Taking Care of Your Loved Ones by Taking Charge of Your Affairs
Taking care of your loved ones has likely been one of your highest priorities in life. You want them to be secure, not worrying about the future and free from unnecessary pain or conflict. That is why it is so important to have your affairs in order before you pass away or in the event you become unable to make decisions about your care. As a Chicago wills, trusts, and probate attorney, I work with clients on estates of all sizes and complexity to bring peace of mind and security on these essential matters.
Wills, Trusts, and Other Estate Planning Documents
Although many people believe their assets are too minimal to require a comprehensive estate plan, most are surprised to discover just how much they own. After a lifetime of hard work and savings, most people own a home, a car or two, and significant retirement accounts. Without a will in place, these assets get distributed according to state law, and may not be distributed in the way you would like.
Estate planning is also important for those who wish to avoid court interference in their private affairs. Parents of young children can use a will to appoint a guardian for their kids in case they suffer a mutual tragedy. Seniors can use end of life documents, such as powers of attorney and living wills, to appoint trusted family members to see to their needs in the event they become incapacitated. Without the right plans in place, these important decisions are left to the courts or others and can lead to confusion and conflict among family members.
Whether you have modest assets or substantial wealth, there are a variety of estate planning documents that can help you plan for the future and preserve your property for your loved ones. I assist clients with the preparation of vital estate planning documents, including:
- Living trusts
- Irrevocable trusts
- Health care power of attorney
- Financial power of attorney
- Living wills
I will work with you to create an estate plan that suits your needs, budget, and goals. While thinking about your own demise may be unpleasant, the peace of mind that comes from knowing that you have provided for your loved ones and spared them from additional grief is invaluable.
Probate – Wrapping Up Estates With Clarity and Compassion
Probate is an area of law frequently surrounded by a great deal of confusion and frustration. I work with my clients to take the guesswork and mystery out of the probate and estate administration process. When you have lost a loved one, you need a lawyer who can provide clarity and help you wrap up final affairs and settle accounts efficiently and compassionately.
When you come to me with a probate matter, we will thoroughly review all documents and other information you may have to get a complete picture of the assets your loved one left behind. This will allow us to determine the appropriate course of action.
Although most estates are administered without incident, there are times when families disagree about the contents of a will or other inheritance issues. I understand that these conflicts can be painful to the people involved. I help my clients navigate will contests and estate disputes while trying to preserve family relationships and estate assets. When negotiations fail, I am also prepared to assertively represent my clients in probate litigation.