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Southwest Missouri Estate Planning Law Firm David Payne Law

Serving Clients in Southwest Missouri and the Missouri Ozarks

At David Payne Law, Missouri Estate Planning is MADE SIMPLE. We customize estate plans to prepare for life’s uncertainties and for life’s prosperity.  Unsure of where to start? Give up worrying about how to plan your estate and give that task to us. A focus on Southwest Missouri Estate Planning is what we do.

Your family and your future depend on good planning. Good planning brings PEACE OF MIND and CERTAINTY. Our office provides Complete Estate Plans that focus on families, not merely  complicated legal documents. At every step of the guided process, you will receive one-on-one attention from an experienced and skilled estate planning attorney and his team of client-focused professionals.

CALL TODAY or complete our online form to schedule no-obligation Planning Session for Missouri Estate Planning and take the first step in getting the PEACE OF MIND you deserve.

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We are COVID-19 mindful and practice CDC guidelines during in-office visits.  We will gladly meet you in-person or via video conferencing, whichever you prefer.  

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Introduction to
Estate Planning

Plan For Your Stages in Life

Planning for Singles

If you are single, then you are in good company. According to the most recent U.S. Census, more than half of all adult Americans are single, too. Whether you just turned 18 or are 118 one thing you share with your married counterparts is the need for essential estate planning.

Even if you do not have two dimes to rub together, you are your estate. Did you know the law requires every adult American to make his or her own personal, financial and health care decisions? Who would make your basic decisions if you are legally incapacitated due to a serious injury or illness?

Planning for Married Couples

With each marriage come new rights and new responsibilities. If you already have an estate plan created when you were single, then you must bring your estate plan up-to-code to reflect your wedding vows.

Unfortunately, many married couples mistakenly believe that they can make personal, health care and financial decisions for one another should either spouse become legally incapacitated due to a serious injury or illness. Nothing could be further from reality!

Planning for Minor Children

Are you the parent of minor children? If yes, then they are your most valuable treasure. So, what arrangements have you made for their care should something happen to you and their other parent?

As with your own personal, health care and financial decisions, would you rather select the guardians (i.e., back-up parents) yourself, or let a probate judge make the selection without your input? Only through proper legal planning can you select the guardians.

Planning for Blended Families

Times have changed. In the new millennium, whether due to the death of a spouse or through divorce, blended families now outnumber traditional nuclear families. And the number is likely to grow, based on current statistics and trends.

Many blended families face unique social, psychological and economic challenges. As a result, over 60% of second marriages end in divorce. Fortunately, there are numerous organizations and support groups dedicated to helping blended families with these challenges.

Planning for Peak Earning Years

Are you between age 40 and 55? If yes, then congratulations. Research has shown that you are in your peak earning years. And that is a very good thing.

Chances are good that you have some expensive life events going on right now, unlike when you were among the Married Couples without children. Do you have children who are college-bound or already there? Do you have a wedding scheduled (or one or more down the road)? Perhaps you are beginning to help aging parents with personal, health care and financial responsibilities.

Planning When Near Retirement

Just a moment ago you were in the thick of your busy, busy Peak Earning Years. Now, you can see a new adventure is rapidly approaching your front windshield. What is it? - Retirement.

Are you getting ready? - Chances are good that your children have left the nest. Perhaps you are assisting your aging parents with their personal, health care and financial responsibilities.

Planning When Retired

You have arrived. Just a moment ago you were Nearing Retirement. When did you get to this place in life so quickly? Yikes, what do you need to do right now in preparation for that day? - Retirement... Congratulations!

This is often an exciting, yet bittersweet time of life. Chances are good that all of your children have left the nest with lives and growing families of their own. If they are living, perhaps you are becoming parents to your parents (or the surviving parent) just like their parents before them.

Planning When Single Again

Whether due to divorce or death, you are now Single Again. You may have children and even grandchildren. In any event, you need to create (or revisit) your estate plan.

Did you know the law requires every adult American to make his or her own personal, financial and health care decisions? Now that you are single again, who would make your basic decisions if you are legally incapacitated due to a serious injury or illness? Unless you legally appoint the decision-maker of your own selection in advance through proper estate planning, then a probate judge will select one for you.

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