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WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO PLAN? The answer is simple—NOW.

Summer is coming to an end and kids are going back to school.  Summer vacations are now memories and we will all be back on schedules (if we were ever off them!).  Take some time in the next couple of months to consider your estate plan – whether doing it for the first time or updating -- before the fall and winter holidays take hold of you.  This is really important for you and your...
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IS THERE A DISCONNECT BETWEEN YOUR WILL OR LIVING TRUST AND YOUR ASSETS?

  Do you have a Will?  Or a Revocable Living Trust?  Does this document say how your assets will be divided among your family members at your death?  Example – “I leave everything to my children in equal shares.” Now think about your assets.  Have you added someone as a joint owner on your bank accounts or real estate for convenience or for some other reason?  Have y...
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OUR DIFFERENT BUCKETS

Consider the various buckets you have – maybe you have a bucket of cleaning supplies, or a bucket (think, basket) of laundry that needs to be washed or folded and put away, or a bucket (think, cup) of pens, pencils, markers, paper clips and other miscellaneous office supplies.[/caption] Now think about figurative buckets in your life - perhaps your outstanding bills and debts that ne...
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NEW BABY

So you just had a baby…Congratulations! A new baby, whether it’s your first or fourth, is such an exciting and happy time. You want to cherish every moment – yes, even those sleepless nights and zombie-like days you experience because of a lack of rest! You want to be the best mom or dad and do everything right. You’ve probably been reading parenting magazines (or...
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A TRUST FOR YOUR BEST FRIEND!

Did you know you can set up a Trust for your dog, cat, bird, horse, or even guinea pig, to be sure they will be taken care of after you’re gone? It’s true. Illinois’ Pet Trust Statute has been in existence since 2005, and it allows you to provide in your Revocable Living Trust or Last Will and Testament that one or more Trusts will be created and maintained for the sole benefit of your pet o...
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