With a little time and effort, you can probably find free or low-cost boilerplate estate planning documents online or in office stores. However, many people seeking a do-it-yourself solution to estate planning discover that there is a lot more to it than simply filling in the blanks on a one-size-fits-all form. Unfortunately, this discovery often comes too late to do anything about it, leaving family members confused, disappointed, and in even greater need of legal advice and counsel. Many times the cost of fixing the mess will be several times more than what it would have cost to simply do it right the first time.
Revocable Living Trusts
At Affordable Legal Services, we can help you avoid the pitfalls and common mistakes others make when trying to establish valid living trusts. Rest assured, you are not just paying us for forms. We offer invaluable expertise regarding which forms are right to use, what the forms mean, and which strategies are best. Along the way, we can answer your questions, explain everything you need to know, and make certain that the rules and formalities required to draft a valid living trust are correctly followed.
In most cases, our attorney can do this for a reasonable, flat fee. For quality, affordable legal services in Missouri, call or email us to schedule a consultation with an experienced attorney at our firm. Click here to get a quote for your revocable living trust.
Helping You at the Beginning and with the Follow-Through
The primary advantage that a living trust offers over a will is that a living trust, when validly created and funded, can be used to transfer assets outside of the probate process. This means that your family and beneficiaries can avoid the time, expense, publicity, and stress associated with probate. There are specific procedures involved in setting up a trust – there is much more to it than simply filling out some forms. Regardless, once the forms have been signed, notarized, and/or witnessed, you must then actively transfer your assets into the new trust. Setting up a trust without placing your assets into the trust will result in your estate being subject to probate court. An attorney experienced in estate planning will be familiar with these rules and procedures and can guide you through the process.
Our attorneys will work closely with you to establish a living trust that addresses your unique needs and goals. In addition, we will be available to help you follow through with the things you need to do after the trust is established, such as fund the trust with your assets.
Serving Your Family
For answers to your questions regarding trusts and the other estate planning services we provide, call us or email us anytime. We offer free initial consultations for estate planning services, and we are available for evening and weekend appointments. We can also arrange a home visit if you are unable to travel to our offices.