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.
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
Hiring experts, when appropriate
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.
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.
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)
Charitable remainder trusts
Irrevocable life insurance trusts
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
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.
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.