Frequently Asked Questions

If I have a Trust do I still need a Will?

A Will is still an essential part of an estate plan even if you have a Trust. If you have a Trust, your Will is called a "Pour-over" Will. A Pour-over Will is structured a little differently from a traditional simple Will and works in complementary fashion with your Trust.

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What do Trust instructions look like?

Flexibility and control are part of what makes a Revocable Living Trust such an effective estate planning tool. This video provides an overview of the wide ranging options available when having a Trust prepared.

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Are Trusts only for the wealthy?

One of the most common misconceptions about Trusts is that they primarily benefit the wealthy. This could not be further from the truth. Trusts have substantial benefits for individuals and families at most all income levels.

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What are the benefits of a Revocable Living Trust?

Compared to other planning instruments, such as a simple will, a Revocable Living Trust frequently offers many unique advantages.

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What is a Trust?

Dave Schleiffarth provides a brief summary of Trusts and how they function in estate planning.

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How do I avoid Probate?

Dave Schleiffarth outlines estate planning methods for avoiding Probate.

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Does a Will protect my property from Probate?

Dave Schleiffarth addresses the common misconception that a Will can protect your property and assets from the Probate process.

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Why do I want to avoid Probate?

The negative consequences of probate and the importance of building an estate plan to avoid it.

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What happens if I die without a Will?

An explanation of Missouri intestate succession laws.

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What is Probate?

A discussion of the Probate process in Missouri.

Estate Planning Essentials

Do I Need a Will or a Trust?

Attorney David Schleiffarth examines the features of these two powerful estate planning instruments.

Estate Planning Essentials

What Is a Power of Attorney?

Attorney David Schleiffarth explains the purpose and importance of having a General Power of Attorney as part of an estate plan.

Estate Planning Essentials

What Health Care Documents Do I Need?

What is a Health Care Power of Attorney? What is an Advance Health Care Directive? Attorney David Schleiffarth discusses these critical health care documents and how they work together as part of an effective estate plan. 

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Wills

A brief, visualized overview of a Last Will and Testament (under Missouri law).

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Trusts Pt. 1

A brief, visualized overview of Trusts (under Missouri law).

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Trusts Pt. 2

A brief, visualized overview of Revocable Living Trusts (under Missouri law).

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Financial Power of Attorney

A brief, visualized overview of Financial Power of Attorney (under Missouri law).

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Health Care Power of Attorney

A brief, visualized overview of Health Care Power of Attorney (under Missouri law).

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Advance Health Care Directive

A brief, visualized overview of Advance Health Care Directives (under Missouri law).

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Beneficiary Deeds

A brief, visualized overview of Beneficiary Deeds (under Missouri law).

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Special Needs Trusts

A brief, visualized overview of Special Needs Trusts (under Missouri law).

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What is Estate Planning?

A brief, visualized overview of Estate Planning and the benefits it offers.

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