Aurora, Illinois Estate Planning Lawyers

Jasmina de la Torre
PREMIUM

Illinois Estate Planning Attorney with 21 years experience

In the over seventeen year span of her legal career, Jasmina has tackled a broad range of litigation categories, from high-profile constitutional challenges to business disputes involving closely-held entities. She is... Read More »
10.0Justia Lawyer Rating for Jasmina de la Torre View Profile
Daniel J. Kollias
PREMIUM

Free Consultation! Experienced Estate Planning Lawyer! Protecting What Matters!

I provide exceptional estate planning counsel. I am dedicated to representing the rights and interests of my clients in all areas of estate planning law! Visit my website for client reviews, call for a free consultation! Read More »
10.0Justia Lawyer Rating for Daniel J. Kollias View Profile
Mike Drabant
PREMIUM

Illinois Estate Planning Lawyer with 10 years experience

The John Marshall Law School and The John Marshall Law SchoolIllinois and U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
View Profile
Makedonka Baloski
PREMIUM

Illinois Estate Planning Lawyer with 18 years experience

Makedonka Baloski earned a B.A. from Indiana University in 1996 with a double major in History and Anthropology with a concentration in Eastern European studies. In 2000, she received a J.D. from Valparaiso University... Read More »
10.0Justia Lawyer Rating for Makedonka Baloski View Profile
John J. Lynch
Claimed Lawyer ProfileSocial MediaResponsive Law
Aurora, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 19 years experience
(630) 283-7091 1444 North Farnsworth
Suite 100
Aurora, IL 60505
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Bankruptcy, Foreclosure Defense and Probate
Nova Southeastern University
John Lynch became interested in debt relief and bankruptcy before he went to Law School. John was employed at Eastern Airlines in Miami, Florida, which at that time was the second largest airline in the US. Eastern Airlines filed for bankruptcy in 1990 and by 1991 it had closed its doors. John knew so many people that could not find work, had cars repossessed and faced mounting debt. Then, in 1992 Hurricane Andrew hit South Florida and Pan Am airlines also closed its doors. By that time John was a Paralegal and owner of a Title Company. He worked as...
Matthew M. Williams
Claimed Lawyer ProfileSocial Media
Aurora, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 16 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.
Monica Patankar
Claimed Lawyer Profile
Aurora, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 11 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...
Fred H. Dickson
Claimed Lawyer ProfileSocial Media
Aurora, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 33 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...
Edward M. Farmer
Claimed Lawyer ProfileSocial Media
Aurora, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 8 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...
Roseanne N. Lynch
Claimed Lawyer Profile
Aurora, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 40 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...
Dallas T. Bartz
Claimed Lawyer ProfileSocial Media
Aurora, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 8 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,...
Aurora, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 26 years experience
(630) 906-5571 605 N. Broadway
Ste. 1
Aurora, IL 60505
Estate Planning, Divorce, Family and Probate
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
Aurora, IL Estate Planning Lawyer
(630) 585-5200 2275 Church Rd
Aurora, IL 60502
Estate Planning
Aurora, IL Estate Planning Attorney
(630) 466-9229 38 Windwood Dr
Aurora, IL 60506
Estate Planning and Real Estate
Marcia A. Franklin
PREMIUM

Illinois Estate Planning Attorney with 38 years experience

Marcia worked with the Federal Communications Commission as an attorney in the Mass Media Bureau and as Branch Manager in the Common Carrier Bureau from 1982 through 1987, and at MCI Telecommunications as a senior... Read More »
View Profile
William S. Wilson
PREMIUM

Free Consultation! Experienced & Compassionate Estate Planning Attorney!

