Chicago Estate Planning Attorneys

The Chicago estate planning lawyers of Peck Ritchey, LLC are here to help you make sure that your desires are met and your wishes for your family are made clear when you have passed. Getting your estate plans in order will help ease complications in the future. Estate planning allows you to be in charge of who owns and receives your property.

For over a 100 years, our firm has been dedicated to serving the community with regards to probate, trusts, and estates. Our attorneys are make our firm to be the success it is. Kerry Peck, a partner of the firm, received the Justice John Paul Stevens Award which is the Chicago Bar Association’s highest honor. He also served as the president of the Chicago Bar Association in the past. Our firm has earned a great reputation for our lawyers expertise in the complicated legal domain of trusts and estates. Consistently, our attorneys have been named among Super Lawyers, Top 40 Under 40, and Leading Lawyers in Illinois.

Our Estate Planning Services

Peck Ritchey, LLC offers a broad scope of estate planning services, including assisting clients with:

However, there is more to estate planning than the aforementioned services. We ensure that each client’s long-range plans are addressed with their unique needs in mind, whether those needs are simple or highly complex. Our careful attention to detail and broad legal experience make us one of Chicago’s premier estate planning firms.

Why You Need a Lawyer

Planning your estate is no easy task. While planning your estate on your own is doable, there are certain standards you must meet. And without the careful guidance of a lawyer, you may make mistakes. You may not even consider details, such as taxes, which are essential to planning an estate. This ultimately means your property might not be distributed the way you want. You may lose all control.

Estates need to follow rigid state laws and statutes in order to be valid. This process can be daunting. Thinking about death and planning ahead for it can be emotionally exhausting. Let the attorneys at Peck Ritchey, LLC assist you in handling your assets properly. We can tailor an estate plan to your needs. Our trusting lawyers are ready to help you any way you need.

The estate planning attorneys at Peck Ritchey, LLC can advise you in all of your estate planning needs, whether you are just beginning to build your estate or want to protect the wealth that you have amassed over a lifetime.

If you have minor children, estate planning can make sure that they are provided for, both personally and financially, upon your death or incapacity. Peck Ritchey’s attorneys are also experienced in same-sex estate planning.

Frequently Asked Questions

Trust, estate and tax laws are constantly changing. Peck Ritchey, LLC‘s attorneys counsel clients with up-to-date advice in order to properly plan their estates and protect the assets they build over a lifetime. We are here to help answer any questions you may have, and are just a phone call away at (855) 328-5787.

Who gets my estate if I don’t have a plan?

Without a valid estate plan, your property will be distributed according to the state probate laws. The Illinois statutes state that if you die and are survived by a spouse, then all of your property will go to them. If you are only survived by children, then your children will inherit all of your estate. However, if you are survived by both a spouse and children, then your spouse and children will each receive half of the estate.

Though, if you are not survived by a spouse or children, then the future of your estate gets more complicated. First, your estate will be divided equally and go to your parents and siblings. If that is not a viable option, then it will be disbursed equally amongst the rest of your family such as your cousins, nephews, uncles, etc. And, although it is not common, if you are not survived by anyone, then your estate will go to the state of Illinois.

What are the possible consequences of not having an estate plan?

One good reason to have an estate plan is to lower the cost of the probate process. These unnecessary fees can be huge. There may not be any disputes, yet you may have to pay a lot. Not to mention that a court could take a small percentage of your estate’s value.

Other consequences include the delay of your estate being implemented and a loss of your privacy. A simple probate can take longer than year. And during this time, anyone can access your private information from the court. This includes family members, organizations, and creditors; they will try to use your information to challenge the validity of your estate plan. With our attorneys, you don’t have to worry about the unneeded expenses, delays or loss of privacy.

How much does estate planning cost?

Estate planning depends on the size and value of your estate and the complexity of how you want it distributed. But, estate planning doesn’t have to be expensive. The lawyers at Peck Ritchey, LLC can help start your estate plan with what you can afford. We provide a free consultation to let you know how much it might cost you and find practical solutions with your financial capabilities. Don’t plan your estate alone in order to save money. experienced lawyers can provide you peace of mind while we prepare your documents properly.

Contact Us

Trust, estate and tax laws are constantly changing. Peck Ritchey, LLC attorneys counsel clients with up-to-date advice in order to properly plan their estates and protect the assets they build over a lifetime. Peck Ritchey, LLC has proven experience in effectively and legally reducing exposure to gift, estate, and inheritance taxes. We provide advice on estate planning techniques that can be used not only upon death, but during your lifetime to enable wealth to pass to your intended beneficiaries in the most tax-efficient manner possible.

The Chicago estate planning lawyers at Peck Ritchey, LLC are ready to protect your property. Now is the best time for you to plan your estate. Unfortunately, we can’t plan our death. However, you can take control of your assets and minimize complications in the future. Plus, knowing you have a plan created then you will know your family will be protected the way you want. Don’t wait. Beginning your estate planning today by contacting an attorney at Peck Ritchey, LLC at (855) 328-5787 for a free consultation.

Peck Ritchey’s attorneys are also experienced in same-sex estate planning.