Clinton County, MO Estate Lawyers


Drew Foster Davis

Workers' Compensation, Elder Law, Corporate, Medical Malpractice
Status:  In Good Standing           

Joseph Anthony Gagnon

International Tax, Estate Planning, Elder Law, Corporate
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  17 Years

Troy Lester Dietrich

Estate Planning, Family Law, Collection, Medical Malpractice
Status:  In Good Standing           

Stephen K. Griffin

Corporate, Personal Injury, Adoption, Dispute Resolution
Status:  In Good Standing           
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Andrea L. Lockridge

General Practice
Status:  Inactive           Licensed:  16 Years

William Marvin Burris

Power of Attorney, Traffic, Family Law, Criminal
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  15 Years

Jayson Andrew Watkins

Entertainment, Labor Law, Constitutional Law, Car Accident
Status:  In Good Standing           

Teresa Lynn Bingham

General Practice
Status:  Inactive           Licensed:  32 Years

Brandi Lou Kellam

General Practice
Status:  Inactive           Licensed:  8 Years

Christine L. Mc Quitty

General Practice
Status:  Inactive           Licensed:  27 Years

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LEGAL TERMS

PREDECEASED SPOUSE

In the law of wills, a spouse who dies before the will maker while still married to him or her.

FAMILY ALLOWANCE

A certain amount of a deceased person's money to which immediate family members are entitled at the beginning of the probate process. The allowance is meant to ... (more...)
A certain amount of a deceased person's money to which immediate family members are entitled at the beginning of the probate process. The allowance is meant to help support the surviving spouse and children during the time it takes to probate the estate. The amount is determined by state law and varies greatly from state to state.

INTESTATE

The condition of dying without a valid will. The probate court appoints an administrator to distribute the deceased person's property according to state law.

TRUST MERGER

Under a trust, the situation that occurs when the sole trustee and the sole beneficiary are the same person or institution. Then, there's no longer the separati... (more...)
Under a trust, the situation that occurs when the sole trustee and the sole beneficiary are the same person or institution. Then, there's no longer the separation between the trustee's legal ownership of trust property from the beneficiary's interest. The trust 'merges' and ceases to exist.

SUCCESSION

The passing of property or legal rights after death. The word commonly refers to the distribution of property under a state's intestate succession laws, which d... (more...)
The passing of property or legal rights after death. The word commonly refers to the distribution of property under a state's intestate succession laws, which determine who inherits property when someone dies without a valid will. When used in connection with real estate, the word refers to the passing of property by will or inheritance, as opposed to gift, grant, or purchase.

SELF-PROVING WILL

A will that is created in a way that allows a probate court to easily accept it as the true will of the person who has died. In most states, a will is self-prov... (more...)
A will that is created in a way that allows a probate court to easily accept it as the true will of the person who has died. In most states, a will is self-proving when two witnesses sign under penalty of perjury that they observed the willmaker sign it and that he told them it was his will. If no one contests the validity of the will, the probate court will accept the will without hearing the testimony of the witnesses or other evidence. To make a self-proving will in other states, the willmaker and one or more witnesses must sign an affidavit (sworn statement) before a notary public certifying that the will is genuine and that all willmaking formalities have been observed.

KINDRED

Under some state's probate codes, all relatives of a deceased person.

SPENDTHRIFT TRUST

A trust created for a beneficiary the grantor considers irresponsible about money. The trustee keeps control of the trust income, doling out money to the benefi... (more...)
A trust created for a beneficiary the grantor considers irresponsible about money. The trustee keeps control of the trust income, doling out money to the beneficiary as needed, and sometimes paying third parties (creditors, for example) on the beneficiary's behalf, bypassing the beneficiary completely. Spendthrift trusts typically contain a provision prohibiting creditors from seizing the trust fund to satisfy the beneficiary's debts. These trusts are legal in most states, even though creditors hate them.

NET ESTATE

The value of all property owned at death less liabilities or debts.