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Living Trusts – What and Why?

Living Trusts: What and Why?

Missouri Lawyer Michael Gunn explains the basics of using a Living Trust as part of estate planning During estate planning sessions, I am often asked about revocable living trusts and why people use them. A revocable living trust is a vehicle intended to address common issues in estate planning, such as avoiding probate, order of

Hiring a lawyer for limited scope representation

Hiring a lawyer for limited scope representation by Kathleen Bird Limited scope representation is an option when you are confident that you can manage a legal matter with a lawyer performing only tasks requiring legal knowledge and discretion. The lawyer performs specific legal work in your matter, and tasks that do not require a lawyer’s

It’s a Wonderful Life: Celebrating a World with the Missouri Plan

by Dale C. Doerhoff, Chair and State Coordinator, Missouri Judicial Performance Evaluation Committees In the holiday classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” George Bailey has a vision of what the world would be like if he had never been born. To his horror, Bailey sees that, without him, darkness and corruption take over. His idyllic hometown of Bedford

Supreme Court’s Municipal Division Work Group to Hold Hearing in St. Louis

Public Testimony about Improving Missouri’s Municipal Courts Invited A group formed by the Supreme Court of Missouri will hold its next hearing in St. Louis to gain public input into improving Missouri’s municipal court divisions. The hearing will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015, in the ceremonial courtroom of the Missouri

Educational Exhibits Celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Missouri Plan

The Missouri Bar has partnered with the Missouri Humanities Council to produce a traveling exhibit and courthouse exhibits to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Missouri Plan and to help educate Missourians about how all Missouri judges are accountable to the voters. The Missouri Plan, otherwise known as the Missouri Non-Partisan Court Plan, was adopted

Supreme Court’s Municipal Division Work Group to Hold First Hearing in Springfield

Public Testimony about Improving Missouri’s Municipal Courts Invited A group formed by the Supreme Court of Missouri will hold its first hearing to gain public input into improving Missouri’s municipal court divisions. The hearing will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, September 25, 2015, at the Plaster Student Union on the

Estate Planning – Where do I begin?

Missouri lawyer Michael Gunn outlines six goals when it comes to estate planning When people call me because they have finished procrastinating about estate planning, they almost always apologize that it has taken them so long. I remind them that as long as they are still alive and relatively competent, they are right on time.

Mini Law School for the Public Comes to Springfield for the First Time

Springfield area residents can take advantage of a series of “mini law school” courses offered for for the first time in Springfield this fall. The more you know about the laws that affect you, the easier it is to make good decisions about your life, your family and your finances. The Missouri Bar and the Springfield

Supreme Court Municipal Division Work Group Shares Interim Report

Report identifies areas of study and cities where public hearings will be held The Supreme Court of Missouri received an interim report from the court’s Municipal Division Work Group on Tuesday, September 1, 2015. The report is part of an ongoing effort to improve the municipal court division, to make sure every defendant in every municipal

Mini Law School: How to Have Your Voice Heard in Your Community

How to Apply to Boards and Commissions, Running for Municipal Office and Board Service 101 “We would love to see all of you run for something,” said Kathy Hart, Webster Groves City Council member, one of three women heading this week’s forum on holding public office. Hart, Genevieve Frank, administrator for the St. Louis County

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