Ashton, Illinois Estate Planning Lawyers

Rochelle, IL Estate Planning Attorney
(815) 562-2156 420 4th Ave
Rochelle, IL 61068
Estate Planning and Real Estate
Dixon, IL Estate Planning Attorney
(815) 288-6688 420 W 2nd St
Dixon, IL 61021
Estate Planning, Divorce and Family
Benedict Schwarz II
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St. Charles , IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 47 years experience
(630) 200-4882 100 Illinois Street
Suite 200
St. Charles , IL 60174
Estate Planning, Divorce, Family and Real Estate
The John Marshall Law School
Benedict Schwarz, II has limited his practice to matrimonial and family law for over 40 years. He is a past director of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) and is also a trained divorce mediator; Mr. Schwarz has taught numerous 40-hour divorce mediation training and conflict resolution seminars and has also co-authored chapters on the subject in the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education publications.

In 1992, Mr. Schwarz was appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court as a Commissioner of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC). In 2001, Mr. Schwarz was appointed the Chairperson of the Commission from January...
(847) 428-7725 303 W. Main Street
West Dundee, IL 60118
Kevin G. Drendel
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Batavia, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 26 years experience
(630) 406-5440 111 Flinn Street
Batavia, IL 60510
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business, Municipal and Probate
Northern Illinois University
Kevin G. Drendel Cornell College, cum laude, and a 1991 graduate of Northern Illinois University College of Law, magna cum laude. While at Northern Illinois University, he was a member of the Law Review, and published an article in the University’s scholarly (NIU Law Review 73, 1990). He also received the West Publishing Award for Outstanding Scholastic Achievement. He is admitted to practice in front of all Illinois State Courts and the U.S. District Court, the Northern District of Illinois. Kevin is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and the Kane County Bar Association. He was a...
Kevin P. O'Flaherty
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St. Charles, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 10 years experience
(331) 254-3033 210 S 5th St
Ste. 107B
St. Charles, IL 60174
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business, Elder and Probate
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
At O’Flaherty Law, we are your community law firm. we are committed to providing personalized, efficient, and quality legal service. We pride ourselves on our “above-and-beyond” approach to client care, affordable fees, and communication. Please call us today at (630)324-6666 to schedule a free in-person or phone consultation. We are located in Downers Grove, Illinois. Our attorneys are happy to meet with you at our office or any other location convenient to you in order to work to accomplish your legal goals. Our team has expertise in many areas of law including but not limited...
(708) 894-3030 16557 Oak Park Avenue, Ste. B
Tinley Park, IL 60477
(847) 231-2102 8411 Pyott Road
Ste. 107
Lake in the Hills, IL 60156
(630) 324-6666 5002 Main Street, Ste. 201
Downers Grove, IL 60515
(331) 330-7466 105 Jackson Avenue
Ste. 4b
Naperville, IL 60540
(331) 253-4060 110 E. Schiller Street, Ste. 220B
Elmhurst, IL 60126
Lauren Jackson
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St. Charles, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 15 years experience
(847) 714-2866 200 W. Main Street
St. Charles, IL 60174
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Probate and Real Estate
Northern Illinois University
Lauren Jackson focuses her practice primarily in the areas of real estate and estate planning, although her background includes probate, contracts, corporate formation and business succession planning. Lauren’s unintimidating, caring approach has garnered her a respectable reputation all over Northern Illinois. With her dedication for efficient cost effective services, you will learn that with Lauren on your side you have a reachable attorney with your best intentions in mind. Lauren prides herself on quality work over quantity and it has proved she is a success based on past customer positive reviews. Lauren eagerly represents...
(847) 714-2866 2001 Larkin Ave. Suite 202
Elgin, IL 60123
Lidia E Serrano
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Geneva, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 17 years experience
(630) 844-8781 431 Williamsburg Avenue
Geneva, IL 60134
Estate Planning, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Family
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
I have been practicing law since 2001. I graduated from Chicago-Kent College of Law in May of 2001 and from DePaul University in June of 1996. My main area of concentration is family law, i.e., divorce, paternity, child support, allocation of parental responsibilities (formerly known as custody) and adoption. As a family law attorney, I understand that my clients have to make difficult decisions while dealing with complex issues and emotions. As such, I believe that the key to successful representation depends not only in understanding the underlying issues, but, also in experience and expertise in the law...
Karrsten Goettel
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South Elgin, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 21 years experience
(847) 695-2000 2000 McDonald Road
Suite 200
South Elgin, IL 60177
Estate Planning and Real Estate
Loyola University Chicago
Karrsten Goettel concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial and residential real estate, real estate development, leasing, zoning and land use, business, merger and acquisition transactions (sales and purchases of assets and/or stock), corporate and business law and estate planning and administration. He has practiced among our firm's attorneys since 1997 and as a partner since 2002.

