Naperville Estate Planning Lawyer Discusses How to Avoid Inheritance Disputes

Last month, the patriarch of one of music’s royal families passed away at age 89. Joe Jackson was the father of Michael, Janet, and the Jackson 5, but most sources avoid indicating that he was a loving, nurturing parent. Joe’s death is not likely to create as much controversy as Michael’s did in 2009. When […]

Naperville Estate Planning Lawyer Talks About When to Contest a Will

The purpose of a last will and testament is to make arrangements for how a person’s property and debt will be distributed after they pass away. The person creating a will is referred to as the testator. Wills can also contain information about guardianship of minor children, the testator’s final arrangements, inheritance, and more. In […]

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 […]

Preventing a Will Contest

A long-time Chicago Cubs baseball player died in January, leaving behind a sports legacy—and a contested will. Three months before his death, Ernie Banks executed a new will that bequeathed his entire estate to his caregiver. The new will does not include provisions for Banks’ estranged wife or his adult children, who are now challenging […]

Contesting the Validity of a Will in Illinois

While talking about life after you are gone and deciding how to distribute your property can be difficult, estate planning is the responsible thing to do. There are many avenues to consider, but the most basic step to take is executing a will. Unfortunately, having a legally executed will does not always ensure a smooth […]

Tips for a Contest-Free Will

One of the most difficult things you’ll do as you get older is prepare the documents for when you’re gone. According to AARP Magazine, boomer parents—the sub-sect of the population rapidly headed for retirement and Social Security collection—are slated to leave their children about $30 trillion over the next 30 to 40 years. “That number […]