Naperville Estate Planning Attorney Discusses Protecting Your Digital Assets

When you are looking toward the future and beginning the process of developing a comprehensive estate plan, it is easy to look at account statements, insurance policies, and other documents that list physical assets to determine what property will need to be considered in your will, trusts, or other planning instruments. In today’s increasingly digital […]

Together, We Can Get Through This Trying Time

Over the last few weeks—and especially the last few days—we have all experienced things that we never imagined would be a part of our lives. Local, state, and national leaders have taken unprecedented action in efforts to keep our country as safe as possible from the threat presented by the novel coronavirus strain (COVID-19) that […]

Naperville Estate Planning Attorney Discusses the Basics of Intestacy Laws in Illinois

Do you have a plan for the allocation of your property and assets in the event of your death? Obviously, such concerns can be difficult to address, as many people, including a large number of my clients, have trouble with the concept of death and estate planning. It is extremely important, however, to formalize arrangements […]

Naperville Estate Planning Attorney on Discussing Your Estate Plans with Your Adult Children

As an estate planning lawyer with over 40 years of experience, I am still surprised by the number of people who do not have a last will and testament or any other type of estate plans. Estate planning allows you to make your own decisions about how your hard-earned wealth and important family heirlooms are […]

Naperville Estate Planning Lawyer on Medical Treatments Addressed by Living Wills

The types of medical care people choose to undergo can vary dramatically. Some people diligently get their flu shots every year while others have never even considered getting a flu vaccine. Some rush to the urgent care clinic the minute their temperature reads higher than 98.6 degrees, and others avoid going to the doctor as […]

Naperville Estate Planning Lawyer on Preventing Future Inheritance Disputes

In my years as an estate planning attorney, I have seen many families suffer through conflicts caused by arguments over inheritance concerns. Not only can a will contest or other estate planning dispute cause contention between loved ones but these conflicts can also be very time consuming and incur considerable expense. While there may be […]

Naperville Estate Planning Attorney on How a No-Contest Clause Could Prevent Your Will From Being Challenged

When an individual dies with a will or trust in place, the decedent’s surviving loved ones have an opportunity to contest, or challenge, the estate planning document. A will or trust should only be contested if the surviving loved ones have a reason to believe that the will was not valid. For example, if they […]

Naperville Estate Planning Lawyer Discusses Special Estate Planning Concerns Unmarried Couples Should Keep in Mind

For a variety of reasons, more and more adults are choosing not to get married. Approximately 18 million unmarried Americans were cohabitating in 2016 and that number is expected to continue to rise. If you and your partner are unmarried, you may wonder how this will affect your estate plans. Because the law does not […]

Naperville Estate Planning Lawyer Discusses Special Considerations for Stepchildren and Step-Grandchildren

The modern American family comes in all different shapes and sizes. Furthermore, the people you consider family are not always decided by blood. For some stepparents and step-grandparents, there is no difference in how they see their biological children and the children who entered into the family through marriage. They want all of their children […]

Naperville Trusts Attorney on Providing for Your Pet in Your Estate Plan

For some people, their dog, cat, bird, horse, or other animal is more than a pet, it is a family member. Because of this, they may worry about who will care for their pet if they die before the animal does. This is especially true if their pet requires specialized care because it has medical […]