Attorney at Law

Licensed in Illinois and Missouri

836 North Market Street, Waterloo, Illinois 62298

Office:  (618) 939-6439                   Fax:    (618) 939-6449



Real Estate

Estate Planning



Estate Planning

Living Will

Provides direction to health care  providers concerning life sustaining measures; avoids legal battles over life support


Power of Attorney (Health Care)

Allows you to name an agent to act for you with respect to health care decisions; avoids guardianship proceeding


Power of Attorney (Property)    

Allows you to name an agent to act for you with respect to financial decisions; avoids guardianship proceeding



States who will receive your property after your death and who will administer your estate



Helps to keep your estate out of probate and provides for orderly administration in the event of incapacity; also allows for tax planning


Pre- & Post-Nuptial Agreements

Provides for disposition of assets in the event of dissolution of marriage or death



Process to transfer assets after death; requires court action and public notices


The use of Payable on Death (POD), Transfer on Death (TOD), and beneficiary designations

  • These designations help to avoid probate
  • These designations override conflicting provisions in wills and trusts
  • Effective January 1, 2022, Illinois allows TOD designation for all real estate


Putting children’s names on assets as owners

  • Not recommended due to creditor claims and tax issues


The importance of planning ahead

  • Helps ensure your estate is administered and distributed according to your wishes
  • Saves money
  • Saves your children or other heirs time and trouble
  • Consult with attorney after major life events:
    • Birth of child or grandchild
    • Serious illness or hospitalization
    • Death of spouse or child
    • Marriage, separation or divorce
    • Relocation out of state




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