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 […]

Use of Powers of Attorney for Your Children Who Are Over 18

When your children go to college, they are generally at least 18 years of age. In Illinois, they are considered to be adults at that time. This means that you, as their parents, are not legally entitled to their school information which includes grades (despite the fact that you are footing the bill for the […]

Different Types of Fiduciaries

Beginning to plan one’s estate isn’t an easy task, and can be a dim reminder of mortality. Many people put off estate planning until they’re at the end of the road, which works in some cases, but can sometimes leave the person’s family straddled with an unmanageable tax burden, debt, or, at the very least, […]

How To Avoid A Gift Tax

According to CNN Money Magazine, “estate planning isn’t just about how you want your assets distributed after you die.” Figuring out what to do with your estate is just that—and while the word “estate” may bring to mind brick mansions and vacation homes, the truth is that most people, of any socioeconomic class, have an […]

No Will for Winehouse

According to a recent report by Forbes, after powerhouse singer Amy Winehouse actually did pass away without a will. She died at 27 of alcohol poisoning. Preliminary reports stated that she not only did in fact have a will but that she had also updated her will after her divorce from felon husband Blake Fielder-Civil. […]

Estate Planning 101 from a Naperville Estate Planning Lawyer

Every Naperville estate planning lawyer knows that the term “”estate planning”” turns a lot of people because of its association with the very wealthy and the generational giving of large amounts of land or money. Yet having a Naperville estate planning attorney is just as important for families without large financial reserves. According to CNN Money, […]

The Importance of Trusts in Planning Your Estate

The Gierach Law Firm provides sophisticated and personal estate planning and probate services to all clients, regardless of the size of their holdings. Our experienced estate planning lawyers are committed to providing the individualized services and timely response and follow-up that are essential to meeting each client’s personal needs. Whether you are young or old, […]

Estate Planning For Newlyweds

Before you get to say “I do,” you have to go through months of tedious planning, so it is not surprising that you might want to fall into a post-wedding bliss and forget about everything that needs to be taken care of in the real world. However, taking the time to fill out some basic […]

The Importance of Assigning Power of Attorney

Tragedy can strike at any time. It’s not an effort to be cynical or gloomy but rather an attempt to be realistic about the strangeness of life. People can become disabled from accidents or can lose their functions slowly over time. If you are unable to control the aspects of your life that is where […]