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The New Legal Rights of Your Beneficiaries: Should These Be Drafted Out of Your...

In keeping with uniform trust law, Illinois has joined 34 other states in adopting its own version of the Uniform Trust Code known as the Illinois Trust Code (ITC), effective January 1, 2020. Provisions in...
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WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT MEDICAID PLANNING

You’re active and in relatively good health. You’re finally enjoying the things you now have time to do as a retiree – or looking forward to those days coming soon. The last thing you...

Don’t Send Your Student to College Without These 3 Things

Accidental injury is the leading cause of death for adults between ages 18 to 24 with over a quarter million being hospitalized yearly for non-lethal injuries. Not a statistic that parents – who are...

The Conversations You Must Have Now About Your Health Care Decisions

Selecting a trust-worthy agent who will ultimately be the decision-making authority for your medical care if something happens to you is an important decision. The goal is for your agent to make decisions in...
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Understand the Basics of Estate Planning

For many people, mapping out an estate plan is something they intend to think about later. But too often, later never comes. The reasons for not dealing with estate planning now may include not wanting to confront your...

How Will You Handle Your Digital Estate? (And, yes, you do have one.)

Some assets don’t necessarily fit into our traditional approach to estate planning. We know how to account for bank accounts and real property. But hundreds of dollars’ worth of frequent flyer miles or credit...

Do You Know What the “Other Hand” is Doing in Handling Your Estate?

You handle a large share of paying the bills and managing the bank accounts. Your spouse handles anything insurance or investment related. It’s a common practice in many married households to split household responsibilities. Usually...

Here’s Why You Should Keep Track of Your Subscription-Based Services.

It’s easy to overlook the need to keep track of monthly services or subscriptions. Especially when you don’t have to consciously make a payment since automatic billing is doing that task for you. When...

Ask the Attorney: Can I store my estate planning documents in a safe deposit...

I would feel better about placing my original estate planning documents in a safe deposit box. Will this be a problem? If you’re the sole, living name on this box, it’s not a good idea....

How to Avoid the “Planning to Fail” in Your Estate Plan

You may be familiar with the saying, “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” It’s a significant reason why people set up an estate plan – to be prepared for the unexpected. And, of...