How Family Conflicts Can Threaten Your Estate
Estate Planning Attorney
Posted August 08, 2018

Many people assume that estate taxes and probate courts are the biggest threats that decedents and heirs alike face when it comes to the proper administration of an estate. While it is true that the probate process can make it more difficult and more time-consuming for heirs to collect their inheritances and estate taxes can […]

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The Important Differences Between Self-Settled and Third-Party Special Needs Trusts
Special Needs Trusts
Posted July 23, 2018

Many Illinois residents who have children or other relatives with disabilities choose to create third-party special needs trusts for those individuals, which ensures that they will have the means to cover certain expenses. However, creating this type of trust can disqualify disabled individuals from need-based government assistance. Fortunately, when trusts are set up correctly, disabled […]

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How Can Creating a Revocable Living Trust Protect My Estate?
Estate Planning Attorney
Posted July 09, 2018

Planning your estate is one of the best ways to ensure that your assets and property will go to those who can use it them the most, whether or not they are relatives, friends, or even charitable organizations. While this could involve including bequests in a will, it is not the only method of estate […]

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What is an Elective Share?
Contested Estates Attorney
Posted June 19, 2018

Most states, including Illinois, have what is referred to as an elective share law, which helps protect a surviving spouse from being disinherited. This is true even if a surviving spouse is actively cut out of a will, as he or she will be permitted to “elect” to take a portion of the estate. How […]

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