Missouri Estate Planning and Probate Attorney
At Lewis Law Office, P.C., we pride ourselves on value — not just the value of services we offer, but also personal values, which motivate us to strive for what is best for you and your family.
Since 1976, William A. Lewis and his staff have worked to ensure that our clients’ needs and the needs of their families are met. Whether you need to preserve a legacy for your children, care for an aging loved one or provide specific instructions for your medical care in the event you are incapacitated, we can help. Our law practice serves the people of Lee’s Summit and surrounding communities of the Kansas City area.
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Probate Costs Can Compromise Your Legacy
One of the most important reasons people seek an estate planning lawyer is to create a legacy for their loved ones after they die. Failing to draft a comprehensive estate plan or take other preventative legal actions can result in a lengthy probate process that can consume as much as 10 percent of your estate and take a year or more to complete.
Our law firm has established a trusted reputation by helping clients preserve their assets. We can help you create a cost-effective estate plan that will allow you to avoid the death probate process. We can also help you avoid the probate process that comes with incapacity.
How Can I Avoid Costly Court Actions?
The best way to preserve your assets is to consult with an experienced elder law attorney. We can assist you in creating the appropriate legal documents to protect your assets from being distributed, assigned or otherwise spent against your wishes.
Missouri law provides avenues to preserve assets in a variety of situations, including:
- Passing on assets and property according to your wishes
- Selecting a guardian for your minor children after your death or incapacity
- Directing how your health care will be managed if you become too ill to decide for yourself
- Apportioning your assets to maximize protection from nursing home costs
- Choosing your options regarding assets and property prior to marriage
A Lee’s Summit Attorney Who Can Save You Money
If you think hiring an attorney will cost more than you can afford, consider the costs of not hiring one. Missouri law provides many tools for protecting assets, but only if you know how to use them.
Getting the appropriate legal guidance early can actually save you money — and lots of it — over time. This is because your money will go where you direct it, instead of being tied up in court, or spent on nursing care. These can be especially complicated where a subsequent marriage may be involved.
Avoid Probate • Maximize Tax Protection • Preserve Family Harmony
Our law firm accepts payment by major credit cards and can offer off-site, evening and weekend appointments as necessary. For more information, contact Lewis Law Office, P.C., by e-mail or by calling 816-875-4516 or 877-549-3511.
Our Legal Team
Mary Ann Swisher has been a legal assistant to large and small law firms since 1976. Mary Ann has worked with William A. Lewis at LEWIS LAW OFFICE, PC, since 1993. Mary Ann, whom Bill graciously refers to as his “right hand,” handles all phases of support staff functions, including but not limited to initial document preparation to final execution, bookkeeping, billing, prioritization and deadline management. Mary Ann is a licensed general aviation pilot, with ASEL Instrument and Commercial; and AMEL Instrument ratings; and has advanced open water, nitrox and underwater hunter scuba ratings. Mary Ann also enjoys singing in her church choir. Married to Michael Paul Swisher, an attorney (City of Lee’s Summit Citizen of the Year in 2009), they have four children together and two grandchildren.
Marsha Trayford previously worked several years as a paralegal for another law firm that specialized in creditors’ rights in bankruptcy. During that time she also acted as liaison between clients and a network of attorneys with practices in various states for their representation in federal court. Marsha has been working part-time with William A. Lewis at LEWIS LAW OFFICE, PC since 2012. Marsha, whom Bill graciously refers to as his “left hand,” provides the initial warm contact with the majority of those who come to our office, along with a great variety of additional administrative functions.