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Do You Need A Will, Trust Or 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 Estate Planning Answers And Representation You Need

I am attorney Randall Steele and at  Steele Law Offices, LLC, in Glen Carbon, Illinois, I 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. For over 30 years my goal has always been to streamline the legal process for efficiency and cost-effectiveness, while remaining cognizant of the crucial details that could influence our clients’ lives.

I balance these issues effectively by working with you personally through the estate planning process. As a small, local practice firm, I am a part of the community. I understand that much of this may be new to you. So I take the time to answer your questions one-on-one and help you understand all of the options you have available. I can also tell you how your decisions will affect other things and why one choice might be better in the long or short run.

With more than 30 years of experience in Illinois general practice, I 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.I can also help with guardianships: who will care for your children if you are unable. 
  • 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. Should you have elderly or aging parents who need someone to take over their care, I am able to discuss conservatorships with you. 

Work With An Experienced Will, Trust and POA Attorney

It’s important that you understand the terminology, your rights and options.You know your family. You know what you want. Let’s work together to make sure that it happens that way. Let’s talk. Contact me at my Glen Carbon office online or by telephone at 618-288-9591. I am happy to answer your questions and tell you how I might be able to help.

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