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“I tell my clients who are contemplating creating an estate plan that this is not a license to die. Instead, it is taking control of the things you have worked hard for all your life and making sure that the needs of your loved ones will be provided for after you have died. I often refer to estate planning as “preventative lawyeri­ng” because we are taking steps to avoid future problems, such as probate, unexpected illnesses or accidental deaths. Even young adults should have a valid will to prepare for the unexpected. We offer competitive rates on all of our estate planning services, so now is the best time to plan for the future. Just knowing that you have your estate in order will provide a tremendous source of relief.”

Tobin R. Dunn, Attorney


Dunn Law Firm, LLC – A Small – Friendly Law Firm Focused on Your Needs.

At Dunn Law Firm, LLC, we believe you should have the right to leave your property to who you want, when you want and the way you want.

You have worked hard all of your life to take care of your family and build a personal estate you can be proud of. It only makes sense to put in a little effort into making sure that after you die your property goes to the people or place you intended it to go to and not to unintended heirs.

It doesn’t matter how large or how small your estate. Careful estate planning is important for anyone who has property (house, cars, investments, insurances, personal property) that he or she wishes to distribute to a family member or loved one. Having a valid will or trust established at the time of your death is the only way to protect your loved ones from letting the state decide how your assets should be distributed among your surviving family members. If you do not have a validly executed will at the time of your passing, estate intestacy laws will determine who gets your property.

Why Set Up a Trust?

Setting up a revocable living trust or testamentary trust is the single best way to make sure your estate assets will go to whom you wish them to go and under what conditions By carefully establishing die terms of the trust, you can control the distribution of assets to provide financial security to your surviving children, grandchildren and future generations. A will is important, of course, but a will allows your heirs to take control of your assets in a lump sum. Unless the beneficiaries are disciplined and invest well, your lifetime savings may be inappropriately spent down in a matter of a few years. By putting your money and property assets into a trust, die money can be distributed over a long period of time and be available for generation. In addition, when you put your assets into a trust, they will not be taxed until your designated beneficiaries receive a distribution from the fund,

Protect Your Spouse and Children From the Emotional Turmoil of Probate Court

In Missouri, estate intestacy laws and probate can be unyielding and expensive for the families lighting for their rightful assets. Judges are often with little choice but to make decisions that surviving family members don’t understand or agree with. Through trusts and other estate planning instruments, you can minimize eliminate the exposure to probate costs.

At Dunn Law Firm, LLC, we offer a variety of estate planning services on behalf of clients throughout Southwest Missouri. Contact attorney Tobin R. Dunn to discuss your estate planning needs, including:

  • Wills
  • Trusts (Avoid probate)
  • Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare
  • Living wills
  • Financial Durable Power of Attorney
  • Springing Power of Attorney
  • Beneficiary Deeds
  • Guardianship proceedings

In the event you become incapacitated, and you are unable to make key financial, health or daily life decisions for yourself, a power of attorney and health care directive can grant authority to a third party to make those decisions on your behalf. Most people want their family or close friends to make these types of decisions for them and not a doctor or lawyer that hardly know.

It Is Never Too Soon to Protect Your Family’s Success

If you don’t have a will or trust in place, you are leaving your estate up to the decisions of the court after your death. If you don’t have a living will in place, you are leaving tough emotional decisions about your health care and final wishes up to your grieving loved ones. You wouldn’t put your family through that when you are alive. Why would you want them to go through it at the time of your death?

As a small law firm, we can offer the personal service and responsiveness you require. Getting started is simple. Just schedule a short appointment to meet with our attorney, Tobin R. Dunn. She will work with you to develop the estate planning documents that work best for you and your family and explain to you why this plan works best.

Experienced Branson Will and Trust Attorney

Our lawyers represent clients in communities and courts throughout Greene County, Christian County, Webster County, Polk County, Dallas County, Lawrence County and Laclede County, Missouri. Call us at 417-851-5888. You can also contact us by e-mail to arrange an initial consultation with an experienced attorney today.

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Dunn Law Firm, LLC
4200 S Quail Creek Ave., Suite A
Springfield, MO 65810
Phone: 417-851-5888
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