Whether planning the care or support of loved ones upon your death or wrangling with the probate process while mourning the loss of a loved one, the Law Offices of Kenneth D. Bellah can help with all aspects of trusts and estates issues, including:
You work hard for your family, so knowing that you have planned for their long-term well-being and financial security can bring you comfort. When devising an estate plan, we consider how best to protect your children, support your loved ones and contribute to the charitable causes that are special to you.
We thoroughly analyze your estate and strategize the best means of transferring your assets, minimizing taxes, establishing guardianship for your children, caring for your pets, supporting personal philanthropic causes, and protecting your loved ones.
A will is essential at every stage of your life. Your will provides you with the opportunity to distribute your property, establish care for your children and otherwise express your wishes upon your death. A will is necessary if you intend to leave property to somebody besides a blood relative, such as a domestic partner, friend or charity. If you die without a will, the court will determine how your property is distributed, who cares for your children and even what happens to your beloved pet, decisions that might not reflect your desires. We can draft a valid will that ensures your intentions are honored.
As your life changes, so might your estate plan. You may need to update your will throughout your life. We draft valid codicils that address changes in your financial situation, marital status, number of children, philanthropic interests and general lifestyle decisions.
The Law Offices of Kenneth D. Bellah helps people create trusts to ensure that their assets are properly managed and held for the future use of their family members or designated beneficiaries. The assets held by a trust can be used to pay for necessary medical, educational and health-related expenses for the trust’s beneficiaries. Because a trust is designed to exist for a certain period of time, the courts require that a trustee is chosen to administer and be responsible for the management of the trust. Trusts may be included in your will or as a separate legal entity. Sometimes trusts are used to avoid the probate process or to minimize estate and income taxes.
When disputes occur between beneficiaries, we successfully represent your interests. We have the extensive knowledge to challenge invalid wills or to defend valid wills against the improper assertions of dissatisfied beneficiaries. We negotiate between beneficiaries to preserve relationships or fastidiously pursue your rights in court when necessary.
If you have minor children, your will allows you to make decisions about their future care, especially crucial if you are a single parent or if both parents die in a common incident. If you do not name a guardian, the court will appoint a guardian for your children, and can make decisions adverse to your ultimate parenting goals. You can also make arrangements for your pets’ care in your will.. We can assist you.
The Law Offices of Kenneth D. Bellah serves clients throughout the Chicago area. Call us at 312-445-0508 or contact the firm online to arrange your consultation. We have Illinois offices in Chicago and Palos Heights, as well as a location in Sanderson, Texas.