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Estate Planning Attorney Springfield, MO: Asset Protection and Planning

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Wendy Featherston

The Worsham Law Firm team is always very friendly and helpful. Malissa at WLF is great to work with and so knowledgeable. I refer anyone needing Estate Planning assistance to the Worsham Team!

Jim Montgomery

Worsham Law Firm has been a pleasure to deal with and has provided an outstanding service at a reasonable fee. I personally recommend their services to anyone needing financial planning.

Jeanette Bench

Your natural inclination is to postpone Estate planning, which is exactly how we felt till we contacted Worsham Law. We found the process to be way easier and more affordable than we expected. The staff was informative and helpful and our trust was tailored to our needs. We felt we were in good hands and never rushed. We’re very pleased.

Reba Thurman

We have been so pleased with Worsham Law Firm. They have explained everything and walked us through the whole process, attending to our particular needs. They have been very diligent throughout the whole process of getting our trust established. I would highly recommend that you contact them today to get your estate planning started. It is such a load lifted. Don’t wait no matter how old, or young, you might be.

David Harmon

Will and his staff are very knowledgeable and easy to work with. They explained the whole process of estate planning. Price is very affordable. Would highly recommend them to anyone. Great bunch of people.

Kim Palubiak

My husband and I met with Mr Worsham and with Malissa Hauswirth last August/September to put together our revocable Trust. We had a great experience with this firm and these two people. Both were very nice and very knowledgeable on what is best for our circumstances. We would definitely recommend them to anyone. Thanks, Kim and Gary P.

Jan Easton

We had excellent meetings with you and everyone we talked to. The service was great and we felt that the cost was affordable. Everything was explained in a manner we could understand.

Sherry Eakins

If you need an Estate Plan drawn up, I highly recommend Worsham Law Firm. They make it simple & guide you through every step. They are a pleasure to work with.

Kevin Ricker

Worsham Law Office was helpful for me to create a trust for my family. We have been wanting to create a will for our family for 13 years since we got married. I learned a trust is much better. Worsham Law Office helped me to fill in the blanks of my understanding of trusts and created an easy to follow road map of the steps they go through to create a trust. I appreciate everything included in the trust, especially when it comes to my children.

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About Will Worsham

Will Worsham, a proud graduate of Logan-Rogersville High School and a respected member of the Missouri Bar since 1996, shifted his focus to estate planning after an illustrious 20-year career in criminal law. Motivated by personal experiences with family and friends, Will founded the Worsham Law Firm with a renewed purpose: to prevent families from losing their hard-earned assets to probate costs and long-term nursing care. His approach to estate planning is rooted in simplicity and understanding, ensuring every client feels secure and well-informed.

Recognized for his leadership and impact, including being named in Springfield Business Journal’s 40 under 40, Will’s dedication extends beyond the courtroom. He is also an avid martial artist, a devoted family man, and the manager of an internet-based streaming media company. His diverse experiences fuel his commitment to providing practical, affordable, and empathetic legal solutions, embodying his core values of integrity and innovation.

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Understanding the Differences Between a Will and a Trust

Estate planning might seem complex, but it’s straightforward once you understand your options. Here’s what you can do:

Do Nothing: If you take no action, your estate will be handled by the probate court after your death. It’s important to note that this process can be slow, costly, and time-consuming as the court divides your property.

Create a Will: By drafting a Last Will and Testament, you specify how you want your estate to be distributed. This document will be interpreted by the probate court, which again, can be a slow and costly process.

Set Up a Revocable Living Trust: This option allows you to avoid the probate process entirely. A Revocable Living Trust offers significant savings on probate lawyer fees and time, ensuring peace of mind with a guaranteed outcome for how your estate is handled.

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Revocable Living Trust Package Overview – Avoid Probate

The Worsham Law Firm offers a comprehensive Revocable Living Trust Package tailored for the complete estate planning needs of most families. This non-probate solution includes:

a) Revocable Living Trust: Tailored to accommodate various family dynamics including special needs, spouse and beneficiary protection, and blended families.

b) General Power of Attorney: Empowers a trusted individual to manage your financial and legal affairs if you are unable to do so.

c) Minor Protection Plan: Ensures the assignment of guardianship and helps prevent foster care placements.

d) Deed Drafting & Recording: Facilitates the legal transfer and recording of real estate properties as per the trust instructions.

e) Healthcare Power of Attorney, HIPAA Authorization, and Advance Directive: These are crafted by our attorneys, not hospital staff, ensuring your healthcare wishes are clearly documented and respected.

f) Personal Property Assignment & Memorandum: Outlines the distribution of personal assets, providing clear guidance on who receives what.

g) Pour Over Will: Revokes any previous wills and ensures that any assets not included in the trust are properly assigned.

h) Memorial Instructions: Allows you to communicate privately with your family about necessary information and wishes after your passing.

