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Hartand, Illinois

Estate Planning Attorneys

Everyone needs an estate plan – but many people don’t know what an estate plan is, or how to start creating one.

An estate plan is easy way for your spouse or loved ones to deal with your passing or becoming incapacitated. Having a plan in place can keep you in control.

At Diamond Estate Planning, our Hartand, Illinois estate planning attorneys are here to guide you through that process and make sure your wishes are protected. We want to make sure your kids, your property, and your legacy go to the loved ones you want.

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How Diamond Estate Planning Can Help

At Diamond Estate Planning, we take the time to understand your unique situation and guide you through the process, every step of the way. Our services include:

Advance Directive, also known as a Living Will

A living will is a document that tells your healthcare provider (or hospital) your end-of-life medical care if you become unable to communicate. For example, a living will clarifies whether you want to be on life support, etc.

Asset Protection

A good estate plan and organizing everything in a good trust can protect assets from family disputes.

Estate Planning Resources For Professionals

As a professional, you have a lot of personal exposure because of the possibility of malpractice claims. For many professional licenses, you can never get rid of your liability for negligence or malpractice. If you have a claim that is either declined by your professional malpractice insurance or that exceeds the limits, a good estate plan can protect your assets. Things like a land trust with a bank or title company can keep your name out of the public records for your home.


We create trusts that avoid probate (the process of your family going to court after you die). Our trusts clearly explain your wishes to your family and set up protections for minor children and family members on government assistance. Trusts can also direct your family to make charitable donations to causes you care about. Additionally, a trust can make sure specific items (like your grandmother’s wedding ring, a Gutenberg bible, your grandfather’s flag, the vintage Mustang) go to who you want to have them. A trust can spell out your wishes regarding who you want to take care of your children, and even your wishes for your pets. (Because we want to help you make sure Rover still gets his rubber Wall Street Journal every morning!)

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Wills spell out your wishes to your family. Like trusts, wills can make clear who you want to inherit what, as well as explaining your wishes for your children and your pets. Unlike trusts, however, your family still has to go to court after you die to access your money and distribute your property the way you wanted them to. Your will also becomes public record, whereas a trust does not.

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Wealth Preservation

Diamond Estate Planning can help with wealth preservation by making sure that when someone dies or becomes disabled, proper contingencies are in place. That way, you can control what will happen to your wealth and avoid possible loss or unnecessary legal expenses.

Power of Attorneys (POAs)

A power of attorney designates a person you trust to make health care or financial decisions for you if you can’t do them yourself. You also designate additional, backup people to step in if you first choice is unavailable. There are multiple types of POAs.

  • Health Care Power of Attorney: Spells out your wishes for your medical care, and end-of-life wishes in particular.
  • Power of Attorney for Property: Designates a person or people who can take care of your possessions, financial affairs, and real estate for you, if needed. This avoids needing a guardianship if you are temporarily incapacitated or disabled. Your power of attorney can conduct your affairs for you (write checks, pay bills, buy or sell real estate, etc.)

It’s important to note that these arrangements only work when you are alive. If you are your grandmother’s power of attorney and she passes away, you cannot do anything with her property (bank accounts, investment accounts and real estate) without either probating an estate or using a trust that she set up when she was alive.

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Health care power of attorney for minor children

Parents can set up a health care power of attorney for their children, giving someone other than themselves permission to take the child to the doctor or emergency room. One example could be if you are out of town for a long weekend or a long vacation without your child, or if your child is with a babysitter and you cannot get to the hospital or doctor to get them prompt treatment.

What if I need to Change My Hartand, Illinois Estate Plan?

At Diamond Estate Planning, we help you create an estate plan that works for you now and will grow with you as your family and estate grow in Algonquin, Illinois.

Life is unpredictable, and full of changes.

Your estate plan can and should reflect that.

If you leave something out of your will or trust, it could end up in probate court and may not end up where you want it to go. Therefore, the best practice with an estate plan is to change it as needed.

In these unforeseen circumstances, Diamond Estate Planning can help you update your estate plan.

There may family changes (new marriages, babies, or divorces), or there may be changes regarding your specific assets, which could include:

  • Properties and other real estate
  • Cars, furniture, and other personal possessions
  • Bank accounts (including 401K or simple retirement accounts)
  • Investments
  • Life insurance

What if I need to Change My Hartand, Illinois Estate Plan?

At Diamond Estate Planning, we help you create an estate plan that works for you now and will grow with you as your family and estate grow.

Our estate planning team has kids (and grandkids!) of our own, so we know how important they are, as well as how hard it is to plan for everything. We don’t want to make you feel anxious about the future. Instead, when you finish signing your documents, you’ll feel good about the plan you’ve put into place.

We have a wide network of attorneys with a wide variety of knowledge, which is why the work that we do for you will even help prepare you for the unexpected. We take a team approach to make sure that all the details are correct, ensuring that multiple people understand your file and your needs so you don’t end up waiting endlessly for one attorney who’s stuck in court to call you back.

Give Diamond Estate Planning a call today

Let us help you protect your loved ones and your assets. Our Hartand, Illinois team of estate planning professionals are ready to help. Call today to get started on your estate plan.

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