Mr. Goettel currently serves on the Board of Commissioners of the St. Charles Park District (where he is President), as a member of the St. Charles Housing Commission and as a Board Member of the Celtic Sports Foundation. From 2000 to 2002, he...
Aaron J. Lytle
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South Elgin, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 19 years experience
(847) 695-2400 2000 McDonald Road
Suite 200
South Elgin, IL 60142
Estate Planning, Probate and Real Estate
University of Akron
Aaron J. Lytle is one of the firm's suburban Chicago attorneys who practices in several key areas: estate planning and wealth protection, wills and trusts, probate administration, trust administration, business planning, taxation, real estate and special needs planning for children with disabilities. Mr. Lytle has spent several years working in the business sector on corporate issues relating to succession planning, valuation, acquisitions and generating capital. Before joining AHR, he worked for companies such as American Express and Bank One (now JP Morgan Chase).

Mr. Lytle also previously served on the Board of Trustees for DayOne Reliance, Inc., a not-for-profit organization that...
Monica Patankar
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Aurora, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 10 years experience
(630) 820-8877 1700 North Farnsworth Avenue
Suite 28
Aurora, IL 60505
Estate Planning, Family, Real Estate and Tax
University of Notre Dame
Monica P. Patankar is a partner with the law firm of Piccony & Patankar, P.C. Monica takes a compassionate approach to helping clients solve their legal issues. She listens to each story carefully and understands that no two issues are alike. Monica's legal training and experience have prepared her to handle your legal needs.

