Choosing an attorney can be a daunting task, particularly when your need for an attorney relates to estate planning. After all, your estate plan should be the single most important set of legal documents you create and execute during the course of your lifetime. At the law firm of Amen, Gantner, & Capriano, Your Estate Matters, L.L.C. we understand the importance of your legal issues. Our attorneys have helped thousands of clients in the St. Louis metropolitan area with their estate planning issues and we would be honored to help you with yours.
The History of St. Louis
St. Louis, Missouri is home to just over 300,000 people; however, the city is part of the greater St. Louis metropolitan area that has a population of close to three million. The city has a rich and colorful history dating back to its founding in 1764. As you may have imagined, St. Louis was named after King Louis IX of France. Originally owned by the French, the city was then ceded to Spain and then Great Britain before eventually becoming part of the United States as a result of the Louisiana Purchase. St. Louis’s location along the Mississippi River contributed to the city’s rapid growth throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. As settlors pushed westward, St. Louis became known as the “Gateway to the West.” The famous Gateway Arch now stands as an international symbol designating St. Louis as the doorway to the west.
St. Louis Today
St. Louis’ diverse history makes the city a rich and vibrant cultural melting pot in the 21st century. The city is known for its music and performing arts, including the St. Louis Symphony, the second oldest symphony in the United States. Sports fans can also enjoy rooting for one of the city’s professional sports teams, including the St. Louis Rams and the St. Louis Cardinals. Families with children don’t want to miss a visit to The Magic House, an interactive children’s museum located in one of the city’s sprawling Victorian mansions. Art lovers, religious scholars, and those who are just plain curious may also wish to visit the Museum of Contemporary Religious Art, or MOCRA, billed as “the world’s first interfaith museum of contemporary religious art.”
Amen, Gantner & Capriano, Your Estate Matters, L.L.C. in the St. Louis Community
Attorney Charlie Amen, and his wife are both natives of South St. Louis county and graduates of Lindbergh High. As a native of the area, Attorney Amen has been invested in the growth and prosperity of St. Louis and its residents for his entire life. Both of the firms other partners, Paul Gantner and Jacquelynn Capriano are also natives and lifetime residents of St. Louis, making them equally committed to the city they call home.
At Amen, Gantner & Capriano we chose to develop a law practice that focuses on issues that really matter to the people in our community. Nothing is more personal, or important, than providing for loved ones, both now and in the future. We believe that developing ongoing relationships within the community and with our clients allows us to help people do just that. Estate planning should not be something you engage in once and then forget about it. On the contrary, estate planning should be comprehensive in nature and should be ongoing to reflect the phases of your life and the events that mark those phases. Your initial estate plan, for example, might focus primarily on asset protection and financial planning.
Later on, marriage and parenthood might require the addition of retirement planning, special needs planning, and/or business succession planning. As you get closer to retirement age, your estate plan should incorporate Medicaid planning and long-term care planning. Your estate plan should have tax and probate avoidance strategies interwoven throughout the plan at all stages of your life. Finally, during your Golden Years you may need to focus on elder law issues and legacy planning to ensure that what you pass down to future generations includes your ideals and values, not just your material assets.
Contact An Experienced Estate Planning Attorney In St. Louis Today
If you have estate planning questions or concerns, or would like to get started creating your estate 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.