Estate Planning For The Greater Chicago Area

A life-changing event in your family — such as the birth or adoption of a child, a divorce, medical diagnosis or the dissolution of a civil union — is a good reason to either create an estate plan or modify your existing estate plan to ensure that it reflects your current wishes and family circumstances.

Alexandra M. Goddard and Jessica L. Malmquist are Barrington-based estate planning attorneys with almost 60 years of experience as lawyers in Illinois. They have helped many clients draft wills, powers of attorney, trusts and other estate planning documents.

Choosing The Right Estate Plan For Your Personal Circumstances

Estate planning is about more than just signing a simple will. It is about selecting and drafting the appropriate documents and structures to meet your specific goals. We are experienced in assisting clients with all types of estate planning documents, including the following:

  • Wills: A will sets forth your wishes regarding who receives your property, who will be appointed as guardian(s) for your children and other matters in the event of your death.
  • Trusts: Many people include trusts in their estate plans to achieve specific goals, such as probate avoidance and appropriate financial arrangements for their minor children.
  • Powers of Attorney: Giving someone you trust a power of attorney makes it possible for him or her to take care of your financial and health-related affairs if you are unable to do so.
  • Living Wills: A living will supplements your health care power of attorney.

After a major life event, your old estate plan may no longer be adequate. For example, after a divorce, you will not want your former spouse to inherit your property. After the birth of a child, you may want to create a trust and name a guardian. We can help you identify the appropriate steps to take if you have never done any estate planning and now you wish to do so.

Contact An Experienced Illinois Will And Trust Attorney Today

We provide each of our clients with personal attention backed by our extensive experience in estate planning and family law. To schedule a consultation to discuss your estate planning needs, please contact our firm, Goddard & Malmquist, today at 847-382-3995 or by email.