Category: Estate Planning

Is Life Insurance a “Set and Forget” Asset?
Life Insurance Attorney
Posted March 20, 2019

Much of the life insurance purchased over the past 15-20 years for estate planning purposes was of a type known as guaranteed universal life insurance. It was (and is) popular in estate planning because it was generally less expensive to buy than traditional whole life, yet it came with a guarantee such that the risk […]

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Wills and Trusts: It’s Not Really About the Documents
Contested Estates Attorney
Posted January 22, 2019

For decades a debate raged in legal circles about which documents were better – wills or trusts. Members of the public didn’t really know the difference, but there was a perception that trusts were more complicated and expensive – and were primarily for wealthy people. Those who favored trusts told the story of Ellen. When […]

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Getting a Divorce, Change Your Estate Plan
Contested Estates Attorney
Posted November 14, 2018

In the midst of the trauma of divorce, few couples are thinking first (or at all) about their estate planning. But it is very important that your planning be reviewed by your team of advisors, possibly including your attorney, your financial advisor, your insurance professional, and your CPA. All aspects of your financial situation will […]

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It’s Greek to Me
Estate Planning Attorney
Posted September 24, 2018

Friends and colleagues of ours are heading out for a two week vacation in Greece. They are celebrating their 30th anniversary with a few days in Athens and then the rest of the time on the beautiful island of Milos. It should be an amazing trip, and also a reminder to all to make sure […]

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Preparing Your Estate Plan
Estate Planning Attorney
Posted May 07, 2018

Creating an estate plan requires the collection of a variety of different documents, including financial records, deeds, and documentation related to personal matters. For help drafting a new will, creating a trust, or otherwise preparing to plan your estate, please contact one of our experienced estate planning attorneys today. Organizing Estate Planning Documents Working with […]

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The Benefits of Estate Planning
Estate Planning Attorney
Posted April 05, 2018

Most of us don’t like to contemplate our own deaths, but while it may be unpleasant, it is often necessary, especially for those who are planning their estates. In fact, this is actually one of the best ways that a person can ensure that their loved ones are taken care of after they pass away. […]

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The Consequences of Failing to Plan Your Estate
Estate Planning Attorney
Posted February 21, 2018

Although most people don’t like to contemplate their own death, the reality is that deciding how our assets will be distributed after we pass away is crucial to ensuring that our loved ones are provided for after death. Unfortunately, those who fail to take this step and who do not create a will or establish […]

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Important Estate Tax Law Changes
Estate Tax Law
Posted January 18, 2018

For years there has been talk about doing away with the Federal estate tax. The tax bill, passed in the closing days of 2017, partially achieved that goal for most American taxpayers. The new law increases the amount that a single person can pass during life or at death to $10M. This amount is to […]

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Family Limited Partnerships
Estate Planning
Posted January 11, 2018

Those who leave behind large estates run the risk of getting stuck with significant estate or gift taxes. Fortunately, there are a few ways to avoid this, one of which is to create a family limited partnership (FLP). To learn more about establishing an FLP, you should consider contacting an experienced Evanston estate planning attorney […]

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Creating a Joint Will
Estate Planning Attorney
Posted November 09, 2017

Couples who are beginning the process of planning their estate and are also concerned about protecting the inheritances of their children may want to consider creating a joint will. These wills govern the estate of more than a single person and are considered jointly binding, which means that if one person passes away, the other […]

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