Many people fear what will happen to their family members when they die, or if an illness or accident leaves them incapacitated. At Flesner Wentzel, we understand that no one likes to think about his or her future death or possible incapacitation. However, by creating an estate plan today, you can help protect your family in the future.

Located in St. Charles, Flesner Wentzel helps families plan for the unthinkable, protect their families and preserve their assets through estate planning.

You spend your life worrying about your children and caring for your family. A well-drafted estate plan will allow you to keep caring for them even after you are gone.

At Flesner Wentzel, our lawyers draft comprehensive estate plans that protect clients’ properties, preserve their finances, ensure their end-of-life needs are met and provide security to clients’ family members.

A basic estate plan should include a Will and Powers of Attorney.  A more complex estate may include one or more Trusts to avoid the probate proces and to minimize tax consequences.

When a loved one has passed away, you may be unsure what to do with their property or their will. Missouri law requires the court to determine the persons entitled to all property owned by a deceased person. Upon the death of loved one, you are required to submit their will, if they had one, to the court in the county where they resided.  The ownership of all property will be determined by the Court either according to the terms of the deceased’s will or according to the laws of Missouri.

When an elderly family member or friend is unable to manage their own financial affairs or to live on their own, it may be necessary to establish a guardian, to make decisions about their health care and daily living, or a conservator, to manage their finances. This is generally necessary when there is a question as to whether the person is capable of caring for themselves and their finances or when they are incapable of designating a person to make these decisions for them through a power of attorney.