Selling Estate Assets to Pay Claims

Many people die with some debt, whether it is credit card debt or unpaid utility bills. The executor is tasked with paying valid claims that have been submitted in a timely manner. When the estate has cash in it, then it is relatively easy for the executor to pay the claims. Problems can arise, however, […]

People Helping People in the Midst of the Coronavirus Crisis

The last six weeks or so have been like nothing any of us have ever experienced. In fact, most of us could never have imagined a real-world scenario in which our city, state, and country would need to be shut down almost entirely. Illinois has been under a shelter-in-place order since March 21, and many […]

Naperville Estate Planning Lawyer Talks About the Reasons People Put Off Estate Planning

If you are being honest with yourself, you most likely realize that it would be best for you to have some type of estate plan in place. At the very least, you should have a last will and testament. Most of us understand that it is generally better to make our own decisions regarding our […]

Naperville Estate Planning Lawyer on How to Become an Organ Donor

According to estimates from the federal government, an overwhelming majority of American adults support the idea of organ donation. In fact, the concept has the support of 95 percent of the U.S. adult population. With this in mind, it is a bit perplexing to realize that only 58 percent are actually registered organ donors! In […]

Naperville Lawyer Discusses Divorce and Estate Planning

As an experienced estate planning attorney, I frequently remind clients of the many advantages to creating an estate plan. Although a shocking number of Americans do not have estate plans in place, drafting a will, trust, or or other estate planning document can greatly benefit you as well as your loved ones your loved ones. […]

Naperville Estate Planning Lawyer Discusses Reasons You Might Wish to Avoid Probate

In my numerous years as an estate planning attorney, I have helped many people achieve their personal and financial goals through a personalized estate plan. Whether it is drafting a will, trust, guardianship, or other estate planning document, having a comprehensive estate plan puts you in control of personal decisions instead of leaving these important […]

Naperville Estate Planning Attorney Discusses Contesting a Will Due to Lack of Testamentary Capacity

According to the law, a person cannot enter into a legally binding contract such as a will or trust if they cannot fully understand what they are agreeing to. Many wills have been contested by family members who had concerns about their deceased loved one’s testamentary capacity, or cognitive wellness. In my experience as an […]

Naperville Estate Planning Attorney Talks About Handwritten Wills

When the “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin died last year, there was a great deal written about how she died without a will or any other type of estate plan in place. In fact, I even discussed that very topic in a post on this blog around the time of her death. In recent months, […]

“Jeopardy!” Champion’s Donation to Naperville Cancer Charity Sets Example for Philanthropic Giving

In today’s world, most people are constantly being asked to donate to one cause or another. You can hardly go into a store or open your mail without seeing some type of donation request. As a practicing lawyer and a proud member of the Naperville community, I understand that charitable organizations provide a wide range […]

Estate Planning and the Refusal of Death-Delaying Medical Procedures

Estate planning includes more than creating a will or trust to address the disposition of your assets after you pass away. Estate planning also deals with decisions about future medical care you do and do not wish to receive. Have you ever considered what type of death-delaying treatments you would want to receive if you […]