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 Estate Planning Lawyer Talks About the Risks of Do-It-Yourself Wills and Estate Plans

While the internet has been around in some form since the late 1960s, its expansion in the last three decades has literally changed the world. Today, almost every part of our lives is or can be connected to the internet, including our education systems and even our household appliances. In my practice as an attorney, […]

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. […]

Naperville Estate Planning Lawyer Discusses Reasons You Might Wish to Avoid Probate

In my numerous years as an estate planning attorney, I have helped many people achieve their personal and financial goals through a personalized estate plan. Whether it is drafting a will, trust, guardianship, or other estate planning document, having a comprehensive estate plan puts you in control of personal decisions instead of leaving these important […]

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 […]