Monica gained her legal knowledge at University of Notre Dame Law School in Notre Dame, Indiana. Upon graduation, Monica worked for a large law firm, Chapman and Cutler LLP in Chicago, Illinois. At Chapman, Monica worked with large municipalities and other governmental entities to raise capital for...
Matthew M. Williams
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Aurora, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 15 years experience
(630) 409-8184 1444 North Farnsworth Ave., Suite 100
Aurora, IL 60505
Estate Planning, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family
Northern Illinois University
Serving DuPage, Kane, Kendall & Will counties. Practice focused on domestic relations law: family law, divorce, separation, maintenance (alimony), custody, child support, domestic violence, pre-post-and ante-nuptial agreements. I began my law career clerking then interning with the Kane County State's Attorney's Office (2001-2003) then since passing the bar I have focused my attention on family law. Prior to law school I worked as a child advocate for abused and neglected children in Addison Illinois (1996-2000). From 1995-1996 I worked with the elderly population in an in-patient Alzheimer's/Dementia facility in Arlington Heights.
Roseanne N. Lynch
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Aurora, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 39 years experience
(630) 960-4700 1444 North Farnsworth
Suite 100
Aurora, IL 60505
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Bankruptcy, Probate and Real Estate
Northern Illinois University
Roseanne was born and raised in the Chicago area. She attended Trinity High School in River Forest, IL and graduated from Loyola University of Chicago in 1977. She went to law school at Northern Illinois University, and while in school was a law clerk at a medical malpractice firm. She was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1980 and the Florida Bar in 1989. Roseanne focused on practicing commercial real estate, and was involved in the rehab of 35 East Wacker Drive and several West Loop office buildings. In 1988 Roseanne decided to relocate to Florida, where...
(630) 960-4700 1011 Warrenville Road
Suite 150
Lisle, IL 60532
(630) 960-4700 900 South State Street
Second Floor, Suite A
Lockport, IL 60441
(630) 960-4700 800 East Northwest Highway
Suite 700
Palatine, IL 60074
Dallas T. Bartz
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Aurora, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 7 years experience
(630) 897-8840 2000 W. Galena Blvd., Suite 209
Aurora, IL 60506
Estate Planning and Business
University of Illinois College of Law
Dallas was raised in Charleston, Illinois where he was close to his Alma Mater, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. There he received his Bachelor of Science in Finance in 2007 and his Juris Doctor in 2011. He was admitted to practice law in the State of Illinois in 2011. He was later admitted to the United States District Courts for both the Northern and Central Districts of Illinois. He formerly practiced as a public interest attorney in Rockford, Illinois, and as an insurance defense attorney in Joliet, Illinois. He now specializes in estate planning, trust and estate administration,...
Edward M. Farmer
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Aurora, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 7 years experience
(800) 700-4174 3015 E. New York Street
Suite A2-272
Aurora, IL 60504
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Administrative, Elder and Military
Valparaiso University School of Law
Ed was born in Park Ridge, Illinois. During grade school and high school, Ed lived in the small town of Crete, Illinois. In his senior year of high school, Ed enlisted with the Illinois Army National Guard as a field artillery cannon crewmember. In August of 2001, Ed was sent to Fort Sill, Oklahoma for basic and advanced individual training. The attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon happened during his training.
After completing training, Ed returned to Illinois and shortly afterwards, began attending school at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois. In 2004, during his senior year at...
(800) 700-4174 475 River Bend Road
Suite 303
Naperville, IL 60540
(800) 700-4174 150 South Wacker Drive
Suite 2400
Chicago, IL 60606
Fred H. Dickson
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Aurora, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 32 years experience
(630) 897-8840 2000 W. Galena Blvd., Suite 209
Aurora, IL 60506
Estate Planning, Business, Probate and Tax
University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign
Fred is a fellow of the American College of Trusts and Estate Counsel, an honor bestowed upon very few attorneys. He focuses in the areas of estate and tax planning, trust, estate and probate administration, and business structuring and counseling. Fred enjoys helping people accomplish their personal goals. He has an extensive background assisting clients in the transfer of small businesses and farms during their lifetime or at death while minimizing taxes and expenses. Many of his estate plans are sophisticated and involve using wills, trusts, limited liability companies, family limited partnerships and other closely held entities. He has...
Meghan Bolte
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Rockford, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 7 years experience
(815) 399-1400 1707 E State Street
Rockford, IL 61104
Estate Planning, Family and Real Estate
The John Marshall Law School
Meghan N. Bolte received her Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Accounting and Political Science from Augustana College in 2007. She received her Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the John Marshall Law School in 2010, where she graduated magna cum laude. She was also a member of the John Marshall Law Review and a John Marshall Distinguished Scholar. She was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 2010 and to the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois in 2011. She is currently a member of the Illinois Bar Association and the Winnebago County Bar Association.
G. Tyler Stevenson
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Batavia, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 5 years experience
(630) 406-5440 111 Flinn St.
Batavia, IL 60510
Estate Planning, Business, Collections and Family
Northern Illinois University
Tyler's practice emphasizes business organization and planning (including business formation and corporate maintenance); municipal law; creditors' rights (including foreclosures and collections); commercial law; real estate (including land use and zoning law); and estate planning.
Edgar Petti
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Geneva, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 60 years experience
(630) 232-9303 22 S 4th St Ste 2
Geneva, IL 60134
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Bankruptcy, Personal Injury and Probate
The University of Chicago Law School
Mr. Petti is a resident of Elburn, IL. He was born in Philadelphia, PA, and grew up in Pittsburgh PA and Evanston IL. He has acted as legal counsel for both small and large businesses. He has been associated with private law practice firms in Chicago and the Chicago Suburban area. For the past twenty two years, he has maintained his principal law office in Kane County, Illinois. Mr. Petti's corporate law work includes serving as staff counsel for Motorola and General Counsel of Andrew Corporation, two international electronic businesses. His trial work has taken him from Connecticut to...
