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Missouri estate planning: Talking about one's plans

There are many benefits to having an estate plan in place, yet many Missouri residents do not. Those who do might be inclined to keep the details of their plans to themselves. While no one really wants to go through the estate planning process, let alone talk to loved ones about it, according to a recently published article, talking about it with one's beneficiaries may be a good idea. 

When an HOA faces a personal injury claim

Did a homeowner or his or her guest get hurt while utilizing common space in your community? Are you or the homeowners association you volunteer for facing a lawsuit because of it? In Missouri, when an HOA faces a personal injury claim, it and its board members can take steps to fight or settle the matter as quickly as possible.

Missouri judge throws out part of a former tenant's complaint

The Fair Housing Act protects people from discrimination on the basis of factors like disability, religion or race in buying or renting a home. A former tenant of a St. Louis, Missouri, apartment building recently filed a lawsuit against the landlord and owner claiming that they violated her rights under the Fair Housing Act on two different counts. A judge dismissed one of the counts but determined that the plaintiff, an African American woman, had a plausible claim on the other. 

How to create an LLC for your home business in five easy steps

You have the mark of an entrepreneur with your self-confidence, perseverance and the willingness to take initiative. You have created a business plan that gleans clarity on your goals and objectives. As an entrepreneur, you have a clear understanding of both your personal and professional finances and the ability to track them. Now you need to decide what business format is best for you and your business.

What if you die without a will?

Despite the advice offered up by estate planning experts in Saint Charles for people to do their estate planning early on in their adult lives, a majority of adults still do not have even a will that details how their assets are to be distributed when they die. Your reason for putting off creating your will may be the hope that if you do not create such a document, it will be left to your heirs to decide how to divide your estate (that way, you do not have to worry about offending anyone). Yet that simply is not the case. Rather, if you die without a will (the legal term is for this is "intestate"), it is the state that determines the dispersal of your estate. 

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