Ozark Estate Planning

We can help you with all aspects of trusts and estate issues, including: 

  • Estate Planning

  • Wills 

  • Trusts

  • Powers of Attorney

  • Healthcare Declarations

  • Personal Representative Duties

  • Guardianship 

  • Probate 

  • Probate and Will Disputes

  • Estate Taxes


We can advise you on the best approach to your estate planning, thoroughly analyze your estate, and strategize the best means of transferring your assets, minimizing taxes, establishing guardianship for your children, supporting personal philanthropic causes, protecting your loved ones. We can draft a Will or Trust that reflects your goals and objectives. 


Extensive knowledge about Missouri probate court is used to guide you through the complex process of probating a Will. Our law office assists personal representatives (also known as executors or administrators) in all steps of the process, including: 

  • Creating a plan of action to probate the estate fairly and expeditiously 

  • Filing the Will with the Missouri Probate Court 

  • Opening and closing bank accounts 

  • Transferring assets from the deceased to the estate 

  • Paying taxes and other debts 

  • Locating beneficiaries

  • Hiring professional expert when necessary


When disputes occur between beneficiaries, we successfully represent your interests. We have the extensive knowledge to challenge invalid Wills or Trusts or to defend valid Wills or Trusts against the improper assertions of dissatisfied beneficiaries. As skillful mediators and litigators, we can negotiate between beneficiaries to preserve relationships or fastidiously pursue your rights in court when necessary. 


Steven Patterson, Attorney at Law serves clients throughout southern Missouri. Call 573-453-2529 or contact us online to schedule a consultation at our main office in Salem or by appointment in our Houston office.