location28 N. 1st St., Suite 101, Geneva, IL 60134

phone331-222-7978

Geneva Estate Planning Lawyer

Kane County Attorney for Probate, Bankruptcy, and Real Estate Matters

Nearly every person and every family will have a need for legal counsel at some point in their lives. Estate planning is important for all. If you have not gotten started yet, our firm will take you through the entire process of building a comprehensive plan. For other situations that pop up in life, from real estate transactions to bankruptcy proceedings, you can count on us.

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Estate Planning

Virtually everyone should have an estate plan in place. Having an estate plan offers security to the people you care about, and can protect you later in life. Classic estate planning allows you to decide who will benefit from your estate one day. Certainly, this is a valuable and important goal for many. Another aspect of estate planning, often called "incapacity planning" allows you to plan for your own future care.

Wills and Trusts

Wills and trusts are the two main testamentary tools in estate planning. They may be used separately or in conjunction as part of a comprehensive plan.

Powers of Attorney

Take control of your own future care using powers of attorney. You can appoint trusted people to make health care decisions for you or manage your finances.

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Deanna is first-class, 5 stars.

She guided me through the process of closing my father’s estate, always using “plain English”, providing the big picture as well as all the steps along the way.

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Probate and Estate Administration

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While you are in a time of mourning for a family member, going through probate or starting to administer a trust may be the last thing you feel like doing. The Illinois probate process can be challenging for anyone, whether your family member had a will or not. Estate administration can be a big responsibility to take on. Being represented by an attorney who understands and is experienced with the probate process can take a lot of stress out of the process. Our lawyers are ready for any estate administration challenge you may face.

Bankruptcy

Filing for bankruptcy may not be as painful as you anticipate. Many people nowadays could benefit from the kind of fresh start bankruptcy offers. It is strikingly easy to get caught in insurmountable debt, and bankruptcy can offer a way out. Our lawyers will fight for you to secure a positive outcome that lets you move forward free of debt.

Chapter 7

Chapter 7 is the classic type of bankruptcy in which some of your assets may be liquidated to partially satisfy your debts. The big advantage of Chapter 7 bankruptcy is that it generally wipes your unsecured debt.

Chapter 13

Another form of bankruptcy, Chapter 13, allows you to reorganize your debts into one monthly payment. Your assets are not liquidated, but you make payments for up to 5 years through the bankruptcy to pay a portion or all of your debts.

Residential Real Estate

Buying a home can be a tremendous accomplishment. It can also be risky. For many, a house is the single largest purchase they will ever make. Having a real estate attorney rather than just a real estate agent provides you with an extra layer of security. We carefully oversee the entire purchasing process, from the title search to the home inspection to the closing documents.

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