Hopefully, you are aware of the importance of having an estate plan in place. Despite that awareness, you may have put off creating your plan. Like many people, the concept of estate planning may be a bit intimidating given the importance of the final product and the fact that you are unfamiliar with many of the concepts and strategies. Because we understand that, the Vernon Hills estate planning lawyers at Hedeker Law Ltd have made estate planning more user-friendly by creating the following 10 steps to creating an estate plan. Define your goals. A comprehensive estate plan should accomplish more [Read more…] The post Vernon Hills Estate Planning Lawyers Explain 10 Steps to Creating an Estate Plan appeared first on Hedeker Law.
A well designed and thorough estate plan can accomplish a wide range of inter-related estate planning goals and objectives. Of course, to accomplish all of those goals a plan typically must incorporate a number of different estate planning strategies and tools. One of the most common of those tools is a trust. Although trusts have evolved to the point where there is a specialized trust for almost any estate planning objective, all trusts share a few basic elements, including a Trustee. If you recently learned that you were appointed to be the Trustee of a trust, and you have never [Read more…] The post Steps Involved in Vernon Hills Trust Administration appeared first on Hedeker Law.
Proper estate planning includes much more than just deciding how your estate assets will be distributed after your death. What additional components you include in your comprehensive estate plan will depend on your unique needs and goals. One common estate planning goal, however, is probate avoidance. A Vernon Hills probate lawyer explains why you might want your estate to avoid probate and offers some common probate avoidance strategies. What Is Probate? When you die, you will leave behind an estate that is made up of all the assets you owned at the time of your death. Probate is the legal [Read more…] The post Vernon Hills Probate Lawyer Explains Probate Avoidance Strategies appeared first on Hedeker Law.
For most people, one of the primary reasons they create an estate plan is to ensure that the State of Illinois does not get to decide what happens to their estate assets after their death. If that is one of your primary estate planning goals, you should consider the likelihood of someone contesting your Last Will and Testament and plan accordingly. If someone launches a successful Will contest, your efforts to determine the fate of your assets will be in vain and the State intestate succession laws will be used to distribute your estate. One of the grounds used to [Read more…] The post Vernon Hills Estate Planning Lawyers: Tips to Prevent Will Challenges Based on Capacity appeared first on Hedeker Law.
Have you worked hard over the course of your lifetime to acquire the assets you now own? Do you save prudently and invest wisely to ensure that those assets are available for your retirement years and to pass down to loved ones when you are gone? If so, you also need make sure you are aware of the numerous ways in which those assets might be at risk. Moreover, you need to incorporate asset protection strategies into your estate plan to ensure that your assets are safe. To get you started, the Vernon Hills asset protection attorneys at Hedeker Law, [Read more…] The post Vernon Hills Asset Protection Attorneys Discuss How Your Assets May Be at Risk appeared first on Hedeker Law.
For many people, owning their own business is very much a part of the American dream. If you are one of those people, and you have achieved that dream, you undoubtedly worked hard to make your dream a reality. Do not make the mistake of seeing your hard work go down the proverbial drain at the end of your life because you failed to include your business in your estate plan. To help ensure that does not happen, the Vernon Hills business planning attorneys at Hedeker Law Ltd. discuss business succession strategies. Why Is Business Succession Planning Important? Getting a [Read more…] The post Vernon Hills Business Planning Attorneys Discuss Business Succession Strategies appeared first on Hedeker Law.
Like most people, when you think about the concept of estate planning you probably think about executing a Last Will and Testament that provides for the distribution of your estate assets when you are gone. While creating a Will that distributes your assets is certainly part of the estate planning process, it is not the entire process for most people. Because a comprehensive estate plan is intended to achieve a wide range of interrelated goals and objectives, most people find the need to include additional tools and strategies in their plan. By far, one of the most popular additions to [Read more…] The post Vernon Hills Living Trust Attorneys Trust Basics appeared first on Hedeker Law.