For over 30 years, I have provided knowledgeable, skilled legal counsel and advocacy for those with estate planning needs! Visit my website for more information and client reviews. Free consultation for estate planning! Read More »
View Profile
Aurora, IL Estate Planning Attorney
(630) 892-4344 30 N Stolp Ave
Aurora, IL 60506
Estate Planning and Real Estate
Aurora, IL Estate Planning Lawyer
(630) 892-4343 563 W Galena Blvd
Aurora, IL 60506
Estate Planning and Municipal
Aurora, IL Estate Planning Attorney
519 W Galena Blvd
Aurora, IL 60506
Estate Planning, Divorce, Family and Real Estate
Aurora, IL Estate Planning Lawyer
(630) 892-4344 30 N Stolp Ave
Aurora, IL 60506
Estate Planning and Real Estate
Aurora, IL Estate Planning Lawyer
(630) 585-0811 2275 Church Rd
Aurora, IL 60502
Estate Planning
Aurora, IL Estate Planning Lawyer
(630) 585-0811 2275 Church Rd
Aurora, IL 60502
Estate Planning
Aurora, IL Estate Planning Attorney
(630) 585-0811 2275 Church Rd
Aurora, IL 60502
Estate Planning
Aurora, IL Estate Planning Attorney
(630) 585-0811 2275 Church Rd
Aurora, IL 60502
Estate Planning
Aurora, IL Estate Planning Attorney
(630) 585-0811 2275 Church Rd
Aurora, IL 60502
Estate Planning
Ms. Juli Ann Gumina
Claimed Lawyer ProfileBlawgsearchSocial Media
Naperville, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 24 years experience
(630) 665-7676 1250 East Diehl Road
Suite 400
Naperville, IL 60563
Estate Planning, Divorce, Elder and Family
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
Admitted to practice law in 1995, Juli A. Gumina graduated with a J.D. from Illinois Institute of Technology-Kent College of Law, where she was on the Dean's List and a member of the Bar & Gavel Society. Juli received her B.A. from Loyola University in Chicago, where she graduate cum laude and was a member of Alpha Sigma Nu, the national Jesuit honor society. Juli honed her litigation skills for several years as a public defender in DuPage County, prior to joining the firm to focus on family law. Juli is a trained and experienced mediator, and is frequently appointed...
Axel R. Cerny
PREMIUM

Free Consultation! Exceptional Estate Planning Lawyer! Dedicated Legal Advocacy!

With a combination of legal knowledge and skill, I provide legal representation for estate planning matters. I am dedicated to the best possible outcomes! Visit my website to see results, call for a free consultation. Read More »
View Profile
David J. Winthers
PREMIUM

Free Consultation! Skilled Estate Planning Advocacy! Practical Legal Solutions!

For over 35 years, I have provided exceptional advocacy for estate planning and family law matters. I will work tirelessly to protect your legal interests! Visit my website for information, call for a free consultation. Read More »
View Profile
Daniel J. Kollias
Claimed Lawyer ProfileLII GoldBlawgsearchSocial Media
(630) 407-1200 330 W. State Street
Suite 3
Geneva, IL 60134
Free ConsultationGeneva, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 19 years experience
Estate Planning, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family
Notre Dame Law School and University of Michigan Law School
Daniel J. Kollias' combination of experience in the real world and in the courtroom sets him apart from other attorneys. He represents clients with the goal of finding practical solutions to complex problems. Prior to starting his firm, Dan successfully owned and managed a restaurant and bar in Elmhurst for a few years before returning to the practice of law. He understands business from the perspectives of both the entrepreneur and the advocate.

Dan is at home both in the courtroom and at the negotiating table. Dan gained extensive in-court experience as a prosecutor in the...
Ian Holzhauer
Claimed Lawyer ProfileSocial Media
Naperville, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 11 years experience
(630) 355-8100 222 S Mill St
Suite 200
Naperville, IL 60540
Estate Planning, Business, Probate and Real Estate
Georgetown University Law Center
Ian was raised in Naperville from birth until graduation from Naperville North High School in 2001. He received a full academic scholarship from the University of Florida, where he graduated in 2004 with a B.A. in History, summa cum laude. He earned his J.D., magna cum laude from Georgetown University in 2007. He is a member of the Order of the Coif, having graduated in the top 4% of his class at Georgetown.

