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Why Estate Planning Forms Are So Important

Posted by Sivia Law on Jun 12, 2019 12:00:00 PM

 

 

Many decisions we make include: where to eat dinner, what shoes to buy or where to go on vacation; however, very few make decisions involving who will inherit their assets after they’re gone. Although this topic is one that isn’t usually talked about, it is the only way to choose who gets everything that you worked so hard for. A stereotype associated with estate planning is that it’s only for the rich, but this is not the case. Below, lists four reasons why everyone should have an estate plan.

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Topics: Estate Planning, Estate planning lawyer IL

It's Estate Planning Awareness Week! Get started today!

Posted by Sivia Law on Oct 16, 2018 10:04:00 AM

 

Spare your loved ones the hassle and have peace of mind. What are some of the most important things you can do now? Here is a handy checklist!

1.) Gather important Documents & Contact Information - Property deeds, vehicle titles, official certificates (birth, marriage, etc.), etc. You need to gather & keep these in an easy to access location. 

2.) Execute a Last Will & Testament [Get started now]

3.) Complete Advance Directives or a Living Will - This would be your preference on treatment should you be incapacitated.Issues addressed include breathing tubes, feeding tubes, and other life-sustaining medical treatments.

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Topics: Living Trust, Will, elder law, Estate Planning, estate tax, special needs

New Year + New Laws = Outdated Estate Plan

Posted by Todd W. Sivia on Jan 5, 2016 10:39:53 AM

Todd Sivia, Managing Partner, Sivia Business & Legal Services

 

As 2016 begins, we reflect upon the joys and challenges we faced throughout the past year. Unfortunately, many people overlook how these joys and challenges affect estate planning. Often, the events that shape our lives the most also influence how we would want to take care of our loved ones. For example, have you experienced changes such as these in 2015:

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Understanding Veteran's Benefits & Eligibility

Posted by Todd W. Sivia on Nov 13, 2015 1:53:24 PM
Todd Sivia
Managing Partner, Sivia Business & Legal Services

 

In honor of Veteran’s Day, I wanted to talk about benefits available to Veterans and their spouses. The federal government offers a variety of benefits to Vets and their families, but many Vets are unsure how to access such benefits or aware of the eligibility requirements.

There are several benefits available, including education and training, compensation, home loans, rehabilitation, life insurance and pension offerings for Veterans and their dependents. Each benefit has its own eligibility requirements.

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Three Myths About Wills & Guns

Posted by Todd W. Sivia on May 18, 2015 12:01:47 PM
Todd Sivia
Managing Partner, Sivia Business & Legal Services

 

I have written estate plans for a lot of gun owners and I find that they are surprised to learn that transferring a gun is a lot different than willing other forms of personal property. Therefore, I feel it is important to address a few of the myths surrounding the passing down of firearms.

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