Chicago Estate Planning Lawyer

It is important to establish your final wishes before the inevitable occurs. At the Law Offices of Michael Freeman, Ltd., we have more than 38 years of experience practicing law and assisting families. Our estate planning lawyer, Michael Freeman, works with families through estate planning as well as estate administration in Illinois. Contact our Rolling Meadows power of attorney and living trust lawyer for a free consultation.

Protecting Your Elder Years and Your Family

Our Illinois estate planning lawyer, Michael Freeman, helps clients understand that, through proper estate planning, one may be able to avoid the expense and length of estate administration. We work with clients to understand what is important to them in estate planning. Once we understand their goals, we are able to formulate an estate plan which meets their needs. We assist clients with the following:

  • Living trusts
  • Charitable trusts
  • Asset investigation
  • Asset realignment
  • Re-titling assets
  • Pour over wills
  • Guardianships
  • Healthcare power of attorney
  • Durable power of attorney
  • Living will
  • Other medical directive

It is essential to create even a simple estate plan, especially for young parents. We can help you name guardians for your minor children should both parents suddenly pass. If this is not completed, the state will appoint guardians over your children.

Estate Administration

The probate administration process can be lengthy, expensive, and intrusive. Although we work with clients to effectively avoid the probate process, sometimes probate can't be avoided. We assist executors or other individuals through the estate administration of their loved one, including:

  • Proving the last will and testament
  • Preparation of all probate documents in both testate and intestate (no will) matters
  • Initiating and defending will contests
  • Disputes over valuations / accounting
  • Collecting and evaluating assets, as well as paying valid debts
  • Presenting appropriate petitions for handling and sale of the estate
  • Where real estate is part of the estate--contract negotiation, sale, and transfer of title
  • Managing probate litigation
  • Preparation and filing federal estate tax return, income tax returns, and fiduciary tax returns
  • Disbursing assets to the heirs
  • Advice and counsel for fiduciaries and trustees

Contact Michael Freeman

Whether you wish to establish an estate plan or a probating the estate of a loved one, we can help. For superior legal services, contact our Chicago estate planning attorney today.