Gain Peace Of Mind Through Wills, Trusts And Power Of Attorney

Making estate plans now prevents your loved ones from having to make difficult choices about your needs and the distribution of your estate. Without plans in place, your family may have to take over your affairs if you become incapacitated and can't speak for yourself. You can save them this extra grief by being proactive in planning.

Planning ensures that you have a say in who will be in charge of your care needs, health decisions and finances. Planning also ensures that you are able to designate beneficiaries and who will inherit your property and possessions after you're gone. Proper planning also helps keep your estate out of probate and can prevent the government from taxing assets. This means more of what you've worked for all those years can stay with your family where it belongs.

Planning Services We Offer

Any comprehensive estate plan will include complete documentation of your wishes. Having these wishes in place is important because, though we hope for the best, we must plan for the inevitable and be ready for the unexpected.

Our Chicago estate planning attorney can assist you if you estate planning needs, including:

  • Will creation and modification — Our lawyer can help you create a will if you don't already have one. We also help people who have major life changes and, as a result, need to modify a will after a divorce or a death in the family.
  • Living will — This document allows you to state what, if any, life-saving measures you want taken if you cannot breathe on your own without a respirator or if your heart should stop. Having a living will makes your wishes clear and avoids confusion and distress for your loved ones and care providers if a situation arises where your needs should be known.
  • Trust documents — Set up a trust to save your property from excess taxes and probate court, which also delays settlement of your estate. We can explain all of your planning options and assist you in establishing revocable and irrevocable trusts.
  • Durable power of attorney — Establishing this designee means you will have someone to make health care decisions for you if you become incapacitated and can't speak for yourself.

We can also assist you if you need to modify a will after a divorce or other major life event.

Make Your Important Plans Now

Downs Law Offices can help you plan for the future of your estate and the care of your loved ones. Attorney Robert K. Downs has helped numerous people in Illinois to make decisions about how their affairs will be handled. Call his Cook County law offices at 312-781-1963 or send an email to schedule a consultation. Don't wait.