WHY DO YOU NEED A WILL?
Wills and Trusts protect your estate. You have an “estate” if you own a home, vacation or investment property, life insurance or other possessions. An estate can also include cars, jewelry or other household items. As such, you should have an estate plan in place to designate who will inherit this property. Accordingly, a proper estate plan distributes your property and financial stake to children and loved ones, per your final wishes.
Therefore, an estate plan is a must, if you have minor children, or other dependents. The best action you can take for your loved ones, is to establish a thoughtful and legally binding estate plan.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A WILL AND A TRUST?
A Will instructs your executor to distribute your property, per your wishes, at the time of your death. A Trust provides legal protection for your assets, to distribute according to your wishes. And, in some cases a trust helps avoid or reduce inheritance or estate taxes.
We are experienced litigators in the areas of disputes, controversies and contests involving wills, trusts, estates, guardianships and related matters. Related matters include, breach of fiduciary duties, over-reaching, financial manipulation, fraud, duress, tortious interference with expectancies and other matters.
The attorneys of Blake Law Group P.C., are experience in handling estate settlement matters. For example, we assist with independent administration, supervised administration, and probate and non-probate arrangements. In addition, we help with representation of Executors, Administrators, beneficiaries, and others, and preparation and filing of estate settlement documents. Finally, we help admit wills to probate, obtain Letters of Office, and Court approval of First and Final Accounts.
We have experience and expertise with routine and non-routine guardianships., including objections to guardianships of the person, and estates. Additionally, we help seek Court appointment and removal of guardians of the person and/or estates for various reasons. Finally, we represent guardians with annual accounts and other matters.
Power of Attorneys
Our attorneys have experience with preparing Power of Attorneys, including durable power of attorneys, living wills, and healthcare power of attorneys. We can also create property power of attorneys, and limited power of attorneys. Finally, we have experience in removal and revocation of power of attorneys, and appointments of power of attorneys independently or through the Court.
We have represented elder law issues for years, including estates, trusts, guardianships, power of attorneys and other matters. Additionally, we have experience with issues relating to old-age, senility, Alzheimer’s and physical and mental disabilities.
Frequently, we receive referrals from other attorneys who may not practice, or have extensive experience, in certain areas of the law. For example, these areas may include complex will and trust matters. As a result, we have a vast volume of cases and expertise in this area of the law.
Notably, we handle various legal matters throughout Central and Southern Illinois. For example, our attorneys handle matters in counties including Hamilton County, Jackson County, Jefferson County, Johnson County, Marion County, Perry County, Washington County, Wayne County, Williamson County, including cities such as Mt. Vernon, Vienna, Pinckneyville, Nashville, McLeansboro, Carmi, Marion and Carbondale.
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