Talking to Your Family About Your Estate Plan

In my practice as an estate planning lawyer, I meet with clients almost every day who are at least a little bit intimidated by the process. For many, it is not the logistics that bother them; it is the difficult subject matter. It can be quite uncomfortable to face the reality that we will not […]

Naperville Lawyer Explains Why You Are Rich Enough for an Estate Plan

It is an often-cited number, but it bears repeating: about 60 percent of American adults do not have any type of estate plan in place. Some of those adults, of course, include young men and women fresh out of high school or college, so their lack of an estate plan is somewhat understandable, but why […]

Understanding Testamentary Capacity

In my practice as an estate planning lawyer, I have helped hundreds of clients draft wills that help provide long-term financial security for their family members and loved ones. I have also assisted a number of beneficiaries and others in contesting wills that they believed did not truly reflect the wishes of the individuals who […]

Naperville Estate Planning Attorney Offers Five Ways Your Will Can Become Obsolete

As you probably realize, a will often provides the foundation for a comprehensive estate plan. In some cases, a person’s will is the only instrument used to transfer his or her assets to heirs and beneficiaries. This is not uncommon, particularly among individuals with modest estates and few complex holdings. In my practice as an […]

Naperville Estate Planning Attorney Discusses Incentive Trusts

It would be nice if every person was financially responsible and capable of making good decisions regarding money, but the reality is that many people struggle with establishing good spending habits. For such individuals, money in hand does not last long, often being spent on frivolous things—at least in the opinion of their friends and […]

Naperville Estate Planning Attorney Discusses Online Estate Planning

Over the last 25 years or so, the internet has grown to become an important part of everyday life in the United States. Online connectivity has woven itself into everything from education and industry to home electronics and even our automobiles. In my practice, I have also seen the impact of the internet on how […]

Naperville Estate Planning Lawyer Talks About Divorce, Ex-Spouses, and Estate Plans

According to current estimates, the divorce rate in the United States is somewhere between 30 and 45 percent. While the exact number may be tough to pin down, the reality is that thousands of couples get divorced every year in Illinois alone. A divorce can change your life in more ways than you might realize […]

Naperville Estate Planning Attorney Discusses Stepparents and Stepchildren

In many ways, the concept of estate planning is similar to that of healthy living. Most people are aware that both are good ideas, but it can be very difficult to even get started. Much like eating right and exercising, estate planning is one of those things that many people will do eventually. Unfortunately, some […]

Naperville Estate Planning Lawyer Talks About Death Delaying Procedures

It is almost always difficult for people to seriously consider the end of their lives. While many believe in an afterlife or the idea of “going to a better place,” death can still be a frightening concept. In my estate planning practice, I have helped hundreds of clients face their fears and develop comprehensive estate […]

Important Information for Unmarried Couples from a Naperville Estate Planning Lawyer

If you were to die tomorrow, do you know what would happen to your assets and property? What about your children? Have you directed a trusted family member or loved one to care for them in the event that something happens to you? As an experienced estate planning lawyer, I know that some estimates say […]