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Estate Planning Means More Than Just Drafting a Will

Posted on February 11, 2021

Hoffman Estates Estate Planning Attorneys

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 pass away. However, having an estate plan in place gives you control over the distribution of your assets, your legacy wishes, and could even help you pay less in taxes, fees, and court costs. As […]

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What to Do When Your Spouse Refuses to Participate in Estate Planning

Posted on January 29, 2021

Naperville estate planning attorney

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 the planning process. If this describes your situation, keep in mind that begging, nagging, or threatening your spouse will probably not do much good. Instead, there are a number of things that you can do […]

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Naperville Estate Planning Attorney Talks About Leaving an Inheritance to Non-Related Caregivers

Posted on April 25, 2019

The question of who gets a person’s assets when they pass away can be tricky, to say the least. Leaving an inheritance to children and grandchildren is usually the norm, but what happens when a person wishes to leave an inheritance to a caregiver? If you have a nurse, companion, home health aide, or personal attendant who is like a family member to you, it is understandable that you might want to include them in your estate plans. However, this can sometimes be a complicated undertaking. Leaving Money to Non-Family […]

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Understanding Testamentary Capacity

Posted on October 25, 2017

In my practice as an estate planning lawyer, I have helped hundreds of clients draft wills that help provide long-term financial security for their family members and loved ones. I have also assisted a number of beneficiaries and others in contesting wills that they believed did not truly reflect the wishes of the individuals who created them. There are several grounds on which a will contest may be filed in Illinois, and among the most common is the alleged lack of testamentary capacity by a will’s creator. It is important […]

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