DuPage County, Illinois Estate Planning Lawyers

Daniel J. Kollias
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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 »
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David J. Winthers
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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 »
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Makedonka Baloski
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Comprehensive estate planning and probate services. Free consultation. Call now!

I’m an experienced estate planning attorney and serve clients throughout Chicago. I provide personalized representation and handle all types of cases, including wills, trusts, living wills, and powers of attorney. Read More »
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Axel R. Cerny
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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 »
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Jonathan D. Herpy Sr.
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DuPage County, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 7 years experience
(630) 395-9496 360 W Butterfield Rd
#325
Elmhurst, IL 60126
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Arbitration & Mediation and Business
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
Jonathan David Herpy, Sr. has been named one of the top private equity and corporate attorneys in Illinois under the age of 40 by Chicago Magazine in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020.

Jonathan has represented investors, sponsors, and managers of public and private pension plans, broker-dealers, investment advisers, custodians, and other financial industry service providers throughout the entire range of the investment spectrum and routinely provides market-leading advice on public/private offerings of equity and debt along with capital raising strategy.
In addition to the above, Jonathan has been touted as an industry leader for his sophisticated and efficient approach to structuring...
Michael V. LoCicero
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DuPage County, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 37 years experience
1200 Harger Road
Suite 706
Oak Brook, IL 60523
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Divorce, Elder and Family
Gonzaga University School of Law
Michael V. LoCicero has practiced law in DuPage County for over three decades. Michael's dedication to the community includes volunteering in local education, sports, and government programs. As a seasoned attorney, he believes in personal service at a reasonable price and dedication to cases from start to finish. Michael values open communication with his clients by keeping them fully informed about case matters, providing advice, and ultimately helping clients make the best, fully-informed decisions possible. Michael's problem solving and cost-effective approach allows him to reach client goals as quickly as possible at a reasonable rate.
Anthony John Pankau Jr
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DuPage County, IL Estate Planning Attorney
(630) 875-0500 105 E. Irving Pk Rd
Itasca, IL 60143
Estate Planning, Elder, Probate and Real Estate
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
John Pankau graduated from Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana, and Chicago Kent College of Law with High Honors. He is licensed to practice law in Illinois and owns The Law Office of John Pankau, P.C. in Itasca, Illinois. Prior to and while attending law school, John and his wife Carole owned and operated a family business in Bloomingdale. John is an active member of his community, presenting educational seminars at local libraries and banks. Today, his practice concentrates in the areas of real estate, estate planning and administration, probate, and local government law.
Bill Boznos
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DuPage County, 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...
Nick Kulagin
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(630) 480-6399 400 S. Knoll St.
Ste. B
Wheaton, IL 60187
Free ConsultationDuPage County, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 20 years experience
Estate Planning, Divorce, Elder and Family
University of Notre Dame
Nick Kulagin is a dedicated family law and estate planning attorney who has represented residents of DuPage County and Kane County for 15 years. Based in Wheaton, Mr. Kulagin works diligently to protect his clients’ families, homes, and businesses. He believes that successful advocacy begins with investigating each person’s particular needs. With a strong reputation in the legal community, he is committed to helping his clients understand their legal rights and options so that they can make fully informed decisions.

Mr. Kulagin attended De Paul University for his undergraduate studies, graduating with a Political Science degree. He went on to earn...
Naveed S. Husain
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DuPage County, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 6 years experience
(630) 909-9114 2 TransAm Plaza Dr.
Suite 160
Oak Brook Terrace, IL 60181
Estate Planning, Business, Criminal and Probate
Marquette University Law School and Marquette University Law School
Attorney Naveed Husain received his J.D. from Marquette University Law School and is admitted to practice law in Illinois and Wisconsin. Mr. Husain’s practice of law is focused on criminal defense and civil litigation. He thoroughly investigates and researches the facts of each and every case and provides passionate advocacy in court. Mr. Husain has represented clients in a number of criminal and civil matters in DuPage, Cook, Will, Kane, and Lake Counties. Mr. Husain is also experienced in both estate planning and asset protection. Specifically, Mr. Husain utilizes a number of asset protection and estate planning tools, such...
Mark A. Lara
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DuPage County, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 10 years experience
(630) 655-6000 The Prairie Building
835 McClintock Drive, 2nd Floor
Burr Ridge, IL 60527-0860
Estate Planning, Probate and Real Estate
The John Marshall Law School and The John Marshall Law School
Mr. Daniel G. Coman
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DuPage County, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 29 years experience
(630) 955-4257 2300 Cabot Drive
Suite 455
Lisle, IL 60532
Estate Planning, Business, Probate and Tax
University of Illinois College of Law
Attorney with over 25 years of experience counseling business owners, executives, and high net worth individuals and families in the areas of tax, corporate, estate planning, asset protection and business succession planning. In conjunction with other attorneys of our Firm, we also handle commercial litigation, bankruptcy, real estate acquisition, leasing and divestiture, patents & trademarks, employment law, mergers & acquisitions, and other related matters.
Patrick J. Crotty
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DuPage County, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 41 years experience
(630) 810-0811 2021 Midwest Road
Suite 200
Oak Brook, IL 60523
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business and Tax
University of Notre Dame
Tax planning, Tax disputes, business planning, tax, estate planning and estate administration and litigation practice in Oak Brook, Illinois
Aaron T. Troy
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DuPage County, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 10 years experience
(630) 653-1577 1776 S. Naperville Road
Suite 104A
Wheaton, IL 60189
Estate Planning, Business, Probate and Tax
Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Alyx Durachta
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Mike Drabant
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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
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Shekar Jayaraman
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DuPage County, IL Estate Planning Attorney
(630) 719-1898 1415 West 22nd Street
Tower Floor
Oak Brook, IL 60523
Estate Planning, Business, Probate and Real Estate
University of South Dakota School of Law and Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Attorney Shekar Jayaraman, Esq., LL.M has a multi-faceted background of both public and private sector experience. He is passionate, zealous, and detail oriented.

