Vacation Without the Kids

Vacation season is in full swing, and many families will be traveling together to places near and far.  But what about those trips you take without the kids, a nice getaway with the just the adults?  While you have planned for the children’s care while you are gone, do you know what will happen if… read more

What Happened to the Estate Tax?

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed in December 2017 included changes to all areas of the tax code, including estate and gift tax. The estate and gift tax exemption amount for 2018 through 2025 was increased to $10 million, which is indexed for inflation up to $11.2 million.  This means that for 2018, the… read more

For Sale By Owner: How to Save Money When Selling Your Home

Thinking of selling your home? This is a major financial decision and one in which you will want to ensure that you maximize profits and minimize costs. If you’ve been involved in the home buying process before, you probably already know that hiring a realtor, while valuable, can be expensive. Realtors provide many benefits to… read more

No Fault Divorce

There is a common misconception that Missouri is a “no fault” divorce state. In Missouri, a court must find that there is no reasonable likelihood that a marriage can be preserved and that it is irretrievably broken. In order for a marriage to be irretrievably broken, the spouse filing for divorce (sometimes called a “petitioner”)… read more

Missouri Supreme Court Decision Impacts Landlords

Just last week, the Supreme Court of Missouri in Brainchild Holdings, LLC v. Cameron held that a tenant has a right to a jury trial in rent and possession cases. Prior to that decision, rent and possession cases were handled in a streamlined manner with only a bench trial before an associate circuit court judge…. read more

Do I Need to Worry About Estate Taxes?

There has been a lot of talk in the news lately regarding the Federal Estate Tax, and more specifically, the potential abolishment of it.  But, do you need to worry about the Federal Estate Tax? As the tax law currently stands, the Federal Estate Tax is levied on individual decedent’s estates that are in excess… read more

Is 50/50 Custody the Law?

It’s been over a year since House Bill 1550 impacting custody became the law in Missouri.  Yet there continues to be a lot of confusion surrounding exactly what the new law means. The most common misconception is that both parents are now entitled to equal parenting time. It’s important to distinguish between joint custody and… read more