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Chicago Estate Planning Package
Protecting Your Health, Family, and Assets for the Future
At Wolff Legal, our compassionate attorneys can help you create, review, and execute all legally binding documents necessary to create strong and enforceable estate plan that meets your specific needs. Our estate planning team[MAW1] is committed to making things simpler for you and your loved ones if you are incapacitated due to illness, injury, or old age, and after your death.
We tailor our recommendations to our clients’ unique situations and can help you with a broad range of estate planning services, including creating a will or a living will, a trust, healthcare directives, or a Power of Attorney for Healthcare and/or Property. [MAW2] We can also consider representing you in probate court. We can also assist with the administration of your estate or trust.
What Our Estate Planning Package Includes
When you trust us with your estate planning, we offer a package that includes:
- Powers of Attorney
- Living Will
- Disposition of Remains Assignment
- Transferring Title of your Real Estate
- Transferring Title of your Motor Vehicles
A will is a key element of your estate planning, no matter the size and value of your estate. This legally binding document allows you to organize the distribution of your assets and guardianship for any minor children you have in the event of your death. Although you have a will, your family may still need to go to probate court to distribute your assts.
While a trust can be similar to a will, its primary goal is the distribution of assets. A key benefit of trusts is that probate does not usually impact them. Legal challenges to the terms of a trust are extremely rare.
In a Power of Attorney, you grant authority to an agent, someone you trust to respect your wishes when making decisions on your behalf when you are unable to. You can create a Power of Attorney for medical, financial, or property purposes. You can choose a limited or indefinite duration for your agent’s authority. You may also specify the scope of decisions they are allowed to make.
A living will is a common type of healthcare directive in which you provide instructions for medical providers about the type of treatment, resuscitation, or comfort care that want them to pursue for your health.
Benefits of Hiring an Estate Planning Attorney in Illinois
Although Illinois does not legally require working with an attorney for your estate planning, we highly recommend that you seek professional legal advice. While you may be tempted to find online templates and create your documents on your own, a judge may not find them clear enough to be enforceable. This means that your documents would have no legal power to affect medical or financial decisions when you are unable to make those yourself, or for the distribution of your property after your death.
An estate planning attorney understands what makes a will or a Power of Attorney valid and how to structure and word each document accurately. At Wolff Legal, we stay up to date with any change to laws and regulations that may affect estate planning to ensure that we design and execute the documents that you need for your and your family’s future.
If you need to modify or revoke any of your estate planning documents, our lawyers are available to assist you in the process and make sure that everything respects current state laws.
If you are interested in estate planning in the Chicago metropolitan area, contact Wolff Legal today at (312) 945-7465 to schedule a consultation. Hablamos español.