160 S. Municipal Dr. Suite 100, Sugar Grove, IL 60554

Sugar Grove Estate Planning and Probate Attorney

Illinois Estate Planning and Probate Lawyer

Lawyer for Wills and Trusts in Kane County

At the Law Office of James F. White, P.C., we understand that it can be very difficult to plan for an uncertain future. It is especially challenging, in many cases, to look beyond one's own lifetime, and you may not even be sure of where to start. Fortunately, our team is here to help. We offer a wide range of estate planning and estate administration services to individuals and families throughout Kane County and the surrounding areas. Our team has the experience and resources to assist in the development of wills, trusts, living wills, powers of attorney, and other estate planning tools that can benefit your family for generations to come.

North Aurora Estate Planning Law Firm

There is no such thing as a "standard" estate plan. While your situation might be quite similar to that of another individual or family, no two sets of circumstances are truly the same. In order for your estate plan to be most effective, it must be customized to address your unique needs, values, goals, and family situation.

When you decide to work with the Law Office of James F. White, P.C., you put a law firm on your side that will make you and your family a priority. Our goal is to help you give your family the peace of mind and the security they deserve by developing a comprehensive estate plan that might include:

  • A Last Will and Testament: A will is generally the foundation of a good estate plan. Your will gives you the ability to bequeath property to your named heirs, give to a charity, and nominate a guardian for your children;
  • Trusts: Your estate plan may utilize different types of trusts to protect your property and transfer it to your chosen beneficiaries. Our team will help you decide which kinds of trusts to use in your situation;
  • Powers of Attorney: A power of attorney gives another person the authority to make decisions on your behalf in case you cannot make them for yourself. Illinois law recognizes powers of attorney for property and health care; and
  • A Living Will: A living will is an advance medical directive that addresses the types of medical care that you wish to receive or not receive if you were to become incapacitated and unable to express your wishes.

Probate and Estate Administration in Hinckley and Elburn

Under the Probate Act of 1975, most estates valued at more than $100,000, not including jointly owned assets, life insurance proceeds, and certain retirement funds, must be administered through the process of probate. The process is intended to validate the decedent's will, ensure that his or her property is allocated to heirs in accordance with the will, and to settle all debts claimed against the estate. Depending upon the size, nature, and complexity of the estate, probate can be completed fairly quickly and easily, or it can be an expensive, time-consuming endeavor.

If you have been selected as the executor of a loved one's estate or as a trustee, the team at the Law Office of James F. White, P.C. stands ready to provide the assistance you need during a difficult time. We will work with you to ensure that you fully understand your responsibilities so that you can fulfill them in accordance with the law and your loved one's wishes. Our lawyer can represent the estate in court, arrange meetings with financial experts to allow you to make informed decisions, and provide representation and advice in the event of a contested will or trust. We will also assist you with locating beneficiaries and settling debts of the estate so that probate can be completed quickly and without undue complications.

Call 630-466-1600 Today

If you have questions about estate planning or probate in Illinois, contact our office to get the answers you need. Call 630-466-1600 to schedule a free, confidential consultation with a qualified estate planning professional today. Our firm serves clients in Sugar Grove, Aurora, Naperville, St. Charles, Geneva, Batavia, Oswego, Montgomery, Yorkville, North Aurora, DeKalb, Kaneville, Maple Park, Elburn, Hinckley, DeKalb County, Kane County, DuPage County, and the surrounding areas.


160 S. Municipal Dr. Suite 100, Sugar Grove, IL 60554

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