Creating a well thought out estate plan is one of the best gifts you can give to yourself and to your loved ones. If you are new to estate planning, however, it is easy to make a mistake. In an effort to prevent you from making one of those mistakes, the Lincolnshire estate planning attorneys at Hedeker Law. Ltd. discuss the top estate planning mistakes. Waiting Too Long to Start Planning One of the biggest misconceptions when it comes to the need for estate planning is the idea that you need to reach a certain point in your life or [Read more…] The post Top Estate Planning Mistakes appeared first on Hedeker Law.
A comprehensive estate plan will incorporate numerous estate planning tools and strategies into the overall plan. One of the most popular additions to a well thought out estate plan is a trust. If you choose to include a trust in your estate plan, you will need to decide who to trust with your trust administration. Choosing your Trustee is something you should do with care after giving the matter plenty of thought given the importance of the Trustee to the overall success of your trust. What Type of Trust Are You Creating? At its most basic, a trust is a [Read more…] The post Who Should You Trust with Trust Administration? appeared first on Hedeker Law.
Ultimately, the success, or failure, of your estate plan won’t be clear until it comes time to probate your estate. Creating a successful estate plan requires you to consider a wide range of inter-related goals and objectives. One of those is the impact federal (and sometimes state) gift and estate taxes will have on your estate. Failing to factor in estate taxes when creating your estate plan could result in a significant tax obligation that must be paid when your estate goes through the probate process. The Lincolnshire probate attorneys at Hedeker Law, Ltd. help you decide if your estate [Read more…] The post Lincolnshire Probate Attorneys Help You Decide If Your Estate Will Be Taxed appeared first on Hedeker Law.
When you think about estate planning, you likely focus on ensuring that the distribution of your estate assets after you are gone occurs according to your wishes. A well thought out estate plan, however, can do much more. For example, have you given any thought to the legal process that your estate will have to go through after your death? This process, known as “probate” can be time-consuming and expensive. The good news is that your estate may be able to avoid probate with careful estate planning. What Is Probate? Most people leave behind an estate when they die. That [Read more…] The post Can My Estate Avoid Probate? appeared first on Hedeker Law.
Although every estate plan is as unique as the person who creates the plan, there are some estate planning tools and strategies that are commonly found in an estate plan. A trust is at the top of that list. Although once used almost exclusively by very wealthy families as a way to pass down the family fortune without paying taxes on the transfer, both the law and trusts have evolved over time to the point where the average person can benefit from including a trust in his/her estate plan. One specific type of trust, a life insurance trust, can be [Read more…] The post Lincolnshire Estate Planning Lawyers Explain How a Life Insurance Trust Can Help appeared first on Hedeker Law.
When asked, most people will admit to understanding the importance of having an estate plan in place as well as understanding the purpose of an estate plan. Despite this, over half of all Americans do not have a plan in place. One of the most commonly given reasons for the lack of planning boils down to the simple fact that estate planning is a rather mysterious concept that can be intimidating for the uninitiated. In an effort to encourage more people to get started with their estate plan by taking some of the mystery out of the process, the estate [Read more…] The post What Estate Planning Attorneys Want You to Know appeared first on Hedeker Law.
When a loved one dies, a period of grieving and heightened emotions typically follows. There are also practical and legal steps as well, however, that follow a death. To begin with, the decedent’s Last Will and Testament must be submitted to the appropriate court as part of the probate process. What should you do, however, if you question the authenticity of the Will submitted for probate? The Waukegan estate planning lawyers at Hedeker Law, Ltd. explain how to contest a Will. What Is Probate? When an individual dies, the decedent’s estate is required to go through probate. If a Will [Read more…] The post Waukegan Estate Planning Lawyers Explain How to Contest a Will appeared first on Hedeker Law.