Illinois Trust Litigation Attorneys
Estate planning is important for every family: Without a will and any necessary trusts, the government - not you - will decide who gets your assets after death. Estate planning is even more critical for farm families and family businesses. Without proper advice from experienced estate planning attorneys, estate taxes (also known as inheritance taxes or death taxes) can eat into a family's assets.
The experienced and respectful estate planning attorneys at Featherstun, Gaumer, Postlewait, Stocks, Flynn & Hubbard have years of experience crafting successful estate plans for individuals, farm families and family businesses. Don't wait another day to make a plan for your assets after death - contact our offices today to schedule an estate planning appointment.
Wills, Trusts, Estate Planning
Our firm can help you create a will that designates what you want to happen to your property. We can handle succession planning for your farm or business, and draft trust instruments as well. A trust can safeguard funds, avoid taxes and benefit loved ones and worthy institutions. A revocable or irrevocable trust may suit your needs best.
Probate Litigation and Trust Litigation: Will Contests and Challenging a Trust
Will contests most often arise when a person rewrites a will shortly before dying. In such a case, questions arise about whether the person was mentally capable of making inheritance decisions. Questions may also arise about whether a beneficiary exerted undue influence on the person writing the will. If you are on either side of a will contest, your interests will be well protected if you select an attorney from Winters Featherstun. We have the background in estate planning combined with proven trial skills to fight vigorously for your interests.
We are also available to represent any party in trust litigation. Trust litigation often arises if a trustee is being challenged for failing to follow the purpose of the trust (also called breach of fiduciary duty) or if the actual purpose of the trust is being challenged as improper.
Protecting Your Health and Your Property
Estate planning is not just about making a plan for the distribution of your assets after death. With a strategically designed estate plan, you can also protect your own health in your elder years. Tools such as advance health care directives, living wills and powers of attorney help you keep control of your health care decisions and your financial affairs until your final days. Without such legal tools in place, you could be placed under the care of a family member or even the government if you become physically or mentally incapacitated.
Contact Our Effective and Dedicated Estate Planning Attorneys
Immediate and confidential appointments with our knowledgeable estate planning lawyers are available. We can be reached by telephone at 217-429-4453 or using the e-mail form on the Contact Us page of this Web site.
Our law firm is proud to be AV®-rated under Martindale-Hubbell's peer review rating system*
FEATHERSTUN, GAUMER, POSTLEWAIT, STOCKS, FLYNN & HUBBARD
225 N. Water St., Suite 200
Decatur, IL 62523
P.O. Box 1760
Decatur, IL 62525-1760
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Near Central Park
Featherstun, Gaumer, Postlewait, Stocks, Flynn & Hubbard proudly serves business and individual clients throughout central Illinois, including Decatur, Champaign, Bloomington, Springfield, Monticello, Charleston, Peoria, Tuscola, Clinton, Sullivan, Shelbyville, Taylorville, Lincoln, Danville, Effingham, Vandalia, Paris, Marshall, Toledo, Salem, Newton, Paxton, Galesburg; and Macon, Champaign, Moultrie, Sangamon, McLean, Peoria, Logan, DeWitt, Piatt, Christian, Shelby, Douglas, Coles, Vermillion, Fayette, Effingham, Tazewell, Edgar, Cumberland, Clark, Crawford, Jasper, Marion, Knox and Livingston counties.
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