This package is designed to ensure that your estate is managed smoothly and according to your specific wishes, bypassing the often lengthy and costly probate process.

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Asset Protection with the Missouri Asset Protection Trust

Explore the advantages offered by the Missouri Asset Protection Trust. Designed as an irrevocable trust, it stands as a robust method for protecting your family’s financial resources from creditors.

By placing your assets within this trust, you create a legal barrier that shields them from various external claims, ensuring that your wealth is preserved for future generations. This trust is particularly beneficial for individuals seeking to maintain control over their assets while providing long-term security for their family.

It also offers estate planning flexibility, allowing for the distribution of assets according to specific wishes without the interference of external parties.

Engaging in this form of asset protection ensures that your family’s financial health and legacy are safeguarded against unforeseen legal challenges.

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Small Business Planning

Navigating the complexities of small business ownership requires strategic planning and reliable support. Our law firm offers comprehensive services tailored to small business owners, focusing on the essential elements of business formation and management.

Ongoing Support: We provide continuous legal guidance to ensure your business operations comply with current laws and regulations. Our proactive approach helps you address potential legal issues before they become problematic, keeping your business on a path to success.

Create LLC: Establishing a Limited Liability Company (LLC) can protect your personal assets from business liabilities. We assist with the entire LLC formation process, from filing the necessary paperwork to advising on the optimal structure for your business goals.

Assignment of LLC: Whether transferring ownership or restructuring, we handle the legal intricacies of assigning LLC interests. This service ensures a smooth transition while maintaining the integrity and operational continuity of your business.

Prevent Your Child from Going to Foster Care

Many people are unaware that only parents are considered legal guardians of minor children. Often, grandparents, aunts, uncles and adult siblings assume that if something happens to the parents, they will be able to automatically have custody of the children. Such assumption is not only incorrect, but tragic when the children enter the custody of Child Protective Services and the foster system unexpectedly.

With simple planning, such unintended consequences can be avoided. Missouri Law allows parents to appoint emergency and long-term guardians with a few simple documents.

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We provide straightforward solutions for your specific estate planning needs, ensuring practical, effective and understandable results.

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We approach every client with warmth and empathy, creating a welcoming and supportive environment throughout your estate planning journey.

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We aim to make quality estate planning services accessible to everyone, offering transparent pricing and cost-effective solutions.

Securing Your Future With Trusted Springfield Attorneys

Estate planning involves creating a plan to manage your assets after you pass away. Our assets include everything we own: real estate, bank accounts, investments, and personal possessions. A comprehensive estate plan includes:

  • Writing a will.
  • Setting up trusts.
  • Minimizing taxes.
  • Establishing healthcare directives to ensure your wishes are followed, and your family is cared for.

A proper estate plan ultimately affects how your assets are handled and supports your family’s future. Everyone benefits from a clear estate plan. It helps prevent confusion and legal complications for your loved ones during a difficult time.

At Worsham Law Firm in Springfield, Missouri, our estate planning attorneys help with all aspects of estate planning. By understanding your unique needs, we develop personalized plans to protect your assets and ensure your wishes are honored. Whether you’re starting from scratch or updating an existing plan, we can guide you through every step, making the process straightforward and secure.

Understanding Estate Planning in Missouri

Estate planning in Missouri involves several additional considerations to ensure that your plan aligns with state-specific laws and regulations. In Missouri, estate planning includes:

  • Non-Probate Transfers Law: Missouri allows for non-probate transfers, which can help avoid the often lengthy and costly probate process. Assets like retirement accounts, life insurance policies, and jointly held property can be passed directly to a designated beneficiary without going through probate.
  • Durable Power of Attorney for Financial Decisions: Besides the standard power of attorney, Missouri recognizes the durable power of attorney for financial decisions, which remains in effect if you become incapacitated. This is crucial for managing your financial affairs smoothly and without court intervention.
  • Missouri Beneficiary Deeds: Missouri permits the use of beneficiary deeds for real estate. This allows property owners to name a beneficiary who will inherit their titled personal property directly upon the owner’s death without the property having to go through probate.
  • Digital Assets: The management of digital assets is increasingly important. Missouri law allows you to include digital asset management in your estate plan, ensuring that your online accounts and digital properties are handled according to your wishes.
  • Advance Health Care Directive: Missouri’s laws on advance health care directives let you appoint a health care decision maker and specify your preferences for treatment in situations where you cannot make decisions yourself. This includes decisions about life-sustaining treatments.

