Country Club Hills, Illinois Estate Planning Lawyers

Mike Drabant
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Free Consultation! Dedicated Estate Planning Attorney! Attentive & Responsive!

I provide comprehensive probate and estate planning services. I am committed to ethical and compassionate representation! Visit my website for information and client testimonials. Free consultation for estate planning.
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Jasmina de la Torre
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Illinois Estate Planning Attorney with 20 years experience

University of Illinois College of LawIllinois and U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
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Nicholas A. Beis
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Free Consultation! Dedicated Lawyer Advocating for Your Estate Planning Needs!

I am an experienced and skilled estate planning attorney. I provide sound advice and guidance to help you achieve your goals! Visit my website to see client reviews and testimonials. Call for a free consultation.
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William S. Wilson
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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!
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Kevin P. O'Flaherty
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Tinley Park, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 10 years experience
(708) 894-3030 16557 Oak Park Avenue, Ste. B
Tinley Park, IL 60477
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...
(331) 254-3033 210 S 5th St
Ste. 107B
St. Charles, IL 60174
(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
Masah S SamForay
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Chicago, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 12 years experience
(312) 702-1293 200 E. Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60601
Estate Planning, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family
Indiana University School of Law - Bloomington
Masah S. SamForay, has earned national recognition as a force for her clients. Beyond being recognized as a Top 100 Lawyer, Masah SamForay knows the concerns of clients, intimately. She is a divorcee and working mother who understands what it means to fight for her family during a difficult divorce.

Atty. SamForay is a Co-Founder and Past-President of the Black Bar Association of Will County. She is a member of the Black Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater Chicago, Inc. and served on the 2017-2018 Board and as the Co-Chair of the Small and Solo Firm Committee from 2013-2016. She is a...
(312) 702-1293 9 E. Jefferson St.
Joliet, IL 60432
(708) 960-4033 1953 Ridge Rd.
Homewood, IL 60432
Mr. Thomas Eric Ost
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Tinley Park, IL Estate Planning Attorney
(708) 359-1751 7734 Brookside Glen Drive
Tinley Park, IL 60487
Estate Planning, Business, Criminal and Domestic Violence
Illinois Institute of Technology
I am Thomas Eric Ost. As a former Assistant Public Defender in DuPage County, I handled hundreds of criminal, mental health, and juvenile cases. Those cases ranged from DUIs, Domestic Batteries, and Retail Thefts to Aggravated Batteries and Murder. The police and the prosecutors seem to do their best to dehumanize defendants to everyone including to the defendants themselves. Yet in 23 years of practice, I’ve learned that most people with legal problems are not bad people. They are people who are caught up in a problem a lot bigger than they...
Thomas Planera
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Matteson, IL Estate Planning Lawyer
(708) 283-8500 4440 Lincoln Hwy
Matteson, IL 60443
Estate Planning, Business and Real Estate
James B. Spina
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Homewood, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 39 years experience
(708) 647-1900 18141 Dixie Highway
Suite 108
Homewood, IL 60430
Free ConsultationEstate Planning and Real Estate
Illinois Institute of Technology
Practicing law since 1979, James B. Spina is well-experienced in real estate transactions, wills, trusts and estate planning. His fees are very reasonable, affordable for just about anyone.
Sarah A Nolan
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Orland Park, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 9 years experience
(708) 226-9904 15255 S. 94th Ave
Suite 201
Orland Park, IL 60462
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Divorce and Family
DePaul College of Law
Sarah A. Nolan joined Anderson & Associates, P.C. in 2010 when was hired on as an associate attorney and now a partner of the firm. Sarah works primarily out of the firms Orland Park & Schaumburg offices, where she practices a variety of areas of law, including Family Law, Divorce, Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Creditor Negotiations, and Litigation. Ms. Nolan handles cases in Cook County and the surrounding collar counties. Ms. Nolan received her Bachelor of Arts degree, Cum Laude, from the Loyola University of Chicago in 2005. In 2009, Ms. Nolan earned her Juris Doctorate from DePaul University -...
1515 E. Woodfield Road
Suite 640
Schaumburg, ID 60173
20 N. Clark St.
Suite 2720
Chicago, IL 60602
400 S. County Farm Road
Suite 320
Wheaton, IL 60187
Judy A. Goldstein
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Mokena, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 32 years experience
(708) 479-0800 19235 Wolf Rd
Mokena, IL 60448
Estate Planning, Arbitration & Mediation, Criminal and Elder
DePaul College of Law, University of Illinois College of Law and University of Illinois College of Law
Dana Zivkovich
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Glenwood, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 11 years experience
(708) 833-7755 8 W. Main St.
Glenwood, IL 60425
Estate Planning, Business, Elder and Probate
Valparaiso University School of Law
I work with senior citizens, their families, and small business owners to get their affairs organized, safeguard their estates, and prepare succession plans. In matters of probate or trust administration, I work with personal representatives to properly manage the administration of the estate and advise them of their legal duties along the way. My experience in these practice areas has been exclusive since I have been private practice. In 2010, I expanded my practice territory to include Lake County, Indiana by obtaining an Indiana law license.
(708) 833-7755 350 S. Northwest Hwy.
Suite 300
Park Ridge, IL 60068
George L. Schoenbeck
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Orland Park, IL Estate Planning Lawyer
(708) 448-8141 9501 W. 144th Place
Suite 205
Orland Park, IL 60462
Estate Planning
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
George Schoenbeck represents clients in estate planning, estate administration, business succession planning, business general counsel matters and commercial transactions. He enjoys assisting his clients in navigating through the various obstacles they face in their estate and business matters. George Schoenbeck received his juris doctor from the Chicago-Kent College of Law and was conferred a Bachelors of Science in Accountancy with highest honors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Mr. Schoenbeck has written articles published in the Illinois Bar Journal and various Section Council Newsletters of the Illinois State Bar Association on the topics of estate planning, estate administration,...
Christine A. Walczak
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Orland Park, IL Estate Planning Lawyer
(708) 448-8141 9501 W. 144th Place
Suite 205
Orland Park, IL 60462
Estate Planning and Municipal
University of Illinois College of Law
Christine Walczak is an associate at Sosin, Arnold & Schoenbeck, Ltd. She received her juris doctor from the University of Illinois College of Law where she obtained honors in Legal Writing, Legal Research and Advocacy. Christine served as an associate editor and mentor for the University of Illinois Journal of Law, Technology and Policy. She also served as a teaching assistant for the class Introduction to Advocacy.

