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. […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

Naperville Estate Planning Lawyer Talks About Death Delaying Procedures

It is almost always difficult for people to seriously consider the end of their lives. While many believe in an afterlife or the idea of “going to a better place,” death can still be a frightening concept. In my estate planning practice, I have helped hundreds of clients face their fears and develop comprehensive estate […]

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 […]

Using Your Estate Plan to Prevent Sibling Estrangement

It is tragically common for children of any age to experience serious problems following the death of a parent. What may have begun as typical sibling rivalry and relatively minor annoyances may develop into an irreparable chasm between brothers and sisters when their mother or father is no longer there to mediate. In some cases, […]

Naperville Estate Planning Lawyer Talks About Intestate Succession

As an estate planning lawyer, it troubles me to know that more than half of American adults do not have any type of plan in place for the disposition of their asset upon their death—not even a will. If you are among that group, do you know what would happen to your hard-earned property if […]

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 […]