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Yes, having an estate plan is a good idea

Some Missouri residents like to live in the moment and not plan too far ahead. Then there are others who do prefer to plan things out several years in advance. Whether you are a planner or a live in the moment kind of person, there is one plan you may benefit from having sooner rather than later -- an estate plan. No one wants to think about their own incapacitation or death, but failing to have a plan in place for when either of these things occurs can leave your family in chaos.

Different ways to handle a landlord-tenant dispute

It is not uncommon for landlords in Missouri and their tenants to see differently on a number of issues. When a landlord-tenant dispute does arise, there are several ways in which it can be resolved. Litigation is one way, but it does not have to be the first thing one tries.

3 Terms you cannot enforce in a lease

When you have a tenant sign a lease agreement, you want to ensure that the terms and conditions meet both parties’ needs and satisfy all legal requirements. That being said, if you include anything in the agreement that does not abide by landlord-tenant laws, you could be facing some harsh penalties. Here are just three stipulations to be mindful of in a property lease.

Don't make these estate planning mistakes

Mistakes are a part of life. It is how people grow and learn. Unfortunately, when it comes to estate planning, there is no room for errors. Mistakes will cost Missouri residents and their loved ones a lot in the end. Here are a few of the most commonly seen estate planning mistakes.

Using an HOA lien to collect unpaid dues

Homeowner associations serve a valuable purpose -- they keep neighborhoods beautiful, clean, safe places to live, as well as manage community funds. Unfortunately, there are many HOAs in Missouri and elsewhere that find themselves dealing with residents who refuse to pay their monthly or yearly dues. When this happens, HOA boards can take specific actions to seek payment. Filing an HOA lien against a resident homeowner is one option, though it is typically used as a last resort.

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