Illinois Estate Planning Attorney
Drafting Wills & Trusts to Secure Your Future
The estate planning attorneys at Johnson, Westra, Broecker, Whittaker & Newitt, P.C. draft wills, trusts, and powers of attorney, and engage in estate tax planning for individuals and families in Carol Stream and throughout the Chicago area. Our comprehensive approach to estate planning ensures that your needs will be met during your lifetime while fulfilling your wishes regarding family inheritances or charitable giving in the future.
The will is the traditional instrument for distributing your property and assets to your heirs and designees, making gifts, etc, and otherwise disposing of your estate. Even if you are putting most of your property into trusts, a will is still an important document for naming an executor for your estate, naming a guardian for your minor children, and taking care of any property that may not have been included in any trust.
In order for a will to be valid, it must conform to very specific statutory requirements under Illinois law. Our wills attorneys make sure the document is valid and enforceable and written to clearly express the testator’s intent. If problems do arise with the interpretation of a will, our litigation division is ready to handle will contests, challenges and other probate litigation.
The revocable living trust is a popular estate planning tool which offers many benefits over a will, most notably the avoidance of probate by removing assets from the probate estate. We offer tax planning alongside the estate planning to maximize the tax advantages of trusts for our clients. We will also draft a pour-over will to make sure any property inadvertently left out of a trust can still be claimed by the trust during the estate administration. We can provide expert assistance in funding the trusts as well – a critical step to creating valid trusts.
Powers of Attorney
Comprehensive estate planning should make sure that you are taken care of during your lifetime, and that decisions made regarding your health and welfare and financial affairs are made according to your wishes, even if you become incapacitated and cannot make or communicate those decisions yourself, either temporarily or for the long-term. With living wills, powers of attorney and other legal instruments, we can make sure your wishes are followed, from decisions regarding who handles your finances for you to how certain emergency medical or end-of-life decisions should be made.
Sound Legal Advice and Professional Assistance in Estate Planning Wills & Trusts
All of these matters and more are covered in our Estate Planning Handbook, which is discussed in detail during our initial meeting with every new client. To schedule a meeting to discuss your estate planning goals, contact Johnson, Westra, Broecker, Whittaker & Newitt, P.C. at our offices in Carol Stream, St. Charles and Chicago. We look forward to hearing from you.