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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Estate Planning Attorney in Naperville Encourages Family Discussions

Do you currently have a signed and executed will prepared in the event that something tragic and unexpected happens to you? If so, you are already in a better position than over half of all American adults. Your estate planning work, however, may not be done just yet. As an experienced estate planning attorney, I […]

Study Suggests Estate Planning Is Still Not a High Priority for Americans

For the last 70 years or so, famous actors, musicians, athletes, and other larger than life personalities have dominated American popular culture. Our obsession with celebrities, it seems, knows no bounds, and with the advent of the internet and now drone technology, things are only getting worse. Celebrities have always maintained a level of influence […]

Naperville Estate Planning Attorney Discusses Leaving Assets to Caregivers

As you get older, you may require increased levels of medical and personal care. In some cases, your children, grandchildren, or other family members may be able to provide the assistance you need, but in other instances, you may be forced to rely on the services of a caregiver to whom you are not related. […]

Naperville Estate Planning Lawyer Discusses the Impact of the Estate Tax

Throughout the 2016 presidential election, one of the many points of disagreements between the candidates was the issue of the estate tax. The estate tax—sometimes referred to as the “death tax”—is the portion of a deceased person’s estate that must be paid to the federal and/or state government before the remainder of the estate can […]

Resolve to Create an Estate Plan in 2017

If you pick up a magazine or browse any website that allows users to express their opinions, you may have heard that, according to many, 2016 was the worst year ever. For some, the last 12 months have been very difficult on a personal level, but most others are just using hyperbole to express their […]

Naperville Lawyer Warns About the Dangers of DIY Estate Planning

For more than 240 years, America has enjoyed a reputation as a nation of independent people who are willing and able to do things themselves. Today, bookstores and websites are full of resources for those with a do-it-yourself, or DIY, streak, as books and YouTube videos can show anyone how to do just about anything […]