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July 2019 Archives

What squatters' rights?

While it seems like something out of a nightmare, squatters' rights are a very real concern for landlords in Missouri. In fact, you could lose property that is rightly yours to a squatter, or a person that takes up residence on your land for an extended period of time. The Balance explains how squatters' can take control of a property and what landlords can do to prevent the unthinkable from happening. 

Be aware of common HOA violations

Are you among the many Missouri residents who enjoy living in a master-planned community? If so, chances are you have a homeowner’s association. This entity’s rules help keep the peace between neighbors. It also prevents properties located within its boundaries from becoming eyesores. At Stephen A. Martin, Attorney at Law, we often assist HOAs in protecting the interests of the community.

Barring one from illegally profiting from another's estate

Saint Charles residents are encouraged to be transparent in their estate planning. Yet what happens if that transparency puts them in danger. You might dismiss the idea of a beneficiary killing their potential benefactor in order to receive their money to simply be the imaginings of storytellers. Our team here at Stephen A. Martin Attorney at Law can tell you, however, that the potential is real enough that the state has address the issue through legislation. 

Should I update my estate plan?

When's the last time you've looked at your will? If it's been a while, or you've recently undergone some significant life changes, it's time to review your estate plan to ensure it still meets your needs. Forbes explains when you must update your will so it continues to protect your assets and ensure your family receives them as you see fit after you're gone. 

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