A Comprehensive Estate Plan Protects Those You Love
Most people realize how important it is to protect their hard-earned assets and put legal documents in place so the property is passed to loved ones in the manner they choose. But proper estate plans are among the most neglected tasks among adults of all ages.
We work with a wide range of clients, some who have complex assets that require trusts and other advanced estate planning tools, and others who are well-served with a straightforward estate plan consisting of a will and powers of attorney for health care and financial matters.
Our team helps individuals and families develop comprehensive estate plans that include only those instruments you need to accomplish your objectives. Because our firm also serves a diverse range of clients in business law, including business succession, we are able to incorporate the important aspects of owning a family business into the estate plans that we create.
A Personal Approach To Helping You Protect Your Assets
Developing a comprehensive estate plan requires a great deal of thought about the loved ones in your life and how you want the assets you have accumulated over your lifetime to be distributed upon your death. You also will be clarifying your wishes regarding medical and financial decisions and designating someone to make those decisions on your behalf if you become incapacitated.
At Bruckert, Gruenke & Long, we understand how personal these decisions are and how legally complex they can be. That is why we emphasize a highly personal approach with every estate planning client we assist. If we have the privilege of working with you, we will take the time at the front end of the process to learn about you, your family and your objectives regarding the distribution of your assets.
Life changes often require updating your estate plan. If you have an existing estate plan that has not been reviewed in five years or more, it is a good idea to have us review it with you to make sure it still accomplishes your goals. Call 618-589-1152 or 866-901-6137 toll free.
Experience That Instills Trust
John Long, our most experienced estate planning attorney, has practiced law since 1975. He has served multiple generations of many of our clients’ families. Estate planning is loaded with legalese and industry jargon, but Mr. Long and others will explain things in terms that are easy to understand. We assist clients in a wide range of estate planning matters, including:
- Drafting wills and establishing trusts to protect your assets and make your wishes known regarding heirs
- Establishing powers of attorney that will designate someone you trust to make decisions regarding financial and health care measures if you are unable to
- Creating a living will that lets you specify decisions about artificial life support in advance.
- This ensures your wishes will be heard and protects your loved ones from having to make these difficult, deeply personal choices for you
- Estate administration assistance if you are named the executor of a will
- Planning for retirement by structuring assets and estate planning tools to effectively accomplish your overall goals
The Time To Address Your Estate Plan Is Now — Schedule A Consultation
We invite you to schedule a meeting to discuss your estate planning needs with a lawyer. Call or use our online contact form to reserve your time. We serve clients throughout southwest Illinois from offices in O’Fallon and New Baden.