Matthew S. Payne is a Chicago-based attorney with a 20-year record of success in estate planning.

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Comprehensive Estate Planning & Probate Representation

Planning for the future by creating an estate plan can avoid confusion, disputes and heartache for your family if you should become incapacitated or pass away. No matter the size your estate, having a detailed estate plan is the best way to make sure your true wishes are carried out after you are gone. It is also critical to have a knowledgeable attorney on your side, who can present options to you and help you craft a plan that fits your needs.

At The Payne Law Office, Chartered, we are here to provide sound counsel when it comes to helping you draft and execute an estate plan and navigate the probate process. We believe in being detailed when it comes to looking at your situation, and we believe that personalized service is the key to effective representation.

We Are With You Each Step Of The Way

The bulk of our estate planning practice is helping everyday people plan for the future. From drafting wills and trusts to drafting powers of attorney and health care directives, we can help you make sure that your wishes are clearly articulated for the future.

Our Chicago estate planning lawyer can also help you learn about how to protect assets and avoid them passing through the probate process by using trusts. Trusts allow you to make assets available to a beneficiary right away if you become incapacitated or after you pass away. The probate process typically at least six months before your heirs can take possession of an asset – if the will is disputed or other issues arise, probate can drag on for years. Trusts can also be to avoid some taxes and provide .

Ways We Can Help You

We are here to counsel you about the estate tax and the exemptions that are currently available. Regardless of whether the estate tax is reinstated or abolished altogether, it is important to make sure your assets go to whom you wish them to, whether it be a relative, a friend, a charity, an organization or a university. Without an estate plan, your estate may be subject to the laws of intestate succession in Illinois, and this may result in your property or assets going to places and people you don’t want them to go.

When the time comes for your estate to be probated, we can handle that legal process as well. We routinely help people with supervised and unsupervised probate cases. Our goal is to make sure your wishes are carried out and that the process runs smoothly and efficiently for your family. We also handle adult disabled guardianships as needed.

Contact Us Today; Call Now

For an appointment, contact us online or call us at 773-897-5803 or toll free at 888-827-3077. Our office is conveniently located on the near Northwest side of Chicago, with easy access to the Daley Center, the Skokie courthouse, the Rolling Meadows courthouse and the Maywood courthouse. We accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express.

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