Naperville Estate Planning Attorney Discusses Contesting a Will Due to Lack of Testamentary Capacity

According to the law, a person cannot enter into a legally binding contract such as a will or trust if they cannot fully understand what they are agreeing to. Many wills have been contested by family members who had concerns about their deceased loved one’s testamentary capacity, or cognitive wellness. In my experience as an […]

Naperville Estate Planning Attorney Talks About Handwritten Wills

When the “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin died last year, there was a great deal written about how she died without a will or any other type of estate plan in place. In fact, I even discussed that very topic in a post on this blog around the time of her death. In recent months, […]

“Jeopardy!” Champion’s Donation to Naperville Cancer Charity Sets Example for Philanthropic Giving

In today’s world, most people are constantly being asked to donate to one cause or another. You can hardly go into a store or open your mail without seeing some type of donation request. As a practicing lawyer and a proud member of the Naperville community, I understand that charitable organizations provide a wide range […]

Estate Planning and the Refusal of Death-Delaying Medical Procedures

Estate planning includes more than creating a will or trust to address the disposition of your assets after you pass away. Estate planning also deals with decisions about future medical care you do and do not wish to receive. Have you ever considered what type of death-delaying treatments you would want to receive if you […]

Naperville Lawyer Discusses Some of the Most Common Estate Planning Mistakes

Estate planning is similar to flossing, eating healthy, and doing your taxes. We know it is a necessary task which has great benefit, but we sometimes procrastinate or find reasons not to do it. In fact, less than half of Americans have a will, trust, or other estate planning instrument in place. In my experience […]

Are You Concerned About the Validity of Your Loved One’s Will?

The purpose of a Last Will and Testament, trust, or other estate planning tools should always be to ensure that a loved one’s final wishes and inheritance directions are followed. However, sometimes there are questions about the validity or enforceability of a person’s will. Elderly individuals or those with illnesses that affect cognition can be […]

Naperville Estate Planning Attorney Talks About Leaving an Inheritance to Non-Related Caregivers

The question of who gets a person’s assets when they pass away can be tricky, to say the least. Leaving an inheritance to children and grandchildren is usually the norm, but what happens when a person wishes to leave an inheritance to a caregiver? If you have a nurse, companion, home health aide, or personal […]

Keep These Considerations in Mind When Choosing an Estate Planning Attorney

Although it can be a challenging topic to address, estate planning is critically important for those who wish to have a say in how their property and assets are handled upon their death. A comprehensive estate plan can also allow you to decide things like what type of medical care you want and do not […]

Naperville Estate Planning Lawyer on Protecting Eligibility for Government Programs with Special Needs Trusts

When you think about a time when you will no longer be around to care for your family, it may be scary to consider how those who need you most will fare when you are gone. This may be especially true if you have a son, daughter, brother, sister, or cousin with a serious disability […]

Naperville Lawyer on How Estate Planning Now Can Help You Prevent Family Arguments in the Future

As an estate planning attorney, I realize that it can be hard to know exactly how to divide your assets and property upon your death. Many people want to leave an inheritance for their children and other family members, but are unsure about who should get what. Asking family for input on inheritance and estate […]