Have you put off creating your estate plan because you don’t know where to start? Or maybe because you aren’t sure what components you should include in your plan? If either, or both, of those apply to you, you are not alone. Surveys tell us that over half of all Americans have yet to create an estate plan, despite understanding the importance of having one in place. Like you, most of those people admit that not knowing where to start and/or what to include in the plan is the reason for their procrastination. Working one on one with an experienced [Read more…] The post Vernon Hills Estate Planning Lawyers Explain 10 Steps to Creating an Estate Plan appeared first on Hedeker Law.
When you think about estate planning, you likely think about devising a plan for the distribution of your estate assets after your death. Traditional estate planning does just that; however, you may want to pass down more than just your material wealth. What about intangible concepts such as your values, beliefs, ideals, and your faith that may have helped guide you over the course of your lifetime? Don’t you want to pass those down to future generations as well? With that in mind, a Vernon Hills legacy planning attorney asks you: “What legacy do you want to leave behind?” Traditional [Read more…] The post Vernon Hills Legacy Planning Attorney Asks You : What Legacy Do You Want to Leave Behind? appeared first on Hedeker Law.
Although thinking about your own death, and the subsequent funeral and burial, may not be something you enjoy doing, it is wise to do so as part of your comprehensive estate plan. Including a funeral planning component in your estate plan ensures that your wishes are honored when the time comes and protects your loved ones from having to make difficult decisions during a time of heightened emotions and increased stress. One estate planning tool often included in a funeral component is a funeral an Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust (ILIT), often referred to as a funeral or burial trust. The [Read more…] The post Vernon Hills Trust Attorneys Explain Funeral and Burial Trusts appeared first on Hedeker Law.
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.