sound.
Our attorneys in Branson, Missouri have been serving Southwest Missouri for years and can provide you with the legal help that you need in order to draft a functional will or set up a trust. These two actions are the foundation to all other estate planning and can protect your family from lengthy probate proceedings, in the event of your death.
Many people believe that they do not need a will. However, even if there is a single person that you want to receive the whole of your estate, you will still need a will to protect those assets and that decision. A will can also include other estate planning information, including where and how you want to be buried and information about guardianships, if applicable.
Passing away without a will in this state usually means your surviving relatives will have to endure probate court, which has to follow very strict laws for the allocation of assets. If someone tries to challenge those rules, probate can become a very expensive process. A will or a trust prevents this.