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 […]

5 Tips That Could Help You Avoid a Will Contest

As uncomfortable as it may be for many people to think about what will happen to their property and assets after their death, estate planning is crucial to providing loved ones with security and peace of mind. Sadly, when a loved one passes away, families are often fractured by disputes over the decedent’s estate, sometimes […]

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 […]

How to Find a Loved One’s Will

Under Illinois law, the executor must file a decedent’s will with the probate court and, within 30 days, institute a proceeding to have the will admitted to probate. Ideally, the testator would have told relatives where his or her will was being stored while living. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Instead, nobody might […]

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, […]

Naperville Estate Planning Lawyer Discusses “The Big Three” of Estate Planning

If something tragic happened to you on the way home today, do you have any idea what would happen to your assets and belongings? For the purposes of this hypothetical, assume that the same tragic thing happened to your spouse at the same time. According to recent estimates, more than half of American adults do […]

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 the Distinctions Between a Will and an Estate Plan

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 […]

Naperville Lawyer Explains Why You Are Rich Enough for an Estate Plan

It is an often-cited number, but it bears repeating: about 60 percent of American adults do not have any type of estate plan in place. Some of those adults, of course, include young men and women fresh out of high school or college, so their lack of an estate plan is somewhat understandable, but why […]

Naperville Estate Planning Lawyer Discusses Handwritten Wills

For most people, a last will and testament is one of the most important documents they will ever create. Your will is likely to contain provisions that dictate how your assets are to be divided among your chosen beneficiaries but may also include many other considerations. You can use your will to establish guardianships for […]