Haugh Law Group

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Estate Planning

Practice Areas

Center for Estate Planning and Asset Preservation

Center for Business Law and Commercial Real Estate


Scott Haugh, JD
Roselle, IL 60172

Valerie Haugh, JD
Roselle, IL 60172

Estate Planning

What is Estate Planning?

Estate planning encompasses many different elements. My first job as an Estate Planning/Asset Protection attorney is to make sure that what you have worked so hard to accumulate during your lifetime will be protected from creditors and predators so when you pass. those assets will be there for your heirs.

The next step is to craft documents that pass your assets to your heirs in a way that avoids the cost and time delays of the probate process, and can even protect the inheritance you leave your loved ones from their creditors, predators, divorce and bankruptcy.

Your Estate Plan must also provide for how you want your estate to be managed (and by whom) in the event of your incapacity.

An estate plan will include some or all of the following:

  • Last will and testament
  • Revocable trust
  • Power of attorney for Property
  • Power of attorney for Health Care
  • IRA beneficiary designations
  • Life insurance ownership and beneficiary change forms
  • Long-term care insurance
  • Bank and investment account beneficiary arrangements
  • Business ownership agreements
  • Prenuptial agreements
  • Deeds for real estate

What if I don’t have an Estate Plan?

This is called the “Hope Plan”. You hope the people you want will get your stuff, and that your family will take care of you if you are incapacitated.

With the Hope Plan, a Guardianship (for those incapacitated) or Intestate Proceedings (for those deceased) must be filed in the Probate Court. The State of Illinois is now in control of your stuff and the State decides who get it – and it most likely wont be the way you would have wanted it distributed.

Probate costs and attorney’s fees will be thousands of dollars and most likely exceed what the cost of planning would have been. Also, Probate can take several months, meaning your loved ones are without the assets you wanted them to have for a minimum of 9 months.

And your loved ones must suffer through this exhausting process at this difficult time. Almost every adult needs a plan to choose health care decision makers, people to manage financial matters during severe illness, and how assets will be distributed after death. Very wealthy people have different issues than people with more modest assets, but less wealth does not mean that a person has fewer planning needs. Complex family relationships often require detailed planning regardless of a person’s wealth.

We Can Help

Our attorneys have planned estates to reduce or avoid taxes, protect disabled beneficiaries, protect assets from business liability and healthcare expenses, and plan next generation family business ownership transitions.

Our attorneys help people cope with overwhelming legal, financial, and relational challenges that often accompany serious illness and death.

We help our clients wrangle finances and Medicaid applications to help them qualify for critical nursing home and home healthcare services.

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The attorneys of Haugh Law Group have been practicing for over 28 years. We have two separate and distinct practice groups. Our Center for Estate Planning, Elder Law and Asset  Preservation headed by Attorney Scott C. Haugh and our Center for Business Law and Commercial Real Estate headed by Attorney Valerie A. Haugh. We have found that most of our clients benefit from this broad range of experience since both are applicable to most business owners, investors and retirees.

We care for our clients, not just professionally, but personally, and are committed to providing the best legal representation they can have. If you are looking to have your matter handled efficiently and effectively and to establish a long term relationship of trust and counsel, then you can count on us.

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