Christine obtained her B.A. in English at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. While at the University of Illinois, Christine was a James Scholar and was selected as a member of the Dean’s List.
Daniel J. Kollias
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Illinois Estate Planning Attorney with 18 years experience

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... Read More »
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Mazyar M. Hedayat Esq.
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Attorneys and Counselors in Chicago for 20+ years. We want to be your Lawyers.

M. Hedayat & Associates is based in the southwest suburbs of Chicago. We advise Clients on business and personal issues including collections, litigation, real property, foreclosure, bankruptcy, divorce, and probate.
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David B. Sosin
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Orland Park, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 46 years experience
(708) 448-8141 9501 W. 144th Place
Suite 205
Orland Park, IL 60462
Estate Planning, Business, Municipal and Real Estate
Northwestern University
Mr. Sosin is a Partner in the firm Sosin, Arnold & Schoenbeck Ltd. A 1972 graduate of the Northwestern University School of Law, he has a bachelor's degree in finance from the University of Illinois. David Sosin has served as Village Attorney for the Village of Crestwood, Illinois for over a decade, and practices in all areas of auto dealership representation, real estate law, and zoning law. He is licensed to practice law in the states of Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin.

David Sosin was elected to the Illinois State Bar Association's College of Laureates in 2011, joining a select group of...
Kelly Karczmar
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Crete, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 12 years experience
(708) 927-1234 575 W. Exchange St.
Suite 102
Crete, IL 60417
Estate Planning, Elder, Probate and Real Estate
The John Marshall Law School
Attorney Kelly Karczmar graduated from the University of Chicago with honors in 1994. She graduated from the John Marshall Law School in 2005, where she served in the Fair Housing Legal Clinic. Ms. Karczmar served for six years as a Human Resources Director in a Fortune 100 company. She was responsible for union negotiations, employee relations and legal compliance. Ms. Karczmar is an attorney admitted to practice in the state bar of Illinois, as well as the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. She has practiced law since 2005. She is a member of...
Lela J. Davis Esq.
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South Holland, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 31 years experience
17070 South Park Avenue
Suite K
South Holland, IL 60473
Estate Planning, Divorce, Family and Probate
Mississippi College School of Law
Attorney engaged in the Private Practice of Law as a Solo Practitioner in the areas of real estate and housing law, eviction and real estate litigation, family law, divorce and child support/custody, probate and guardianship, commercial law, and litigation. Experience in government, corporate and private practice environments. Broad range of experience in other areas including: corporate law, intellectual property, business management, litigation, government legal environments, compliance, and real estate acquisitions. Practicing Illinois Attorney for 27 years and Arbitrator for the Cook County Court system since 1990. Extensive experience in management, administration, negotiations and contracting. Both South Suburban and Chicago Office...
Trisha M. Rachoy
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Frankfort, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 14 years experience
(815) 534-2003 21200 S. LaGrange Rd
Ste 146
Frankfort, IL 60423
Estate Planning, Business, Probate and Real Estate
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
Trisha focuses her private practice on individual and small business transactional and compliance matters. She handles all areas of real estate law, estate planning and probate matters, and business transactions and compliance. She believes in actively listening and communicating with her clients in order to help them accomplish their goals. Before starting her own practice, Trisha worked in both a large law firm and as general counsel for a small business. While working for one of the largest labor and employment law firms in the country, Trisha gained experience counseling employers on benefit law compliance and transactions....
Nick Bathas
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Schaumburg, IL Estate Planning Attorney
10 N. Martingale Road
