The death of a loved one can leave families with a daunting array of legal steps and processes that must be completed. Whether you are contesting a will or trust, disputing a guardianship arrangement, or simply need to open an estate for a deceased family member, you need experienced legal representation immediately. An attorney at our Chicago firm can help you manage these legal challenges and obtain justice for your loved ones.
Our team is committed to delivering the highest-quality legal services with compassion and respect for our clients’ needs. We handle a wide variety of estate planning, probate, and litigation matters. Our clients include executors, trustees, heirs, family members, and beneficiaries. We can help you plan your estate and avoid lengthy probate proceedings that can deplete your assets. We can also assist with the creation of trusts that can protect your property from creditors and predators and ensure that your wishes are carried out precisely after your death.
An estate planning lawyer can create a legal document that clearly states your wishes regarding your property and assets after your death, as well as name a guardian for any children you have. Our attorneys can also draw up documents such as power of attorney and advance health care directives that allow you to appoint someone to make medical decisions on your behalf in the event of incapacitation, and durable powers of attorney for finances that give another person authority to handle your money matters.
If you are the beneficiary of an estate, you may need to open a probate proceeding. This process is overseen by a court, and it can be complicated and time-consuming. A qualified Chicago probate attorney can take charge of the process for you, completing all necessary paperwork and filings, publishing public notices, and naming an “executor” or “representative.” Our lawyers can even litigate any claims against the estate from creditors or other family members.
Probate can become emotionally difficult for family members after a loved one’s death, especially if disputes arise over the terms of the will or how the estate is being administered. Our Chicago probate lawyers can help ease these stresses with a thorough knowledge of the law and compassion for your family’s situation. We can also defend executors and heirs against allegations of misconduct.
When you are ready to discuss your estate plan, contact an experienced Chicago Wills & Trusts Attorney at Hays Firm LLC for a no-obligation consultation. We are available to meet you at your home, office, or other convenient location if you have a busy schedule. Alternatively, we can discuss your case over the phone or via video conference. We are a nationally recognized law firm and serve clients throughout Illinois, including in the cities of Chicago, Naperville, Joliet, Waukegan, and Orland Park. Call today to set up your free appointment.