At The Law Offices of Van A. Schwab in Chicago, we encourage all of our divorce clients to create wills or revise their existing wills at the conclusion of the marital dissolution process. If you have an existing will or trust that names your ex-spouse as the heir or beneficiary, he or she will receive those assets after your death, even though you are no longer married to him or her.
Do Not Leave All Your Assets To Your Ex-Spouse
Instead, we encourage you to think through whom you truly want to receive your property and assets when you pass away. As an accommodation, our attorneys can assist you in creating a trust or pourover will that fits your new situation in life.
Who Will Be Your Child's Guardian, Should The Unexpected Occur?
We can also discuss guardianship provisions with you, if you have minor children or children with special needs.
If you pass away, your child's other parent will obtain all parental rights and parenting time (barring any factors such as incarceration or a history of child abuse). If you and the other parent both pass away around the same time, however, the Illinois courts will need guidance as to whom you would want to care for your child.
Our lawyers can assist you with understanding the guardianship process and ensuring that your children will be physically and financially protected, should the unforeseen happen.
Request A Detailed Consultation About Your Legal Needs
Our founding attorney has more than three decades of experience serving clients throughout the Chicagoland area. He and our entire team are responsive, detail-oriented advocates who will take the time to understand your concerns and answer your questions. When you schedule an initial consultation, you can count on us to thoroughly review your situation and provide the guidance you need.
Call The Law Offices of Van A. Schwab at 312-702-1745 (in Chicago) or 847-208-4569 (in Skokie, Deerfield or Libertyville). You can also reach us via email. The initial $125 fee will be applied toward the retainer.