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.
If you are new to estate planning, you probably have a number of questions about what should be included in your estate plan and how the process of creating an estate plan is typically handled. Estate planning is a highly individualized process because of the personal, even sensitive, nature of the issues involved in creating an estate plan. When done properly, an estate plan should reflect your unique estate planning goals and objective as well as address any personal concerns or worries you have. There are, however, some goals and objectives that are frequently found in the average estate plan. [Read more…] The post Estate Planning Attorneys Explain the 5 Most Important Estate Planning Components appeared first on Hedeker Law.
If you have an estate plan in place already, you are ahead of the curve in the United States. Surveys indicate that despite understanding how important estate planning is, over half of all Americans do not have a plan. While you deserve to pat yourself on the back for putting together your initial estate plan, do not make the mistake of thinking that you can forget about the issue of estate planning from here on out. On the contrary, your initial estate plan needs to be reviewed and revised throughout the course of your lifetime to ensure that it remains [Read more…] The post Lincolnville Estate Planning Attorneys Stress the Need to Review Your Plan appeared first on Hedeker Law.
Most people equate the concept of estate planning with creating a plan for the distribution of their estate assets after their death to ensure that loved ones are provided for in their absence. This is certainly understandable as that is one of the primary functions of the average estate plan. When you think about protecting and providing for your loved ones, however, your death is not the only reason to have a plan in place. What happens if you become incapacitated tomorrow? Do you have a plan in place that protects you and your loved ones for that potential scenario? [Read more…] The post Can Estate Planning Lawyers Help with Incapacity Planning? 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.
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.
You likely know what estate planning is and why it is so important to have an estate plan in place. Do you, however, know what legacy planning is? The idea behind the concept of legacy planning is to take estate planning to the next level. Legacy planning allows you to incorporate your ideals, beliefs, values, and faith into your estate planning endeavors. Instead of simply leaving behind assets, legacy planning lets you leave behind much more of who you are and what made you the person you were during your lifetime. To help you better understand the concept of legacy [Read more…] The post Vernon Hills Legacy Planning Attorneys Explain the Concept of Legacy Planning appeared first on Hedeker Law.