Belleville Estate Planning Lawyer

At the law firm of Judith Trentman Wilson, Attorney at Law, P.C., I work closely with individuals and families in Illinois who are seeking to plan for the future or handle the immediate reality of administering a loved one's estate. As an experienced estate planning and probate lawyer, I can help you resolve these often complex and emotional issues in a way that protects your rights and the best interests of your family.

Estate Planning

Making the decision to create an estate plan is pivotal for making your wishes known regarding your estate, health care needs and financial security should you become incapacitated or at the time of your death. I will work with you to create a tailored estate plan that will protect your rights and interests, as well as those of your loved ones.

My practice in this area includes issues such as last will and testament, trusts and powers of attorney. In preparing a will, I can help structure the title on property in a way that avoids the need for probate during estate administration.

Estate Administration And Probate

In addition to preparing estate plans, I also assist families with estate administration, probate and disputes. Probate is a must in situations where there is real estate still in the name of the deceased. I can assist you as you go through the probate process to obtain a clear title or have bank accounts released. This is the only way to accomplish this for real estate and assets in the name of the deceased that are worth more than $100,000.

There is a common misconception that attorneys take a percentage of the estate in probate. This is not true. Probating an estate is much more affordable than commonly understood.

Power Of Attorney

Designating a power of attorney allows a trusted individual, usually a family member, to make important decisions about your finances and health care in the event you become incapacitated or otherwise unable to make these crucial decisions on your own. Having powers of attorney in place now can avoid the need for your family to seek a guardianship later on and provide you with peace of mind as you will choose who you want to make these decisions.

O'Fallon Probate Attorney

To consult with an experienced Belleville estate planning attorney about your options and rights, please contact me for a free consultation.