I am familiar with Javier as both a friend and a fellow attorney. He is an attorney who listens to the issues, focuses on the problem, and helps to provide solutions. He is trustworthy and dependable. I highly recommend Javier for anyone who needs help with estate planning, probate, veterans benefits, or any of the related areas of law.
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Every American deserves to protect what they worked hard for & ensure their wishes are respected.
As a veteran of both the U.S. Marine Corps and Kansas Army National Guard, Javier Centonzio is an esteemed attorney with a unique perspective on the importance of defending what matters.
When you come to Centonzio Law, you are getting some of the best estate planning in Missouri. We are a full-service estate planning law firm that will listen to your goals and help you create legal documents that will respect your wishes and achieve your goals after you pass away.
Our estate planning attorneys in Kansas City are compassionate and know that estate planning can be difficult. We understand that the last thing you want to be thinking about is your own passing. However, we also know that it’s essential to develop a plan to protect everything you’ve worked hard for.
Our Missouri Estate
We know Missouri laws related to asset management before and after death.
We can help you plan for the unexpected and develop a customized estate plan that simplifies administration, protects your loved ones and assets, and lays out your instructions.
Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning Documents
Many people require various legal documents to satisfy their estate planning needs. Centonzio Law can draft all of them and help you understand what should be included. We will walk you through what each estate planning document means and how it will impact you and your loved ones when you are alive and after you pass away.
Power of Attorney & Advance Directives
A power of attorney and advance directives are essential parts of planning for the future. Without a power of attorney or advance directives, the court will make decisions regarding your health or assets or appoint someone you may not even know to make decisions for you. We can draft an estate plan for you and your family that gives you control over who makes decisions on your behalf if you cannot do so.
The probate process is complex, expensive, and time-consuming. By working with a knowledgeable probate lawyer, you can expedite the process and avoid many pitfalls. We will help you prepare documents for your probate and assist your personal representative with the administration of your estate after you pass away.
Real Estate & Deeds
One of the biggest estate planning concerns for many people is what will happen to their real estate. Let us provide you with legal guidance to ensure the best outcome for you and your family. Deeds are a commonly used tool because they are versatile and offer many ways to transfer possession during life and upon death. We can help you, and your loved ones avoid unnecessary expenses with creative and personalized estate planning.
Estate Planning: Key Benefits
There are many benefits of establishing an estate plan that will work for your future, including:
- Protecting Your Beneficiaries
- Protecting Your Assets
- Carrying Out Your Wishes After You Pass
- Avoiding Probate
- Reducing Estate Taxes
- Avoiding Family Arguing Over Your Assets
- Choosing Who Gets Custody of Your Young Children
- Contributing Money to Charities
- Avoiding Delay of Not Having a Clear Plan
- Maintaining Your Privacy
- Minimizing Expenses to Your Estate
- Making the Estate Administration Process Easier
Our Estate Planning Process
Centonzio Law has perfected the estate planning process. We have a streamlined process to gather all of the necessary information and meet your needs.
Step 1: Assess Your Estate
We will help you assess your estate. This involves making a list of your assets, property, financial accounts, and anything else you hope to distribute when you pass away. We must list everything so that the personal representative of your estate does not miss anything when submitting it to the court.
Step 2: Develop a Plan
We will sit down with you and develop a plan, which may involve transferring all your assets to one or multiple people. We respect our clients’ wishes and feel that everyone should do the same. We are prepared to help you meet your goals, no matter what they are.
Step 3: Document Your Wishes
Your Last Will and Testament will accurately describe all your wishes, including any information you hope to convey to your loved ones. Some people want to share why certain assets are being passed along to various people. We understand your wish to explain things. We can help make that happen so that your voice is heard, even after you pass.
Step 4: Execute & Reassess
Estate planning is an ongoing process that doesn’t end when you sign your documents. We will help you develop an initial plan with relevant documents, or we can update an existing estate plan. We are always available to reassess your estate plan due to life changes such as marriage, divorce, or the birth of a child.
Estate Planning Law: Info & Insight
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