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David S. Schleiffarth

David S. Schleiffarth

The Law Office of David S. Schleiffarth, LLC
  • Estate Planning
  • Missouri
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Summary

Dave Schleiffarth is an estate planning attorney, specializing in: wills, trusts, financial power of attorney, health care power of attorney, advance health care directive, beneficiary deeds, and more. Serving St. Louis County and the greater St. Louis metro area.

Practice Area
  • Estate Planning
Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    All major credit cards.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Missouri
The Missouri Bar
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Attorney, Managing Member
The Law Office of David S. Schleiffarth, LLC
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I am the owner and managing member of The Law Office of David S. Schleiffarth, LLC. I truly enjoy helping my clients resolve legal issues by offering my advice and expertise.
Education
Saint Louis University School of Law
J.D. (2018) | Law
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Honors: Dean's Scholarship
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Brigham Young University-Idaho
B.S. (2010) | Sociology
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Honors: Academic Excellence Scholarship
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Awards
Dean's Scholarship
Saint Louis University School of Law
Professional Associations
The Missouri Bar
Member
Current
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Estate Planning Council of St. Louis
Member
Current
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Webster Groves-Shrewsbury-Rock Hill Chamber of Commerce
Member
Current
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Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis - Trusts Committee
Member
Current
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Missouri Bar, Estate Planning Law Committee
Member
Current
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Publications
Articles & Publications
Estate Planning: Where Do I Begin?
LawOfficeDSS Blog
Selecting a Personal Representative
LawOfficeDSS Blog
Talking to Your Parents About Estate Planning
LawOfficeDSS Blog
Estate Planning During the COVID-19 Crisis
LawOfficeDSS Blog
Does a Will Protect My Property From Probate?
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When Should I Think About Getting an Estate Plan?
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How Do You "Fund" a Trust, After It Is Created?
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Special Needs Trusts in Missouri
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What is an Estate Plan? What's Included?
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An Overview of Beneficiary Deeds
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Do I Need an Attorney, or Can I Use an Online Service for Estate Planning?
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Who Should I Appoint as my Attorney-in-Fact in my Health Care Power of Attorney?
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“Durable” vs. “Springing” Power of Attorney
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Wills vs. Trusts
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A Walkthrough of Estate Planning
LawOfficeDSS Blog
Property Subject to Probate in Missouri
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Speaking Engagements
Frequently Asked Questions in Estate Planning
A Webinar and Q&A session. Answering questions clients frequently have about the estate planning process.
The Benefits of Estate Planning , Webinar
The Law Office of David S. Schleiffarth, LLC
An overview of key estate planning documents and their benefits to clients.
Certifications
Licensed Attorney
Missouri State Bar
Websites & Blogs
Website
The Law Office of David S. Schleiffarth, LLC
Blog
LawOfficeDSS Blog
Videos
Meet St. Louis estate planning attorney David Schleiffarth. Introduction

Meet St. Louis estate planning attorney David Schleiffarth.

A brief, visualized overview of a Last Will and Testament (under Missouri law). Wills

A brief, visualized overview of a Last Will and Testament (under Missouri law).

A brief, visualized overview of Estate Planning and the benefits it offers. What is Estate Planning?

A brief, visualized overview of Estate Planning and the benefits it offers.

A brief, visualized overview of Revocable Living Trusts (under Missouri law). Trusts Pt. 2

A brief, visualized overview of Revocable Living Trusts (under Missouri law).

A brief, visualized overview of Trusts (under Missouri law). Trusts Pt. 1

A brief, visualized overview of Trusts (under Missouri law).

A brief, visualized overview of Special Needs Trusts (under Missouri law). Special Needs Trusts

A brief, visualized overview of Special Needs Trusts (under Missouri law).

A brief, visualized overview of Health Care Power of Attorney (under Missouri law). Health Care Power of Attorney

A brief, visualized overview of Health Care Power of Attorney (under Missouri law).

A brief, visualized overview of Financial Power of Attorney (under Missouri law). Financial Power of Attorney

A brief, visualized overview of Financial Power of Attorney (under Missouri law).

A brief, visualized overview of Beneficiary Deeds (under Missouri law). Beneficiary Deeds

A brief, visualized overview of Beneficiary Deeds (under Missouri law).

A brief, visualized overview of Advance Health Care Directives (under Missouri law). Advance Health Care Directive

A brief, visualized overview of Advance Health Care Directives (under Missouri law).

What is a Health Care Power of Attorney? What is an Advance Health Care Directive? Attorney David Schleiffarth discusses these important health care documents and how they work together as part of an effective estate plan. Health Care POA & Advance Health Care Directive

What is a Health Care Power of Attorney? What is an Advance Health Care Directive? Attorney David Schleiffarth discusses these important health care documents and how they work together as part of an effective estate plan.

Attorney David Schleiffarth explains the purpose and importance of having a General Power of Attorney as part of an estate plan. General Power of Attorney

Attorney David Schleiffarth explains the purpose and importance of having a General Power of Attorney as part of an estate plan.

Do I need a Will or a Trust? Attorney David Schleiffarth discusses the features of these powerful estate planning instruments. Wills vs Trusts

Do I need a Will or a Trust? Attorney David Schleiffarth discusses the features of these powerful estate planning instruments.

Legal Answers
3 Questions Answered

Q. I have financial POA over my grandfather, can I add myself as a beneficiary on his deed?
A: Typically, if a POA grants a power then it is legal to exercise that power, assuming doing so doe not conflict with any limitations or restrictions given in the document. Another important caveat is that said power is being exercised in good faith and in keeping with the principal's interests. Further, the POA would need to be "durable" (still effective despite the principal's incapacity) to be effective at this point. Ultimately, it is impossible to give a hard answer without reviewing the POA and knowing all of the surrounding facts. It would be in your best interest to consult personally with an estate planning attorney before acting. *This statement is the opinion of its author and is intended for educational purposes only. It is not legal advice, nor does it constitute an attorney-client relationship.
Q. My mother passed away in nov. 2018, there is my sister, brother and me. My sister was POA. Also she was The executor. My
A: For a "loan" or "gift" to count against your inheritance, there would need to be a writing from your mother stating it as such. *This response is the opinion of the author and is intended for educational purposes only. It does not constitute legal advice, nor does it create an attorney-client relationship.
Q. I need to get a lawyer to set up access to my bank account to a beneficiary should I pass away. How do I do that?
A: One option is to have an Estate Planning attorney create a Revocable Living Trust. Many clients concerned with the transition of property and assets upon death find it beneficial to transfer ownership of personal property (including bank accounts) and/or real property into a Revocable Living Trust. During your lifetime, you would typically elect to act as the sole trustee (one that controls the distribution of trust assets and income) and sole beneficiary (recipient of trust assets and income). Upon your death, the contents of the Trust would pass to a beneficiary of your determination (as set forth in the trust). Thus, a bank account could be directly distributed to your named beneficiary without going through the process of probate. (Not intended as legal advice. Every individual’s situation is unique and should be discussed in detail with an attorney.)
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The Law Office of David S. Schleiffarth, LLC
75 W Lockwood Ave #200
Webster Groves, MO 63119
Telephone: (314) 448-0527
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Sunday: Open 24 hours
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