Practice Areas

Creath S. Thorne, P.C. provides a variety of different legal services for individuals, families, and businesses in western Missouri. Our areas of practice include estate planning and administration (including assistance with wills, trusts, and the probate process), business civil litigation, personal injury and wrongful death claims, employment law, workers’ compensation, and family law.

Estate Planning and Administration

Estate Planning and Administration Lawyer | St Joseph | Creath S. Thorne, P.C.A comprehensive estate plan doesn’t just address the question of what will happen to your property after you die. Estate planning is also about making sure that you’re doing everything possible to protect your estate from unnecessary taxation and fraudulent creditors’ claims. Furthermore, by putting a sound estate plan in place, you can safeguard your family’s dignity and rights when it comes to important decisions about your health care and your finances. Contact Creath S. Thorne, P.C. to schedule a free consultation with a friendly St. Joseph estate planning attorney who has helped numerous individuals and families in western Missouri create wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and advance health care directives that stand the test of time. We’ll assist you in creating an estate plan that’s tailored to meet your family’s financial and personal needs.

When creating an estate plan, you will often have to choose between establishing a will or a trust. Either one can serve as the cornerstone of a sound plan, but there are important differences. Wills may be fairly inexpensive to put in place, but are usually better for families with less complicated asset portfolios. Families who have special needs or have a lot of real estate investments, on the other hand, may benefit from creating trusts instead. Trusts are extremely versatile estate planning instruments that can be used to maximize estate-tax exemptions, manage assets during an individual’s lifetime as well as after their death, and perform many other functions. Let a seasoned trusts attorney tell you about IRA trusts, irrevocable trusts, life insurance trusts, land trusts, and other legal tools available to you for making the most of your wealth both now and in the years to come.

One of the advantages of trusts is that unlike wills, trusts don’t have to go through probate court in order to become valid. The probate process involves accounting for and gathering the assets of the deceased, honoring legitimate claims made by creditors, and distributing the remainder of the estate among the deceased’s heirs according to the instructions in their will. The person responsible for overseeing the probate process is the personal representative (also known as the executor) and is usually named in the will of the deceased. Under some circumstances, as in when no valid will exists, a personal representative may be appointed by the State of Missouri. Unfortunately, going to probate court can be a costly and time-consuming endeavor if it’s not handled correctly. This is why it’s best for personal representatives to seek the advice of an experienced probate attorney before going to court. Sometimes a good estate administration lawyer can even help a client avoid probate completely. We also represent personal representatives or family members during will contests or other matters related to probate litigation.

Business Civil Litigation

Business Civil Litigation Lawyer | St Joseph | Creath S. Thorne, P.C.When a serious dispute arises between two businesses owners, civil litigation can become necessary. In such cases, the best way for all parties concerned to protect their rights and their interests is to seek legal representation as soon as possible. However, the ideal time for a concerned party to contact a business civil litigation attorney is long before a matter proceeds to trial. This isn’t just to better protect your rights and your interests during litigation – by getting a knowledgeable business civil litigation lawyer involved at the earliest stages of a dispute, business owners can often resolve their differences through mediation rather than having to resort to civil court. Taking a business dispute to trial is, of course, a costly and time-consuming undertaking even under the best of circumstances, but sometimes it is the only way for business owners to see that a contract or other legal agreement is honored.

At Creath S. Thorne, P.C., we represent our clients in all kinds of business civil litigation matters. We have helped litigate contract disputes, real estate disputes, non-compete agreements,  lease agreements, insurance claims and coverage disputes, partnership and corporate dissolutions, and construction disputes. We act swiftly and aggressively to protect our clients’ rights during civil disputes while always seeking ways to cut costs and save time. If you are anticipating the prospect of civil litigation due an ongoing business dispute and are wondering what your options are for resolving this matter as quickly and as inexpensively as possible, take action. Contact a skilled St. Joseph business law attorney and schedule a free consultation to discuss your issue today.

Personal Injury and Wrongful Death

Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Lawyer | St Joseph | Creath S. Thorne, P.C.When a person is injured due to the carelessness or recklessness of another person or party, the victim has the right to file a personal injury claim against those responsible. If an insurance company agrees to a settlement, or if a jury grants a settlement following a civil trial, victims can recover damages that can be used to address both the financial costs of their injuries as well as their pain and suffering. However, the claims process can be very complex and requires a victim to submit extensive documentation and evidence in order to make their case successfully. If you have been seriously injured in an accident, let a Missouri personal injury attorney help you file your claim properly in order to help you maximize your chances of getting the largest settlement you and your family are entitled to under state law. Don’t let an insurance company find ways to reduce, delay, or deny your legitimate claim: schedule a consultation with a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer about your case as soon as possible.

