Rockford Family Law And Estate Planning Blog

Who needs an estate plan?

Some Illinois residents might not think they need an estate plan for several reasons. People might think if they’re not rich then they don’t need an estate plan, or that they can hold off on it till they’re older. The reality is that estate planning is a crucial part...

Why your estate plan needs a certificate of trust

Living trusts are important to estate planning. They're used to protect assets and to avoid probate. Trusts offer many tax benefits, establishing your loved ones' financial security in Illinois. But to fully understand the potential of a trust you need to have an...

What is a gray divorce and why does it happen?

Gray divorce refers to the phenomenon of Illinois couples over the age of 50 ending their marriages. It’s estimated that by 2030, gray divorces will triple as more and more older couples call it quits. What’s driving up the rate of gray divorces? Divorce numbers in...

Why you shouldn’t rely on an online will

Having a last will and testament is a must for all Illinois residents, but many people choose to use an online portal that they think will suffice for a simple final directive. The truth is that this may not be the best decision because wills can be contested...

First steps to creating your estate plan

Everyone in Illinois has a reason to do some estate planning. Even if you own very little property, planning ahead can save your family from a lot of headaches in the future. When a person dies with no estate plan, their assets must go through the probate process,...

Tips for successful shared parenting time

Co-parenting couples in Illinois face many hurdles when trying to successfully raise children together after divorce. Admittedly, the pressures of traveling between two homes, meeting new spouses and adhering to crazy schedules can be hectic for the children involved....

What are the signs of divorce stress in children?

Filing for divorce is a major, and often life-changing, decision. Even if you are on amicable terms with your current spouse, your children are likely to experience the effects and aftermath of the divorce. When you have children and are going through a divorce in...