Illinois Wills and Trusts Lawyers
At Jill M. Metz & Associates, we offer comprehensive estate planning services on behalf of clients throughout Illinois. As with powers of attorney for health care and property, we are able to execute wills and trusts for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and couples throughout the state of Illinois. Careful estate planning can play a vital role in the protection of your assets and your family. Jill M. Metz & Associates provides a high level of client service that has resulted in the cultivation of many long-standing client relationships.
Two of the core estate planning documents that play a crucial role in most estate plans are wills and trusts. A validly executed will is essential. Without a will, your property will be passed to your heirs by the laws of intestate succession. To pass your property to your beneficiaries in the manner you desire, a carefully drafted and executed will is necessary.
Protecting Your Assets With Trusts
While wills clarify who will receive your assets, trusts play an essential role in asset preservation. Through the use of trusts, you may minimize or potentially eliminate your exposure to federal and state estate taxes. Trusts also allow you to help your beneficiaries limit probate costs, which can be significant.
Estate Planning for Lesbian and Gay Couples
For more than 30 years, our attorneys have been proudly serving the LGBTQ community. Since a majority of our clients are lesbian or gay individuals or couples, we are in a unique position to identify critical estate planning issues that affect the rights and financial interests of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender clients. Whether you are starting a relationship, involved in a long-term relationship or need to revise your estate planning documents following the end of a relationship, you can rely on us for the experienced and knowledgeable representation you need.
While Illinois has recently enacted legislation that enables lesbian and gay couples to enter into a civil union, many states throughout the country and the federal government do not recognize civil unions, and moving and traveling can affect the protection afforded by your civil union. Whether or not you are in a civil union, it is critical that same-sex couples have in place a comprehensive estate plan that defines your wishes regarding the distribution of your estate, your wishes regarding critical health care decisions and your wishes regarding other vital matters that will affect you and your loved ones.
Contact Jill M. Metz & Associates
To schedule a consultation with one of our Chicago estate planning attorneys, call 773-878-4480 or contact us by e-mail. Our office is located in Chicago, Illinois, and we look forward to working with you.
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