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Wonder Lake, Illinois

Estate Planning Attorneys

Our estate planning team has kids (and grandkids!) of our own, so we know how important it is to plan for their safety.

We don’t want to make you feel anxious about the future, rather Diamond Estate Planning wants to provide you with the necessary documents and tools to tackle what’s to come.

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What is Estate Planning?

We only want what is best for our loved ones, so it only makes sense to do as much as we can for them now, planning for times when we are unable to make important decisions.

Whether it is deciding what happens to your children, what happens to you if you are unable to make major medical decisions, or who will be receiving your possessions, estate planning gives you the opportunity to make your wishes known.

Making note of those wishes and organizing them into a concrete plan is the bread and butter of estate planning. Our goal is to bring you peace of mind knowing that your family will be taken care of, no matter what happens in the future.

Why Work With Diamond Estate Planning?

Our team is aware of how exhausting this process can be. Thinking about major decisions can be daunting, but we’re here to walk with you through this process.

What can be helpful for people who are making their plan is knowing that planning should not be a one-and-done endeavor. Many significant changes in your life can justify changing your estate plan, so you must be ready to adapt to whatever life can throw at you if you want your estate to properly care for your family.

You may want to account for all possible occasions during your initial estate planning, but sometimes things happen that you can’t expect. In these unforeseen circumstances, our Wonder Lake, Illinois attorneys can help you update your estate plan.

We have a wide network of attorneys with a variety of knowledge, which is why the work that we do for you will even help prepare you for the unexpected. Our team approach helps make sure that all the details of your plan 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.

What Documents Are Part of an Estate Plan?

Here are some of the documents that are available to include in your plan:

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.

Why Having An Estate Plan Is So Important If You Have Children

You need to appoint someone you trust to take care of them, as well as a contingent if, for some reason, your first choice is unable to fulfill their obligations.

Guardianship is a huge undertaking that shouldn’t be agreed to lightly. You must discuss this with your desired guardian – and contingent guardian – beforehand so that they know what your wishes are.

Wills and trusts allow you to spell out the potential guardian(s) you have chosen for your children, as well as your wishes and desires for the children’s lives and futures.

Again, without an appointed guardian in place, the state will select one for you.

That’s why it is essential to have Diamond Estate Planning Law help you establish your choice of guardian in your will or trust.

Now What? Contact Diamond Estate Planning Law

If you’re ready to take your first step towards peace, feel free to contact us today. We are here to help protect your future, and our Wonder Lake attorneys will do all they can to customize your plan. Give us a call today at 779-704-5738 to schedule your first consultation with the Diamond Estate Planning team.

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