Lee's Summit Probate and Estate Planning Attorney

Missouri Wills and Trusts Lawyer

At Lewis Law Office, P.C., in Lee's Summit, Missouri, we assist clients in the east Kansas City metropolitan area with estate planning needs, including the establishment of wills, trusts, guardianships, conservatorships and powers of attorney, implementation of advance health care directives, as well as prenuptial agreements.

We also help couples establish prenuptial agreements to clarify finances and set financial conditions during a marriage and/or after divorce, incapacity or death.

Although we practice in many legal categories, our focus is simple: We work to protect clients and their assets through advance legal planning. To schedule a free initial consultation with an estate planning lawyer, contact us by e-mail, or at 816-875-4516 or 877-549-3511

Our Practice Areas

We offer a variety of estate planning and related services to our clients concerning:

  • Estate planning. You can do your loved ones a huge favor by creating a plan to manage your assets and property after either your incapacity or death. The more specific you are about what you want in a will or other legal document, the more control you will have over your legacy. Our law firm offers comprehensive estate planning services that can save you money and distress during your lifetime and do the same for your loved ones after your death.
  • Elder law. All people have rights, and we make it our job to protect them. Although much of our practice is devoted to protecting the financial and health care interests of elderly clients, we also can work to protect your rights at any age.
  • Medicaid planning and asset protection. To meet government income requirements for Medicaid coverage, many people feel forced to spend down their assets. We can advise you on financial strategies to help you and your loved ones to lawfully keep as much of your estate as possible and still qualify for government assistance.
  • Probate and estate administration. We can assist you in selecting a trustee or administrator who will manage your estate during or after a productive lifetime and help your estate avoid probate actions after your death. Further, we can provide legal counsel on estate probate matters, either before or at the time of a probate action.
  • Powers of attorney. We can work with you to appoint a representative to manage your assets and sign legal documents if you are no longer able to do so yourself. You may also designate who is to act on your behalf in providing financial decisions.
  • Advance health care directives/"living wills." We can assist you in creating a legal document, called a health care directive, that instructs others concerning the degree to which you wish to receive medical care — or not receive medical care — if you become incapacitated. Such documents are often called "living wills" but that term can be confusing, so we call it what it is: an advanced health care directive.
  • Guardianships and conservatorships. A guardian is appointed by the court and is responsible for the well-being of his or her ward, whether that person is a minor or an elderly incapacitated or disabled adult. A conservator is responsible only for managing the assets of the person or entity under his or her care. We are experienced in working with clients and their families to establish both guardianships and conservatorships.
  • Wills and trusts. A will is a document that assigns where and to whom your assets and property will go after your death. When written clearly and fairly, a will can prevent the expensive and time-consuming probate process by which a court apportions your assets according to law. By contrast, a trust can be established during your lifetime to completely avoid the probate process, for the benefit of anyone you choose under terms you define — for instance, to pay for a minor child's education or the nursing care of an elderly spouse. Our law firm can help you create both wills and trusts for the benefit of your loved ones.
  • Prenuptial agreements. Writing a "marriage contract" may not be romantic, but if you have assets or children from a previous marriage to protect or are entering your second or subsequent marriage, a prenuptial agreement might be the best decision you and your future spouse can make. Our law firm can help you draft a fair agreement that considers the interests of all parties with a stake in your marriage decision. The prenuptial agreement is designed to protect the families of both parties to the subsequent marriage.

Lee's Summit Probate and Estate Planning Lawyer

Contact us by e-mail or at 816-875-4516 or 877-549-3511 to schedule an initial consultation with a principled and considerate lawyer who will put your best interests first.

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