Guardianship and Conservatorship
When a person is no longer able to make decisions about health care, finances, or other aspects of life, guardianship may be the next step.
We work to help sort out guardianship issues and avoid them altogether if possible. An effective power of attorney document is a key tool in avoiding unwanted guardianship assignments.
Our view is that a guardianship is the legal path of last resort because it removes your wishes, but at times poor planning or no planning forces families to bring the court in to make a decision on their behalf.
Medicaid and Long-Term Care Issues
Long-term-care expenses can be financially devastating without proper planning and navigating the ever-changing aspects of Medicaid qualifications has become increasingly difficult.
Effective estate planning allows you to construct an asset allocation plan according to your will and still qualify for Medicaid benefits.
This is a changing landscape and an area where working with an extremely experienced Elder Law attorney is a very good idea.
Probate and Estate Administration
Probate is both a description of court and a type of proceeding –a source of some confusion.
Guardianships go into probate court, a will is a ticket to a probate proceeding that tells the court who you want to have manage things and how they are to be managed.
We specialize in non-probate transfer plans that allow estates to avoid probate hassles
altogether knowing that everything is accounted for in the event of death.
Missouri and Kansas Power of Attorney - Wills and Trusts
A Power Of Attorney (POA) is a written authorization to represent or act on another's behalf in private affairs, business, or some other legal matter.
That’s the "legal" definition, but that fact is that a properly worded power of attorney document is the foundation of any good estate plan and if it is not worded precisely according to the statues of your state, the person you’ve chosen will not be allowed to legally act on your behalf.
Take advantage of our experience to help you get this key piece right.