Estate Planning

Independence, Missouri, Estate Planning Lawyer

Estate planning requires the coordination of life-time giving and testamentary planning to accomplish your goals. An estate plan can do much more than distribute your property to your beneficiaries after your death. It can lower your taxes, protect your beneficiaries from the unexpected and keep the probate court out of your family's financial affairs.

At Grubb Law Firm, P.C., in Independence, Missouri, I craft estate plans and other legal documents to accomplish the goals of my clients. I offer a free initial consultation to discuss your needs and desires. I serve clients in Independence, Lee's Summit, Blue Springs, Grain Valley and other communities in Jackson County and western Missouri.

An estate plan consists of the following components:

  • Wills and trusts: A will is a legal document that allows you to spell out how your assets will be distributed and who will be responsible for the administration of your estate. Your estate plan can also contain one or more trusts to accomplish specific goals.
  • Durable powers of attorney: A durable power of attorney is an important part of your estate plan. This document allows you to name a trusted agent (usually a family member) to manage your financial affairs if you are incapacitated. If you become incapacitated without a power of attorney, your loved ones may have to go through the time and expense of a guardianship proceeding to do basic things like pay your bills or sell property.
  • Health care power of attorney and health care directive: In Missouri, these are two parts of the same form. The health care directive is the same thing as a living will. It allows you to tell doctors and family members whether you want artificial life support (such as feeding tubes) if you are in a terminal condition with no hope of recovery. The health care power of attorney names a trusted agent to communicate your desires to medical care providers if you are unable to speak for yourself. The health care power of attorney includes HIPPA authorization, which allows your agent to access your medical information.

Wills, Trusts And Power Of Attorney Law Firm Serving Lee's Summit And Jackson County

I offer a free initial consultation. To discuss your concerns with me, Independence, Missouri, estate planning lawyer Jeffrey A. Grubb, call 816-252-8848 or send me an email by completing the contact form on this website. I offer evening and Saturday appointments and accept all major credit cards.