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Estate Planning for Single Parents

What single parents need to know about estate plans to protect and provide for their families
No parent wants to think about not being there to raise their children, but preparing for the worst is the purpose of estate planning. Single …

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Understanding Appraisals

Everything You Need To Know About Appraisals and Real Estate Value Assessments
Home appraisals are a key step in any home buying or selling process. Most financial institutions will not lend to buyers without an appraisal, and most sellers use appraisals …

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New Year’s Resolution: Creating An Estate Plan

Why creating an estate plan early in the New Year will make for a worry-free year
The beginning of a new year is rich with possibility. It’s a chance to start fresh, set new goals, and (hopefully) stick to resolutions. Estate …

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10 Estate Planning Updates You Need To Make Before 2018

Refresh your estate plan to reflect any changes from the past year
A lot can happen over the course of the year personally, professionally, and financially. Before you know it, the New Year has begun and your estate plan is completely …

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How the GOP Tax Plan Affects Illinois Estates

Proposed federal legislation will significantly raise the estate tax exemption. Here’s what that means for Illinois residents.
The newly passed Republican tax bill includes provisions that raise the federal estate tax exemption limit. These changes will affect Illinois residents differently …