When an Illinois resident dies and assets do not pass by joint tenancy, trust, or Transfer On Death Instrument, a relative or close friend will generally step forward to help distribute the deceased person’s property to heirs or legatees as directed by the will or, in the absence of a will, to the nearest relatives as directed by the Illinois laws of intestate succession.
If the estate is...
Have you ever procrastinated on a project at home or at work because you were waiting until you had just the right tools, materials, plans or information? If you haven’t, you will not need to read this blog, but if you have, Welcome to The Club!
The majority of adults in America do not have a will.
Cost is not the most common barrier to having a will drafted and executed.
People get stuck in...
Summer is here! People all over Southern Illinois are preparing for the heat and planning their vacations. The relaxation and perspective that a vacation brings makes it the perfect time to review your will and powers of attorney and update them to reflect your current wishes. Here are ten situations where updating your will may be necessary.
1. You are married with children and have no...
When you seek help drafting Will or Trust documents to carry out your wishes at the time of your death, don’t forget your pets!
Here are some questions you can answer before you meet with your attorney:
If you are in the hospital or a rehab facility for a short time:
Who do you know and trust to provide care for your pet?
Do they have keys to your house?
Does the pet know and trust them?
“Annie, get your gun….card.”
Last week I drove 200 miles north, through the lush green Southern Illinois and South-central Illinois landscape (where it was not under water) to the 58th Annual Estate Planning Short Course in Champaign. The sole purpose of this column is to share one of the nuggets I took away from that workshop and urge the reader to consider getting a Firearm Owners...
“When I’m gone…”
Make this a conversation starter instead of a conversation stopper in your family.
It was Mother’s Day. Church and lunch were over, and we were down to the important things, like who wanted the Nutella topping warmed up to go over the brownie and ice cream dessert, and where to plant the geraniums, and just h
ow much it rained in the bottoms last night, when Dad looked across...
There’s a reason that lawyers hang around with lawyers. We have morbid imaginations. We are amused by our morbid imaginations. Others do not share our morbid imaginations. What is our defense? We have to.
I am surprised that law schools do not offer a class entitled “Parade of Horribles 101.”
When I sit down and talk with a family about their wills, it is my job to run through different...