Choosing an estate planning attorney to assist you with your estate planning needs is one of the most important decisions you will ever make, given the importance of your estate plan. If you are a resident of Creve Coeur, Missouri, the estate planning attorneys at Amen, Gantner & Capriano, Your Estate Matter, LLC would be honored to be selected to help you with all your current and future estate planning needs. We understand what it means to you to know that you, your loved ones, and your estate assets are protected and we are committed to working with you to create an estate plan that does just that.
The History of Creve Couer, Missouri
The history of Creve Coeur is steeped in legend. Until the 1800s, Native Americans inhabited the area for over 10,000 years, according to written accounts an archeological finds. Starting in the early 18th century, French explorers were farming and fishing in the area. By the end of that century, fur trappers had settled in what is now Creve Coeur. When the area was acquired by the United States through the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, the Lewis and Clark Expedition came through Creve Coeur. During the 19th century, a single road ran through the area where Creve Coeur is now located. Olive Boulevard followed a centuries-old Indian trail that took the high ground from the Mississippi River to the Missouri River. Carts, wagons, carriages and stage-coaches took passengers and freights both west to new lands and east to the city of St. Louis. Creve Coeur grew along that road. Legend has it that an Indian princess fell in love with a French fur trapper, but the love was unrequited. She then jumped from a ledge overlooking Creve Coeur Lake whereupon the lake formed itself into a broken heart. The town of Creve Coeur, French for “broken heart, was named after the legend.
Creve Coeur continued to experience slow growth through the 19th and early 20th centuries. After WWII, however, the nearby city of St. Louis was becoming crowded. Returning soldiers began to look for housing in St. Louis County to raise their families and they wanted bigger houses, more yard space and places to park their new cars. The technological advancements in the automobile industry, along with the construction of Highways 270 and 40, further pushed the westward movement away from the central city. In 1949, Creve Coeur was officially incorporated.
Creve Coeur, Missouri Today
Today, the population of Creve Coeur is 17,833 spanning 10.27 square miles with approximately 7,800 housing units. Currently, Creve Coeur has 80 miles of public streets and 16 miles of private streets. Home to two private colleges, five private high schools, five private primary schools, two public school districts and approximately fifteen houses of worship, Creve Coeur is a place where everything a resident needs is no more than ten minutes away.
Nature lovers and sports enthusiasts will also find plenty to do in Creve Coeur at any of the city’s seven parks spanning 95 acres which include playgrounds, walking trails, tennis courts, and historic homes. The City of Creve Coeur also operates the Dielmann Recreation Complex, which includes a 9-hole golf course and ice arena.
The city has not forgotten its history though. On the contrary, there are a number of historic homes and landmarks in the area, including the nearly two hundred year old Hackmann and Clester cabins located in Conway Park. The city also maintains Lake School House, a one-room schoolhouse, and the Tappmeyer farmhouse, both built in the late 1800s.
Amen, Gantner & Capriano in the Creve Couer, Missouri Community
We understand that estate planning is a highly personal, and often sensitive, undertaking, making your selection of an estate planning attorney to help you even more important. At Amen, Gantner & Capriano, our experienced estate planning attorneys are proud to serve the legal needs of the Creve Coeur, Missouri community. Our goal is to work with you on a one on one basis to create a solid foundation for your estate plan. To ensure that your plan continues to reflect your needs and goals, we hope to develop a lifelong relationship with you so that we can review and revise your plan in the years to come.
The importance of entering into a lifelong relationship with our clients cannot be understated. The reason for this is that estate planning is not something that is accomplished in a single meeting. On the contrary, your estate plan should be reviewed and revised throughout your lifetime as events in your life prompt changes to your plan. Our goal is to be there for you when those life events warrant a corresponding change to your estate plan. Marriage and/or parenthood, for example, may bring with it the need to include a trust in your estate plan to protect your minor child’s inheritance along with incapacity planning strategies and probate avoidance tools. As the value of your estate grows, you may need to consider adding asset protection strategies into your plan along with tax avoidance tools and tactics. As you near retirement, you will need to ensure that your retirement plans work in harmony with your estate plans and that you have incorporated Medicaid planning into your estate plan. If you have strong beliefs about end of life medical treatment and/or the type of funeral and burial service you have, those beliefs can also be woven into your estate plan to ensure that your wishes are honored. The estate planning team at Amen, Gantner & Capriano, Your Estate Matters, LLC would be honored to be your choice to help you create an estate plan that achieves all your unique estate planning needs and goals.
If you have additional questions or concerns about estate planning, or wish to get started with your plan, contact the experienced Missouri estate planning attorneys at Amen, Gantner & Capriano, Your Estate Matters, LLC by calling (314) 966-8077 to schedule an appointment.