Finding an attorney who is a “real person” can be difficult. Many attorneys surround themselves almost exclusively with other attorneys and are accustomed to speaking in ivory tower legalese. You should be able to connect with your attorney on a personal level, and he or she should speak to you in plain language that you can understand. You will be working very closely with this person on issues that are very important to you. It is important that he or she be down-to-earth and someone that you connect with.
The most common complaint that clients have of their attorneys is that the attorney is unreachable, does not communicate with them regularly, or does not promptly return your calls. Your attorney should reach out to you about your case regularly and respond within 24 hours to calls and e-mails. An open line of communication between you and your attorney is essential to building trust.
Your attorney’s goal should not be to win at all costs. Rather, it should be to achieve a favorable outcome for you as efficiently as possible. It is important that your attorney set realistic expectations at the outset as to the costs you should expect, the concerns that the attorney has about the outcome of your case, and the length of time that you should expect your case to take.
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Our Winnebago County estate planning attorneys use this article to discuss revocable living trusts and what ways they are used to avoid probate, which can be time consuming and costly.
Probate is required in Illinois when you pass away and have real estate worth $100,000.00 or more outside of a trust. Avoiding probate will save your estate time and money. The costs of probate can be between 5% and 10% of the estate value in court and attorneys fees. Probate also may take a year or more which causes your loved ones to wait to receive your assets, which is what makes revocable living trusts so lucrative. These trusts act as the primary vehicle of your estate plan. We will ensure that your estate avoids probate and your estate will pass immediately to your loved ones.
Our Winnebago County estate planning attorneys understand that you want to avoid burdening your loved ones with decisions about your life, health, and estate. In this Learn About Law article, we explain how to provide for end of life instruction using a Living Will.
In short, a Living Will gives medical professionals the instruction to not resuscitate you if you are in a permanently vegetative state and the only benefit of medical treatment would be to keep you in that permanent vegetative state. It has a number of benefits, including keeping your loved ones from having to make life support decisions on your behalf, and preventing the heavy financial burden of life support medical treatment.
For more on Living Wills and their use in estate planning, read the following article by our Winnebago County estate planning attorneys.
Our Winnebago Estate Planning attorneys stress the importance of selecting the right person to be a trustee in the event of your passing.
You are essentially placing the responsibility of managing every aspect of your estate, in accordance to your wishes, on the person of your choosing. This person must be able to fulfill these duties after you pass.
For more on appointing fiduciaries in your estate plan, read the following article by our Winnebago County estate planning legal team.