223 N Third St., Saint Charles, MO 63304

Barklage Law Firm | Law Services | Saint Charles, MO




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Probate follows what is typically a painful emotional loss. The knowledgeable, meticulous probate attorneys at The Barklage Law Firm, LLC have 40 years of combined experience in probate law and know how to ease the stress of probate by guiding executors and beneficiaries through the complex process.

Experienced Missouri Trust and Estates Attorneys Guide You Through Probate

Valuing and managing the estate

  • Filing the will with the Missouri probate court

  • Developing the best strategy for fairly and expeditiously probating the estate

  • Finding and collecting assets

  • Closing and opening bank accounts

  • Transferring assets from the deceased to the estate

  • Paying estate taxes

  • Valuing, managing, preserving and liquidating the estate

  • Locating beneficiaries

  • Hiring experts, when appropriate

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The process of probate

Most executors have rarely if ever probated a will and know little about the process. We can guide you through the complex probate process, including:

We assist executors with the arduous process of collecting, managing, valuing, protecting and liquidating the assets of the estate. We have a team of experts available to assist in every aspect of estate probate. When appropriate, the firm calls upon accountants, financial advisors, real estate agents, property managers and other professionals to assist with executor duties. We can access expert opinions about unique assets such as antiques, rare books, automobiles and other collectables for accurate valuation, management and possible sale.

Probate disputes

Even in apparently straightforward estate cases, there are sometimes disputes between beneficiaries. Our attorneys’ professional courtroom presence can calm the emotionally-charged process of probating a challenged will or disputed executor or judicial decision. When it is in the best interests of our client to preserve cordial familial relationships, our attorneys are adept at mediating these disputes. When necessary, we assertively defend our client’s beneficiary rights within the Missouri probate court.

Contact the thorough estate planning lawyers at The Barklage Law Firm, LLC

Call us at (636) 949-3701 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.

Missouri Trust Administration & Litigation Attorneys

Once a trust is established by a grantor, its operation must be overseen by a qualified administrator. This trustee manages the investment of funds and distribution of assets according to the grantor’s design contained in the trust’s documents. Trust administration requires careful attention to each detail of the grantor’s wishes. A conscientious trustee must have comprehensive knowledge of the law and be scrupulous regarding client service. With 40 years of combined experience, the trust administration attorneys at The Barklage Law Firm, LLC have provided highly ethical and reliable administration to a variety of trusts, maintaining the fiscal strength of these entities to serve beneficiaries through the intended life of the trust. We are available to provide administration services to new clients on a wide variety of trusts, including:


  • Special needs trusts

  • Credit shelter trusts (CST)

  • Incentive trusts

  • Living trusts

  • Generation-skipping trusts

  • QTIP trusts

  • Charitable remainder trusts

  • Irrevocable life insurance trusts

Meticulous administrative services

We have extensive experience in all duties expected of a trust administrator, including:

  • Investment of assets

  • Management of assets

  • Preparation of accountings

  • Preparation of tax returns

  • Distributions to beneficiaries

Advice to trustees

A trustee can be personally liable for mistakes or omissions that result in losses for the trust. We offer sound advice to trustees to ensure accurate and complete compliance with all aspects of trust administration. If you have been named a trustee, we strongly recommend that you retain professional assistance from a trustworthy source. As an established law firm with a long record of success in trust administration in Missouri, we can help.

Trust litigation

We are adept at mediating disputes, but when necessary, we assertively defend our client’s rights in court.

Contact a reliable source for trust administration legal services

To schedule your free initial consultation with The Barklage Law Firm, LLC, call our St. Charles, Missouri office at (636) 949-3701.