Oak Park, Illinois Estate Planning Lawyers

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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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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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! 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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Christopher L. Lufrano
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Oak Park, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 8 years experience
(800) 627-2179 818 Harrison Street
Suite 210
Oak Park, IL 60304
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Real Estate, Securities and Stockbroker Fraud
Pace Law School
Christopher L. Lufrano is the managing attorney and principal of Lufrano Law, LLC and has extensive experience in matters involving securities investment disputes, regulatory defense, real estate law and business services. Mr. Lufrano is licensed to practice law in Illinois and New York, and often travels throughout the country to represent aggrieved investors in FINRA securities arbitrations where permitted under state law. Mr. Lufrano is a graduate of Boston University, where he majored in Business Management. Following college, Mr. Lufrano was employed by Morgan Stanley where he worked as...
Oak Park, IL Estate Planning Attorney
(708) 848-6066 1011 Lake St
Oak Park, IL 60301
Estate Planning, Business, Elder and Tax
Oak Park, IL Estate Planning Lawyer
(708) 848-6066 1011 Lake St
Oak Park, IL 60301
Estate Planning, Business, Elder and Tax
Oak Park, IL Estate Planning Lawyer
(708) 524-2835 7115 W North Ave
Oak Park, IL 60302
Estate Planning and Real Estate
Oak Park, IL Estate Planning Lawyer
(312) 362-6667 165 N Kenilworth Ave
Oak Park, IL 60301
Estate Planning and Real Estate
Oak Park, IL Estate Planning Lawyer
410 Lake St
Oak Park, IL 60302
Estate Planning, Business and Tax
Oak Park, IL Estate Planning Lawyer
(708) 524-2343 115 S Marion St
Oak Park, IL 60302
Estate Planning, Personal Injury and Real Estate
Oak Park, IL Estate Planning Lawyer
(708) 383-1408 827 Linden Ave
Oak Park, IL 60302
Estate Planning and Real Estate
Oak Park, IL Estate Planning Lawyer
137 N Oak Park Ave
Oak Park, IL 60301
Estate Planning, Business and Tax
Oak Park, IL Estate Planning Attorney
(708) 386-8030 1100 Lake St
Oak Park, IL 60301
Estate Planning, Business and Personal Injury
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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Alyx Durachta
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Illinois Estate Planning Lawyer

The John Marshall Law SchoolIllinois
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Oak Park, IL Estate Planning Attorney
(708) 386-8599 1111 South Blvd
Oak Park, IL 60302
Estate Planning and Real Estate
Oak Park, IL Estate Planning Lawyer
(708) 848-7273 730 S Kenilworth Ave
Oak Park, IL 60304
Estate Planning and Real Estate
Oak Park, IL Estate Planning Attorney
(708) 714-9018 508 S Elmwood Ave
Oak Park, IL 60304
Estate Planning, Divorce, Family and Health Care
Oak Park, IL Estate Planning Lawyer
535 N Taylor Ave
Oak Park, IL 60302
Estate Planning, Divorce, Family and Real Estate
Oak Park, IL Estate Planning Attorney
(708) 358-1904 137 N Oak Park Ave
Oak Park, IL 60301
Estate Planning
Oak Park, IL Estate Planning Attorney
(708) 848-3662 1515 N Harlem Ave
Oak Park, IL 60302
Estate Planning and Real Estate
Donald B. Boyd Jr.
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Forest Park, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 21 years experience
(708) 848-1005 232 South Lathrop Avenue
Suite 100
Forest Park, IL 60130
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Domestic Violence
DePaul College of Law
I own and operate The Boyd Law Firm, P.C., a divorce and family law practice in Forest Park, Illinois, a suburb west of Chicago. We concentrate our practice to issues such as asset discovery and recovery, domestic violence and orders of protection, child support, parentage, maintenance, custody, visitation and all related areas of a family law practice. I am a member of the Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association and have been admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. We accept all major credit cards and will agree to payment terms. Evening and weekend appointments are...
Farheen Fatima Ali
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Riverside, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 14 years experience
81 Lincoln Ave
Riverside, IL 60546
Estate Planning and Tax
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law
Philip Fornaro
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La Grange, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 24 years experience
(708) 639-4320 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,...
Stephanie Sexauer
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Chicago, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 6 years experience
(312) 300-4743 150 N. Michigan Ave Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60601
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Elder, Nursing Home and Probate
The John Marshall Law School
Ms. Sexauer focuses her practice on probate matters, including: elder law, guardianship, estate planning, wills, trusts, and will contests. She is a member of the Chicago Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association. Stephanie speaks Spanish fluently and is regularly selected by Cook County judges to serve as a court-appointed Guardian ad Litem for disabled adults. Stephanie also serves on the Judicial Evaluation Committee of the Chicago Bar Association.
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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Jasmina de la Torre
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Illinois Estate Planning Attorney with 21 years experience

