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  • Three Tips to Avoid Probate in Illinois

    Probate is the process in law of distributing one’s assets to designated beneficiaries. Probate also includes will verification and payment of all outstanding debts and taxes left behind by the deceased. Unfortunately for grieving loved ones, the probate process can be expensive and drawn-out, lasting for months or even years.
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  • Is Now the Time to Remodel Your Old Trust?

    Having estate planning documents that are up-to-date is critical, but how do you know when you should make changes? Check out our latest blog and learn when the right time is to remodel your old trust.
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  • What to do with the Family Heirlooms and Keepsakes

    ...included in someone’s estate could be invaluable personal property, such as family heirlooms or keepsakes. This type of property should not be overlooked in your estate plan...
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  • The Harmonious Family that Won’t Fight? The Outcome May Surprise You

    It is crucial that you have a properly prepared estate plan, regardless of how well your family gets along and enjoys each other’s company. Find out why in our latest blog!
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  • Loan, Gift, or Advancement: Why the Classification Matters

    The intent behind the transferring of money is key when determining if it will be considered a loan, gift, or advancement. Find out why the classification matters in our latest blog!
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  • Stress Test Your Estate Plan

    Estate plans should be like living, breathing creations that reflect the changes in your life. Find out the importance of stress testing your estate plan in our latest blog!
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  • What Does a Discretionary Trust Mean?

    Sometimes giving assets outright to a beneficiary –such a child, a grandchild or a special needs loved one –is not the ideal method of distributing assets in an estate plan. In such a scenario, a discretionary trust can be a good estate planning tool.
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  • After the Heart Attack: Get Your Estate Planning Done

    If you have recently been hospitalized for a cardiac condition, now is the time to get your estate planning in order. Find out how in our most recent blog!
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  • Estate Planning Is More Than Just Death Planning

    Many believe that estate planning is simply instructions on how to distribute your assets when you pass away, but the reality is that proper estate planning can do much more. While one major benefit of estate planning is to provide for your family and friends when you are gone, there are many benefits for you as well.
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  • Four Estate and Legacy Planning Tips for the Suddenly Wealthy

    Suddenly coming into money can be both a blessing and a curse. Whether you just signed a multiyear, multi-million dollar employment contract, received a significant inheritance, expect a large check from a lawsuit verdict or divorce settlement, or just won the lottery, you need help from professionals to avoid negative consequences from your windfall. Below are four estate and legacy tips for those who have become suddenly wealthy to help you keep your legacy going strong, long after you are gone.
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