Wills, Trusts And Power Of Attorney

Who will take over your assets after you pass away? How can you make sure your heirs and beneficiaries are protected financially? Who will care for your children if something were to happen to you?

Estate planning is not just about giving yourself peace of mind; it is about helping your loved ones make important but difficult decisions when you no longer can — decisions that can affect them as much as they might affect you.

The Answers And Representation You Need

At Steele Law Offices, LLC, in Glen Carbon, Illinois, we help individuals who need to plan for the future as well as estate executors, administrators, heirs and beneficiaries who are dealing with a loved one's final affairs. Our goal is always to streamline the legal process for efficiency and cost-effectiveness, while remaining cognizant of the crucial details that could influence our clients' lives.

Attorney Randall P. Steele balances these issues effectively by working with our clients personally through the estate planning process. He takes the time to answer questions one-on-one and help people understand the various options available as well as how decisions made regarding those options can influence them later on.

With more than 20 years of experience in Illinois general practice, he can see where different legal issues overlap — something that few attorneys can offer as they draft, review and settle affairs related to:

  • Last will and testament: These are the most common documents in estate planning. They outline the most basic questions of how your assets will be divided and distributed to heirs and beneficiaries and who will be appointed as your estate executor to ensure that distribution happens in accordance with your wishes.
  • Trusts: While wills describe how assets are divided, trusts provide a means to manage those assets. These are valuable when dealing with assets for minor children or special needs individuals who need assistance in managing financial affairs. They can also help preserve wealth in asset transfer by avoiding or reducing certain estate gift tax consequences.
  • Power of attorney: In the event that you cannot make decisions regarding our own financial or medical needs, you should appoint someone you trust who can and will accept that responsibility. A durable power of attorney for finances and a durable power of attorney for health care can provide a legal outline for these issues.

Contact our office online or by telephone at 618-288-9591 to discuss your case with an experienced lawyer. We welcome your call.