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Probate, Estate Planning & Trusts

Planning.

Probate, Estate Planning & Trusts

Much of my law practice is dedicated to probate and estate planning matters. I draft and review documents, guide clients through the probate process and resolve disputes.

In each and every matter, I listen closely to the facts that affect your situation, and I plan accordingly. I anticipate potential problems, and I actively use strategies to avoid them. This approach has helped me build a history of success for my clients.

Estate Planning

Having an estate plan in place is one of the best ways to protect your family. I handle many different estate planning matters, including:

  • Wills--simple and complex
  • Trusts
  • Powers of attorney for health care and property

Having an estate plan in place is one of the most critical things you can do to protect your assets and the people you care about. An estate plan can leave directions for the care of your children, it can support your loved ones financially, and it can keep them from having to make difficult healthcare decisions without your guidance.  Properly prepared legal documents allow you to choose who will make important medical and financial decisions for you when you are unable to do so.

 

Estate Administration And Litigation

When I handle probate matters, I guide the executor through the process. My goal is always to make sure things go smoothly. I help Executors anticipate potential problems, and I work to resolve them before trouble arises.

In Illinois, some estates do not need to go through the probate process. Probate may not be necessary unless your loved one had sole ownership of real estate or more than $100,000 in tangible assets.  In many instances, property and assets may be transferred to heirs and others easily and inexpensively by using legal documents for small estates.  If probate is necessary, much of the questions can be handled by an experienced attorney, minimizing the headaches and stress for the executor or the heirs.

Revocable Living Trusts

Establishing a Revocable Living Trustallows you to privately transfer your assets (vehicles, real estate, bank accounts, investments, personal property) into a trust, which serves many purposes, including protecting your assets, avoiding probate, minimizing taxes, providing guidance, and organizing and managing your property.  It may be updated as new assets are obtained and revised or revoked at any time.  You are the trustee and the beneficiary, and you name a successor trustee as a back up.

Talk With Me Regarding Your Probate, Estate Planning & Trust Needs

I offer free and confidential consultations. To schedule one about your estate planning and probate needs, call me at 217-525-7003 or complete an online contact form.