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 […]

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 Lawyer Discusses Handwritten Wills

For most people, a last will and testament is one of the most important documents they will ever create. Your will is likely to contain provisions that dictate how your assets are to be divided among your chosen beneficiaries but may also include many other considerations. You can use your will to establish guardianships for […]

Naperville Estate Planning Attorney on Using a Pour-Over Will

Within the realm of estate planning, there are many terms and phrases that can be very confusing to the average person. At times, it can feel like planning for your family’s future requires learning a new language altogether, just so you can know what tools and instruments to utilize. Most people are familiar with the […]

Naperville Estate Planning Lawyer Discusses Ways to Avoid a Will Contest

As uncomfortable as it may be for many people to think about what will happen to their property and assets after their death, estate planning is crucial to providing loved ones with security and peace of mind. Sadly, when a loved one passes away, families are often fractured by disputes over the decedent’s estate, sometimes […]

Naperville Attorney Discusses Careful Estate Planning for Those With Medical Conditions

Earlier this month, the sports world lost one of its true icons when former heavyweight champion boxer Muhammad Ali passed away at the age of 74. The man who once dubbed himself “The Greatest” was well-known around the world as a someone who would fight for what he believed to be right, both in and […]

Fame, Fortune, But No Estate Plan: Naperville Lawyer on the Death of a Music Legend

While it might be a bit of a stretch to suggest that the world was shocked to learn that music icon Prince had died last month, it certainly came as a surprise to most people. Rumors and speculation about drug abuse and addiction continue to swirl, but, as of yet, the cause of the 57-year-old […]

Naperville Estate Planning Lawyer Discusses Reasons to Name a New Executor

A will is the foundation for almost any comprehensive estate plan. As you probably realize your will can contain a variety of provisions that allocate your estate to your chosen heirs, as well as establish arrangements for the care of your minor or disabled children. One of the most crucial elements of your will is […]

New Law Presumes the Will of a Disabled Person to Be Void

It should come as little surprise that, as people age, many of their mental and physical faculties often begin to deteriorate. While most individuals will maintain reasonable capabilities until the end of their lives, others will require a power of attorney or a guardian to assist them in making day-to-day decisions. For the vast majority […]