New Law Presumes the Will of a Disabled Person to Be Void

It should come as little surprise that, as people age, many of their mental and physical faculties often begin to deteriorate. While most individuals will maintain reasonable capabilities until the end of their lives, others will require a power of attorney or a guardian to assist them in making day-to-day decisions. For the vast majority […]

Make Arrangements for Closing Bank Accounts in Your Estate Plan

While most people realize the importance of preparing for the future, making arrangements for your property and assets in the event of your death is not easy. However, for the sake of your family and loved ones, as well as your own peace of mind, it is important to develop a comprehensive estate plan that […]

Naperville Estate Planning Lawyer Offers Tips for Unmarried Couples

According to an analysis of information from the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of unmarried couples who live together skyrocketed from 230,000 in 1995 to over 1.5 million today – a 550 percent increase. Included in these numbers are older couples, as well, who also choose to cohabitate without the various legal protections that a legally-recognized […]

Estate Planning and Business Law Firm in Naperville Announces the Addition of a New Partner

The Gierach Law Firm is pleased to announce that Tamara M. Paulun has been named partner of the Naperville-based firm. She will continue to serve her clients in the areas of estate planning and business law as she moves into this new role. “I am so pleased to make this announcement,” said Denice Gierach, Founder […]

Choosing an Estate Planning Lawyer

If something tragic were to happen to you tomorrow, do you have any idea what would happen to your assets and property? Would your children, grandchildren, or other would-be heirs appropriately receive the inheritance you intend for them? If you are not sure about the answer to questions to like these, chances are good that […]

Naperville Estate Planning Attorney Discusses Protecting Your Digital Assets

When you are looking toward the future and you begin the process of developing a comprehensive estate plan, it is easy to look at account statements, insurance policies, and other documents that list physical assets to determine what property will need to be considered in your will, trusts, or other planning instruments. In today’s increasingly […]

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 […]

Consider Charitable Donations in Your Estate Plan

Earlier this month, the founder and CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, announced his intention to donate a large portion of his Facebook stock holdings to charity. His shares, currently valued at around $45 billion, will be transferred into a limited liability company, or LLC, called the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, to begin the process, a move […]

Naperville Estate Planning Lawyer Reminds You to Review Your Plan Periodically

Like most important considerations in life, your estate plan is not simply an entry on a “things to do” checklist that you complete once and then forget about. Estate planning is about providing your family and loved ones with the security they deserve and the freedom from having to guess what you would have wanted […]

Proper Estate Planning Can Help Prevent Family Disputes

If you were to ask your children or other family members what you should do about dividing your assets and property upon your death, you would likely get a variety of answers. Some may suggest that you just divide it equally—without offering ways to determine what “equal” means—while others may remind you that you can […]