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 […]

Naperville Estate Planning Lawyer Discusses “The Big Three” of Estate Planning

If something tragic happened to you on the way home today, do you have any idea what would happen to your assets and belongings? For the purposes of this hypothetical, assume that the same tragic thing happened to your spouse at the same time. According to recent estimates, more than half of American adults do […]

Naperville Estate Planning Lawyer on How to Discuss Estate Plans with Aging Parents

If you have parents nearing retirement and they do not have adequate estate plans, you may be worried about how to bring up the topic of estate planning with them. It can be incredibly hard to discuss what will happen after your parents pass away with them, but it is a crucial conversation. Dying without, […]

Naperville Lawyer Discusses Estate Planning as a Form of Insurance

In my practice as an estate planning attorney, I have heard all of the excuses that people make for not creating a will, establishing a trust, or choosing a power of attorney. “My estate is too small to worry about.” “I’m too young to think about estate planning.” “Estate planning now will just create bad […]

Is It Time to Choose a New Executor?

In a recent post, I outlined the importance of reviewing your estate plan regularly. The primary goal of such a review is to determine if your estate plan still matches your life’s circumstances well enough to give you and your family the peace of mind you deserve. As an estate planning lawyer, I realize that […]

Naperville Estate Planning Lawyer on Estate Planning With a Spouse Who Refuses to Participate

In my practice as an estate planning attorney, I have helped many married couples create wills, trusts, and other estate planning instruments designed to offer long-term security and peace of mind. On occasion, however, I am approached by individuals who recognize the importance of estate planning but who cannot get their spouses to participate in […]

Now Is the Perfect Time for Your Annual Estate Plan Review

Believe it or not, 2018 is coming to a close, and soon we will venture into the year 2019. Before the New Year arrives, take some time to review and update your estate plan. Regular estate plan upkeep is critical to ensuring that your estate plans reflect your current wishes regarding end-of-life care and inheritance. […]

Naperville Lawyer Discusses Talking to Your Adult Children About Your Estate Plans

Estate planning is unlike any other area of the law in that it deals directly with the issue of death. It can be extremely hard to talk to family members about what will happen to your wealth and assets after you pass away. Although it is a challenging conversation to have, going over your will […]

Naperville Estate Planning Lawyer Talks About Pet Trusts

Altogether, Americans own approximately 80 million dogs and 86 million cats. For many of these pet owners, their pet is not considered a piece of property but instead a valued member of the family. If you have pets, it is important to consider them while you make your estate plan. Although it is a difficult […]