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Find an Estate Planner near Tinley Park, IL

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Top 9 Estate Planners near Tinley Park, IL

Avatar for Frank A. Serritella, Esq.
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4. Frank A. Serritella, Esq.
Exceptional 100.0

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Exceptional 100.0

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Wills and Estate Planning

Responds quickly
Offers remote services
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves Tinley Park, IL
Frank came on board as my case was already in motion and his immediate impact was his professionalism and his willingness to hear you out and respond accordingly. He has constantly displayed a willingness to help and his response time is unparalleled. I can not list all the times I had to contact him about an issue at odd hours or on weekends and he responded swiftly giving me sound advice. He is always open to whatever ideas you have and always makes you feel like your voice is heard. Finally, Frank cares. Frank does care. And when you're dealing with the nonsense of divorce or custody it is refreshing to have someone who really does care on your side.See more

$250

starting cost

$250

starting cost

Frank came on board as my case was already in motion and his immediate impact was his professionalism and his willingness to hear you out and respond accordingly. He has constantly displayed a willingness to help and his response time is unparalleled. I can not list all the times I had to contact him about an issue at odd hours or on weekends and he responded swiftly giving me sound advice. He is always open to whatever ideas you have and always makes you feel like your voice is heard. Finally, Frank cares. Frank does care. And when you're dealing with the nonsense of divorce or custody it is refreshing to have someone who really does care on your side.
Avatar for Law Office of Jeffrey R. Esser
Avatar for Law Office of Jeffrey R. Esser
5. Law Office of Jeffrey R. Esser
Exceptional 100.0

(10)

Exceptional 100.0

(10)

Wills and Estate Planning

Great value
Offers remote services
Discounts available
  • Serves Tinley Park, IL
Going through a divorce is incredibly difficult and emotional. The last thing you want to have to worry about is your lawyer.I had previously hired a lawyer to take on my divorce case. The lawyer was unresponsive, and continually made errors in my paperwork. It was so difficult managing this divorce and my previous lawyer. I did some research, and came across Jeff and Im so glad that I did.Jeff welcomed me with open arms. He was prepared. He had gotten my voicemail and had looked up my case in the court docket. He gave me a quote and we began the process.I was immediately impressed by Jeff and his knowledge.The judge in my case was quite difficult, so Jeff had to do A LOT of extra work that wasnt anticipated in my quote. However, he never charged me more. He was always responsive. He called me frequently and gave me email updates.I have high standards. Jeff immediately put me at ease. It was nice to finally have this burden lifted off of my shoulders. I can actually say that I have nothing bad to say and how rare is that!?Jeff was everything an attorney should be: responsive, intelligent, educated, informed, and compassionate. He gives me hope for the legal field.Dont hesitate. This guy is honest and I cant recommend him enough!See more

$100

starting cost

$100

starting cost

Going through a divorce is incredibly difficult and emotional. The last thing you want to have to worry about is your lawyer.I had previously hired a lawyer to take on my divorce case. The lawyer was unresponsive, and continually made errors in my paperwork. It was so difficult managing this divorce and my previous lawyer. I did some research, and came across Jeff and Im so glad that I did.Jeff welcomed me with open arms. He was prepared. He had gotten my voicemail and had looked up my case in the court docket. He gave me a quote and we began the process.I was immediately impressed by Jeff and his knowledge.The judge in my case was quite difficult, so Jeff had to do A LOT of extra work that wasnt anticipated in my quote. However, he never charged me more. He was always responsive. He called me frequently and gave me email updates.I have high standards. Jeff immediately put me at ease. It was nice to finally have this burden lifted off of my shoulders. I can actually say that I have nothing bad to say and how rare is that!?Jeff was everything an attorney should be: responsive, intelligent, educated, informed, and compassionate. He gives me hope for the legal field.Dont hesitate. This guy is honest and I cant recommend him enough!

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Q & A

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 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.

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.

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