What Do I Need to Do When a Loved One Dies?

What Do I Need to Do When a Loved One Dies

It’s easy to overlook an important task after a spouse or other loved one passes away – like retitling assets. It’s a little thing with big ramifications. Follow this checklist to help make a challenging time less confusing.

What Is an Estate Plan?

What Is an Estate Plan

Nobody wants to think about how their loved ones will cope when they die. However, it’s important to plan effectively to ensure a smooth transition of your wealth and worldly possessions — even if you’re young or feel like you don’t have much to leave behind.

What Is the Purpose of a Guardian?

What Is the Purpose of a Guardian

A frequent concern for those with aging loved ones is the future need for guardianship. Unfortunately, the concept of guardianship can be confusing and overwhelming.

What Should I Do with an Alzheimer’s Diagnosis?

What Should I Do with an Alzheimer's Diagnosis

Almost half a million new cases of Alzheimer’s disease will be diagnosed this year in the United States, according to the BrightFocus Foundation. Worldwide, someone develops some form of dementia every three seconds.

Estate Plans Can Protect against Exploitation

Estate Plans Can Protect against Exploitation

According to experts, despite increased phishing emails and robocalls, it is far more common for financial exploitation to be committed by people who know the victim, such as relatives, caregivers, neighbors, or ‘friends.’

Why Is It Important to have an Estate Plan?

Why Is It Important to have an Estate Plan

The new Federal Estate tax limit (above which Federal estate taxes will be payable) is $11,200,000.00 per person. Yes, most of us will not hit that limit, but 19 of the 50 states, Illinois included, impose an estate tax of their own ranging from .25% to almost 20% of your estate.