Estate Planning Toolbox

Most people need an attorney to draw up their will. An attorney can also advise you whether you need a trust, and they can draft Powers of Attorney that are tailored to your needs. Here are three resources that may help you find an attorney who specializes in estate planning.

  • Trusts and Estates: Selecting a Good Lawyer. Read the article at https://www.lawyers.com/legal-info/trusts-estates/trusts-and-estates-selecting-a-good-lawyer.html
  • Search for an attorney specializing in trusts and estates through the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel at https://www.actec.org/.
  • Some attorneys, accountants, and financial planners may hold the Accredited Estate Planner designation. You can search for them at http://www.naepc.org/designations/estate-planners/search#spec/All.

You can complete a Power Of Attorney yourself, using the statutory forms provided by your state. For Illinois, download the statutory forms using the following links:

 

 

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