Establishing Living Trusts

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A “trust” is an arrangement that allows you to appoint a trustee to hold and manage property for the benefit of another person, known as a beneficiary. In a “living trust,” you can appoint yourself as the primary trustee, allowing you to make decisions regarding the management and passing of property to your beneficiaries upon your death, essentially eliminating the need for probate court. This can make things easier for your loved ones at the time of your passing, sparing your family of the costs and complexities of dealing with Illinois’s probate law.


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Since 1980, Kaufman Law Group has helped thousands by offering compassionate and wise legal counsel. Our experienced Northbrook and surrounding Northern Suburbs estate planning and probate lawyers are eager to sit down with you and help you get your affairs in order. We can walk you through the complexities of Illinois’s legal system and help ensure your wishes are carried out.

How Do I Make a Living Trust?

Creating a living trust in Illinois has a few requirements. Our attorneys can take you step-by-step through the process and make sure that your trust is legally sound.

To create a living trust, the following actions must be taken:

  1. A trust document must be drafted, naming trustee(s) and beneficiaries.
  2. The document must be signed and notarized.
  3. Property is to be transferred to the trustee.

If you name yourself as the primary trustee, it is important that you name a successor to take over in the event of your death. Along with a living trust, establishing a will is highly important. This provides a backup of sorts for any property that doesn’t make it into your trust, such as newly acquired property after the drafting of your living trust document. You can name someone in your will to inherit any property that is outside the bounds of your living trust.

Plan for the Future Today With Kaufman Law Group

While nobody wants to entertain the thought of their own death, it is important that you ensure that your loved ones are well taken care of after you are gone. For more than 30 years, the Northbrook elder law attorneys at Kaufman Law Group have provided top-notch legal advice to residents of Northbrook and have garnered a solid reputation for excellence. With one-on-one, personalized care, our firm can give you the service you deserve and make sure your future is in good legal shape.

Give us a call at (847) 521-4909 to get started towards creating a living trust with the help of our skilled legal professionals.

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