After being admitted to the Illinois bar, Ian served as a uniformed attorney in the United States Air Force Judge Advocate General’s (J.A.G.) Corps from 2007 until 2014....
Richard Warner
Claimed Lawyer ProfileSocial Media
Naperville, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 13 years experience
(630) 446-0087 1700 Park St. Ste. 203
Naperville, IL 60563
Estate Planning, Personal Injury and Real Estate
The John Marshall Law School
RICHARD W. WARNER is the Founder and Managing Partner of the WARNER LAW GROUP. He concentrates his practice on Real Estate Law & Transactions, Estate Planning, and Personal Injury. He's handled thousands of files, matters, and transactions, and has tried and/or settled hundreds of cases in Administrative Hearings, Arbitration, Mediation and the State and Federal Courts in Chicago and the surrounding communities in Illinois. He is a native of Kane County, Illinois, where he graduated from the college preparatory school, Marmion Military Academy. Mr. Warner attended Illinois State University, graduating with a bachelor's of science degree in...
Kevin G. Drendel
Claimed Lawyer ProfileSocial Media
Batavia, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 27 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...
Denice Gierach
Claimed Lawyer ProfileSocial Media
Naperville, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 43 years experience
(630) 756-1160 1776 Legacy Circle
Suite 104
Naperville, IL 60563
Estate Planning, Business, Elder and Probate
Illinois Institute of Technology
Denice A. Gierach is a business lawyer with almost 30 years of experience representing business owners in the formation, franchising, and dissolution of businesses; representing employers in matters of employment and age discrimination in the workplace; and aiding individuals in matters of advanced estate planning, charitable giving, Medicare and Medicaid, and Social Security. As a Certified Public Accountant with a Master's degree in Management, Ms. Gierach also practices in the areas of Income Taxation, Federal Estate Taxation, and varied Real Estate Law, including commercial real estate. Ms. Gierach began her career in accounting working...
Stephen Sotelo
Claimed Lawyer ProfileQ&ASocial Media
Naperville, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 6 years experience
(630) 428-3311 200 E. 5th Avenue
Suite 123
Naperville, IL 60563
Estate Planning, Probate and Real Estate
Northern Illinois University
A native of Illinois, Mr. Sotelo is the proud son of a working class family. Mr. Sotelo graduated third in his law school class, summa cum laude, at Northern Illinois University College of Law. As a former real estate agent, Mr. Sotelo's law practice now focuses primarily on real estate transactions. In his spare time, Mr. Sotelo enjoys volunteering for the Make A Wish Foundation of Illinois, which grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions.
Lidia E Serrano
Claimed Lawyer ProfileSocial Media
Geneva, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 18 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...
Bill Boznos
Claimed Lawyer ProfileSocial Media
Naperville, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 34 years experience
(630) 375-1958 1700 Park Street
Suite 203
Naperville, IL 60563
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business and Employment
John Marshall Law School
William P. Boznos is the founding attorney of Boznos Law. He brings a unique 360 degree perspective to its advice and advocacy. He has served as in house senior counsel for a Fortune 500 Company for over a decade. In addition, he has served as Director of Human Resources and Vice President of Human Resources for both privately held and large publicly held companies for years, including Harrah’s Casinos, the largest gaming operation in the world. This unique background gave him an unprecedented access to company CEO’s, human resources departments, and the corporate insight you need. He has represented both...
Maureen Sullivan Taylor
Claimed Lawyer ProfileBlawgsearchSocial Media
Naperville, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 37 years experience
(630) 665-7676 1250 East Diehl
Suite 400
Naperville, IL 60563
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Divorce, Elder and Family
Northern Illinois University
Admitted to practice law in 1982, Maureen Sullivan Taylor graduated with a J.D. from Northern Illinois University Law School. In addition to interning at the United States' Attorneys' Office, Maureen was awarded the American Jurisprudence Award for Outstanding Achievement in Matrimonial Law and also served on the Law Review. Founder of the firm, Maureen is a trained and experienced mediator, and is both a Fellow of the Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois and a member of the International Association of Collaborative Professionals. Maureen is admitted to the United States Supreme Court and the Northern District of Illinois Federal Court and...
Dan Collander
Claimed Lawyer ProfileSocial Media
Naperville, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 39 years experience
(630) 420-1333 608 South Washington Street
Suite 307
Naperville, IL 60540
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Probate and Real Estate
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology and Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
Dan is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communications and minors in Mathematics and Political Science.

Dan is a 1979 graduate of IIT/Chicago Kent College of Law earning a Juris Doctor degree and a Bar and Gavel Award. Dan was admitted to the bar in 1979 and has been a practicing attorney in Naperville ever since.