At Creath S. Thorne, P.C., represent victims of car accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, and medical malpractice. We also handle matters of product liability involving injuries caused by defective, malfunctioning, or otherwise unsafe consumer goods, as well as cases involving slip and fall accidents or other premises liability matters. In addition, we represent family members who are filing wrongful death suits in the State of Missouri. We’ve secured both multimillion dollar settlements and jury verdicts on behalf of our clients and we will gladly go to court on your behalf if necessary. Most of the time we are able to settle cases without resorting to litigation, but if your case does proceed to trial, you’ll be in good hands. Contact our office to schedule a free consultation.

Workers’ Compensation

Workers' Compensation Lawyer | St Joseph | Creath S. Thorne, P.C.The workers’ compensation system was established in order to protect both employees and employers in the event of workplace accidents. It represents a kind of compromise in which injured workers are guaranteed to receive some benefits in the event of an accident, regardless of who was responsible, and employers are protected from liability for accidents except in the most egregious cases. Workers’ comp is a “no-fault” system, meaning that injured employees don’t need to prove that another party caused their injuries in order to receive financial compensation. In fact, employees can usually file a workers’ compensation claim even if they caused an accident themselves. Employers benefit from the workers’ compensation system because workers can’t hold them liable for accidents unless grave criminal misconduct or recklessness is involved.

When an accident victim’s injuries are fairly minor, the workers’ compensation system usually works quite well. When severe or catastrophic injuries are involved that may necessitate surgery or prevent an employee from returning to work for a long period of time, victims can get help seeing that their rights and their interests are protected by hiring a skilled workers’ compensation attorney. You don’t need a workers’ comp lawyer to file a claim, but the more serious your injuries are, the more money is at stake, and the more likely it is that claims examiners or your employer will try to find excuses to deny their financial obligations to you.

Partnering with a dedicated Missouri workers’ compensation lawyer greatly increases the chances that accident victims will receive the maximum cash payout allowable by law for their injuries. In addition, there are other parties such as property owners or equipment manufacturers whose actions may have increased the probability of an injurious accident occurring. Unlike employers who carry workers’ comp insurance, these third parties don’t enjoy immunity from liability and can be held responsible by accident victims in civil court. Contact Creath S. Thorne, P.C. today to learn more about what you can do to protect your rights following a workplace accident in the State of Missouri. We can help you hold third parties and insurance companies accountable.

Employment Law

Employment and Discrimination Lawyer | St Joseph | Creath S. Thorne, P.C.Every year, hundreds of thousands of Americans experience discrimination at the hands of their employers. It doesn’t matter whether this discrimination targets an employee’s age, religion, gender, national origin, physical disability, or race –  it’s unacceptable, and also illegal. The federal government’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is tasked with enforcing the laws related to workplace discrimination and holding employers accountable for breaching them. If you believe that your employer discriminated against you by wrongfully terminating you, denying you a promotion, or in some other way, you should contact an aggressive employment law attorney immediately. By allowing an experienced employment law lawyer to handle your discrimination case, you can get help gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses, and submitting the substantial paperwork necessary to hold your employer responsible and help secure a favorable outcome. Call our St. Joseph office today to get started on filing a charge of employment discrimination with the EEOC. We’ll fight for you until we’ve exhausted every legal option for seeking justice on your behalf.

Family Law

Family Lawyer | St Joseph | Creath S. Thorne, P.C.A divorce or other challenging domestic legal issue can threaten a family’s happiness and financial stability. These family law issues can be particularly stressful for minor children, who can experience anxiety and uncertainty about where they will be spending the night or attending school when matters of child custody or visitation rights are not resolved promptly. If you are seeking a divorce or need to establish a child support or child custody order, call Creath S. Thorne to speak with a knowledgeable family law attorney. An experienced family law lawyer can minimize the stress, expense, and time involved in taking on difficult domestic legal matters and help to protect the welfare of a couple’s minor children in the meantime. We also assist clients with the enforcement or modification of existing orders to reflect changed circumstances as necessary. Contact our St. Joseph office today to learn more.

Call (816) 676-1491 to schedule a free consultation with Missouri Attorney Creath S. Thorne today!

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