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Estate Planning

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Asset Protection Planning in Illinois

How can I protect my assets from creditors?

Most people understand the concept of estate planning to be creating a last will and testament—or simply a “will”-- stating how you want your assets to be distributed after you die. While that is true in the most minimal sense, comprehensive estate plans go much farther than that.

For example, planning for incapacity, rather than death, must also be considered.
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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Special Circumstances in Estate Planning

Can I control my estate after I die?

You can’t take it with you, they say. But can those who are reluctant to freely give it away control their estates from the grave?

Advanced estate planning attorneys have an arsenal of estate planning tools to help people accomplish any legally-acceptable estate planning vision.

But why would people not want to just freely give their assets away? What concerns would lead them to exert continued control over their assets, beneficiaries, and/or the distribution schedule?

These are just some factors that may cause people to hold back or are red flags to an anticipated estate administration:

  • One or more difficult adult children that could contest the will and deplete the estate’s assets by doing so
  • Financially irresponsible children that could blow their whole inheritance due to their spendthrift ways
  • Special needs children may require special needs trusts to insure they do not jeopardize receipt of government disability benefits and to provide a lifetime of care.

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Friday, October 26, 2018

How You Leave Money to Charities Might Matter

Are you making a common estate planning mistake?

There’s a common estate planning mistake that some people make which can cost their children or other beneficiaries money.

Estate planning for children can differ depending on the age of the children involved and whether the children have special needs. Very often, when planning for minor children, trusts are used.
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Saturday, September 29, 2018

Dying Without an Estate Plan with a Special Needs Child

Q: How can parents dying without an estate plan impact a special needs child?

Estate administration can be difficult in cases where people die without a will.

Even when people have been told for 30 years by a trusted estate planning attorney all the reasons why they should have a will (and maybe even trust), and even when they expressed an understanding of the need for these legal documents, people still often never get around to it. That’s what Aretha Franklin’s family attorney reportedly said was the reason the “Queen of Soul” died without a will.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

The Slayer Rule in Illinois

Q: Can someone inherit from someone they intentionally kill?

Very often, the first milestone in life that sends a couple to an Illinois estate planning attorney is parenthood (even though everyone over 18 should have an initial estate plan created).

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

How to Disinherit a Relative

Q: How can I leave a relative out of my estate plan?

It's common when people seek advice from a skilled estate planning attorney, that they may have close relatives in their life that they don't want to inherit anything. The late pop icon, Michael Jackson, was apparently one of those people.

Fortunately, in almost all cases, you can completely disinherit almost anyone, whether the person is part of your life or estranged --although state rules differ on the ability and extent to which you may disinherit your current spouse.

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Monday, June 11, 2018

Protecting Elders from Nursing Home Abuse in Illinois

Q: What can be done to protect elders from abuse?

In Illinois, a comprehensive estate plan involves much more than a simple last will and testament.

In addition to a will, people may benefit from trust documents that may help them transfer certain assets and avoid probate.

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Estate Planning to Protect Your Assets for Your Adult Children

Q: How can I prevent my adult child from blowing their whole inheritance?

It's advisable to visit a Park Ridge estate planning attorney once you reach the age of 18– – regardless of your financial situation – – first to create a will that disposes of your property and assets upon death. Secondly and equally importantly, supporting estate documents like powers of attorney and health care proxies can protect you in the event you become disabled or incapacitated and unable to make your own financial and/or medical decisions.

While it's uncomfortable to think about, death or disability can strike even the young at any time and once a child turns 18, their parents can longer make those healthcare decisions on their behalf without having been granted the legal authority to do so.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Charitable and Planned Giving in Illinois

Q: How can I donate money to a favorite charity or cause?

People like to say that life is short. Because that may be true since we can’t predict when we will die, it pays for all adults, regardless of their age, health, or net worth, to have a comprehensive estate plan prepared by an Illinois estate planning attorney.

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Seniors and Disabled at Risk Under Proposed Tax Reform

Q: How will the proposed House tax reform impact seniors, the disabled, and Medicaid?

If the House of Representatives’ proposed tax reform plan passes, critics claim that the elimination of the medical expense deduction would "deliver a serious financial blow to seniors and individuals with disabilities "– – particularly those without long-term care insurance who must self-pay for long-term care.

Many people don't realize that comprehensive estate planning involves more than a simple Last Will and Testament. Trusts and tax planning, providing for your incapacity, and protecting your assets to secure your family's future are common goals in estate planning.
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Sunday, November 12, 2017

The Importance of Medicaid Planning in Illinois

Q: How can Medicaid planning protect my assets?

Estate planning is something many of us put off because the thought of our own death or disability makes us uncomfortable. But failure to get our legal affairs in order can leave our loved ones unprotected and financially vulnerable—which is even more frightening.

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