With over 20 years of experience, I represent clients in Business, Estate Planning, and Real Estate Law matters. I counsel individuals, small and large businesses with a wide array of legal matters. I am dedicated to... Read More »
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Dion U. Davi
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Chicago, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 16 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.
Misty J. Cygan
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(800) 825-9260 15 N Northwest Hwy
Park Ridge, IL 60068
Park Ridge, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 12 years experience
Estate Planning, Business, Employment and Probate
Shepard Broad Law Center, Nova Southeastern University
Misty has worked hard to become an attorney, which was her dream. She earned her two undergraduate degrees while being on active duty in the United States Air Force. She graduated summa cum laude from North Carolina Wesleyan College with dual degrees. During her four years in the military, Misty was responsible for producing a weekly flying and aircraft maintenance schedule for a fleet of 24 F-15 fighter jets. Misty also provided support for Operation Noble Eagle in response to the 9/11 attacks.

At the core of Misty’s practice is her love of the law and her desire to help people....
Jonathan P. Decatorsmith
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Chicago, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 33 years experience
(312) 906-5041 565 West Adams Street
Suite 600
Chicago, IL 60661
Estate Planning, Probate and Tax
University of Colorado School of Law at Boulder
Chicago tax attorney Jonathan Decatorsmith has been practicing tax law for more than 25 years. Prior to joining the Law Offices of Chicago-Kent, Professor Decatorsmith was a senior trial attorney and internal instructor with the Internal Revenue Service for 11 years. He has tried more than 40 cases before the United States Tax Court, and previously served as adjunct professor at DePaul University in Chicago and the University of Minnesota.
William Harold Mazur
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Chicago, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 8 years experience
(773) 405-2632 1829 N. Fairfield Ave. #1S
Chicago, IL 60647
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Family, Landlord Tenant and Personal Injury
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
Bill is an Illinois and New York licensed attorney operating a general law practice in Chicago. He represent clients throughout the Chicagoland area on matters ranging from tenant evictions and judgment collections, to divorces and much more. Having grown up on the South Side of Chicago, Bill understands the value and importance of high quality service at a reasonable price. His main goal is to carry that mantra into his law practice and provide excellent and effective representation at an affordable price. By operating a virtual law office, he has been able to operate a more mobile...
Lindsey Markus
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Chicago, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 13 years experience
(312) 855-6417 30 S. Wacker Drive
Suite 2600
Chicago, IL 60606
Estate Planning, Business and Tax
Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Lindsey Paige Markus assists business owners and families plan their estates, protect assets, transfer wealth, and minimize taxation. Lindsey works closely with clients to formulate succession plans, advise on business formation, wealth preservation and gift and estate taxation. A Principal at the law firm of Chuhak & Tecson, P.C. since 2006, Lindsey received her J.D. degree from Loyola University of Chicago. Lindsey was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 2006 and the Florida Bar in 2007. Founded in 1987, Chuhak & Tecson, P.C. has over sixty attorneys who concentrate in a variety of areas which include estate planning,...
William S. Wilson
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La Grange, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 36 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
Over 30 years ago, Bill Wilson began his legal career along side his dad, James T. Wilson and practiced with him until his passing in 2008. Bill carries on the legacy of compassionate, expert legal counsel concentrating in the areas of Elder Law, Estate Planning, Business Succession, Medicaid Planning and Estate Planning for Families that have Children with Disabilities.

