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May 2018 Archives

How can I find my dream tenants?

If you are a landlord in Missouri, one of your biggest and ongoing headaches is finding good tenants. The kind that pays rent on time, who keep the premises clean and notify you right away if there are any plumbing or HVAC problems. One of the best tools you can use to find these kinds of “dream” tenants is tenant screening. One of the most valuable pieces of a screening and one that should not be neglected is a credit check.

Man's widow and daughters battle over $60 million estate

Far too few of those in Saint Charles who should be seeing to their estate planning may actually be doing it. One might understand the hesitancy another might have to seriously consider end-of-life issues while he or she is still of sound mind and body. Yet the purpose of estate planning should be viewed as preparing for death; rather, it should be considered a method through which people can pre-emptively avoid having inheritance issues fracture families. 

Tips to avoid setting your trust up for failure

It’s a common misconception that, once a trust has been executed, no further action should be taken. However, even simple slip-ups could result in assets bypassing the trust and ending up in probate. Since probate avoidance is likely a key reason that you executed your plan in the first place, knowing the critical steps you should take to maintain the effectiveness of your trust is essential.

The benefits of an HOA

Although Homeowners Association guidelines may seem overwhelming up front, their end goal is to protect and preserve communities for years to come. Many Missouri homeowners express confusion over the details of an HOA membership altogether. While the fees and fine print may vary, the pros of living in a neighborhood with an HOA can outweigh the cons. 

Choosing a personal representative

As you begin the process of estate planning in St. Charles, one of the most important decisions that you must make will be who to choose as your personal representative. This is a choice that should certainly not be taken lightly, as this person will be responsible for carrying out your wishes as they're stipulated in your will. Furthermore, whomever you choose will be the one who ensures that your beneficiaries can receive all the you have designated for them. Many come to members of our team here at Stephen A. Martin Attorney at Law for guidance when making this decision. We often start by telling them the basic qualifications to be a personal representative. 

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