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In this episode, our Cook County estate tax attorneys discuss the 8 goals of a good estate plan, including appointment of fiduciaries, distribution of assets, avoidance of probate, avoidance of guardianship proceedings upon mental incompetency, end of life instruction, minimizing estate tax, special needs planning, protecting assets from creditors, and medicaid planning.
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