Wills / Estate Planning / Probate
Estate planning and creating an effective will and/or trust, which achieves all your intended goals, require a tremendous amount of skill. That’s where an experienced estate planning attorney at our firm can help. With more than three decades of experience helping people resolve all of their estate planning matters McCarthy, Callas & Feeney, P.C. is well-versed in the law and knows how to find smart and effective solutions. Don’t hesitate to call us today to arrange a time to discuss creating or amending your existing will or trust or handle a loved one’s probate.
In the Quad Cities, many people who need advice about estate planning turn to the law firm McCarthy, Callas & Feeney, P.C. It’s never too early or late to create a will or speak with an attorney about your estate planning needs. The sooner you start the process, the more confident you can be that your wishes will be carried out in the event of an illness, your death or other unforeseen circumstances.
What legal issues need to be addressed in wills or estates?
When most people think about estate planning, they tend to think about wills. While the last will and testament is still the most commonly used and trusted estate planning tool, it is certainly not the only tool available. Other tools include:
- Jointly titled property
- Trusts (revocable trusts, irrevocable trusts)
- Living wills
- Powers of attorney
- Advanced directives for health care
- Payable on death (POD) (Illinois only)
Our estate planning attorneys believe that building a strong estate plan starts with listening. We want to hear from you about your specific legal needs. That way, we can work with you to develop a unique plan that helps you achieve your specific goals.
Why do I need a will or estate planning?
Without a will, your family could spend months in court and thousands of dollars trying to prove what your original intentions were before you died. Even if every family agrees on what should be done, your family will still have to go to court and go through the probate process. An iron-clad will or trust written by an experienced attorney is also less likely to be challenged by someone after your death.
How can an Iowa or Illinois estate lawyer help me with probate?
Probate has a negative reputation. In reality, in Illinois or Iowa, probate is a fairly streamlined process for administering a loved one’s estate. Even so, probate and other aspects of wills and estates can be complicated and confusing. That’s why it’s important to contact us as soon as possible. We can help you draft a will or another important estate planning tool that fits your specific needs. We can also guide you through the probate process.
Call McCarthy, Callas & Feeney, P.C. to schedule a free case evaluation.
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