Bill feels a “profound obligation to provide counsel that ensures the safety of the hard earned assets of families.”

He extends that obligation outside of his practice too. Currently, he serves as President of Aging Care Connections Board, a not-for-profit agency in La...
Kerry Reid Peck
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Chicago , IL Estate Planning Attorney with 41 years experience
(312) 201-0900 105 W Adams St
Chicago , IL 60603
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Elder and Probate
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
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 families, hospitals, banks, the State of Illinois, County of Cook, and City of Chicago. He provides legal representation for trust and guardianship litigation, business planning, and estate planning. Mr. Peck is well experienced in guiding his clients through the probate process, assisting in the transfer of assets and resolution of claims, and implementing estate plans. He is also very dedicated in...
Mike Drabant
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LaGrange, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 10 years experience
(708) 482-7090 1023 W 55th St
#110
LaGrange, IL 60525
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business, Civil Rights and Probate
The John Marshall Law School and The John Marshall Law School
Lisa A. Copland
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Chicago, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 22 years experience
(312) 546-5059 35 East Wacker Drive
Suite 650
Chicago, IL 60601
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Divorce, Probate and Real Estate
Northwestern University School of Law
Lisa A. Copland has significant experience in several areas of the law including domestic relations, civil litigation, probate, breach of contract and real estate law. She represents men and women in divorce cases, which includes division of property, custody, child support and visitation. Lisa routinely represents buyers and sellers in residential and commercial real estate transactions, and landlords and tenants in eviction proceedings. Through the firm's full service approach, attorneys also assist clients in estate planning and civil litigation.
Vincent Anthony Incopero
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Elmhurst, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 5 years experience
(630) 299-7600 381 N York Streetorth
Suite 18
Elmhurst, IL 60126
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business, Probate and Real Estate
The John Marshall Law School
REAL Law Group, P.C. is a boutique law firm established in 2015 with the idea that effective representation requires both a professional commitment and personal approach that matches the clients passion and strategic objectives. REAL Law Group, P.C. believes that a real estate transaction, whether it is your first home or commercial property, requires a team approach that emphasizes technical legal skills and communication. REAL Law Group, P.C. has extensive experience advising home buyers and sellers, real estate developers, brokers, investors, lenders and condominium associations in all facets of their real estate and business needs. REAL Law Group,...
Daniel J. Kollias
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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 »
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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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Makedonka Baloski
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(847) 823-9030 15 N. Northwest Highway
Park Ridge, IL 60068
Park Ridge, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 18 years experience
Estate Planning, Business and Real Estate
Valparaiso University School of Law
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 School of Law. She served as an Article Editor for the Valparaiso University Law Review.

Upon admission to the Illinois bar, Makedonka worked in Chicago
mainly focused in civil defense. She is also admitted to practice in Indiana.
James Oberholtzer
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Chicago, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 40 years experience
(312) 765-7484 211 W. Wacker Drive
Suite 1200
Chicago, IL 60606
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Real Estate, Securities and Tax
DePaul College of Law and Washington and Lee University School of Law
James Oberholtzer has provided legal services to clients for over 35 years. He has provided legal representation to: Families. Estate planning, family wealth planning, wills and trusts, taxation of wills and trusts, guardianship and conservatorships, creation and administration of trusts, and probate of estates. Entrepreneurs. Closely held companies, family partnerships and individual entrepreneurs in formation and finance of enterprises, acquisitions and joint ventures, strategic planning and executive compensation, entity governance, integration of tax, legal and business objectives, protection of intellectual property and selection and supervision of local counsel. Senior Housing. Senior housing owners and operators...
Nora Baker
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Chicago, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 3 years experience
(312) 382-1600 216 S. Jefferson Street
Suite 504
Chicago, IL 60661
Estate Planning, Elder and Probate
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
Nora’s practice focuses on estate planning, elder law, estate and trust administration, business law and she also practices tax law in the areas of gift and estate taxation.

