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Detailing Illinois' intestate succession guidelines

Do you ever ask yourself why it seems as though so many in Mokena are concerned about what you do with your money? Why else would people keep saying that you need to start considering your estate planning? Many come to us here at Zapolis & Associates, P.C. with the same question, and we typically offer the same answer: It is all about control. You will work for a majority of your adult life acquiring assets; imagine if the power to designate how they will be dispersed is taken away from you? 

The advantages of trusts

As you plan for your family's future in Illinois, you may benefit from setting up a trust. There are several advantages to this form of estate planning, one of which could be avoiding probate. However, according to Forbes, the greatest advantage to having a trust rather than simply a will is the freedom to control the fate of your estate while you are living and alter it when you see fit. There are various types of trusts, depending on your situation, and you could tailor your estate to fit your family's specific needs. We at Zapolis & Associates, P.C. help our clients through the estate planning process.

How to choose a guardian

If you are a parent in Illinois, one of your greatest responsibilities is the care of your children. You may also have to consider who will assume that role if you are unable to do so. Choosing a guardian for your children is an extremely important decision, and it requires careful consideration of your values and priorities.  Here at Zapolis & Associates, P.C., we understand the gravity of this decision.

What are a guardian's duties?

The state of Illinois sometimes appoints guardians to care for disabled children or adults who cannot care for themselves independently. According to the Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commission, there are a few requirements for becoming a guardian: You must be a United States resident who is at least 18 years old, and you must have a clean record. Some organizations may qualify for guardianship status as well. The court is responsible for determining whether or not you are the best choice for the job. However, the person requiring assistance may express an opinion regarding who the guardian should be, and the court will take those wishes into consideration.

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