By considering these specific elements, you can create a comprehensive estate plan that ensures your assets are distributed as you wish, your healthcare preferences are respected, and your loved ones are provided for with minimal legal hurdles.

Who Needs Estate Planning?

Estate planning is not solely for the wealthy; it’s necessary for anyone who wishes to control the disbursement of their assets and personal matters. Regardless of whether they have a split or blended family, parents need estate planning to designate guardians for their children. Business owners utilize it to manage their company’s succession. Retirees leverage estate planning to enjoy their golden years without worrying about their legacy. Everyone should consider some level of estate planning to clearly outline their intentions and protect their loved ones.

Why Choose Worsham Law for Your Estate Planning?

When it comes to estate planning, having a trusted and experienced legal partner can make all the difference. At Worsham Law Firm, we excel at transforming complex legal jargon into practical advice. Our esteemed team has a longstanding history of providing compassionate legal services across Missouri.

What sets us apart at Worsham Law Firm is our unwavering commitment to you. We focus on making estate planning accessible, dispelling the myth that these services are only for the wealthy or well-connected. By embracing a client-centered approach, we ensure your voice is heard, and your estate planning reflects your wishes.

Our founding attorney, Will Worsham, has devoted his legal career to simplifying intricate aspects of estate planning law and ensuring accessibility for all. He focuses on providing straightforward, easy-to-understand estate planning methods and the ongoing support and structure necessary for estate plans to succeed. He is passionate about helping individuals and families protect the legacy they have worked so hard to build. He is dedicated to providing ethical, personalized, and comprehensive estate planning services that meet your needs.

Our Estate Planning Services

When constructing a comprehensive plan, several entities intertwine to create a solid legal framework that adheres to your desires. There are several legal instruments in estate planning that we can assist you with, including the following:

  • Wills: A will is a legal document that outlines your desires concerning the distribution of your assets to your intended beneficiaries and the care of any minor children.
  • Trusts: A trust is an arrangement where a trustee holds legal title to property for a primary beneficiary. Trusts offer privacy and assist in circumventing the public and frequently prolonged probate court procedure.
  • Powers of Attorney (POA): A POA authorizes a trusted individual to make financial or healthcare decisions on your behalf if you cannot do so. This can include managing your investments or deciding on treatment options during incapacitation, ensuring your affairs are handled according to your wishes.
  • Healthcare Directives: Healthcare directives provide legally binding instructions for your care if you cannot communicate your wishes. They include living wills and medical powers of attorney.
  • Guardianships: A guardian is an individual or entity appointed to manage and care for the well-being and assets of a child or incapacitated adult in the event of their incapacity or death. Guardians are responsible for making decisions on behalf of the person they guardian, ensuring that their needs are met and their rights are protected. In Missouri, friends or family members can be appointed as guardians.
  • Business Succession Plans: As part of estate planning, business succession planning involves determining how assets and operations will be transferred to successors in the event of retirement, incapacity, or death.
  • Tax Planning: Tax planning is integral to every estate plan, as it involves addressing the tax implications to transfer assets as effectively as feasible.

Reach out to our Springfield estate planning lawyers to learn more about our services.

Get Started with Estate Planning By Calling Worsham Law Firm Today!

Begin your estate planning journey today by contacting Worsham Law Firm in Springfield, MO. Our initial consultations lay the groundwork for understanding your situation and crafting tailored strategies for your estate. We simplify the process, guiding you step by step and emphasizing the importance of creating and maintaining an updated estate plan that evolves with your life’s chapters.

Our team stands by the values of compassion and professionalism and is ready to steward your estate planning with care and skilled advisement. With a range of strategies designed to protect your assets, minimize taxes, and establish healthcare directives, we offer comprehensive services to support you through every stage of the process.

Don’t wait to secure your legacy and protect your loved ones. Contact our law office today to schedule a free consultation with our skilled estate planning lawyers and start building a comprehensive estate plan tailored to your unique needs and wishes.

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