Fenton & Grimwood is Branson, Missouri's leading law firm in the areas of estate planning, business and real estate. 

We take great pride in our reputation for honesty, integrity and dependability in all that we do.

 

Fenton & Grimwood, Attorneys at Law, LLC is located in Branson, MO and serves clients in and around the Ozarks, including such areas as Forsyth, Kirbyville, Hollister, Rockaway Beach, Taneyville, Walnut Shade, Branson West, Ridgedale, Blue Eye, Kimberling City, Galena and Taney, Stone and Christian Counties.

 

We are a full service estate planning, business law and real estate practice with lawyers able to provide comprehensive planning in the areas of wills, trusts, powers of attorney, probate and trust administration, probate avoidance planning, revocable trusts, long-term care planning, wealth protection, special needs trusts, business succession, charitable planning and estate tax planning. Additionally, we can provide assistance with NFA Gun Trusts, business entity formation, articles of incorporation/organization, operating and partnership agreements, contracts, promissory notes, guaranties and deeds of trust assignments and assumptions, purchase or sale of businesses and business assets, deeds, easements, liens, quiet title actions, leases and  purchase or sale of real property.

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March 11, 2020

In a seemingly already chaotic world, the rise of COVID-19 (or more commonly called the novel coronavirus) has sparked a lot of uncertainty.

March 7, 2020

As people near retirement age, it's common for folks to contemplate updating wills, trusts and other estate planning documents. However, they often overlook the potential dangers of not planning for the costs of long-term nursing home care. According to certain statistics, nursing home costs in Missouri (for a semi-private room) average approximately $58,000 per year (per person). The national average is even higher.

Unfortunately, Medicare will generally only pay for the first 100 days of a nursing home stay. After that, there's generally only one option left: spending down all of your assets to pay for medical care until you can become eligible for Me...

February 14, 2020

For most Americans, a retirement account is the largest asset they will own when they pass away. On January 1, 2020, the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act (SECURE Act) went into effect and it directly affects those retirement accounts

The SECURE Act has several positive changes: (1) it increases the required beginning date for required minimum distributions (RMDs) from your individual retirement accounts from 70 ½ to 72 years of age, and (2) it eliminates the age restriction for contributions to qualified retirement accounts. However, the most significant change will affect the beneficiaries of your retirement accounts. The SEC...

October 15, 2019

Next week, October 21-27, is Estate Planning Awareness Week. Now that summer vacations are over and the kids are back in school, it is a great time to review or move forward with your estate planning. Because estate planning is a comprehensive plan and not just a single document, it is important to regularly review all aspects of your plan, your finances, and your family’s needs.

Things to Review
 
Beneficiary Designations: For assets such as life insurance and retirement accounts, the beneficiary designation form is a crucial document. If these documents are not filled out properly, the wrong or unintended person could end up with the asset, complete...

February 5, 2019

If you're a parent, make sure you get to decide who cares for your children in the event that you can't.

November 9, 2018

Most people generally understand the concept of a power of attorney, but many don't realize that you actually need at least two different documents.

October 23, 2018

What is a beneficiary designation?

Essentially, it’s a way to transfer certain assets to specific people upon your death without those assets having to go through probate. Most people are familiar with this concept in the form of life insurance (i.e., when the insured party dies, the beneficiaries get a payout). However, there are a number of other valuable assets besides insurance that can be transferred using the same basic concept. Keep in mind that these designations do have drawbacks and limitations (some of which are discussed below), but they can certainly be helpful for basic, short-term planning.

Here’s how these designations work: you (as the...

October 8, 2018

These aren’t easy things to talk about. We get it. But, chances are, it’s better to have a conversation now before circumstances change.

January 15, 2018

There are a number of mistakes to avoid (or at least be thinking about) when you're planning for the future.

August 22, 2017

With any investment, risk is inherent. But that is not to say that all risk is unavoidable, particularly when it comes to rental properties.

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To find out more about these matters, or any others, we welcome the opportunity to speak with you personally.