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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 assets will be distributed. Your will and all other documents filed with the probate court will be public record.
A Revocable Trust accomplishes everything that a will does, but with the significant advantage of avoiding the probate process. “Revocable” means that you retain control over your finances, possessions, and wishes. At any time during your life, you can change or even revoke your Revocable Trust.
I grew up in central Illinois and have lived in St. Louis since the early 1990s. I graduated from the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis and practice law in Missouri and Illinois. I practiced business litigation for several years and also spent a decade working in higher education. My husband and I enjoy participating in local trivia nights and spending time with our two children.
I was trained in estate planning by a prestigious, nationally-recognized law firm and found that it was an area of practice that I loved. I have helped hundreds of clients with their wills, trusts, and estate planning needs.
I enjoy working with estate planning clients because of the positive outcomes and the peace of mind that clients experience when it's all done. It is the most rewarding work of my career. That's why it's all I do.
Emily Kirk did a wonderful job of explaining everything to us. She wanted some questions answered prior to our signing, and she took the time to give me a call to discuss. We were especially grateful for the Saturday appointment, especially with my husband and me working day/evening hours. My husband and I are very pleased with her and the firm. Will definitely contact again if we have a need.
Ted and Linda
Emily was able to meld our vision and complex situation into a comprehensive, simple to understand estate plan. She was a pleasure to work with as we worked through several issues. Lastly, she has her own family and understands the importance of a family protecting their estate. I highly recommend Emily.
Konrad and Darla
We had several adjustments to my trust. Emily was very careful and she did a great job explaining the details. I feel confident that the final document is precisely what I need to protect my heirs.
We had been putting off getting our wills in order for more than 10 years. Always seemed such a daunting task to find a qualified and affordable lawyer to do this. Emily Kirk was our attorney and she did a great job of answering our questions. We had one face-to-face meeting, she drafted our documents that we reviewed electronically, then we met again for final review and signing. Simple, easy and frankly very affordable. My wife and I are very pleased to know that we have checked this important item off our to do list. Thanks Emily!
St. Louis, MO
Emily Kirk did a tremendous job, she explained everything in detail and in such a manner it could be understood. She was professional but at the same time made Kelly and I feel at ease. Overall a great experience.
Kelly and Donald
Emily did a great job leading us through the process.
Barbara and Dave
St. Louis, MO
I was very pleased with the competency and professionalism of Emily Kirk.
St. Louis, MO