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Can I Exclude My Spouse from Inheriting My Estate While My Divorce Is Pending?

Writing testament my last will on a paper with several $100 dollar bills People in Illinois must take action to exclude their spouses from inheriting their estates if death precedes the finalization of their divorces. Many married people name their spouses as a sole or partial beneficiary of their estates when creating their wills. Only the final divorce or annulment order or a revised will can revoke bequests to the surviving spouse. Surviving spouses who are disinherited will still have the … [Read more...]

Is Settlement Planning Right for You?

Plan word 4 characters are written on each woodblock Settlement planning helps Illinois residents who have already received or are expecting to receive a large settlement meet their immediate needs, preserve benefits, and maintain their wealth to take care of future expenses. What Is Settlement Planning? Settlement planning helps people preserve the funds received through a personal injury judgment or settlement or via inheritance. This multi-disciplinary approach combines services … [Read more...]

How Long Does it Take to Settle an Estate?

Closeup of three business people are having a meeting It takes time for the estates of decedents in Illinois to pass through the probate process. From submitting the will for probate to paying off any outstanding debts and distributing the assets to the specified heirs or beneficiaries, settling an estate can take an average of six months to one year. Going to Probate Probate is the legal, court-supervised process of settling the final affairs of a deceased person. Through this process, … [Read more...]

Why Your College-Bound Child Should Have a Power of Attorney

After years of preparation and planning, your child is set to go off to college – perhaps nearby; perhaps several states away. Part of the preparation was helping your child make decisions about important issues.  Part of the learning process at college will be how to refine the decision-making process. Upon reaching age 18, your college student is considered an adult and will be required to make decisions on his or her own. What if Your Child Is Unable to Make Decisions Due to an Injury … [Read more...]

What Happens If An Heir Doesn’t Want The Inheritance?

A farmer who lay on his deathbed asked his son to make sure that the land would always stay in the family. Upon his death, the farmer’s will leave 320 acres for his wife and 160 acres for each of his four children. While some family members were overjoyed with their inheritance, others did not expect the million-dollar mortgages that came with the land. According to Iowa Farmer Today, several of the farmer’s children were not equipped to handle inheriting that level of debt. In … [Read more...]

Has Your Spouse Moved to a Nursing Home? It May Be Time to Update Your Estate Plan

Illinois estate planning attorneys suggest updating your estate plan when a spouse moves into an Illinois nursing home as this is a change in life circumstances. Wills and other legal end-of-life documents should evolve as people’s lives and needs change. Just as people often make updates following marriage, the birth of a child, or a divorce, so too should they consider making modifications when they move a spouse into a long-term care facility. Protecting Assets When a Spouse Needs … [Read more...]

What Happens to Your Investment Assets When You Die?

The fate of retirement funds after death depends on the type of accounts held, whether designated beneficiaries exist, and the way accounts are set up. By making sure the right types of accounts are correctly set up and proper beneficiary designations are in place, people can ensure that their retirement money is available for surviving family members when they die. Annuities Annuities are retirement benefits in which individuals pay a set amount over time (monthly, annually quarterly, … [Read more...]

Understanding the Difference Between a Durable and a Springing Power of Attorney

A significant division exists between springing and durable power of attorney and it is important to understand how these differences may impact a person's financial and medical decisions in the future. A durable power of attorney takes effect the moment that it is signed. This is useful in ensuring that authority is clearly vested. Conversely, a springing power of attorney takes effect when the grantor is incapacitated. Springing powers of attorney reserve more authority for the grantor but at … [Read more...]

Planning Your Estate: How to Make Sure Your Kids Can Keep the House

Parents who wish to leave their house to their kids can employ a variety of tactics to ensure their wishes are honored. Working with an estate planning attorney to create a will and a living trust, and making sure all the right wording is included in the deed is often necessary to ensure all bases are covered. Wills A will is a legal document that is set-up and signed by the testator to transfer property and money upon death. A will can be used to transfer anything the testator owns to … [Read more...]

Should a Family Limited Partnership Be Part of Your Estate Plan?

Family limited partnerships (FLPs), legal devices used to move wealth from one generation to the next while minimizing tax exposure, are a critical part of any estate plan. FLPs pool a family’s money to execute a business venture. The FLP has two types of partners: general and limited. The general partners manage the assets of the FLP while the limited partners possess equity interest but are unable to engage in the day-to-day management of the assets. However, in exchange for reduced … [Read more...]

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