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December 2017 Archives

Collecting delinquent HOA dues

Asking for money is uncomfortable at best, but asking your neighbors for delinquent dues can feel just plain awkward. Unfortunately, that may be one of your duties as an HOA board member. The HOA uses money from dues to pay for utilities, maintain the community and build the reserve fund. When members are not paying their dues, the additional expense of running the HOA falls on solvent members with the possibility of increased dues.

When a tenant becomes too much to handle

Being a landlord, despite the assumptions of many, can come with its own set of difficult obstacles. Opening the doors of homes to strangers certainly requires a great deal of trust. When those thenants refuse to comply with regulations stated in the lease, the landlord may decide to take the next step in resolving the situation. Yet regardless of the type of dispute, there are important facts to know about Missouri landlord rights and the fine print that follows.

Why do I need to review my estate plan?

With December already here, you may well be in the midst of many holiday and other plans that relate to the end of yet another calendar year. Missouri residents can take advantage of the special nature of this time of year by setting aside time to review their estate plans. If your first thought upon hearing that is to question why you would do that, you should first think back on the past 12 months and consider what may have changed in your life over this time.

Widow and late husband's family dispute value of his estate

People in St. Charles are encouraged to see to their estate planning matters so that disputes over their final wishes can be avoided once they are gone. Yet no amount of planning may make up for family dynamics that tend to contribute to estate disputes. Experts often point to cases where one with children from a previous marriage marries again later in life as being those were clashes over estate assets are quite common. 

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