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We provide you with tips and wisdom to help individuals understand and create roadmaps for the distribution and preservation of assets and why wealth planning is so crucial.

Wealth Planning Blog
April 8, 2020

Missouri Governor Mike Parson Issues Executive Order 20-08, Temporarily Allowing Notary Publics to Notarize Official Documents Virtually

On April 6, 2020, Missouri Governor Mike Parson issued Executive Order 20-08, which suspended the statutory requirement that a Notary Public must conduct notarization of official documents while the signor appears personally in front of said Notary Public. Instead, until May 15, 2020, Notary Publics can use audio-video technology to complete the personal appearance requirement. The purpose of this order is to protect the health and safety of Notaries Public across the State of Missouri in lieu of the global pandemic as a result of COVID-19.

Wealth Planning Blog
October 31, 2017

Estate Tax Audit… 30 years later?

Since 2012, when Congress passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act, “portability” has been the heart of many estate plans for married couples. Portability allows a surviving spouse to use the deceased spouse’s unused estate tax exclusion (currently $5.49 million). A common estate planning goal of a married couple is to take full advantage of both spouses’ estate tax exclusions. Typically, this is done by funding a Family Trust (also sometimes called a Credit Shelter Trust or B Trust) at the death of the first-to-die with the exclusion amount and leaving the rest to one’s spouse (outright or in trust).