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Do You Have to Do Probate When Someone Dies?

Losing a loved one or family member is a terrible time, filled with grief and loss. Not only are you hurting inside, but you also have to deal with funeral details and other legal matters. This is especially true if the person died without a valid will and their estate must go through probate.

If you’re wondering whether you have to do probate when someone dies, the answer is “sometimes.” In Missouri, if a person’s estate is very small, then the law will allow you to skip probate in favor of a simplified process. Otherwise, you’ll go through probate, though this is significantly easier and quicker when the deceased person has a valid will or estate plan with clear d [...]

Can You File Bankruptcy on Student Loans?

If you are wondering “can you file bankruptcy on student loans,” then you’re not alone. Many, many students take out large student loans during college and then struggle to pay them back. That’s because college tuition seems to increase significantly each year, but annual salaries for jobs just out of college don’t pay enough to meet monthly student loan repayment obligations. It’s a trap that many people fall into.

While in most instances student loans cannot be discharged through bankruptcy, there are some narrow circumstances in which a discharge can happen. Your best bet is to ask our Cape Gira [...]

Why Are Farmers Filing For Bankruptcy?

Chapter 12 farm bankruptcies continue to rise as farmers and ranchers face a prolonged downturn in the U.S. agriculture economy that’s been exacerbated by 2-3 years of poor growing seasons and retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods. So, when you ask “why are farmers filing for bankruptcy?” – the answer is that there are multiple compounding factors. Farmers struggling to meet their debt requirements often feel overwhelmed. Skilled and experienced chapter 12 bankruptcy attorneys can review available options with farmers and ranchers and discuss a way forward that makes the most sense for each individual. These are difficult times in [...]

How long do you have to sue after an accident?

Thousands of people are injured in accidents every year in Missouri.  The amount of time you have to sue after an accident depends on what kind of accident it was.  This can be confusing, so it’s important to understand the law and the statutes of limitation.

Injured parties have up to two years to file a lawsuit for some personal injuries – such as work accidents, burns, and slip-and-falls – as well as medical malpractice.  However, they have up to five years to file a civil lawsuit for car and truck accidents resulting in injury and/or property damage.

To complicate matters further, if an accident res [...]