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Wills, Trusts, Estate Planning & Guardianship Lawyers

Helping Indiana and Illinois families plan for the future

Strategizing an estate plan provides security to your loved ones and financial benefits to you. The estate planning attorneys at Rubino, Ruman, Crosmer & Polen have more than a century and a half of combined experience helping families plan for the future. We strive to do so promptly and with sensitivity to your needs. We can assist you with all of your estate issues, including:

  • Estate planning
  • Wills
  • Trusts
  • Guardianships
  • Powers of attorney to handle healthcare, disability and end-of-life issues

Dying without a last will

If you die intestate — meaning without a last will — the state does not get your property. Certain estate planning tools may render a last will unnecessary by directing distribution of your property through those instruments. A last will does not determine who receives property that is jointly owned or that has a designated beneficiary, for example.

Governed by state intestate laws, the probate court usually decides what happens to the property of a person who dies intestate and you risk that the court will act in a manner that is inconsistent with your objectives and desires if you fail to draft a valid last will.

Creating an estate plan through wills and trusts

A well-devised estate plan empowers you to care for your family after you die. Certain estate planning techniques — including some trusts — can also provide you with effective investment opportunities and tax advantages during your lifetime. We analyze your individual circumstances and estate planning goals to tailor an effective strategy. Every person’s situation is different and requires a unique approach to:

  • Distributing assets to your heirs