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 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 According to the law, a person may choose to have death-delaying procedures withheld or withdrawn in accordance with his or own […]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 Attorney Discusses the Passing of a Music Legend

She was larger than life on stage and on the silver screen, but Aretha Franklin was known for being intensely private in regard to personal matters. Unfortunately, when the Queen of Soul passed away from pancreatic cancer earlier this month, she apparently did so without any type of will or trust in place to protect […]

Naperville Estate Planning Lawyer Discusses Frequent Flyer Miles

When most people sit down to create an estate plan, they think about their obvious assets, including real estate holdings, automobiles, and cash savings. They will also usually consider more tangible things like furniture, jewelry, and artwork. More savvy individuals may remember to address digital assets like Amazon Kindle libraries, Steam accounts, and iTunes downloads. […]

Naperville Estate Planning Lawyer Discusses How to Avoid Inheritance Disputes

Last month, the patriarch of one of music’s royal families passed away at age 89. Joe Jackson was the father of Michael, Janet, and the Jackson 5, but most sources avoid indicating that he was a loving, nurturing parent. Joe’s death is not likely to create as much controversy as Michael’s did in 2009. When […]

Naperville Estate Planning Lawyer on How a Divorce Can Affect Your Will

As an estate planning attorney, I encourage everyone to create and maintain an estate plan. It is important to do to protect yourself and your family in the event of something unexpected happening. The size of your estate and the types of things that it includes will dictate the tools that are necessary for your […]

Naperville Estate Planning Lawyer Discusses Dispute Over an Iconic Automobile and Royalties

For most people, creating an estate plan involves deciding what will be done with their assets after their death. The transfer of assets is often completed relatively quickly, and the estate is effectively closed forever. As an estate planning attorney, I realize that some estates are more complicated than others and may include longer-term considerations. […]