Naperville Estate Planning Lawyer Discusses the Emerging Conflict Over Murderer’s Estate

Losing a loved one is always difficult, and it is not uncommon for disputes to arise over the recently deceased person’s estate. While most disputes are fairly minor and can be resolved amicably, others are more complex and require professional legal guidance. In my practice as an estate planning lawyer, I have helped all types […]

Naperville Lawyer on Talking to Your Parents About Estate Planning

Everyone can benefit from having a comprehensive estate plan in place. In addition to giving a person and their family the peace of mind that his or her final wishes will be fulfilled, estate planning offers the opportunity for that person to examine their financial needs and assets in order to plan for the future. […]

A Discussion on Living Trusts by a Naperville Estate Planning Lawyer

As an estate planning attorney, I recognize that many people have questions about the various documents and tools that can be used to secure their family’s financial future. It can difficult to know which instrument or instruments are right for a particular situation. One common source of a confusion is a tool known as a […]

Naperville Estate Planning Lawyer Discusses the Distinctions Between a Will and an Estate Plan

When some people hear the terms estate plan, wills, trusts, or end-of-life planning, their eyes glaze over. The subject of estate planning can be overwhelming because it is a multifaceted topic which covers many aspects of financial and healthcare planning, but also because it is often uncomfortable to talk about what will happen after you […]

Naperville Estate Planning Lawyer Offers End-of-the-Year Tips

In addition to opening Christmas presents and toasting the new year, the end of the calendar year is also a time to review your estate plan and create a strategy for reaching your financial goals in 2018. This time of year is a good time to do an estate plan “check-up.”  An up-to-date estate plan […]

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 […]