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Estate planning is the process of planning for the transfer of assets after the passing of an individual or family. As attorneys we create estate plans for clients to help you attempt to minimize the costs and expenses that will be paid out of your estate after death.
Many people do not realize that while having a Will controls who should receive your bequests (gifts after death), depending upon the amount and type of property in your estate, you may be required to go through the court Probate process before your will is effective.
Probate can cost thousands of dollars. Estate planning can help to avoid probate by arranging for assets to be treated as non-probate. The goal may be to get you to the point where you can use a small estate affidavit instead of going through Probate.
Contact us today and schedule a consultation so that we can help you plan for the future.
When you die without a valid will you die “Intestate” and the property in your estate is distributed according to the instructions set forth by statutory law. Our article on this subject explains how this process works and why you should use an attorney to get things done correctly.
We charge low reasonable rates to produce wills and accompanying powers of attorney for health care and property.
Contact us today to schedule a consultation with us so that we can get started on your will.
Power of Attorney
A properly drafted and executed power of attorney can give someone else the ability to act for you in healthcare and, or, financial matters. When we create a POA we take the time to sit down with you and understand
There are good reasons to have a trust. And there are bad reasons to have one. We take the time to get to know your goals and estate planning needs.
We have the experience, knowledge, and ability to create and implement revocable or grantor trusts, irrevocable trusts, and medicaid trusts. We are also interested in helping with your NRA gun trust needs.
Contact us today to schedule a consultation so that we can discuss your trust goals.
Pre-nuptial & Post-Nuptial Agreements
Contrary to popular belief, Pre-nuptial and Postnuptial agreements can be extremely helpful in bringing a couple, and their families, together. A well drafted pre-nup or post-nup should handle the possibility of either death or divorce.
An agreement is all about creating a meeting of the minds between the future groom and bride. This requires conversation and openness between the parties. Locking in how the events of death or divorce will affect the parties assets can create certainty for the parties and their family and friends. Having certainty can remove doubts about intentions and give relationship the room it requires.
Additionally, many second marriages occur later in life and some parties desire to provide for their children. Having an estate plan turns that desire from being a mere wish into something that will actually happen.
Contact us for a consultation to discuss a pre-nup or post-nup.
The court has the power to create a temporary or permanent guardianship over certain minors and disabled adults. We have experience in both types of guardianship cases.
Additionally, minors in the State of Illinois can have a temporary guardianship created without court intervention if certain formalities are followed.
Contact us today to schedule a consultation so that we can help you with your guardianship needs.
When a person dies with a will the law requires that it be filed with a court. When a person dies with assets their executor, beneficiary, or creditor must open a Probate case in court – unless they qualify for a small estate affidavit.
The Probate process determines whether there is a will or, if there is more than one which will would be admitted to probate. Then, the court appoints an executor. Next, there is a process for determining valid claims against the estate and, beneficiaries. During this time the executor has many responsibilities.
It is the attorney’s job to guide the executor, claimant, or beneficiary through the Probate process and represent that person and advocate before the court.
Contact us today to schedule a consultation to discuss your probate needs.