For many people, estate planning can seem confusing and stressful. But when you have the assistance of a knowledgeable Lisle estate planning attorney, it doesn’t have to be. None of us knows what the future holds for us, which is why it’s so important to be prepared. By putting legally solid estate plans in place with the help of our skilled attorney, you ensure that your wishes are properly carried out and that your family is protected for the future.
A Lisle estate attorney from Wolfe & Stec will prepare plans that are in line with your goals and wishes. We’ll explain the different estate planning documents and draw up legally solid documentation based on your needs. You can rely on us to knowledgeably address all of your estate planning concerns and ensure that your interests, and your inheritors’ interests, are protected. Schedule a free consultation with a Lisle estate lawyer by calling (630) 305-0222.
The basic estate documents people should have include:
Everyone has different financial and family situations and different estate planning needs. An estate planning lawyer in Lisle will examine your circumstances and counsel you on your estate planning matters.
You never know what tomorrow will bring, so it is wise to not put off estate planning. Contact Wolfe & Stec today to set up a free consultation with one of our Lisle estate attorneys. Our law firm can be reached at (630) 305-0222.
Depending on a person’s circumstances and goals, it can be beneficial to put property and assets into a living trust. Assets that are placed into a trust avoid going through the probate process. So when you die your trust beneficiaries will receive your assets without the long and expensive hassle of probate. And, depending on the type of trust, there may be tax and other financial benefits.
Also, if you die without a will, your trust will not be subject to intestate succession, which is when the state decides how a deceased person’s property is distributed. The property in your trust will go directly to the specific beneficiaries you named in it.
An estate planning lawyer in Lisle can review your needs, advise you about how a trust may benefit you, and set up a living trust for you. Contact Wolfe & Stec for a free consultation by calling (630) 305-0222.
Your estate plans may be challenged once you are gone, or if you are incapacitated and no longer able to make decisions for yourself. Our estate planning attorneys will make sure the intent of your will, trust or other document is made clear and preserved.
Unless you have in-depth knowledge of estate law and its intricacies, you leave your will or trust open to challenges if they were drafted without legal help. Our attorneys will listen to your wishes and prepare a will or trust for you that is legally definitive and makes sure your intentions are clearly understood. We’ll make sure that those you want to inherit your assets and property actually do.
If your will or trust is successfully contested, your final wishes will not be carried out. Wills and trusts can be contested on several different grounds, including fraud, forgery, undue influence and others. We have in-depth understanding of the legal challenges that wills and trusts can face. We’ll work with you to prepare sound estate documents that incorporate all the details and don’t leave anything open to attack.
When a person becomes incapacitated and doesn’t have a sound durable power of attorney in place, the court may appoint a guardian of the estate or the person. Guardians manage and make decisions regarding finances, healthcare, living arrangements and other things. We will prepare durable powers of attorney that designate the trusted individuals you want to make decisions for you, should you be incapacitated. If you are seeking guardianship for a loved one who does not have a durable power of attorney in place, we will represent your interests throughout the process.
This can be a complex and sensitive area. If you feel your parents are being taken advantage of by someone, you can go to court to have a guardian appointed to oversee their affairs, assuming they don’t have durable powers of attorney in place. If they are deceased and you think someone held undue influence over them in preparing their estate plans, you may be able to challenge their will or trust in court. Our Lisle estate attorney can challenge plans if you think your parents were exploited.
There is no reason to put off planning for the future when you have the help of a skilled Lisle estate planning attorney. We have the extensive experience needed to ensure that your estate plans are legally sound. You don’t want to end up in a situation where you don’t have control of your end-of-life decisions or who gets your hard-earned assets and property.
Call Wolfe & Stec today to schedule a free consultation at (630) 305-0222. We look forward to helping protect your estate and your family’s future.