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Protect Your Assets from Legal Challenges with Proper Estate Planning
Estate Planning
Posted June 03, 2021

Never assume that your heirs will do what you want with your assets after you are gone, this is why proper estate planning is crucial. While we may have people in our lives who we trust enough to dispose of our assets after our deaths, taking this approach is almost never a good idea. In […]

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Make Sure Your Will is Properly Executed
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Posted April 08, 2021

If you go through the effort of creating an estate plan, odds are you also want to avoid contested estates down the road. While it isn’t possible to guarantee a person won’t try to contest a will, there are ways to help protect an estate plan from such attempts. If you are concerned a family […]

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How Often Should an Estate Plan be Reviewed?
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Posted March 18, 2021

Estate planning is an ongoing process, so it is not uncommon for those who are involved in planning their own estates to review their bequests regularly. While this can be done annually, semi-annually, or even quarterly, most people are encouraged to review their estate plans at least every three to five years, or whenever they […]

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Replacing Old Estate Planning Documents
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Posted November 30, 2020

Many people assume planning an estate is a one-time task. However, the reality is estate planning requires a long-term approach. A plan created for someone in his/her twenties will rarely reflect that person’s situation 10 years later. In fact, most people are encouraged to revise their estate plans regularly, especially after major life changes like […]

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Including Charitable Gifts in Your Estate Plan
Estate Planning Attorney
Posted September 10, 2020

Estate planning allows testators to help provide for the future needs of their family members, while also reinforcing the legacy they are leaving behind. When it comes to the latter, charitable giving is a way testators can highlight their values and passions even after they are gone. However, there are several ways to include charitable […]

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Healthcare Directives in Estate Planning
Estate Planning Attorney
Posted August 10, 2020

Most of us don’t like to think about the end of our lives, so it is not uncommon for people to avoid the estate planning process until it is too late. Even those who decide to begin planning their estates often forget to include crucial documents, such as healthcare directives. These documents outline what the […]

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Helping Loved Ones with Cognitive Decline Plan Their Estates
Estate Planning Attorney
Posted July 09, 2020

Although most of us tend to associate growing older with a loss of memory, some individuals, including those who are suffering from cognitive decline, may experience more pronounced symptoms, which occur at an accelerated rate. The onset of this type of memory loss can be difficult for families to grapple with, especially when the affected […]

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Signs that Your Heirs Might Contest Your Estate Plan
Estate Planning Attorney
Posted May 21, 2020

Having an estate plan in place is one of the best ways to ensure your loved ones don’t fight over your estate after you’re gone. While it’s not always possible to tell when estate-related trouble is brewing in a family, there are a few signs that could indicate potential issues and even a will contest […]

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Estate Planning Considerations
Estate Planning Attorney
Posted April 07, 2020

Planning an estate can be a complicated process, even for those with relatively simple estates or only a single beneficiary. Fortunately, there are a few considerations Illinois residents can consider to avoid common estate planning pitfalls. To learn more about these legal strategies, please contact an experienced estate planning lawyer who can advise you. Legal […]

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How the SECURE Act Impacts Your Estate Planning Options
Estate Planning Attorney
Posted February 27, 2020

This year, a new federal law went into effect that could have a significant impact on the estate plans of many retirees. Prior to the passage of the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act, individuals were permitted to pass their IRA funds to non-spouse beneficiaries, who were then allowed to stretch out […]

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