Naperville Estate Planning Lawyer Discusses the Emerging Conflict Over Murderer’s Estate

Losing a loved one is always difficult, and it is not uncommon for disputes to arise over the recently deceased person’s estate. While most disputes are fairly minor and can be resolved amicably, others are more complex and require professional legal guidance. In my practice as an estate planning lawyer, I have helped all types […]

Naperville Estate Planning Lawyer Discusses Ways to Avoid a Will Contest

As uncomfortable as it may be for many people to think about what will happen to their property and assets after their death, estate planning is crucial to providing loved ones with security and peace of mind. Sadly, when a loved one passes away, families are often fractured by disputes over the decedent’s estate, sometimes […]

Preventing a Will Contest

A long-time Chicago Cubs baseball player died in January, leaving behind a sports legacy—and a contested will. Three months before his death, Ernie Banks executed a new will that bequeathed his entire estate to his caregiver. The new will does not include provisions for Banks’ estranged wife or his adult children, who are now challenging […]

Attorney-Client Privilege During a Will Contest

Lately, I have been hearing a great deal of talk about a case currently before the Illinois Supreme Court. The high court recently heard oral arguments in a case called Brunton v. Kruger, which asks the court to consider the scope of the accountant-client privilege during probate. Specifically, the court must determine what happens to […]