Top Skokie, IL Estate Planning Lawyers Near You

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    O'Flaherty Law

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Downers Grove Office | Serving Skokie, IL

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Downers Grove Office | Serving Skokie, IL

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    Paul Hastings LLP

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Chicago Office | Serving Skokie, IL

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Chicago Office | Serving Skokie, IL

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    Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Chicago Office | Serving Skokie, IL

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Chicago Office | Serving Skokie, IL

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    Hart David Carson LLP

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Elmhurst Office | Serving Skokie, IL

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Elmhurst Office | Serving Skokie, IL

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    Litchfield Cavo LLP

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Chicago Office | Serving Skokie, IL

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Chicago Office | Serving Skokie, IL

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    FisherBroyles, LLP

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Chicago Office | Serving Skokie, IL

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Chicago Office | Serving Skokie, IL

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    SmithAmundsen LLC

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Chicago Office | Serving Skokie, IL

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Chicago Office | Serving Skokie, IL

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    Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, LLP

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Chicago Office | Serving Skokie, IL

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Chicago Office | Serving Skokie, IL

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    Kelley Kronenberg

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Chicago Office | Serving Skokie, IL

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Chicago Office | Serving Skokie, IL

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    SmithAmundsen LLC

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Crystal Lake Office | Serving Skokie, IL

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Crystal Lake Office | Serving Skokie, IL

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    Hart David Carson LLP

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Chicago Office | Serving Skokie, IL

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Chicago Office | Serving Skokie, IL

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    Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Chicago Office | Serving Skokie, IL

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Chicago Office | Serving Skokie, IL

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    Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Chicago Office | Serving Skokie, IL

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Chicago Office | Serving Skokie, IL

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    SmithAmundsen LLC

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Woodstock Office | Serving Skokie, IL

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Woodstock Office | Serving Skokie, IL

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    Culhane Meadows PLLC

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Chicago Office | Serving Skokie, IL

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Chicago Office | Serving Skokie, IL

  • Law Offices of Steven W. Swibel

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Highland Park Office | Serving Skokie, IL

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Highland Park Office | Serving Skokie, IL

  • HeplerBroom LLC

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Chicago Office | Serving Skokie, IL

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Chicago Office | Serving Skokie, IL

  • Granholm & Gynac LLC

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Joliet Office | Serving Skokie, IL

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Joliet Office | Serving Skokie, IL

  • Veritas Law Group

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Chicago Office | Serving Skokie, IL

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Chicago Office | Serving Skokie, IL

  • Law Office of Norman L. Bloch

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Glencoe Office | Serving Skokie, IL

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Glencoe Office | Serving Skokie, IL

  • The Law Office of Jason A. Borg P.C.

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Downers Grove Office | Serving Skokie, IL

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Downers Grove Office | Serving Skokie, IL

  • Robert Thomas, Attorney at Law

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Arlington Heights Office | Serving Skokie, IL

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Arlington Heights Office | Serving Skokie, IL

  • Ritter Law Offices

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Chicago Office | Serving Skokie, IL

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Chicago Office | Serving Skokie, IL

  • The Law Office of Jade Carpenter

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Skokie Office

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Skokie Office

  • Nemani Law

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Glenview Office | Serving Skokie, IL

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Glenview Office | Serving Skokie, IL

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Hiring a Skokie Estate Planning Attorney is the best way to know you’ve adequately prepared for you and your family’s future. Additionally, depending on what you wish to achieve, an estate plan can help support family members, charities, and other worthy causes.

Estate Planning Attorneys

All individuals, regardless of their financial position, will benefit from talking with an Estate Planning Lawyer. However, speaking with a lawyer can be very useful when a person suddenly comes into a lot of money, such as from inheritance or a business sale.

A proper estate plan typically utilizes both a trust and a will. These two powerful tools allow you to make sure not only that your financial goals are addressed, but that you have peace of mind knowing those you love will be taken care of properly when you’re no longer able or willing to do so.

What is estate planning?

Estate planning is the process through which you make known your wishes for what you want to happen to your assets upon your death (commonly done through a last will and testament). Estate planning also involves stating your wishes for your health care through power of attorney declarations and advanced directives. In short, it allows you to maintain control of your health care and estate.

How much does estate planning cost?

There are do-it-yourself documents available online that allow you to create your own will, advance directive, and power of attorney declaration. Going this route will be cheaper than using an attorney in the present. However, it is good to work on an estate plan with your attorney to ensure you are going through the process correctly and addressing details you haven’t thought of. If you are worried about cost, you can discuss that with attorneys at your initial consultations as you shop around.

What estate planning documents do you need?

Every estate plan should include a last will and testament or establish a trust. This will allow you to state how you wish to distribute your assets to beneficiaries upon your death. A power of attorney declaration will name someone you trust to handle your health care and/or financial decisions if you are ever unable to. An advanced directive (also known as a living will) will state your wishes for any care you want to receive if you are unable to make those decisions at the time. This is useful when it comes to end-of-life care or if you ever need life-saving care because of an accident or illness.

Who needs estate planning?

Everyone needs estate planning, and if you are 18, it is never too early to start thinking about your plan! While we all want to live a long, full life, accidents and illnesses happen. And having a plan in place will go a long way in protecting your wishes.

How an Attorney Can Help

An attorney can often resolve your particular legal issue faster and better than trying to do it alone. A lawyer can help you navigate the legal system, while avoiding costly mistakes or procedural errors. You should seek out an attorney whose practice focuses on the area of law most relevant to your issue.

How to Prepare for Your Initial Consultation

Prepare for your consultation by writing down notes of your understanding of the case, jot down questions and concerns for the attorney, and gather your documents. Remember that you are trying to get a sense of whether the attorney has your trust and can help you address your legal issues. Questions should include how the attorney intends to resolve your issue, how many years he/she has been practicing law and specifically practicing in your area, as well as how many cases similar to yours the attorney has handled. It can also be helpful to broach the subject of fees so that you understand the likely cost and structure of your representation by a specific attorney and/or legal team.

How to Find the Right Attorney

  • Determine the area of law that relates to your issue. Attorneys specialize in specific practice areas around legal issues within the broad field of law.
  • Seek out recommendations from friends, family, and colleagues. A successful attorney or practice will typically have many satisfied clients.
  • Set up consultation appointments to get a better understanding of your case as well as gauge your comfort level with different attorneys. Find the attorney who is the right fit for your needs.

Common legal terms explained

Plaintiff – a person or party who brings a lawsuit against another person(s) or party/parties in a court of law. Private persons or parties can only file suit in civil court.

Judgment – A decision of the court. Also known as a decree or order. Judgments handed down by the court are usually binding on the parties before the court.

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