Will Attorneys in Libertyville
Helping Clients Create & Maintain Wills in Lake County
Having a will ensures that your assets are distributed according to your wishes, without leaving room for disputes or misunderstandings. At Evans Legacy Law Group LLC, we’re sensitive to the emotional weight of this topic, but we also know the peace of mind that comes with a well-prepared will.
What a Will Accomplishes
When it comes to wills, most people immediately think about the division of assets—your house, car, jewelry, and other valuables. While it’s true that specifying how your material assets will be divided is a central function, a will can do so much more for you and your family, especially within the specific legal landscape of Illinois.
For starters, if you have minor children, failing to name a guardian in your will means that the court will decide who takes care of them if something happens to you. And that decision may not align with your wishes. By naming a guardian, you can be sure your children will be implicitly in the hands of someone you trust.
Another crucial aspect is the appointment of an executor—someone who will manage and finalize your estate according to the wishes outlined in your will. Without this designation, the court appoints someone you might not have chosen. The executor carries out tasks such as distributing assets, paying debts, and even filing taxes on behalf of your estate.
Your will can also serve as a tool to contribute to causes or organizations you care about. You can specify charitable contributions, making your altruistic legacy live on past your lifetime. In Illinois, there are certain rules about charitable bequests that we’ll make sure you understand and adhere to.
Lastly, your will can contain your wishes regarding your funeral or how you’d like your online life to be managed, like deactivating social media accounts or preserving digital assets. Essentially, a will provides a comprehensive roadmap for your loved ones, guiding them through an emotionally tumultuous time. By covering these diverse elements, your will becomes a legal document and a meaningful message to those you care about.
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Common Missteps When Writing a Will
The internet is teeming with DIY will templates that seem convenient and cost-effective. However, the problem lies in the details—or rather, the lack of them. Illinois has strict laws governing what a will should contain and how it should be executed. Small errors, like a missing witness signature or ambiguous wording, could invalidate your will. Don’t compromise on something so important. We ensure your will complies with Illinois laws and genuinely reflects your intentions.
When to Update Your Will
Our lives are ever-changing—a fact that your will should reflect. Whether you’re welcoming a new family member or have gone through a divorce, your will needs to be updated accordingly. In Illinois, not updating your will can lead to unintended consequences like assets going to an ex-spouse or newly born grandchildren being excluded. At Evans Legacy Law Group LLC, we suggest regular reviews of your will, making necessary updates to keep it aligned with your life circumstances. Because when life changes, your will should too.
Tailoring Your Will to Your Needs
A generic will simply can’t address the nuances that make your situation unique. Perhaps you have a family business to consider, or maybe you wish to leave a portion of your estate to a charity close to your heart. A custom will can even spell out your preferences for your pets’ care. Whatever your needs, we work closely with you to tailor your will to align perfectly with your goals and offers the most benefit to you and your loved ones in Illinois.
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If creating a will feels overwhelming, you don’t have to go it alone. At Evans Legacy Law Group LLC, we’re passionate about helping you secure your legacy for future generations.
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