From all of the attorney’s and staff of Kelley, Kelley & Kelley we want to let all of our clients and the public at large know that we are here with you and we are prepared to assist in these difficult times. We are here to offer services to you including virtual services and no-contact appointments. We are here to help you plan during difficult times such as these.
Powers Of Attorney: In times like these powers of attorney may be one of the most critical estate planning documents. In general there are two types of powers of attorney in Illinois. Power of attorney for property and power of attorney for health. A power of attorney for property allows your agent the ability to conduct and handle your financial affairs, including banking, bill payment, and managing other financial and physical property transactions. In order to be effective, at a minimum, it must be signed in the presence of a disinterested witness. A power of attorney for health care allows your agent to make health care decisions on your behalf in the event you are unable to. In order to be effective it must be signed in front of at least one disinterested witness.
Wills: This is the most common form of estate planning. Under Illinois law it must be in writing, it must be signed, and it must be signed in the presence of 2 witnesses. There are additional requirements for it be self authenticating in a court of law.
Revocable Trusts: This is one of the most important tools that a person can use for their estate plan. In times like these it is also a document that can give your trustee broad powers to conduct your affairs in the event you are unable to do so. In practice only the signature of the grantor is required to be effective.
Call our office or email one of our attorney’s directly to discuss your estate planning needs and how we can assist you with virtual appointments and no-contact appointments.
We are here for you and we look forward to working with our community in navigating this difficult time for us all.