By: Joseph Piatchek
At the Piatchek Law Firm, LLC, our Springfield, Missouri probate avoidance Attorneys Kara L. Breshears and Joseph J. Piatchek have advised thousands of clients on how to avoid probate court, and they understand the tools available to do avoid probate - Revocable Living Trusts, Payable on Death (POD) Designations, (TOD) Transfer on Death Designations, Beneficiary Deeds, joint titling, non-probate transfers, and other probate avoiding transfer techniques.
But first, let's be honest. You have probably heard of Probate, and also probably know that it is best to avoid probate. However, do you really know why you need to avoid probate? In the event you would like to know more about Probate Court, then we encourage you to read our both our probate law overview page, as well as our page on the different types of Probate estates.
The probate process usually costs money, and it can take a long time. To be specific, many probate cases will cost a minimum of an amount equal to 5 to 10 percent of the assets that go through probate; and many full probate estates take as long as one year or longer. It is not a private process; probate court records are public knowledge, and assets that are being probated are like a sitting duck for any outstanding creditors – creditors simply file a claim with the Probate Court and will likely get paid. Probate can also be confusing, cumbersome, and time consuming. So if it's possible to avoid probate, the question is - why wouldn't you want to avoid probate? Probate Court can be totally avoided with the help of an estate planning attorney experienced in probate avoidance, and some thoughtful estate planning – two things we certainly offer at our firm.
At The Piatchek Law Firm, LLC, we help people to avoid probate and in the process help them save their loved ones the costs, delays and indignities of public probate proceedings. If you would like to learn more about how you can avoid probate, our attorneys would be happy to meet with you in person or by phone, evaluate your situation, and explain the options available to you. Many estate planning, will, and trust services are also provided at a reasonable flat fee.
For quality Estate Planning services throughout Missouri, including in our home town of Springfield, Missouri, call us at417-882-5858 or contact us to schedule a consultation.
Used together, the estate planning tools described below can help most people accomplish their goal of avoiding probate.
Let us help your family make sure your assets get to your beneficiaries without the cost and delay of probate. Call us at 417-882-5858 or contact us online to set up a confidential consultation. We offer free initial consultations for estate planning matters and may be available for evening and weekend appointments, on a case by case basis. We also may be able to arrange a home visit in the community if you are unable to travel to our offices.
The Piatchek Law Firm, LLC, serves Springfield and southwest Missouri, including Greene County, Christian County, Taney County, Stone County, Webster County, Lawrence County, Polk County, Dallas County, Marshfield, Buffalo, Fair Grove, Monett, Aurora, Ash Grove, Fordland, Bolivar, Battlefield, Republic, Rogersville, Fremont Hills, Strafford, Willard, Battlefield, Highlandville, Kimberling City, Branson, Hollister, Forsyth, Saddlebrooke, Nixa, Ozark, Brookline, Billings, Lebanon, Aurora, Ava, Clever, Galena, Reeds Spring, and Mt. Vernon, MO.
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