Quality estate planning is the one of the greatest gifts you can give to your family. While it is unpleasant to think about death, the peace of mind this process provides is priceless. The Darien estate planning attorneys at Wolfe & Stec can reduce the stress of the unknown by helping you develop legally sound estate plans that ensure your wishes are documented and will be executed. We help to protect the future of your family and assist you in planning for all unforeseen circumstances.
At Wolf & Stec we are proud of the high quality and critical work our estate planning attorneys do every day. While serving you, they will:
Rest assured, your Wolfe & Stec attorney will professionally attend to all of your estate planning needs and ensure that your best interests and those of your beneficiaries are prioritized and protected. We offer all potential clients a free and confidential consultation to discuss their needs. Contact us today at (630) 305-0222 to schedule an appointment.
Everyone should have an estate plan, regardless of their net worth. This is not a process only the wealthy undertake. The benefits from pre-planning are significant. Creating an estate plan ensures that your property will be distributed promptly and according to your personal wishes.
Should you die without a will or trust, your assets will be divided according to Illinois intestacy laws. In generally, this results in your spouse receiving at least half of your estate and you are your children dividing the remainder. If you are unmarried and without children, your estate will be split among your nearest living relatives; and if you have no living relatives, your property goes to the state.
Should your wishes differ from this you need a will or trust to share them. If you have an elderly relative and want to provide for them in the future, you will need to specify this in your will. Likewise, if you have had a falling out with one of your children, and wish to disinherit them, that would need to be documented as well. Finally, in your will or trust you can identify an executor of your choice. He or she will oversee asset distribution. In addition, there are other basic documents that everyone should have. These include:
Life rarely goes as planned. Do not be caught unprepared. Having the appropriate documents in place ensures your wishes will be carried out. Each family and their financial situation are unique. As such, estate planning lawyers in Darien will examine the specific circumstances of your estate planning matters and find the best solutions for you.
Call Wolfe & Stec today to set up a free consultation with one of our Darien estate attorneys at (630) 305-0222.
A trust designates an individual, called the trustee, to hold legal title to property for your beneficiaries.
Both expensive and time consuming in Illinois, probate is a court proceeding which provides your executor the authority to settle your debts and transfer your assets. Creating a living trust helps avoid the probate process. That said, it is not the best choice for everyone. Whether or not you should depends upon your asset base and financial circumstances. For example, if you do not own any real estate and your estate is valued below $100,000, state statutes allow your heirs to avoid probate and claim your estate without probate.
Consider these two types of trusts:
Our estate planning lawyers in Darien will meet with you, determine your needs, and advise on how a trust may benefit you. Then, if you wish, they will create a living trust for you. Call Wolfe & Stec today at (630) 305-0222 with your trust questions.
The estate planning process is complex. As such, our clients ask a broad range of questions. Our answers to them always consider their specific circumstances. That said, we have shared some frequently asked questions and our general responses below.
You want your will and trust to stand up to any possible challenges. As such, it is important that they are created in accordance with the laws of the state in which you reside. Illinois estate laws are complex. Creating valid documents requires an in-depth knowledge of the law and its intricacies. Left to your own devices you may make critical errors leaving your documents open to challenges. Our attorneys spend time with you and understand your future plans. We will prepare documents that are both in accordance with your wishes and in alignment with the laws of the State. We will make sure that those you wish to inherit your assets and property do.
Challenges can cause problems. If your will or trust is successfully contested, your final wishes will not be executed. Some of the reasons your will or trust can be challenged include:
At Wolfe & Stec, we understand these possible pitfalls. By working with our seasoned professionals, you can be assured that your estate documents are sound, incorporate all requisite details and don’t leave anything open to conjecture.
If you believe your parents are vulnerable and someone may take advantage of them, you should determine if they have a durable power of attorney. If they do not, you can go to court to have a guardian appointed to oversee their affairs. If they are deceased and you believe someone held undue influence over them in preparing their estate plans, our Darien estate attorney may be able to challenge the will or trust in court.
Should you become incapacitated and if you do not have a sound durable power of attorney in place, the court may appoint a guardian. This individual would be responsible for managing your finances, healthcare and living arrangements. They would make decisions on your behalf. At Wolf & Stec, we suggest that we create a durable power of attorney on your behalf. This allows you to designate the individual you want to make your decisions.
Make the commitment to plan for your future today. Why wait? The experienced attorneys at Wolf & Stec are ready to help you create your estate plan. We will leverage our extensive knowledge and expertise and ensure that your estate plans are legally sound. Maintaining control over your end-of-life decisions or who inherits your hard-earned assets is important. We can make sure that happens.
Our Darien estate planning attorneys will make sure the intent of your estate planning documents is clearly stated, communicated, and preserved to prevent future challenges or issues. Call Wolfe & Stec today to schedule a free consultation at (630) 305-0222. We strive to protect your family’s future and ensure your wishes are observed.
During trial four experts all testified against our client the Judge found it was in the best interest of the child that our client be awarded custody. We have successfully represented clients in numerous child custody cases.
We recently analyzed a case whereby the opposing side was seeking a substantial award of maintenance against our client. After a thorough review of the facts and circumstances and several hearings, our client’s obligation to pay maintenance was limited to two years at half of what his former spouse was seeking.
After our client voluntarily changed employment we were able to obtain a substantial reduction in child support payments. We have also stopped such reductions when representing clients receiving child support.