Author Archives: Mike Sukup

Who Should I Name As Successor Trustee?

Trust planning has become more popular in recent years as a way for individuals or families to control assets while living, effectively avoid probate, and to provide how assets are to be distributed at death. Once a person or couple have decided to establish a living trust, a major decision to be made is who read more…

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Help for the Elderly – Miller Trusts and Qualifying for Assistance to Stay in Your Own Home

For a person 63 years of age or older that wants to remain in their home, but need some help paying for assistance with cooking, cleaning, and other in-home services, a Miller Trust can be a very useful tool. The Missouri Department of Social Services has certain financial eligibility requirements for home care services that read more…

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Estate Planning for Young Families

I attended a wedding of a good childhood friend recently and while catching up with numerous friends I was asked a question, surprisingly multiple times: Do we really need to do a will or anything, or should we just wait until we get older? The answer to this question is simple, YES you need an read more…

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Modern Family: How to Plan for the Blended Family

Blended families have become common place over the past few decades. Today, many families include children, step-children, and former spouses. Such families present many unique situations, as all families do, but in particular for blended families estate planning can be more complicated. In order to ensure that your money and property are distributed to who read more…

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Back to School – What Documents Should Every College Student Have?

Summer is beginning to wind down and young adults all over the country prepare to head off to college. I refer to them as young adults as opposed to children, because despite the inevitable college shenanigans that might ensue, these children are 18 years old. By reaching age 18, your child is now a legal read more…

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Landlords – Is Your Lease Up To Date?

For those of you who own rental properties here in Columbia, MO, the upcoming months can be quite hectic. With students returning soon, preparations begin for a new group of tenants to move into your rental properties. As you prepare to have these future tenants sign a lease agreement, you should ask yourself an important read more…

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How Can I Save Money for My Family Member with a Disability?

For many years, the only way for families to save money for an individual with a disability without disqualifying him or her from receiving public benefits was to establish a supplemental/special needs trust. These trusts require extensive expertise to prepare and manage for the benefit of your loved one. Soon, there will be another option. read more…

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Mom and Dad Are Moving In: An Important Issue to Address with the New Roommates

Some of my fondest memories as a child were from a summer in which my grandmother came to live with us. I was spoiled with amazing lunches and a seemingly endless supply of cookies, cakes, and brownies. This was a temporary situation, with my grandmother returning to her home in the fall. For a lot read more…

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I’ll Be a Fan Until I Die…….What Happens to My Season Tickets

Many die hard fans have been season ticket holders for their respective teams for many years. Whether you have been chanting “M-I-Z..Z-O-U” along with thousands of fans since your college days, been faithfully apart of Cardinal Nation from the days of Ozzie Smith and before, or suffered along as a Royals fan through the last read more…

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