Notably, Attorney Jayaraman was a Judicial Clerk for a United States Magistrate, with a heavy focus on violent crimes. He earned an LL.M. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in Business and Corporate Governance, and has served under the Ohio Secretary of State as a Regional Liaison, handling Business Services and Elections.

While in law school, Attorney Jayaraman was selected as an Extern for a United States Magistrate for the summer after his first year, and...
Kurt Larsen
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DuPage County, IL Estate Planning Attorney
(312) 909-1128 116 S. York Street, Suite 215
Elmhust, IL 60126
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Bankruptcy, DUI and Immigration
The John Marshall Law School
The most important thing to know about Mr. Larsens practice is the level of concern and commitment he brings to each and every client who come to him for representation. He realizes the outcome of these matters represent extremely important events in your life. People want service, quality and trust. Mr. Larsen is an experienced lawyer and he directly handles all the details associated with your legal issues. Count on his help and availability every step of the way, from your initial meeting with him to the final resolution of your case.
Christopher B. Collander
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DuPage County, 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...
Carol A. Nolan
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DuPage County, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 23 years experience
(630) 668-6600 620 W Roosevelt Rd
Suite C1
Wheaton, IL 60187
Estate Planning, Elder and Probate
Northern Illinois University
Carol A. Nolan has been a frequent speaker on Elder Law, Medicaid issues, estate planning, probate and trust administration, and guardianships for the Illinois State Bar Association, National Business Institute, and the DuPage County Bar Association. Carol has been in practice since 1996 in the field of Medicaid planning. She advises clients about the rules pertaining to Medicaid, nursing homes, asset transfers, and trusts for the disabled. She will assist clients in filing Medicaid applications and related matters. Carol also has expertise in preparing revocable living trusts, wills, and other estate planning tools. This includes...
Matthew K Dorich
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DuPage County, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 4 years experience
(630) 653-9400 400 S. County Farm Road
Suite 320
Wheaton, IL 60187
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Divorce, Family and Probate
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
Matthew Dorich is based out of our Orland Park office, where he practices a variety of areas of law including: Family Law, Divorce, Estate Planning, Creditor Negotiations, and Evictions. He handles cases throughout Cook County and other collar counties.

Mr. Dorich began his career in 2014 at a Chicago-based firm focusing on real estate, mortgage foreclosure defense, and civil litigation. He remained with this office for two years, raising to the position of Senior Associate, before accepting a position at a new firm focusing on Debtor’s Rights. During his time practicing law, Mr. Dorich has routinely handled bench trials, motion hearings,...
Allison Walsh
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DuPage County, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 19 years experience
(708) 639-4320 23 North Lincoln Street
Hinsdale, IL 60521
Estate Planning and Real Estate
The John Marshall Law School
Mr. Robert TC Kay
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DuPage County, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 33 years experience
(630) 665-1900 221 E. Illinois Street
Wheaton, IL 60187
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Administrative, Business and Real Estate
DePaul College of Law
Mr. Kay is a partner at the firm where he advises businesses, individuals and local governments in a broad range of transactions. Mr. Kay counsels individuals through decisions concerning their estates and businesses with his extensive experience in real estate, business planning and estate/trust administration. He represents property owners, builders and real estate developers in buying and selling commercial and residential real estate, leasing, zoning approvals and complex transactions. Background and Education: For fifteen years Mr. Kay represented the Village of Lisle in a wide variety of local government matters including zoning annexation open meetings act, freedom of information act, personnel employment, taxation, intergovernmental...
Edward M. Farmer
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DuPage County, 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...
Lisa M Knauf
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DuPage County, IL Estate Planning Attorney
(630) 474-5401 221 E Lake Street
Suite 208
Addison, IL 60101
Estate Planning, Elder, Probate and Real Estate
Northern Illinois University
Lisa Knauf is an attorney that combines her legal expertise with real world experience. She had a successful sales career before going back to school to attend Northern Illinois Univ. College of Law for her law degree, She is licensed to practice law in Illinois and is the owner of Knauf Law Office PC in Addison Illinois.The Knauf Law practice concentrates in the areas of estate planning, including wills, living trusts, and powers of attorney, probate administration, real estate and elder law.