Mr. Jacob J. Frost
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Spring Valley, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 11 years experience
(815) 323-4851 102 E. Saint Paul Street
Spring Valley, IL 61362
Estate Planning, Business, Collections and Education
University of Illinois College of Law
Jacob J. Frost practices in the areas of estate/trust administration, residential and commercial real estate purchases and sales, business organizations, governmental law, and wills and trusts. Attorney Frost has served and represented clients in the Illinois Valley area for several years. Frost earned his law degree from the University of Illinois College of Law, with high honors in Legal Research and Writing. He received his Associate of Arts degree, summa cum laude, from Illinois Valley Community College and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He was admitted to both Phi Beta Kappa...
Mary E. Cacciapaglia
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Belvidere, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 5 years experience
(815) 408-9008 1800 Doc Wolf Drive, #332
Belvidere, IL 61008
Estate Planning, Divorce, Juvenile and Probate
Northern Illinois University
Judith Schening
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South Elgin, IL Estate Planning Attorney
(630) 453-8884 101 S. McLean Blvd.
South Elgin, IL 60177
Estate Planning
Northern Illinois University
Bridget C. Trainor
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Freeport, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 10 years experience
(815) 233-1022 1005 West Loras Drive
P.O. Box 1149
Freeport, IL 61032
Estate Planning, Business, Collections and Consumer
University of Iowa
John Justin Hansen
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Rockford, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 21 years experience
320 Shaw Street
Rockford, IL 61104
Estate Planning, Insurance Claims, Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury
J. Hansen Law Firm is a prominent law firm of highly experienced and successful lawyers, primarily representing parties in serious Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, Worker's Compensation, and Wrongful Death, as well as General Civil Litigation and Estate Planning. We are not one of those large mega-firms that handle too many cases at once, and pawn their clients onto overworked, low level associate attorneys. Mr. Hansen oversees and works personally on each case, and we give every client the maximum effort and attention - every time! We are always available to speak to you and answer any questions you may...
Charles Sewell
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Belvidere, IL Estate Planning Lawyer
(815) 544-3118 215 South State Street
Belvidere, IL 61008
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Probate and Real Estate
Ralph E Elliott
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Freeport, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 36 years experience
(815) 233-1022 1005 W. Loras Drive
P.O. Box 1149
Freeport, IL 61032
Estate Planning, Business, Elder and Probate
Ralph Elliott has been engaged in the practice of law in Freeport, Illinois since 1981. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Liberal Arts and Sciences with a Bachelor of Science Degree, Summa Cum Laude, earning Phi Beta Kappa recognition in 1978.He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1981. Ralph is admitted to the practice of law in the state of Illinois, the federal courts for the Northern District of Illinois (including the Trial Bar), the Central District of Illinois, and the Federal Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
Roxanna Hipple
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St. Charles, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 25 years experience
100 Illinois Street
Ste. 200
St. Charles, IL 60174
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy and Real Estate
DePaul College of Law
Lawrence W. Lobb
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Geneva, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 20 years experience
(630) 631-7602 101 W. Hamilton St.
Geneva, IL 60134
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Business and Collections
Deanna L Aguinaga-Walker
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Geneva, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 23 years experience
(331) 222-7978 127 S. 1st. St., Ste. #201
PO Box 517
Geneva, IL 60134
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Probate and Real Estate
Northern Illinois University
Rockford, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 41 years experience
(815) 490-4913 100 Park Ave
Rockford, IL 61101
Estate Planning, Business and Employment
University of Colorado School of Law
Ottawa, IL Estate Planning Attorney
(815) 434-2000 511 Etna Rd
Ottawa, IL 61350
Estate Planning, Collections, Criminal and Divorce
Rockford, IL Estate Planning Lawyer
(815) 987-4050 2902 McFarland Rd
Rockford, IL 61107
Estate Planning, Arbitration & Mediation, Business and Personal Injury
Aurora, IL Estate Planning Lawyer
(630) 892-4343 563 W Galena Blvd
Aurora, IL 60506
Estate Planning and Municipal
Rockford, IL Estate Planning Lawyer
(815) 229-5333 4023 Charles St
Rockford, IL 61108
Estate Planning and Real Estate
Rockford, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 44 years experience
(815) 490-4903 100 Park Ave
Rockford, IL 61101
Estate Planning, Arbitration & Mediation, Business and Family
Rockford, IL Estate Planning Attorney
(815) 987-4050 2902 McFarland Rd
Rockford, IL 61107
Estate Planning, Business, Personal Injury and Real Estate
Rockford, IL Estate Planning Attorney
(815) 964-0058 1 Court Place
Ste 103
Rockford, IL 61101
Estate Planning, Business, Personal Injury and Real Estate
Yorkville, IL Estate Planning Attorney
(630) 553-9500 1107 S Bridge St
Yorkville, IL 60560
Estate Planning and Real Estate
DeKalb, IL Estate Planning Lawyer
125 N 1st St
DeKalb, IL 60115
Estate Planning and Real Estate
Rockford, IL Estate Planning Lawyer
(815) 227-1144 6885 Vistagreen Way
Rockford, IL 61107
Estate Planning and Real Estate
Genoa, IL Estate Planning Attorney
(815) 784-2695 213 W Main St
Genoa, IL 60135
Estate Planning and Real Estate
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Estate planning arranges for the transfer of an individual's estate at the time of death. An estate consists of all property owned at death before it is distributed by will, trust, or intestacy laws. An estate may contain both real property and personal property. Estate planning allows an individual to decide exactly who will benefit from his or her estate, and to what extent. It can also reduce the taxes imposed on the transfer of assets at death.

An experienced estate planning lawyer can help minimize the amount of the estate surrendered to taxes as well as ensure that the management and distribution of the estate is carried out according to your plans. Particularly when your plans are complex and/or you have substantial property or assets, it is important to have an attorney who can ensure that your plan functions the way you intend. Depending on the complexity of your individual situation, your estate planning team may include attorneys, financial planners, bankers and insurance professionals. Some states certify attorneys as estate planning specialists, which means they have met certain requirements for experience, education, and testing in that field.


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