Suite 400
Schaumburg, IL 60173
Estate Planning, Appeals, Elder and Tax
Loyola University of Chicago School of Law
Paul Smolinski
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Palos Heights, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 31 years experience
(708) 371-9500 6446 West 127th Street
Suite 201
Palos Heights, IL 60463
Estate Planning, Elder and Real Estate
Izabela Czajkowska
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Chicago, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 11 years experience
(773) 631-7100 5339 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60630
Estate Planning, Probate and Real Estate
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
Izabela concentrates her practice in estate and trust planning, probate, and estate and trust administration and litigation. Izabela also assists clients in planning for disability and special needs. Izabela also handles guardianship proceedings and serves as a volunteer Guardian Ad Litem for the Cook County Circuit Court. Additionally, Izabela has experience with domestic and international income tax and business planning, and corporate and individual tax controversies. She also advises clients on business succession matters, wealth transfer and preservation, and corporate, partnership and limited liability company transactions, including drafting various business arrangements and agreements. Izabela was named as an Illinois Super...
(773) 731-7100 7667 W. 95th St.
203
Hickory Hills , IL 60457
(773) 631-7100 10 N. Martingale Rd.
Suite 400
Schaumburg, IL 60173
Michael Otte
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Chicago, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 9 years experience
(773) 631-7100 5339 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60630
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Elder, Probate and Real Estate
Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Michael A. Otte concentrates his practice on estate planning, trust administration, and contested and litigated estates and trusts. Additionally, Michael's particular area of focus is in elder law matters, including Medicaid planning, Medicaid appeals, guardianship, contested guardianships, nursing home contract review, general elder law matters requiring litigation or other court involvement, and other issues affecting the legal needs of older people. Michael has given dozens of both public and private seminars on his areas of experience in order to educate the public and fellow attorneys on important estate planning and elder law concepts. Michael is a member of the Chicago...
(773) 631-7100 7667 W. 95th St.
Suite 203
Hickory Hills , IL 60457
(773) 631-7100 10 N. Martingale Rd.
Suite 400
Schaumburg, IL 60173
Mr. Dion U. Davi
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Chicago, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 15 years experience
(312) 985-5676 321 N. Clark Street
Suite 900
Chicago, IL 60654
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Divorce, Family and Real Estate
The John Marshall Law School
Attorney Dion U. Davi has extensive experience in family, real estate and estate planning throughout Illinois. DuPage family law attorney Dion U. Davi is a skilled negotiator who seeks to resolve legal disputes with a favorable settlement whenever possible. When needed, however, he has the skills and experience to effectively and zealously advocate for his clients in court.
(630) 580-6373 1776A S. Naperville Road
Suite 105
Wheaton, IL 60189
(603) 657-5052 28371 Davis Parkway
Suite 103
Warrenville, IL 60555
(815) 582-4901 58 N. Chicago Street
7th Floor
Joliet, IL 60432
Arik D. Hetue
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Burr Ridge, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 8 years experience
(630) 634-8401 1333 Burr Ridge Parkway
Suite 200
Burr Ridge, IL 60527
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business and Employment
The John Marshall Law School
After 8 years defending employers with a respected Chicago defense firm, Arik started Hetue Law, P.C. with a mission of helping people navigate the legal issues surrounding starting and growing their businesses as an outside general counsel, and protecting their finances and families via proper estate planning.

Arik is a skilled business law attorney, with experience in risk management, HR planning, business entity formation, corporate dispute resolution, technology planning, technology licensing agreements, and has enjoyed outside general counsel status to a variety of small businesses and technology start ups. He is also an experienced estate planning attorney,...
David J. Winthers
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Illinois Estate Planning Attorney with 38 years experience

