Naperville Business Attorney Discusses Wells Fargo and the Importance of Consumer Trust

Over the last few months, much has been published by news outlets and other sources—including here on this blog—about the unauthorized opening of customer accounts by employees at Wells Fargo, the nation’s third-largest bank. Since September of last year, two separate settlements have been announced to put the matter to rest, each of which included […]

Naperville Lawyer Warns About the Dangers of DIY Estate Planning

For more than 240 years, America has enjoyed a reputation as a nation of independent people who are willing and able to do things themselves. Today, bookstores and websites are full of resources for those with a do-it-yourself, or DIY, streak, as books and YouTube videos can show anyone how to do just about anything […]

Naperville Estate Planning Attorney on Using a Pour-Over Will

Within the realm of estate planning, there are many terms and phrases that can be very confusing to the average person. At times, it can feel like planning for your family’s future requires learning a new language altogether, just so you can know what tools and instruments to utilize. Most people are familiar with the […]

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 […]

Naperville Attorney Discusses Careful Estate Planning for Those With Medical Conditions

Earlier this month, the sports world lost one of its true icons when former heavyweight champion boxer Muhammad Ali passed away at the age of 74. The man who once dubbed himself “The Greatest” was well-known around the world as a someone who would fight for what he believed to be right, both in and […]

Naperville Estate Planning Lawyer Discusses How a Living Trust Can Protect Your Assets

If you are in debt, you may be wondering what happens to all of your assets when you pass away. In my practice as an estate planning lawyer, clients frequently ask me questions of this nature. Do the nagging creditors get everything that you have acquired over the years, or do your children and heirs […]

Consider Charitable Donations in Your Estate Plan

Earlier this month, the founder and CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, announced his intention to donate a large portion of his Facebook stock holdings to charity. His shares, currently valued at around $45 billion, will be transferred into a limited liability company, or LLC, called the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, to begin the process, a move […]

Naperville Lawyer Addresses Why Your Will Should Include a Special Needs Trust Clause

Did you know that more than 50 million Americans deal with disabilities and special needs? That number represents nearly 20 percent of the population. It also means most families, at some point, will need to consider the best interest of a disabled or special needs person in planning for the future. Such considerations are often […]

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 […]

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 […]