Ease The Burden On Your Family With Estate Planning in Illinois
Whether you have an established family or are starting a new one, nothing can give you peace of mind more than knowing they will be taken care of after you are gone.
At Bassett & Gabriel Law Office, P.C., we have decades of experience helping people in the River Bend region of Illinois with estate planning as well as assisting in the estate administration of recently departed loved ones. You can trust us to ensure that your wishes will be carried out.
Our experience has shown us that when someone passes away without a will, their family feels lost about how to handle their property. You can ease the burden on your family by giving them a plan.
Estate Planning For You And Your Family
We know that it is never too early or too late to establish a will for you and your family. At Bassett & Gabriel Law Office, P.C. we can work with you in all aspects of creating a will and planning your estate, including establishing:
- Durable powers of attorney for health care (living wills) and financial purposes
- Establishing guardianships and conservatorships
- Probate administration
To ensure that your wishes are made clear, we will work with you directly throughout the estate planning process. It is important to us that your estate planning documents account for any possible situations that could arise.
Probate Administration To Ensure The Process Goes Smoothly
Our attorney’s help while settling the matters of your loved one’s estate can help you through what can be a difficult and overwhelming process. Bassett & Gabriel Law Office, P.C., can assist in making things go smoothly for all involved.
Illinois Estate Planning FAQ
Whether you are making your first foray into estate planning or you need to update your plan to reflect a major change in your circumstances, you likely have important questions about the difference that estate planning can make in helping you achieve peace of mind for your legacy and your family’s future. At Bassett & Gabriel Law Office, P.C., our experienced estate planning attorneys have the answer you are looking for.
Do I really need an estate plan?
You are not required to have an estate plan, but it is the best way to make sure your wishes are honored and your loved ones are taken care of. Dying without a will may not affect you, but your loved ones will be left dealing with the legal and financial fallout while government employees with no knowledge about your will be left to make decisions about your estate according to Illinois’ intestate succession statutes.
How can retaining an estate planning attorney help if I am sick or injured?
The potential of incapacitation is why it is so crucial to have a power of attorney as part of your estate plan. A power of attorney for property will designate someone to pay your bills and manage your financial affairs, while a power of attorney for healthcare will designate someone to make decisions about your healthcare.
What can happen if I don’t have a power of attorney plan in place?
Under Illinois law, When someone who is 18 years or older can no longer make decisions about financial or other matters, it becomes necessary to establish a guardianship for the person who has become ill or unable to care for themselves. This process is much more complex and costly than having a power of attorney designated in advance during the estate planning process.
I’m still young. Do I really need a will or trust?
Life is unpredictable and you’ll be old before you know it. It is a good idea for people of all ages to have a will or some form of estate management plan in place. Life milestones such as marriage or the birth of a child are a great time to make sure you have a will drafted and your assets reviewed.
Contact One Of Madison County’s Longstanding Law Firms
Bassett & Gabriel Law Office, P.C., serves the Madison County community with quality legal advocacy and an enthusiasm for helping individuals. Call the firm in Wood River, Illinois, to speak with our lawyers at 618-254-0141. If you prefer, send us an email.