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Lawyers like everyone marketing on the Internet likes a "catch phrase." Here is one of the more interesting lawyer catch phrases I found in an ad: "Prepared To Die?"
Sounds like the beginning of a sword fight doesn't! But it's From a Will, Trust and Deed Lawyer.
It may be blunt but it gets the point across. Most people, including most lawyers by the way, don't have a Will, powers of attorney or an Estate plan.
If you don't have these vital documents, the default position upon death for you is that the state of Illinois makes all of those decisions for you. In effect, your heirs at law receive your property, rather than those who you would pick. Not fair to leave your estate to those you would disinherit! That's what you do if you do nothing.
Also, If you become unable to act for yourself and you failed to designate the holder of the power of a attorney for your care, there may be a legal battle as to who will be your acting guardian. By creating a power of attorney you may designate your guardian ahead of time. Not a lawyer or necessarily a relative, but someone you choose who you really trust. Your choice of Guardian will trump a Court appointed guardian.
Our attorneys at our family lawyers at Martoccio & Martoccio are highly skilled in creating Wills, Trusts, Powers of attorney, Estate plans and Deeds. While you might not be prepared to die. You'll be prepared to live in peace knowing that your affairs are taken care of by you and not by the State of Illinois.
If you have questions or need help with your will, trust, or deed matter, call our DuPage County estate planning lawyers at 630-920-8855. We offer free initial consultations.