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 […]

Naperville Estate Planning Attorney Talks About Your Living Will

If I were to ask you to talk about your estate plan, what would you describe? For many people, their first thoughts turn to documents such as wills and trusts that allow for the transfer of assets to heirs and beneficiaries. Of course, wills, trusts, and similar instruments represent a large part of estate planning, […]

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 […]