Lisa is an active member of her community, currently serving as Vice President of the Board of Trustees of...
William V. McGrath
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DuPage County, IL Estate Planning Attorney
(630) 665-2500 124C S. County Farm Road
Wheaton, IL 60187
Estate Planning, Business, Construction and Divorce
The John Marshall Law School
William V. McGrath is a native of the Chicago area, residing in DuPage County since 1985. He studied History and Political Science at Marquette University , receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University in 1973. Mr. McGrath was awarded his law degree from John Marshall Law School in 1977. He was elected to that law school's Law Review in his second year, graduated in the top 10% of his class, and received his degree cum laude. From law school Mr. McGrath joined a boutique civil litigation firm on LaSalle Street in Chicago , and began practicing state and...
Jasmina de la Torre
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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 »
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Marcia A. Franklin
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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 »
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Roseanne N. Lynch
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DuPage County, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 40 years experience
(630) 960-4700 1011 Warrenville Road
Suite 150
Lisle, IL 60532
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...
Roxanna Hipple
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DuPage County, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 26 years experience
1315 West 22nd Street, Tower Floor
Regency Towers
Oakbrook, IL 60523
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy and Real Estate
DePaul College of Law
Paul Marcotte
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DuPage County, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 34 years experience
(630) 699-7421 100 S. York Road
Suite 204
Elmhurst, IL 60126
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Divorce, Family and Landlord Tenant
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
Joseph Michelotti
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DuPage County, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 36 years experience
(630) 928-0100 2625 Butterfield Suite 138S
Oak Brook, IL 60523
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Foreclosure Defense
The John Marshall Law School
Working to help clients protect their property and deal with difficult financial situations
Natalia Kabbe
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DuPage County, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 13 years experience
(630) 219-4200 1952 McDowell Road
Suite 101
Naperville, IL 60563
Free ConsultationEstate Planning and Elder
Mark D Manetti
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DuPage County, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 46 years experience
(630) 725-9811 4112 North Cass
Westmont, IL 60559
Estate Planning, Business, Construction and Real Estate
DePaul College of Law
Mark D. Manetti has been a partner in the law firm of Manetti & Griffith, Ltd. since 1986. His practice is focused in commercial litigation and real estate law. His commercial litigation practice involves business breakups, injunctions, contract interpretation and probate disputes. Mr. Manetti's real estate litigation practice involves title defense for major title insurers, mechanic's lien prosecution and defense, and construction disputes. Mr. Manetti received his J.D. Degree from DePaul University in 1973. He has frequently participated as a lecturer at various Chicago Bar Association, DuPage County Bar Association, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE) and Illinois Land Title...
Bryan R. Bagdady
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DuPage County, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 36 years experience
(312) 300-6843 17W220 22nd Street
Suite 410
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181
Estate Planning, Business, Collections and Probate
DePaul College of Law
Jeffrey Kabbe
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DuPage County, 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
Carlo G D'AGostino
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DuPage County, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 25 years experience
(630) 784-0446 422 W. Wesley Street
Wheaton, IL 60187
Estate Planning, Elder, Family and Real Estate
Michael D. Hovde Jr
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DuPage County, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 24 years experience
(630) 894-8500 107 Third St
Ste 3
Bloomingdale, IL 60108
Estate Planning, Business, Divorce and Family
Southern Illinois University - Carbondale
Kerry Reid Peck
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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 »
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Richard A. Greenswag
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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 »
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Bianca Emini Leinweber
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DuPage County, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 10 years experience
(877) 256-5040 (877) 256-5040
5120 Belmont Road, Ste B
Downers Grove, IL 60515
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Elder, Probate and Tax
The John Marshall Law School and The John Marshall Law School
Nora Marsh
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DuPage County, IL Estate Planning Lawyer
(630) 325-7600 200 S. Frontage Rd.
Suite 322
Burr Ridge, IL 60527
Estate Planning and Business
Joseph Olszowka
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DuPage County, IL Estate Planning Attorney
(630) 852-3636 2620B W. 83rd. St.
Darien, IL 60561
Estate Planning, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family
William H Pokorny Jr
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DuPage County, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 47 years experience
(630) 571-6500 1000 jorie blvd
Ste 260
Oak brook, IL 60523
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Probate and Tax
Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Harold W Conick
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DuPage County, IL Estate Planning Lawyer
(630) 681-1336 1001 Warrenville road suite 500
Lisle, IL 60532
Estate Planning, Elder, Probate and Social Security Disability
Nick Bathas
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DuPage County, IL Estate Planning Attorney
(630) 778-9939 1304 Dunrobin Rd.
Suite 100
Naperville, IL 60540-8282
Estate Planning, Appeals, Elder and Tax
Loyola University of Chicago School of Law
Mr. Roy I Peregrine
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DuPage County, IL Estate Planning Lawyer
(630) 665-1900 221 E. Illinois Street
Wheaton, IL 60187
Estate Planning
Gail Petrich
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DuPage County, 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
Rebecca Chamberlin Little
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DuPage County, IL Estate Planning Lawyer
(630) 450-3782 2715 Stonewall Ave
Woodridge, IL 60517
Estate Planning
Mazyar M. Hedayat Esq.
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Will County, 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....
William S. Wilson
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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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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.