How a Living Will Could Protect Your Healthcare Wishes

Studies show that only 40 percent of American adults have even a will or living trust. Not having legally binding documents which determine how your property will be divided upon your death or who should be the guardian of your children should you pass away is risky. You are risking the possibility that the courts […]

Naperville Estate Planning Lawyer Talks About Death Delaying Procedures

It is almost always difficult for people to seriously consider the end of their lives. While many believe in an afterlife or the idea of “going to a better place,” death can still be a frightening concept. In my estate planning practice, I have helped hundreds of clients face their fears and develop comprehensive estate […]

Naperville Estate Planning Attorney Talks About Your Living Will

If I were to ask you to talk about your estate plan, what would you describe? For many people, their first thoughts turn to documents such as wills and trusts that allow for the transfer of assets to heirs and beneficiaries. Of course, wills, trusts, and similar instruments represent a large part of estate planning, […]

Naperville Estate Planning Lawyer Discusses the Power of Attorney for Health Care and Living Wills

It is easy to think that estate planning primarily addresses how to divide your property and provide for your loved ones in the event of your death. However, a significant portion of the estate planning process can be dedicated to ensuring that you are properly cared for while you are alive. As an experienced estate […]

Naperville Estate Planning Attorney Discusses Brain Death Study

The process of estate planning is intended to help you protect your assets and property in the event of your death. In addition, a major element of the planning process deals directly with decisions related to health care and end-of-life concerns. In my practice as an estate planning attorney, I have helped hundreds of clients […]

Estate Planning Attorney in Naperville Talks about the Use of A Living Will

It is understandably difficult for many people to consider, in advance, their own end-of-life health care decisions. They may convince themselves that they will have plenty of time to think about such things as the reality draws near. What if you do not have plenty of time, however? What if, for example, you are suddenly diagnosed with […]

Modifying an Existing Will

When a will is created, it must be in writing and signed by the testator—the person for which the will is made—or by a person in the testator’s presence and by the testator’s direction. Additionally, it must be attested in the presence of two or more credible witnesses. Can Wills be Modified? Illinois probate law permits testators to […]

When Life Support Decisions Are Made by a Surrogate

Accidents, sudden illnesses, lifelong health struggles—these things happen. And when they do, it is easier for you and for your loved ones if you have filled out an advance directive (or living will) outlining your wishes regarding life support. But not everyone chooses to make that decision in advance. Illinois provides for this contingency in […]

Storing Your Will in a Safety Deposit Box

Illinois law does not mandate that you write a will. But if you do write a will, be sure that you keep the original document in a safe place, because the law only allows the original will to be admitted to probate. In other words, if your family can only locate a copy of the […]

Understanding the Probate Process

The mechanics of writing a will or establishing a trust are integral components of an estate plan. Equally important, however, is understanding how your estate plan will be administered. Here is what you can expect to happen with your estate, if you executed a will: The place of probate will be determined. Generally, probate will occur […]