Estate Planning

Comprehensive Estate Plans Include More Than Wills

Posted on April 15, 2021

DuPage County estate planning attorney

For many people, the term “estate plan” is assumed to be synonymous with “will.”  However, a last will and testament is only one element of a comprehensive estate plan. A will can accomplish several important purposes; however, wills are also bound by certain limitations. When building your estate plan, it is important to consider other estate planning tools such as a living will, trust, and power of attorney. With this in mind, our firm offers a variety of estate planning packages that can be customized to meet your particular needs. […]

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Tax Planning in Your Estate Plan

Posted on April 8, 2021

Naperville estate planning attorney

Benjamin Franklin is attributed as having said that only two things are certain in life: death and taxes. The way you structure your estate plan will have considerable tax consequences, so it is important to plan accordingly. There are different tax-related advantages and disadvantages associated with each type of estate planning tool. Failure to plan for estate planning tax consequences can leave your surviving loved ones with unexpected and unpleasant tax-related surprises. An estate planning attorney can explain the potential tax implications and help you minimize your tax liability through […]

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The Importance of Retaining Representation as a Beneficiary in an Estate Plan

Posted on March 25, 2021

Naperville beneficiary attorneys

If you have been named as a beneficiary or heir in a loved one’s will or any type of trust, you might be happy to know that the person cared about you enough to include you in his or her estate plan. In many cases, you might be able to receive the benefits intended for you without any hassle. In other situations, however, you might encounter virtually endless obstacles to overcome before you can receive your intended inheritance. When things get complicated, it might be in your best interest to […]

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Charitable Giving in Your Estate Plan Can Add to Your Legacy

Posted on March 18, 2021

Naperville estate planning lawyers

When you think about the idea of estate planning, it is reasonable to primarily consider the variety of documents and tools that you will need to pass your assets and property on to your children—and possibly your grandchildren. The transfer of assets to future generations is, of course, an important goal of the estate planning process, but there other things to consider as well. For example, you might also wish to think about the legacy that you will leave behind. One of the most common ways for you to cement […]

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Complex Estates and the Dangers of DIY Estate Planning

Posted on March 11, 2021

Naperville estate planning attorney

For more than 240 years, America has enjoyed a reputation as a nation of independent people who are willing and able to do things themselves. Bookstores and the internet are full of resources for those with a do-it-yourself attitude, as books and YouTube videos can show anyone how to do just about anything with the right tools. From auto repairs to home improvements to the basics of French cuisine, you can fairly easily find a way to get the job done. With just a few clicks of your mouse, for […]

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The Dangers of Failing to Plan: Caregiving Misunderstandings

Posted on February 25, 2021

Naperville estate planning attorneys

If you are like the vast majority of people, when you see or hear the words “estate planning,” you are likely to think about wills, trusts, and other formal instruments that are commonly used to transfer property from one generation to the next. While it is certainly true that the transfer and protection of assets are major components of any estate plan, there are several other elements that address quality of life concerns as a person ages. As an estate planning attorney, I realize that many important topics like these […]

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Estate Planning Means More Than Just Drafting a Will

Posted on February 11, 2021

Hoffman Estates Estate Planning Attorneys

When some people hear the terms “estate plan,” “wills”, “trusts,” or “end-of-life planning,” their eyes glaze over. The subject of estate planning can be overwhelming because it is a multifaceted topic which covers many aspects of financial and healthcare planning, but also because it is often uncomfortable to talk about what will happen after you pass away. However, having an estate plan in place gives you control over the distribution of your assets, your legacy wishes, and could even help you pay less in taxes, fees, and court costs. As […]

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Three Important Reasons You Need an Up-to-Date Estate Plan

Posted on February 4, 2021

Naperville estate planning lawyers

For far too many people, estate planning is something they will take care of later, which is a nice way of saying that it is not very important right now. Unfortunately, “later” becomes “never” in a large number of situations, leaving family members and loved ones to make important decisions during a time already complicated by grief. In my practice as an estate planning attorney, I have witnessed first-hand the reluctance to address the future. I have also seen such hesitancy evolve into peace of mind as my clients put […]

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What to Do When Your Spouse Refuses to Participate in Estate Planning

Posted on January 29, 2021

Naperville estate planning attorney

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 the planning process. If this describes your situation, keep in mind that begging, nagging, or threatening your spouse will probably not do much good. Instead, there are a number of things that you can do […]

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Preparing for the Unexpected: Living Wills and Death-Delaying Procedures

Posted on January 14, 2021

living will, Naperville estate planning attorneys

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 her own personal desires, regardless of his or her ability to make such decisions in the moment. To address these types of concerns, many individuals will utilize a living will to formalize their wishes regarding death-delaying […]

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