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 […]

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 the Power of Attorney for Health Care and Living Wills

It is easy to think that estate planning primarily addresses how to divide your property and provide for your loved ones in the event of your death. However, a significant portion of the estate planning process can be dedicated to ensuring that you are properly cared for while you are alive. As an experienced estate […]

Naperville Estate Planning Attorney Discusses Brain Death Study

The process of estate planning is intended to help you protect your assets and property in the event of your death. In addition, a major element of the planning process deals directly with decisions related to health care and end-of-life concerns. In my practice as an estate planning attorney, I have helped hundreds of clients […]

Estate Planning Attorney in Naperville Talks about the Use of A Living Will

It is understandably difficult for many people to consider, in advance, their own end-of-life health care decisions. They may convince themselves that they will have plenty of time to think about such things as the reality draws near. What if you do not have plenty of time, however? What if, for example, you are suddenly diagnosed with […]

When Life Support Decisions Are Made by a Surrogate

Accidents, sudden illnesses, lifelong health struggles—these things happen. And when they do, it is easier for you and for your loved ones if you have filled out an advance directive (or living will) outlining your wishes regarding life support. But not everyone chooses to make that decision in advance. Illinois provides for this contingency in […]

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 […]

Planning in Advance: Express Your End of Life Wishes in a Living Will

Death can be an uncomfortable subject of conversation. But it is also a universal fact of life. It is far better to plan for that eventuality in advance and do everything possible to prepare our loved ones, than to force emotional decisions when the moment finally arrives.  Bud Hammes agrees with that. He works as […]

How to Write a Last Will and Testament in Illinois

When an older man or woman passes away, usually he or she has a last will and testament, usually or just a “will.” All people above the age of 18, though, should have a will that can be updated when necessary. It is important for everyone to know how to write a will and what […]

The Trouble with Prepaid Funerals

In the interest of making things easy for their future beneficiaries, many elderly plan for death by orchestrating a prepaid funeral. It seems, from the outside, a great idea: “when I finally go, my family won’t have to worry about any costs to lay me to rest—I can plan it on my own terms, with […]