Naperville And Joliet Estate Planning Lawyers
At the Blacha Law Office, LLC, our estate planning attorneys are dedicated to providing families in our community with the service and resources they need to manage their estates and leave behind the legacy they’ve worked for.
The choices people face when they have decided to proceed with estate planning can be overwhelming. If you have limited assets, you may wonder whether simply creating a do-it-yourself will is sufficient. If you have a more sizable estate, it can be difficult to navigate the array of tools and strategies available.
Monika Blacha and her team offer the knowledge and experience necessary to establish a coherent, sound and comprehensive plan based on your unique family concerns and personal objectives.
Estate Planning Can Protect What Matters Most
Our law practice is genuinely focused on matters that impact people’s families, financial security, stability and peace of mind. In the realm of estate planning, our capabilities cover the spectrum of estate planning including:
- Creating a last will and testament
- Drafting and reviewing trusts
- Establishing powers of attorney
- Estate administration
- Proactively preventing potential disputes in probate
- Long-term health care planning, including drafting advance medical directives
- Succession of estates and family-owned businesses
- Adjusting estate planning to maximize tax benefits
Our attorneys’ relevant, complementary strengths include a background in business law, extensive Illinois family law knowledge and dedicated attention to practical financial issues such as retirement planning. As a result, we are adept at anticipating issues and addressing a wide range of concerns from an estate planning perspective.
Beginning with an free consultation, we can work together within your budget to find and execute the right solutions for you and your family. The simple actions you take with our guidance can make all the difference down the road for your loved ones.
Estate Planning And Probate Go Hand In Hand
You simply cannot address one without affecting the other. Proper estate planning can make the probate process go smoothly, while dying without a will can turn the probate process into an unfortunate can of worms for your loved ones. We can take stock of your situation and guide you to the estate planning vehicles that best meet your estate planning objectives. The actions you take to plan your estate today can be a lasting gift for your family members, sparing them from unnecessary stress as they come to grips with your loss and work on winding down your estate according to your wishes.
Our attorneys can offer you with knowledgeable guidance and compassionate counsel whether you are creating a will for the first time, updating your estate plan due to major changes in your life, or trying to make sense of your legal options after the death of a loved one.
Frequently Asked Questions About Estate Planning In Naperville
Below are answers to questions that our attorneys often receive. Feel free to review these and then reach out to us with questions of your own.
How can a Naperville estate planning attorney help me?
Working with an experienced estate planning lawyer can make it possible to have an estate plan that is truly customized and tailored to your specific wishes. At Blacha Law Office, LLC, our attorneys listen to your concerns, whether you want greater control over how your assets are used by your heirs, hope to avoid probate or are worried about what might happen if you become incapacitated and need long-term care. Everyone’s concerns are unique, so your estate plan should reflect that distinctiveness.
Can you avoid probate by having an estate plan in Illinois?
Good estate planning can help you avoid probate, but it takes more than a simple will to do it. If you want your estate to bypass probate, you may want to consider a pour-over will, a combination of revocable living trusts or irrevocable trusts, the appropriate beneficiary designations on life insurance and investments, and other measures that are designed to remove assets from your estate.
What documents are needed for an estate plan?
Estate planning documents can include wills, trust agreements, powers of attorney for health care and property, living wills, advance directives and transfer-on-death deeds. If you own a business, then you may also need to create a buy-sell agreement or business succession plan. Every situation is different.
When should I start an estate plan?
Every adult over 18 years of age should have at least a will, powers of attorney and advance directives in place. If you have not yet started your estate plan, it is time.
How often should I update an estate plan?
Estate plans should generally be reviewed and updated every two or three years. However, certain life events may necessitate updates even sooner. Changes in your marital status, an addition to the family, a death in the family, major changes in your assets or changes in your overall goals may all require you to update your plan sooner.
Get Started With Estate Planning Today
We have offices in Naperville and Joliet, and we welcome estate planning clients from throughout DuPage County, Will County, Kendall County, Kane County and surrounding areas. We are also fluent in Polish. Call 630-283-1987 or use our online contact form to schedule a meeting to discuss your estate planning needs.