What is an Estate Plan?

Having a quality estate plan is one of the best things you can do for the ones you love. Your estate plan designates who will inherit your property and ensures that your children and loved ones will be taken care of in accordance with your wishes.

Assets of any kind — a home, investments, life insurance, or other possessions — mean that you have an “estate” and you need an estate plan. If you have minor children or are planning to have children, an estate plan is essential.

Services We Provide

If you don’t know the difference between a Will and a Trust, you’re not alone. During your initial consultation, your TuckerAllen attorney will explain the differences and help you decide which one is right for you.

Initial Consultation



  • Discuss your wishes

  • Answer your questions

  • Give you advice

  • Evening & Weekend Appointments Available


FREE of Charge

Do you own a home?
Do you have children?
What are their ages?
What are your wishes?

These are the types of questions your TuckerAllen attorney may ask during your initial consultation. There’s no preparation necessary and no paperwork to bring – just bring yourself. We’ll listen. We’ll answer all of your questions. We’ll give you our advice. And when we finish, you can decide if you want TuckerAllen to prepare an estate plan just for you. There’s absolutely no obligation.

Will Package



  • Last Will & Testament

  • Healthcare Directive (Living Will)

  • Medical Power of Attorney, HIPAA Release

  • Financial Power of Attorney

  • Beneficiary Deed


Individuals: $550


Couples: $650

The Will Package may be right for you if you have only a few assets and no minor children, and if you don’t mind your estate going through the probate court process.

We’ll help you determine if a Will is adequate for your circumstances. If it is, we’ll craft one that clearly reflects your wishes.

Trust Package



  • Revocable Trust

  • Pour-Over Will

  • Healthcare Directive (Living Will)

  • Medical Power of Attorney, HIPAA Release

  • Financial Power of Attorney

  • Beneficiary Deed


Individuals: $950


Couples: $1,250

The Trust Package may be right for you if you want to avoid the probate court process, you have minor children, or you’re interested in having your assets distributed to your loved ones expeditiously.

We’ll help you determine if a Trust is best suited to your circumstances. If it is, we’ll craft one that clearly reflects your wishes.

What It All Means

As you think about which estate plan package may be best for you, we’re happy to answer any questions. That’s what we do. The grid below provides a brief overview of the documents within each package.

 Will PackageTrust Package

LAST WILL & TESTAMENT


A Last Will & Testament provides instructions to the probate court indicating your exact wishes about who will care for your children, who is in charge of implementing your wishes (your Executor) and how your property will be distributed. Your Will and all other documents filed with the probate court will be public record.

REVOCABLE TRUST

A Revocable Trust accomplishes everything that a Will does, but with the distinct advantage of avoiding the probate court process. “Revocable” means that you retain control over your finances, possessions, and wishes during your lifetime. At any time, you can change your mind by amending or even revoking your Revocable Trust.

POUR-OVER WILL

A Pour-Over Will is used in conjunction with a Revocable Trust. It acts as a safety net to ensure that any property not transferred into your Trust during your lifetime “pours into” it upon your death.

FINANCIAL POWER OF ATTORNEY

A Financial Power Of Attorney gives the person you designate the power to handle your financial decisions, such as paying your bills, in the event that you become incapacitated.

HEALTHCARE DIRECTIVE (LIVING WILL)

A Healthcare Directive tells your physician and family the extent of medical care you wish to receive if you are unable to communicate these things yourself.

MEDICAL POWER OF ATTORNEY

A Medical Power of Attorney gives the person you designate the legal authority to make medical decisions on your behalf if you are unable to do so.

HIPAA RELEASE

A HIPAA Release gives your physician permission to discuss your personal medical information with the person you have granted your Medical Power of Attorney, as well as any others whom you may choose to designate.

BENEFICIARY DEED

Filed with the Recorder of Deeds, a Beneficiary Deed avoids the probate court process and transfers title to your property to your designated beneficiary (including your Revocable Trust) upon your death. Your real estate remains titled in your name during your lifetime, and you’re always free to change or revoke your Beneficiary Deed. If you own property beyond your primary residence, we can draft additional deeds for an additional fee of $100 per Beneficiary Deed. We will provide instructions on how to file your deeds with the Recorder of Deeds Office or if you’d like, we would be happy to file them on your behalf for a fee of $100 per deed.

Estate Administration and Probate Service

What To Do When You’re the Trustee or Executor of a Loved One’s Estate

If you’ve been designated as the Trustee or Executor of an estate for a loved one who has died, you may be unsure about what to do and where to begin to fulfill your responsibilities. TuckerAllen can guide you through the process – or provide more support by assuming many of the responsibilities for you. While fees vary according to the scope of the estate, TuckerAllen fees in the St. Louis metropolitan area are the lesser of the Missouri statutory fees or our hourly rates. These fees are paid from proceeds of the estate, not by you personally. As a first step, let’s meet to discuss the situation in an initial consultation, which is free of charge. We will answer all of your questions and advise you about how to proceed. You can decide whether or not you want to engage TuckerAllen to assist you with estate administration. To schedule your free, initial consultation, click here.

Did You Know: If your loved one has a Will, does not have a Trust, or does not have any estate plan, the estate must go through probate court. A probate judge ensures that assets are properly transferred to the rightful beneficiaries. This process typically takes about one year to complete and will require the assistance of an attorney.

Client Reviews

Brenda and Ross from Ballwin, MO

Our attorney Lori Hootman, was professional, knowledgeable and made us feel comfortable... she answered all our questions and made the entire process easy. Thanks!

Brenda and Ross

Ballwin, MO

2017-01-12T11:21:57+00:00

Brenda and Ross

Ballwin, MO

Ken from Collinsville, IL

John did a fantastic job of explaining my options. I had no idea of what was involved and he explained it clearly and point by point. Very happy with the TuckerAllen firm.

Ken

Collinsville, IL

2016-12-14T16:19:36+00:00

Ken

Collinsville, IL

Nancy and George from Manchester, MO

You took the mystery out of the estate planning process, and we were pleasantly surprised at how easy you made it.

Nancy and George

Manchester, MO

2017-01-12T11:25:21+00:00

Nancy and George

Manchester, MO


O'Fallon, MO

2897 Highway K Suite 210 O'Fallon, MO 63368

(314) 384-6278

Location Details Schedule Appointment

Kirkwood

1001 S. Kirkwood Road Suite 130 Kirkwood, MO 63122

(314) 375-2306

Location Details Schedule Appointment

Fairview Heights

331 Salem Place Suite 210 Fairview Heights, IL 62208

(618) 579-1005

Location Details Schedule Appointment

Town & Country

12935 North Forty Drive Suite 102 Town & Country, MO 63141

(314) 529-0835

Location Details Schedule Appointment

Edwardsville

239 N Main St
Edwardsville, IL 62025

(618) 589-3825

Location Details
Schedule Appointment