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 […]

Estate Planning Lawyer in Naperville Offers Three Reasons You Need an Estate Plan

For far too many people, estate planning is something they will take care of later, which is a nice way of saying that it is not very important right now. Unfortunately, “later” becomes “never” in a large number of situations, leaving family members and loved ones to make important decisions during a time already complicated […]

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 […]

The Basics of Intestate Succession From a Naperville Estate Planning Lawyer

For many people, even beginning the conversation about estate planning can be difficult. It is not easy to confront the fact that you will not live forever and drafting a will, trust, and other estate planning documents forces you to look beyond the end of your life. As an estate planning attorney with decades of […]

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 Lawyer Emphasizes the Importance of an Estate Plan

You have worked hard throughout the years and have acquired real estate, investments, artwork, jewelry, family heirlooms, and other items that are important to you. The question now is: what will you do with them? Will you pass specific items down to specific family members or evenly divide your assets among them? Maybe you will […]

The Rights of Surviving Spouses and Dependent Children

Preparing an estate plan is a wise decision. However, even with a valid estate plan in place, your express wishes might not be carried out. For example, Illinois probate law affords special rights to surviving spouses and minor children that could contravene specific provisions in your will. Electing to Take a Statutory Share The surviving […]

Establishing and Administering a Charitable Trust

Estate planning is a fairly new concept. It used to be that parents did not think twice about leaving everything to their children. Today, however, with the advent of charitable giving and changing family norms, people have more options to consider when writing their wills. If you choose to make “nontraditional” bequests – or, more […]

Common Mistakes Associated with Estate Planning

Estate planning is not easy, but that does not mean you should avoid doing it. Unfortunately, a lot of families fail to make these plans, which is why many Americans have no preparations for what happens to their property after they are gone. In fact, according to one survey, half of Americans do not have […]

How to Proceed in Probate When the Life Status of the “Decedent” is Unknown

Nine years after Samuel Zagaria disappeared, his sister Joanne petitioned the Cook County probate court for a presumption of death. The court complied and appointed Joanne, Zagaria’s only heir, the administrator of her brother’s estate. But in the course of administering the estate and trying to collect insurance benefits, Samuel turned up alive. Unfortunately for […]