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It’s easy to assume that when someone dies, their assets will be distributed and efficiently, particularly if they have a will in place. Unfortunately, this is often not the case; proper estate planning or a choice is necessary for families to avoid complex financial burdens that can lead to substantial losses. The process can also be emotionally draining, as the deceased’s wishes may not be honored without action taken during their lifetime. 

Ultimately, it’s important to remember that although death is an unavoidable part of life, it doesn’t have to mean additional stress for your loved ones. Having an up-to-date will in place can help families honor their loved one’s legacy while avoiding complicated disputes over asset distribution down the line.

How can a Palatine estate attorney help with estate planning?

Creating an estate plan is essential in preparing for your and your family’s financial future. Taking the time to plan now ensures that your wishes transfer to a legal document according to your instructions once you can no longer do so. It also allows you to continue providing for loved ones indefinitely and also consider who else you would like to benefit from your estate after you pass away. 

Effectively planning your estate should include more than just writing a will; there is also the chance to set up trusts, designate beneficiaries, and outline how specific assets will distribute once you have passed away. An estate planner at Andrea Heckman Law can help with the following estate plan areas:

  • Instructions for long-term care, including nursing home care
  • Identifying an executor and delegating responsibility over finances and medical wishes
  • Assigning finances to donations, gifts, and instructions for beneficiaries
  • Writing or modifying a will
  • Creating a revocable trust
  • Keeping assets out of probate by designating payable on death (POD) or transfer on death (TOD) beneficiaries

What does a lawyer need to start estate planning?

When creating an estate plan, it is essential to have all the relevant information at hand. Our team of experts will help you identify your family members and designate those you would like to have a position of trust. We will also compile a list of your property and assets, allowing us to craft a plan tailored to your estate planning goals and needs. 

Other vital information we take into consideration includes prior responsibilities connected to your estate, as well as any other factors that may be applicable. By ensuring that all relevant information is accounted for, we can provide quality legal advice with meaningful, lasting results.

Need an estate lawyer? Contact us today.

As you approach life’s next phase, estate planning is essential. Don’t let the intimidating parts of estate planning keep you from setting up your affairs so that you and your family can enjoy the prosperity you have created throughout your life. Whether you are looking to secure and maximize your wealth for yourself and your loved ones or are trying to plan for taxes or the eventual distribution of your assets, the experienced professionals at Andrea Heckman Law can provide invaluable assistance. 

Contact us today – it’s always early enough to start thinking proactively about how best to protect the legacy that you will be leaving behind.

Contact our office to arrange for a free initial consultation and review of your case.


Andrea Heckman

Managing Attorney

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