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 […]

Naperville Estate Planning Lawyer on Living Wills and Death-Delaying Procedures

The law in Illinois expressly recognizes the rights of its citizens to make their own decisions regarding the medical care they wish to receive, even after the diagnosis or acquisition of a terminal condition. According to the law, a person may choose to have death-delaying procedures withheld or withdrawn in accordance with his or own […]

Naperville Estate Planning Lawyer Discusses Essential Planning Steps

Estate planning can be a complex matter, with state and federal laws to consider, but the initial steps do not have to be complicated. In fact, almost anyone can complete an effective estate plan with the right mindset and good advice. As an experienced estate planning attorney, I take pride in helping my clients plan […]

Naperville Estate Planning Lawyer Discusses Leaving an Inheritance for Your Grandchildren

When you first thought about your estate plan, you probably gave a great deal of thought to leaving your assets to your children. As your children grow up and start their own families, you may start to think about making provisions in your estate plan for your grandchildren. Doing so, in fact, may be especially […]