David J. Winthers is a lifelong resident of DuPage County having graduated from Wheaton Central High School in 1974 and Wheaton College in 1977. Read More »
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Kerry Reid Peck
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Illinois Estate Planning Attorney with 40 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... Read More »
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Philip Fornaro
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La Grange, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 22 years experience
(708) 630-4320 1022 S. La Grange Rd.
La Grange, IL 60525
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business, Probate and Real Estate
The John Marshall Law School
Philip M. Fornaro is the managing attorney at Fornaro Law. Adopting a “never give up” attitude, Philip has become known for his ability to succeed where others fail for the last 20 years. His decision to diversify his practice in 2004 has resulted in the creation of a full service law firm which provides quality representation in a variety of legal areas. Philip follows the rule that positive energy will yield positive results. This energy is the driving force behind the success of Fornaro Law. He has become adept at creating a network and team between clients,...
(630) 749-4169 15 Salt Creek Lane, Suite 321
Hinsdale, IL 60521
William S. Wilson
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La Grange, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 35 years experience
(708) 482-7090 1023 W 55th St
#110
La Grange, IL 60525
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business, Elder and Probate
Northwestern University School of Law and The University of Texas School of Law
Jennifer K. Kearney
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Lockport, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 13 years experience
(815) 838-1000 200 W. 11th Street
Suite 2SW
Lockport, IL 60441
Estate Planning, Business, Criminal and DUI
The John Marshall Law School
Mike Drabant
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LaGrange, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 9 years experience
(708) 482-7090 1023 W 55th St
#110
LaGrange, IL 60525
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Civil Rights and Probate
The John Marshall Law School and The John Marshall Law School
T. Phillip Boggess
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La Grange, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 21 years experience
(630) 427-9650 106 W. Calendar Ave. #286
La Grange, IL 60525
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Elder, Entertainment & Sports and Probate
Drake University
Attorney who helps bring peace and comfort to his clients by providing the individuals and businesses with solutions to help protect their interests and pursue their dreams and aspirations.
(630) 429-9650 Two Mid America Plaza
Suite 800
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181
Nicholas A. Beis
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LaGrange, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 11 years experience
(708) 482-7090 1023 W 55th St
#110
LaGrange, IL 60525
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business and Real Estate
Northern Illinois University
Thomas J. Olofsson JD
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Chicago, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 26 years experience
(773) 905-1193 9924 S. Walden Parkway
Chicago, IL 60643
Free ConsultationEstate Planning and Elder
The John Marshall Law School
Roseanne N. Lynch
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Palatine, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 39 years experience
(630) 960-4700 800 East Northwest Highway
Suite 700
Palatine, IL 60074
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 1444 North Farnsworth
Suite 100
Aurora, IL 60505
Farheen Fatima Ali
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Riverside, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 13 years experience
81 Lincoln Ave
Riverside, IL 60546
Estate Planning and Tax
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law
James B. Spina
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Crete, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 39 years experience
(708) 647-1900 27612 Soouth State Line Road
Crete, IL 60430
Free ConsultationEstate Planning and Real Estate
Illinois Institute of Technology
Practicing law since 1979, James B. Spina is well-experienced in real estate transactions, property transfers, wills, trusts, powers of attorney and estate planning. His fees are very reasonable, affordable for just about anyone.
Axel R. Cerny
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Illinois Estate Planning Attorney

Drake University Law SchoolIllinois
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Marcia A. Franklin
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Illinois Estate Planning Attorney

American University Washington College of LawDistrict of Columbia and Illinois
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Joseph Olszowka
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Darien, IL Estate Planning Attorney
(630) 852-3636 2620B W. 83rd. St.
Darien, IL 60561
Estate Planning, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family
Nora Marsh
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Burr Ridge, IL Estate Planning Lawyer
(630) 325-7600 200 S. Frontage Rd.
Suite 322
Burr Ridge, IL 60527
Estate Planning and Business
Laura A Lipinski
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Western Springs, IL Estate Planning Attorney
(708) 246-2680 4724 Central Avenue
Western Springs, IL 60558
Estate Planning
Matteson, IL Estate Planning Attorney
5704 Woodgate Dr
Matteson, IL 60443
Estate Planning, Divorce, Family and Real Estate
Oak Forest, IL Estate Planning Lawyer
5039 151st St
Oak Forest, IL 60452
Estate Planning and Real Estate
Blue Island, IL Estate Planning Attorney
(708) 385-3778 12757 Western Ave
Blue Island, IL 60406
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Family
Orland Park, IL Estate Planning Attorney
(708) 349-4002 10723 W 159th St
Orland Park, IL 60467
Estate Planning and Real Estate
Orland Park, IL Estate Planning Lawyer
15252 S Harlem Ave
Orland Park, IL 60462
Estate Planning, Business and Real Estate
Orland Park, IL Estate Planning Attorney
(708) 364-0254 15030 S Ravinia Ave
Orland Park, IL 60462
Estate Planning, Business and Tax
Chicago Heights, IL Estate Planning Attorney
(708) 756-1550 165 W 10th St
Chicago Heights, IL 60411
Estate Planning and Real Estate
Judy A. Goldstein
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Illinois Estate Planning Lawyer with 32 years experience

DePaul College of Law, University of Illinois College of Law and University of Illinois College of LawIllinois, 7th Circuit, Northern District of Illinois, Northern District of Indiana and U.S. Supreme Court
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Richard A. Greenswag
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Illinois Estate Planning Lawyer

University of IowaIllinois
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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.


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