Wills, Trusts, Probate & Estate Planning Law

Rolling Meadows Estate Planning Lawyers


You’ve worked hard your whole life to provide for your loved ones. Make sure they are provided for with sound estate planning. Schedule an appointment with an experienced Illinois estate planning attorney.

There are many benefits to a well-crafted estate plan, including:

  • Avoiding Guardianship & Probate courts
  • Reducing probate costs by using independent probate when probate is required
  • Eliminating the bond fee in probate when probate is required
  • Naming beneficiaries outside of the statutory scheme
  • Naming the executor
  • Detailing the role of the executor
  • Detailing burial or final disposition requests
  • Naming the guardians of children who are minors
  • Providing for contingent beneficiaries/guardians and executors

Creating a will or trust requires the assistance of a knowledgeable attorney who can help you avoid unintended consequences. When it comes to drafting yours, work with an attorney you can depend on and someone who has the extensive knowledge and experience you need as you do some very important planning.

We have expertise in wills, trusts, probate, health care planning and estates.

Call Waltz, Palmer & Dawson today at 847-253-8800. Serving Arlington Heights, Mt. Prospect, Palatine, Schaumburg, Northbrook, Deerfield, Elk Grove, Barrington and the surrounding areas

Most people think of a will as a document important only when someone has passed away. In reality, it is highly useful to sort out complex details well before death in order to provide clarification for your loved ones. A living will can also provide instructions to family members about how to handle specific end-of-life situations.

Under Illinois law, in order for a written will to be valid, it must:

  • Be written by a person who is in an appropriate mental state and not under undue influence or duress
  • Be witnessed by someone who is at least 18 years of age and will not benefit from the estate.

Get the information and advice you need from an experienced trust planning attorney


A trust is a legal entity that can own or control assets, usually created as part of an estate plan aimed at protecting assets.

The person in charge of the actions of a trust is known as the trustee and the person who establishes the trust is called the settler or trustor. The person who the assets will benefit is known as the beneficiary of the trust. A trust generally benefits one or more lifetime beneficiaries and one or more after-death beneficiaries.

At Waltz, Palmer & Dawson, we ensure that your will or trust addresses your priorities and is executed appropriately. Our highly qualified lawyers will work with you and your family to ensure that there are no misunderstandings and that your wishes will be carried out as you see fit.

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Don’t leave anything to chance. Call the Estate planning attorneys at Waltz, Palmer & Dawson today at 847-253-8800.