Pets as Property in Missouri-Estate Planning

In Missouri Pets are considered property. They do not have title to them that one can simply transfer to another person at the time of your death. At The Haggerty Law Firm we can assist individuals who figuring out what is the best tactic to consider when leaving money or property to your pets. I am sure that you have heard of pet trusts. This is certainly one option. However, there are many other options available to individuals who would like to leave their pets items of property. One must als...
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Out of State Documents

At The Haggerty Law Firm, we often see many documents that were created in another state. Clients inevitably will move around the country and their documents might be from another state. Clients of The Haggerty Law Firm ask us do they need to be changed? Our response typically is yes. It is much easier to use a document in Missouri, based on Missouri law, if you are planning on living in Missouri. This can be anything from a Last Will and Testament, Revocable Trust Instrument to Powers of Attorn...
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Traffic Ticket Violations-Speeding Tickets

SPEEDING TICKETS! Most of us have had one. In Missouri, the average speeding ticket is 2 points on your driver’s license. Too many points can lead to a suspension of your driving privileges or a suspension of your license all together. In many circumstances, it is extremely easy to get that pesky speeding ticket amended to a defective equipment charge which will result in no points on your driver’s license. Another reason to amend speeding tickets is to avoid the costly increase in your car insu...
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Last Will and Testaments

Last Will and Testaments are perhaps one of the most misunderstood documents that I see at The Haggerty Law Firm. The idea is that once you execute your Last Will and Testament is that you never will need it. Why? Because the real reason one would utilize their Last Will and Testament is because they have items passing through probate and their named Personal Representative is admitting the document to probate. The Haggerty Law Firm still recommends executing a Last Will and Testament because yo...
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Revocable Living Trust Agreements

Revocable Living Trusts are fantastic resources for many reasons. Perhaps the most obvious and most common reason that individuals utilize Revocable Living Trusts is because trusts allow individuals to pass property to their loved ones at the time of their death and avoid the hassles of probate (so long as the property is properly titled into the trust at death).  Revocable Living Trusts also allow individuals to put restrictions on when children or other heirs are to receive property. In M...
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