What Is a Pour-Over Will and How Does It Work?

Within the realm of estate planning, there are many terms and phrases that can be very confusing to the average person. At times, it can feel like planning for your family’s future requires learning a new language altogether, just so you can know what tools and instruments to utilize. Most people are familiar with the […]

The Importance of Keeping Your Estate Plan Up to Date

If you have taken the time to develop an estate plan, you are already ahead of about half of all Americans. In creating an estate plan, you have recognized the importance of planning for the future. Of course, estate planning means more than just deciding who will get which of your assets upon your death; […]

How Does Getting Remarried Affect My Estate Planning?

The legal practice area known as “estate planning” is an umbrella term to cover what you want to have happen upon your death. The paperwork that outlines your wishes can include a number of tools, such as paperwork designating who receives what, information on which medical treatments you do or do not want to be […]

What Happens If I Die Without a Will in Illinois?

The creation of a will can be one of the most important legal decisions you will ever make; however, many people put this critical document on the backburner. Life circumstances can get in the way, as your first job may quickly lead you to marriage and children, and before you know it, your kids are […]

What Is an Executor of an Estate Responsible for Doing?

Being the executor of someone’s estate is a serious responsibility. If someone has appointed you as their executor, you may be a bit overwhelmed and unsure of what the role actually involves. An executor is a trusted individual that is appointed to “tie up loose ends” after a person passes away. Whether you have been […]

Naperville Estate Planning Lawyer on How Filing for Bankruptcy Can Affect Estate Plans

When debts become overwhelming, a person may have no other choice but to file for bankruptcy. Through bankruptcy, an individual may find relief from crushing debts and enjoy a fresh start. However, bankruptcy may also have an effect on estate plans. If you are struggling financially and are considering filing for bankruptcy protection, you might […]

Naperville Estate Planning Attorney Discusses the Basics of Intestacy Laws in Illinois

Do you have a plan for the allocation of your property and assets in the event of your death? Obviously, such concerns can be difficult to address, as many people, including a large number of my clients, have trouble with the concept of death and estate planning. It is extremely important, however, to formalize arrangements […]

Naperville Estate Planning Attorney on Discussing Your Estate Plans with Your Adult Children

As an estate planning lawyer with over 40 years of experience, I am still surprised by the number of people who do not have a last will and testament or any other type of estate plans. Estate planning allows you to make your own decisions about how your hard-earned wealth and important family heirlooms are […]

Naperville Estate Planning Lawyer on Medical Treatments Addressed by Living Wills

The types of medical care people choose to undergo can vary dramatically. Some people diligently get their flu shots every year while others have never even considered getting a flu vaccine. Some rush to the urgent care clinic the minute their temperature reads higher than 98.6 degrees, and others avoid going to the doctor as […]

Naperville Estate Planning Lawyer on Preventing Future Inheritance Disputes

In my years as an estate planning attorney, I have seen many families suffer through conflicts caused by arguments over inheritance concerns. Not only can a will contest or other estate planning dispute cause contention between loved ones but these conflicts can also be very time consuming and incur considerable expense. While there may be […]