Rockford Family Law And Estate Planning Blog

4 different types of health care directives

A health care directive allows you to make decisions about what medical treatment you would or would not like to receive in the future and communicate your wishes to your doctor and loved ones. Your health care directives take effect in the event that a medical...

Can your job increase your chances of divorce?

In marriages across the country, similarities have popped up between the leading factors that eventually tear a couple apart. For example, financial matters have driven a wedge between pairs for decades. However, recent discoveries shine a light on the fact that it...

Is accepting lump-sum spousal support a good idea?

If you stayed home to raise the kids while your soon-to-be ex-spouse worked, you may worry about your ability to support yourself after your marriage ends. Fortunately, like in other places, Illinois allows divorcing spouses to request spousal maintenance, sometimes...

Durable power of attorney laws in Illinois

If you get sick to a point where you cannot make medical and financial decisions for yourself, you will need someone you trust in Illinois to make these decisions for you. Nominating a durable power of attorney is crucial when creating your estate plan. Here are some...

What revocable trusts can and can’t do

When creating your estate plan in Illinois, you have a right to create a trust to protect your assets. The legal formation of a trust gives you a way to shelter your assets, keeping them from taxes, creditors and even fraud. Though every trust has a trustee to manage...

Should you delay your divorce?

Going through the steps to end a marriage can be difficult, especially in an uncertain economy. If you're an Illinois resident considering divorce while unemployed or underemployed, here are some of the issues to consider when it comes to delaying divorce. Are support...

Reasons for an estate plan

Estate planning is essential if you want to grow your assets and protect them against uncertainty. Choosing who to give your assets to when you die and the circumstances in which your beneficiaries receive your property is what estate planning does. Illinois estates...

Hiding assets in divorce

In Illinois or any other state, divorce is a legal process with rules about dividing assets. If either party tries to hide financial assets or lie about their income, debts, expenses and so on, there are severe consequences. It is common for one spouse to try to keep...

5 advantages in collaborative divorce

Collaborative divorce remains a realistic and solid option that some couples pursue when ending their marriage. The two parties work together to come up with agreements on issues, including division of assets, parenting time, allocation of parental responsibility and...