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West County Family Law is located in Ballwin, Missouri, and serves the cities of St. Louis, Chesterfield,  Fenton, Valley Park, Clayton, Creve
Coeur, Kirkwood,    Des Peres, Webster Groves, Manchester, Eureka, Hillsboro, Maryland Heights, Town and Country, Ellisville, Frontenac,
Wildwood, Ladue and Crestwood. We also serve other communities in St. Louis County, Jefferson County, St. Charles County, West County
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Joel Case & Sally Rajnoha
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Important Documents Location

A situation recently arose that I want to share so that you will not have this problem.  A client’s last surviving parent died and they were unable to
locate a Last Will and Testament or Living Trust document.  They knew their parents had been to an attorney to do estate planning but had no idea
where the documents were located.  The safe deposit box at their local bank was an obvious place to look.  However, it was in the name of the
parents only, both of whom were now deceased.  The attorney was no longer in practice.

The bank will not allow the grown children to look in the safe deposit box without a court order.  We had to file a Petition with the Probate Court to
allow the bank officer to open the safe deposit box, inventory the contents, and send a Will, if found, to the Probate Court.

The lesson here is when you go to the expense and trouble of preparing your own Last Will and Testament, Living Trust, or beneficiary deed, let
your loved ones know where these documents are located.  Better yet, add on the Personal Representative named in the Will or Successor Trustee
of your Living Trust to the safe deposit box.  If you keep your important papers in a safe at home, be sure to let someone know where the key is.   

Attorney Sally Rajnoha