Selling Estate Assets to Pay Claims

Many people die with some debt, whether it is credit card debt or unpaid utility bills. The executor is tasked with paying valid claims that have been submitted in a timely manner. When the estate has cash in it, then it is relatively easy for the executor to pay the claims. Problems can arise, however, […]

How to Find a Loved One’s Will

Under Illinois law, the executor must file a decedent’s will with the probate court and, within 30 days, institute a proceeding to have the will admitted to probate. Ideally, the testator would have told relatives where his or her will was being stored while living. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Instead, nobody might […]

Life Changes That May Require an Estate Plan Update

If you have already developed an estate plan, congratulations! You are in the minority, but you have taken the steps toward providing security for your loved ones. However, it is also important to understand that there are certain situations or life changes that may require you to update or make amendments to your estate plan. […]

Naperville Estate Planning Lawyer on How Filing for Bankruptcy Can Affect Estate Plans

When debts become overwhelming, a person may have no other choice but to file for bankruptcy. Through bankruptcy, an individual may find relief from crushing debts and enjoy a fresh start. However, bankruptcy may also have an effect on estate plans. If you are struggling financially and are considering filing for bankruptcy protection, you might […]

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 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 […]

Naperville Estate Planning Attorney Talks About the Problem of Undue Influence

The period immediately following the death of a close loved one is nearly always challenging, even if the death was the result of a long illness or health problems dating back many years. In the midst of your grief, it can be very troubling to discover that the will your loved one created was recently […]

Naperville Lawyer Discusses Divorce and Estate Planning

As an experienced estate planning attorney, I frequently remind clients of the many advantages to creating an estate plan. Although a shocking number of Americans do not have estate plans in place, drafting a will, trust, or or other estate planning document can greatly benefit you as well as your loved ones your loved ones. […]

“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 […]

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 […]