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DeKalb Estate Planners

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  • 22 years in business
  • 44 hires on Thumbtack
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Desiree H.
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Chrystal helped us to understand what we needed. She made sure we understood our options for what we were looking for and guided us in our planning. She was professional and accommodating. She made my mom and I feel more comfortable and secure about getting the estate planned and everything in order.

  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Lorraine B.
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Mr. Rada responded very quickly to my estate needs. He was professional and very nice and easy to work with.

  • 21 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Monika H.
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Robert Kramer has been our lawyer for both selling and buying of our homes two times. He is professional and always gets the best deal for his clients. In fact, he tends to think of details that most others in the Real Estate Field do not think of. He was able to get us over a $10,000 credit for our roof which was a difficult task. He was firm and achieved it with ease. It is obvious how many years of experience he has with real estate. He knows what he is doing! We're not planning to move again anytime soon but we certainly would highly recommend him and use him again ourselves for both the buying and selling of our home. He is currently drawing up a will for us and we have had the same satisfaction level with that as well.

APEX LAW GROUP, P.C.
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  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Dominique S.
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Cortne is amazing! She's very thorough and responds to all of my questions. She fast in replying to emails and writing reports. She makes the process smooth and pleasant. I recommend her to anyone buying a home and looking for a real estate attorney.

  • 5 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Cheryl C.
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Christina did a great job preparing my taxes. She was knowledgeable, patient and concise.

  • 63 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Robert G.
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He is helping me with my real estate legal issues in Joliet, IL I hope to sell the house in early March. Robert Greenly

Denise D.
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I had waited way too long to have my estate planning done, so I asked Attorney Moree to do this for me, and I am very glad I did. He explained the choices to me and raised issues that I had not even thought of. The documents were done very promptly, and again he patiently explained everything to me. I have feel very confident that I am in good hands, and know that he is available if I have questions in the future. I know that his professional fee was reasonable, as I had heard from a couple of friends what they had paid. I am very comfortable recommending him without hesitation.

  • 81 years in business
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To help people build strong financial futures through comprehensive planning based on individual needs is what I do. It is my priority to offer clear and customized strategies to help attain my clients goals. My services include investment planning, retirement planning, 401(k) rollovers, education funds, life insurance, long-term care insurance, and basic estate planning.

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Our law firm is devoted to serving our clientele by protecting and preserving their assets in a highly cost-effective manner. The alternatives available to you may be simpler than you realize. Our managing member, Scott Haugh, has been exercising law for over 20 years. After completing in the United States Marine Corps for 10 years, Mr. Haugh acquired his law degree from Northwestern University School of Law. Mr. Haugh started his profession at a huge downtown Chicago law firm before creating his own firm. Mr. Haugh has represented a clientele ranging from the Fortune 100 companies to small business owners.

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The Law Offices of Bruce Kiselstein, Ltd. provides estate planning, living trusts, asset protection, wills, and other estate-planning-related legal services. Our primary objective is to educate you, the client, in the estate planning process, so that you can establish a plan that achieves your goals. We are serving Arlington Heights, Palatine, Des Plaines, Schaumburg and Park Ridge, IL.

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The Law Office of James C. Siebert & Associates provides legal services throughout the Chicago area concentrating in elder law, nursing home and Medicaid planning, estate planning, guardianship, special needs planning, trusts, probate, real estate and business transactions. We assist our clients and their families in getting qualified for Medicaid, while preserving assets for the community spouse or the use of the nursing home resident. We assist our clients in preparing a comprehensive plan to deal with long-term care, while maximizing the financial resources available to community spouse and family. The office provides individualized estate planning for each client, including last wills and testaments, revocable trusts, irrevocable trusts, as well as special needs trusts and guardianship for the families of individuals with special needs. After death, we help the family through the probate process or the administration of a trust. The office assists clients in their transactional matters, including the sale or purchase of real property, residential or commercial, and businesses.

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I focus on getting the job done correctly and timely.

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Our planning involves your total financial picture; we assist our clients from basic financial planning and budgeting, through retirement planning, to the final distribution of assets through an established estate plan. We are not a transaction-oriented firm; our process produces trust among our clients, who become friends that we keep for many years. A proper financial plan takes into consideration how and to whom assets go in the future and ensures that those plans reach fruition. Tax planning and charitable gifting strategies are implemented for many of our clients. One of our favorite compliments from a client family is this quote: "The best way to explain Valley Estate Planners is that they are your concierge to life problems. If Cory can't help you, he knows someone that can!"

