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 […]

Naperville Estate Planning Attorney on How a No-Contest Clause Could Prevent Your Will From Being Challenged

When an individual dies with a will or trust in place, the decedent’s surviving loved ones have an opportunity to contest, or challenge, the estate planning document. A will or trust should only be contested if the surviving loved ones have a reason to believe that the will was not valid. For example, if they […]

Naperville Estate Planning Lawyer Discusses Special Considerations for Stepchildren and Step-Grandchildren

The modern American family comes in all different shapes and sizes. Furthermore, the people you consider family are not always decided by blood. For some stepparents and step-grandparents, there is no difference in how they see their biological children and the children who entered into the family through marriage. They want all of their children […]

Naperville Lawyer on How Estate Planning Now Can Help You Prevent Family Arguments in the Future

As an estate planning attorney, I realize that it can be hard to know exactly how to divide your assets and property upon your death. Many people want to leave an inheritance for their children and other family members, but are unsure about who should get what. Asking family for input on inheritance and estate […]

Naperville Estate Planning Attorney on Preventing Caregiving Misunderstandings

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 […]

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 […]

Independent Administration of a Decedent’s Estate

When a will is admitted to probate, this does not necessarily mean the probate process must be supervised by a court. In certain circumstances, Illinois law permits executors to administer the decedent’s estate without court order or filings. However, if an interested person objects to independent administration, the court will order supervised administration. There are two […]

Estate Planning for the New Year

With the New Year just around the corner, there are several important factors to consider regarding your Illinois estate plan. Transfer Tax Exemption The transfer tax is imposed on property transfers (i.e., transferring title to real estate or a beneficial interest in real property). In 2015, the amount that individuals can transfer by gift or bequeath […]