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Illinois Wills and Powers of Attorney Lawyers

DuPage County, Illinois Estate Planning Attorneys

At Roberts & Caruso, we have built this firm into a respected law firm dedicated to providing comprehensive estate planning services. Our attorneys cover a wide range of practice areas related to estate planning. We create and update wills, establish powers of attorney, and develop enforceable estate planning solutions. We litigate contested estates, wills and trusts in state and federal courts.

Our firm takes great pride in providing personal service and creating an atmosphere of understanding for our clients. We stress to our clients the importance of creating and maintaining an up-to-date estate plan.

Preparing and Updating Wills for Illinois Clients

Estate plans can include a collection of documents, such as a will, a living will, and powers of attorney. Each document manages specific aspects of a person’s life and assets. The most obvious purpose of a will is to define the final wishes of an individual for disposal of property upon death. Living wills and powers of attorney have an effect while the person is living. Living wills and powers of attorney state the intention  of a person while still alive regarding what type of medical treatment a person would choose to prolong his life, the intention of how third parties should handle a person’s financial matters, real estate, closely-held businesses, and other matters that are taken care of by agents or institutions. In Illinois, the Probate Act of 1975 protects the right of a person to exercise power over his or her estate according to his or her own wishes.

At Roberts & Caruso, we ask targeted questions to help create a comprehensive estate plan. We advise each client to review and update an existing will at regular intervals because needs and circumstances often change. Wills preserve your wishes for how your estate will be handled in the event of your death. By regularly reviewing and updating your existing will, you can ensure that your estate will be distributed according to your wishes.

Explaining Powers of Attorney in Illinois

Establishing powers of attorney helps you to legally turn financial and health-related matters over to a trusted loved one when you can no longer make such decisions. Powers of attorney are referred to as durable, meaning the powers remain in effect when you are no longer able to make decisions. In Illinois, there are two types of powers of attorney and both are governed by the Illinois Power of Attorney Act:

  • Health Care Powers of Attorney – This is a document used to name an agent and give the agent power to make decisions impacting health care treatment of the principal. The principal is the person who establishes the document.
  • Property Powers of Attorney – This is a document that names an agent to make financial decisions on behalf of the principal.

Are Living Wills and Powers of Attorney Connected?

You may be familiar with the term, “living will.” Unlike a regular will, a living will refers to your decision about life-sustaining medical treatments in the event of your incapacitation. Health Care Powers of Attorney can certainly work in conjunction with a living will. Our attorneys will work with you to help you make the right decisions about your future and the care of those you love.

Please contact Roberts & Caruso today to schedule a free initial consultation. We can discuss all of your estate planning options for wills, trusts, living wills, and powers of attorney. Should you choose to retain our attorneys, we will begin promptly and provide an unmatched level of communication and service. We have flexible appointments available at our offices in Wheaton, Illinois and Chicago, Illinois. We look forward to helping you.