Nora drafts many types of trusts for clients including: life insurance trusts, special needs trusts for disabled persons, grantor retained annuity trusts, qualified personal residence trusts, charitable lead trusts, and charitable remainder trusts.

Nora provides services for businesses including: choosing the proper corporate entity; formation of the corporate entity; drafting partnership agreements, operating agreements, and corporate shareholder agreements and bylaws; buying and selling business; purchasing and leasing assets and real property in conjunction with...
Izabela Czajkowska
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Chicago, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 12 years experience
(773) 631-7100 6035 North Northwest Highway
Suite 201
Chicago, IL 60631
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...
Kyle D. Sellett
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Chicago, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 4 years experience
(312) 345-9999 20 N. Clark Street
Suite 3300
Chicago, IL 60602
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Family
The John Marshall Law School
Kyle D. Sellett is based out of the firm’s Schaumburg office, where he practices in a variety of areas of law, including: Divorce, Family Law, Estate Planning, Bankruptcy and Creditor Negotiations. He handles cases in Cook County and the surrounding collar counties.

Mr. Sellett’s legal career began as a Creditor’s Rights attorney and eventually acting as a Supervisor at his previous law firm. During his time practicing in Collection Law, he routinely handled trials, hearings, and other contested matters. His experience in this field makes him an ideal option to handle any case where there are delinquent debts involved. Additionally, he...
Ann Leone
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Chicago, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 4 years experience
(773) 437-0489 1655 S Blue Island
Chicago, IL 60608
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Probate
The John Marshall Law School
Ann Leone is originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina. She graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Psychology. She then attended The John Marshall Law School and received her Juris Doctorate. She has worked in various government agencies, including the Department of Children and Family Services and The Cook County Office of The Public Guardian as a Guardian ad litem. Through these agencies, she gained invaluable experience working on various complex juvenile immigration cases and handling many domestic relations cases, including custody disputes and divorces. Additionally, she has worked with numerous non-profits, specializing in...
Jasmina de la Torre
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(800) 825-9260 15 N Northwest Hwy
Park Ridge, IL 60068
Park Ridge, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 21 years experience
Estate Planning, Business and Real Estate
University of Illinois College of Law
With over 20 years of experience, I represent clients in Business, Estate Planning, and Real Estate Law matters. I counsel individuals, small and large businesses with a wide array of legal matters. I am dedicated to providing quality service and zealous representation for my clients.

I received my B.A. from the University of Illinois - Chicago, and my J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law. In 1998, I was admitted to practice in the State of Illinois, and also the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois.

I was raised by immigrant entrepreneurs, and have managed and owned my...
Muniza Bawaney
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Chicago, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 12 years experience
(312) 860-3755 30 S. Wacker Drive
Suite 2200
Chicago, IL 60606
Estate Planning, Business, Consumer and Foreclosure Defense
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
Muniza Bawaney, Esq. is an Attorney at Law First LLC and primarily practices in the areas of personal injury, corporate and small business legal services, civil litigation, estate planning and real estate matters. Her goal is to achieve the best results for her clients and she succeeds in doing so. Some of Ms. Bawaney's most recent successes include reaching favorable cash settlements for her clients against adversaries such as General Mills, State Farm, Pekin Insurance, The Village of Skokie and the Steeple Hill Condominium Association. Ms. Bawaney holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and Business Administration...
Joshua E. Stern
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Chicago, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 9 years experience
(847) 868-9584 161 N. Clark Street
Suite 1600
Chicago, IL 60601
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family
Emory University
Joshua E. Stern, Esq. is the founder and managing partner of the Law Offices of Joshua E. Stern, a boutique law firm located in Evanston and Chicago and specializing in divorce, matrimonial and family law.

Whether you are preparing to marry or are leaving your marriage behind, Joshua provides the legal expertise you need while lending an empathetic ear and remaining sensitive to the individual needs of each and every one of his clients. Because every matter is unique, Joshua takes the time to listen to what his clients want and outline their options, so they know what to expect as...
T. Phillip Boggess
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La Grange, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 23 years experience
(630) 429-9650 106 W. Calendar Ave. #286
La Grange, IL 60525
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business, Elder 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.
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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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.