Estate Planning


When most people think about estate planning, they think about where their property will go when they die.  This is certainly one aspect of estate planning, but it is not the only aspect.  Estate planning involves planning for both life and death.  We provide advice and counseling when planning for both life and death so you and your family can achieve your goals and objectives while minimizing taxes, expenses and probate fees.

When we provide estate planning services, it typically involves the preparation of legal documents.  However, what we really provide is peace of mind.  Peace of mind that your loved ones will be taken care of, peace of mind that you will be protected in the event of a disability, peace of mind that you have reduced not only taxes and expenses, but also the legal headache and heartache that your loved ones may have in the event of your death.

We firmly believe that education is the key to a well-designed estate plan. And education goes two ways.  You educate us and we educate you.  You will educate us about yourself, your family, your wants and desires.  You will educate us about your goals, hopes and dreams, as well as your fears and concerns. We will also educate you by carefully explaining what options you have available to structure your estate plan to obtain your goals and objectives and alleviate your concerns.  

Our estate planning services may include the following:

• Wills
• Testamentary Trusts
• Revocable Trusts
• Irrevocable Trusts
• Dynasty Trusts
• Special Needs Trusts
• Incentive Trusts
• Guardianship, Personal Representive and Trustee Selection
• Grantor Retained Trusts
• Charitable Trusts
• Qualified Personal Residence Trusts
• Powers of Attorney for Financial and Health Care Matters
• Living Wills and Health Care Directives
• Education Planning
• Asset Protection Planning
• Family Limited Partnerships and Limited Liability Companies
• Estate, Gift or Generation Skipping Transfer Tax Planning
• Retirement Planning
• Elder Law and Medicaid Planning
• Probate, Estate and Trust Administration
• Business Succession Planning

We understand that choosing an estate planning attorney is an important choice.  You need not only a competent professional who will assist you in developing an appropriate estate plan, but also an advisor upon whom your loved ones will depend on during a very difficult time.  When you choose an attorney, you are hopefully starting a relationship that will last longer than a lifetime.


The Law Office of Richard C. Petrofsky assists clients with Estate and Gift Planning, Wills, Trusts, Charitable Planning, Special Needs Planning, Elder Law and Medicaid Planning, Estate and Family Planning for Same-Sex Couples and LGBT Individuals, Asset Protection Planning, Corporate and Business Planning and Tax Law and Planning in St. Louis, Missouri and surrounding areas.