Dan is a member of the Illinois and Dupage County Bar associations. He is a current member of the DuPage County Real Estate Law Committee and the Trusts and Estate Planning Committee. His practice...
Anne J. Foley
PREMIUM

Illinois Estate Planning Lawyer

Anne has represented individuals, families and financial institutions in all areas of her practice for over twenty-five years. She has extensive experience drafting estate planning documents and administering those... Read More »
View Profile
Kerry Reid Peck
PREMIUM

Illinois Estate Planning Attorney with 41 years experience

Kerry Peck is the past president of the Chicago Bar Association (CBA) and founder of the Elder Law Committee of the CBA. He is also the managing partner of the Chicago law firm, Peck Ritchey, LLC, whose clients include... Read More »
View Profile
Edgar Petti
Claimed Lawyer ProfileSocial Media
Geneva, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 61 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...
Christopher B. Collander
Claimed Lawyer ProfileSocial Media
Naperville, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 2 years experience
(630) 420-1333 608 South Washington Street
Suite 307
Naperville, IL 60540
Estate Planning, Probate and Real Estate
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
Chris graduated from the University of Tennessee – Knoxville, in 2012 with a Bachelors of Science in Education degree in Sports Management and minors in Business and Political Science.
Chris graduated from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law in May of 2016 and sat for the Bar Examination in July of 2016. Chris was admitted to the Illinois Bar in November of 2016. During law school, Chris held several internships: one with a Civil Litigation firm in Glenview; another with the City of Naperville, where he had his 7-11 License and assisted the City Prosecutor in Traffic Court and DUI Court; and...
G. Tyler Stevenson
Claimed Lawyer ProfileSocial Media
Batavia, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 6 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.
Natalia Kabbe
Claimed Lawyer Profile
Naperville, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 13 years experience
(630) 219-4200 1952 McDowell Road
Suite 101
Naperville, IL 60563
Free ConsultationEstate Planning and Elder
Gail Petrich
Claimed Lawyer Profile
Naperville, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 37 years experience
(708) 524-0171 1801 D Mill St
Suite 107
Naperville, IL 60540
Estate Planning, Divorce, Family and Real Estate
Jeffrey Kabbe
Claimed Lawyer ProfileBlawgsearch
Naperville, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 15 years experience
(630) 219-4200 1952 McDowell Road
Suite 101
Naperville, IL 60563
Estate Planning, Business and Elder
Northwestern University School of Law
Nick Bathas
Claimed Lawyer Profile
Mokena, IL Estate Planning Attorney
(708) 479-8468 11210 Front Street
Mokena, IL 60448
Estate Planning, Appeals, Elder and Tax
Loyola University of Chicago School of Law
Lawrence W. Lobb
Claimed Lawyer ProfileSocial Media
Geneva, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 21 years experience
(630) 631-7602 101 W. Hamilton St.
Geneva, IL 60134
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Business and Collections
Deanna L Aguinaga-Walker
Claimed Lawyer Profile
Geneva, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 24 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
Mazyar M. Hedayat Esq.
Claimed Lawyer ProfileQ&ABlawgsearchSocial MediaResponsive Law
Romeoville, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 24 years experience
(630) 378-2200 1211 W Lakeview Ct
Romeoville, IL 60446
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Construction, Probate and Real Estate
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, DePaul University and University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
Mazyar M. Hedayat is the principal of M. Hedayat & Associates, PC, a law firm that has represented Clients for nearly 25 years in the areas of business law and litigation, bankruptcy law and litigation, real property transactions and litigation, construction law and mechanics liens, corporate law, and more. After attending the University of Chicago and University of Michigan, Mr. Hedayat received his MBA from the U.M. Ross School of Business, and his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law. Mr. Hedayat is a title insurance agent and operated a full-service title company for 6 years....
Richard A. Greenswag
PREMIUM

Illinois Estate Planning Lawyer with 40 years experience

Rick was affiliated with and became a partner in the law firm Chandler & Greenswag, P.C. from 1979-1993. Thereafter, he operated the Law Offices of Richard A. Greenswag, P.C. from 1993 until he then became a founding... Read More »
View Profile
Lawyer Rating
Years of Experience
Language
Fees
Profile Strength

Estate Planning Lawyers in Nearby Cities

Estate Planning Lawyers in Nearby Counties

Aurora Estate Planning Legal Aid & Pro Bono Services

DuPage Bar Legal Aid Service
(630) 653-6212
Wheaton, IL


Prairie State Legal Services, Inc.
(815) 727-5123
Joliet, IL

Show More

Related Practice Areas

Elder Law
Probate
Tax Law

Planning your estate?

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.


Fiduciary: A person or institution who manages money or property for another and who must exercise a standard care imposed by law, i.e., personal representative or executor of an estate, a trustee, etc.

Personal representative: The person who administers an estate. If named in a will, that person's title is an executor. If there is no valid will, that person's title is an administrator.