  • 26 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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We work extremely hard to give prompt service.

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I specialize in real estate law, including: - Residential - Commercial - Real estate closings - Landlord tenant disputes - Landlord 5-day notice - Eviction - Foreclosure defense - RESPA demand letters - Loan modifications - Short sales I service the DuPage County area.

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We are a full-service estate planning law firm located in Naperville, Illinois, serving clients throughout the greater Chicagoland area. Since 1995, our firm has been dedicated to representing clients in setting up wills, trusts and powers of attorney. We also handle trust administration, probate and guardianship needs of our clients. We attribute much of our success to our understanding that we are in a service industry. Our philosophy stems from the belief that our clients deserve personal attention, ethical treatment and exceptional representation. When the time comes to make legal decisions that will affect your future, you can rely on us.

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We are the only lawyers in the Southwest Suburbs who bring this depth and breadth of experience to our work in business, litigation, real estate, bankruptcy, and divorce.

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Our offices provides personalized in depth attention with a "hands-on" approach both during and after the process is completed. This attention to detail, combined with the professionalism of the practice, result in a high level of customer satisfaction, especially considering the speed and frequency of returning customer requests.

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The law firm of Fullett Rosenlund Anderson, PC provides a high-quality legal service in a vast amount of areas, from real estate, commercial litigation, estate planning, and corporate law.

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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

What kind of lawyer does wills?

No one likes talking about death, but it’s better than leaving your children or siblings to sort out your estate. A clearly planned will can make the time of mourning easier for everyone. An estate attorney will develop a legal will, create trusts on your behalf, and ensure the proper execution of your estate after you pass away.  

Family attorneys and estate attorneys, also called probate and wills attorneys, can each prepare wills. The type of lawyer best suited to prepare your will depends on your situation. Most family attorneys provide services to prepare basic wills, including bequeathing property and personal items to family or naming a guardian for minor children. However, estate attorneys specialize in preparing wills in more complex situations. Consider hiring an estate attorney if you:

  • Have a large number of assets, especially those subject to estate taxes
  • Want to create a trust, such as allowing a spouse to live in your home until he or she dies and then leaving it to your children, or set up long-term care for a beneficiary
  • Have an ownership stake in a business
  • Expect someone to contest your will
  • Want to disinherit your spouse

How much does it cost to have a living will?

Either a family attorney or an estate, or wills, attorney can help you prepare a living will, either as part of your general estate planning or as an individual document. The cost typically ranges from $250 to $500, depending on your attorney’s fees; some charge by the hour, while others have a flat rate for writing a living will. Some states require living wills to be notarized, which adds an average of $5 to $15. In a living will — also called an advanced healthcare directive — you specify whether you want to be kept on life support if you become terminally ill or lapse into a persistent vegetative state. You can also answer other important questions in a living will like your preferences for tube feeding, artificial hydration and pain medication in situations when you cannot communicate your wishes on your own.

How do you find a good lawyer for wills?

Estate planning is an important part of financial planning, so it’s important to find the right attorney to prepare your will. Although most family attorneys can put together a basic will, you may want one who specializes in wills and estate planning, especially if you have a lot of assets or a dependent to take care of. You may need an attorney who has expertise in planning and executing trusts and a background in taxes. Ask how the attorney charges; some charge by the hour, others have a set fee for writing wills, and some charge a percentage of the total value of the estate. Make a list of several potential wills attorneys to interview. Make sure you make a strong personal connection with your attorney — you need to be comfortable telling him or her personal, confidential information about your life, and you need to feel that the attorney is committed to solving any problems that may arise while writing your will. Also find out how long the attorney has practiced estate law and whether he or she has handled wills similar to yours.

How much should an estate plan cost?

The cost of an estate plan depends largely on the number of parts it includes and the complexity of the documents. The most basic estate plan is simply a will, but it may also include designating power of attorney or a health care proxy to another person, writing a living will, or making a HIPAA authorization. The average national cost to make an estate plan ranges from $350 to $900, but can cost much more in complicated situations. For example, an estate attorney may charge only $900 to prepare a basic will providing outright distribution — meaning that property and assets are distributed upon death. Writing a more complicated will and holding assets in trusts can cost $3,000, or more. The process of creating an estate plan generally takes two to four weeks, starting with the initial consultation with the wills attorney to identify areas of concern in order to design an estate plan that fits your goals and budget. Once an estate plan is written, the attorney meets with the clients, a notary, and two neutral witnesses to review and sign the plan and associated documents.

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