Edwardsville Estate Planning Lawyer

Your life savings and other assets are the result of your hard work and careful planning. It is important to protect those assets and make sure your loved ones are provided for in your absence by completing an estate plan.

At Steele Law Offices, LLC, in Glen Carbon, Illinois, we help our clients prepare wills, trusts and other documents that dictate how they want their assets distributed once they die. Your estate plan can also include an advance health care directive, a legal document that instructs others of your health care wishes in advance of your death or if you become incapacitated.

Achieve Your Estate Planning Goals With Help From An Experienced Collinsville Will And Trust Attorney

We are capable of drafting everything from a simple will to complex trust arrangements. You will work directly with Randall P. Steele, an experienced estate planning lawyer. We use the initial consultation to discuss your objectives and any concerns you have. We then explain the various tools and options within an estate plan that can protect your assets and establish a plan to distribute them according to your wishes.

Our services include:

  • Simple wills and trusts
  • Estate tax planning
  • Advance health care directives
  • Durable powers of attorney
  • Guardianships and conservatorships
  • Probate and estate administration
  • Family business succession planning

Demystifying Probate

Probate is a court-supervised process designed to sort out the transfer of a person's property at death. Usually, the decedent names a person to take over the management of his or her affairs upon death (the executor). If the decedent fails to name an executor, the court will appoint a personal representative or administrator to settle the estate.

The basic process of probating an estate includes:

  • Collecting all probate property of the decedent
  • Paying all debts, claims and taxes owed by the estate
  • Collecting all rights to income, dividends, etc.
  • Settling any disputes
  • Distributing or transferring the remaining property to the heirs

Probate law is governed primarily by state law and secondarily by applicable local county procedure. Many misconceptions about probate persist because it is not widely understood. We can answer your questions about probate and structure your estate planning tools to suit your objectives — most likely in a single office visit.

If you have questions about probate or any estate planning matter, our experienced, longtime Edwardsville estate planning attorney can help. Call 618-623-4358 or use the contact form on this website to schedule an appointment.