If you have a valid Last Will and Testament in place, the odds are good that your appointed someone very close to you (spouse, adult child, best friend) to be the Executor of your estate. While that choice isn’t always a poor one, it often is. The problem is that most people do not really know what probate entails. As such, they give very little thought to the appointment of their Executor when, in fact, your Executor will directly and usually significantly impact how your estate is handled after you are gone. To ensure that your estate is handled as [Read more…] The post Lincolnshire Estate Planning Lawyers Explain the Role of Executor appeared first on Hedeker Law.
Estate planning, when done correctly, should accomplish more than just deciding how you want your estate assets to be distributed when you are gone. It should also protect and help grow your assets while you are alive and plan for those assets to help provide for loved ones after your death. One important factor in accomplishing those goals is the impact gift and estate taxes will have on your estate. To help you understand that impact, the Waukegan estate planning attorneys at Hedeker Law Ltd. explain gift and estate taxes. What Is the Federal Gift and Estate Tax? The federal [Read more…] The post Waukegan Estate Planning Attorneys Explain Gift and Estate Taxes appeared first on Hedeker Law.
Most people understand that having an estate plan in place is important. Despite acknowledging this, less than half of all Americans actually have a plan. If you are among those who have taken the time to create your estate plan, you are a step ahead of many of your friends and neighbors. More importantly, you can rest easy knowing that you, your loved ones, and your assets are all protected. Or can you? If you created your plan several years ago, and you have not updated your plan since it was created, it may not provide you the level of [Read more…] The post Lincolnshire Estate Planning Attorneys Remind You to Update Your Plan appeared first on Hedeker Law.
Although you may not realize it, one of the most important aspects of creating your estate plan is appointing the right people to fill the fiduciary positions within your plan. In fact, one of the most common reasons for an estate plan to fail to work as expected is choosing the wrong person for an important position within the plan. People frequently appoint a spouse, family member, or close friend to fiduciary positions based solely on the close relationship. The problem often lies in the fact that most people do not really know what these fiduciary roles entail nor the [Read more…] The post Estate Planning Lawyers Urge You to Choose Fiduciaries Wisely appeared first on Hedeker Law.
Inheritance planning, also referred to more broadly as “estate planning,” is something that everyone should engage in at some point. One of the biggest questions – and biggest misconceptions—relates to exactly when inheritance planning should start. In fact, among the most common mistakes people make is putting off the creation of an inheritance plan because they are under the (mistaken) impression that they do not need one yet. To help you avoid making the same mistake with your estate and your future, the estate planning attorneys at Hedeker Law, Ltd., explain when inheritance planning should begin for everyone. What Is [Read more…] The post When Should Inheritance Planning Start? appeared first on Hedeker Law.
Were you notified that a recently deceased loved one named you as the Executor of his or her estate? If so, you may be struggling to focus on the duties and responsibilities an Executor has during the probate of an estate giving the fact that you are undoubtedly also still grieving the loss of your loved one. If you have never served as an Executor before, you may not even know where to begin. To help you organize your responsibilities, the Lincolnshire estate planning lawyers at Hedeker Law, Ltd. have put together an Executor’s checklist that you may find beneficial. [Read more…] The post Lincolnshire Estate Planning Lawyers Offer an Executor s Checklist appeared first on Hedeker Law.
Surveys tell us that the vast majority of Americans understand the need for estate planning. Despite this, over half of all Americans do not have an estate plan in place. People offer a variety of explanations for their apparent procrastination, including the belief that they don’t need an estate plan yet and not have the time and/or money to devote to creating a plan. Sometimes, the best way to convince someone that they need to do something is to explain what happens if they don’t do it. With that in mind, the estate planning attorneys at Hedeker Law Ltd. explain [Read more…] The post Estate Planning Attorneys Explain Why You Don’t Want to Die Intestate appeared first on Hedeker Law.