It's a difficult time when a loved one passes away. However, there are a number of tasks which need to be completed in a timely manner to ensure that his or her intentions are fulfilled. The limitations period for filing a Probate Estate in Missouri is one year from the date of death. In order to protect your loved one's estate, it is important to contact a skilled professional as soon as possible.
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Many smart people have no Estate Plan whatsoever. Many of us don't consider our estate plans because it seems unpleasant or something to be considered in the distant future. If you have no Will, then the law of your State will determine who receives your assets. Generally, it costs more to handle a probate proceeding when there is no Will, because the court will require the posting of a Bond. This is not normally required if there is a Will. If you are a single person it may be more difficult to determine your heirs, particularly if you have no children or siblings. Beyond this, you may not want all of your assets to be distributed to your next of kin and, without a Will, you have no input as to who will handle the affairs of your estate. It is important for everyone to do some Estate planning, even if it's just the basics of a Will and power of attorney. Powers of attorney are critical for everyone, because this document allows you to grant authority to a trusted person to handle your affairs in the even of your disability or incapacity.