Hedeker Law is a professional law corporation that specializes in elder law, probate, wills, trusts and conservatorships. We counsel clients on the unique legal issues relating to advancing age. Whenever possible, we prefer to help clients plan for the future, avoid probate, minimize taxes and solidify their legacy. We also help clients plan for possible incapacity and long-term care. We help our clients deal with issues of aging with independence and dignity. In addition to estate planning, our firm has considerable experience helping victims of elder abuse. Our firm has aggressively pursued remedies and recovered assets belonging to our elderly clients where unscrupulous individuals have taken advantage of the elderly because of diminished capacity or other impairments.
Asset & Business Planning
When you work hard to acquire assets, you must take steps to protect what you’ve earned, and business owners are especially vulnerable to litigation. An experienced attorney can assist you in choosing an appropriate structure for your organization, set up contracts to protect your personal investment in the business, and keep your personal assets safe. Don’t leave the future of your business—your personal future—to chance.
Family-Owned Businesses & Farms
You have worked hard for your entire life to leave behind a legacy, but unfortunately, more than 70% of family businesses won’t survive a transition to the next generation. The probate process and fighting among heirs can both undermine business operations, but the one issue that most commonly plagues a business are estate taxes. By using strategic methods of transferring ownership, Medicaid planning, incorporation, trusts, and joint-ownership, we can help to prevent your loved ones having to face selling off what they inherited in order to pay taxes for it. We can help you to create a plan today that will protect your family legacy tomorrow.
Financial Planning Assistance
Earning and accumulating money can give you financial freedom and allow you to provide for your family—but you need to take care of what you earn. This means thinking ahead to what long-term goals you hope to accomplish and to the legacy you plan to leave behind and developing a plan for now that will help you to build a strong future. Good financial planning is they key to success for everyone whether they are single or married and have families or not. A skilled attorney can help you protect your money and assets from creditors, plan for the transfer of a family business, develop effective tax strategies, protect your children’s inheritance, and more.
LGBTQ Estate Planning
For lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people in the Lincolnshire, IL area, the question of what is available to you when you decide to create an estate plan is often complicated. Not only are the laws surrounding this area changing on a nearly daily basis, but LGBTQ individuals and couples often have issues they must make sure they adequately address in their estate plans that heterosexual individuals and couples do not have to worry about. Be 100% prepared for whatever comes your way with incapacity planning and inheritance planning designed by the pros.
IRA & Retirement Planning
Your golden years should provide you with the opportunity to travel, indulge in hobbies, spend time with your grandkids, and do the things you love. This should, and can be, a time that is free of financial worries—if you begin planning ahead when you are young. When you get help from a retirement planning lawyer, your attorney can assist you to identify your goals for retirement, review your current situation to determine if you are on track, and explore different types of retirement accounts. Get started on a comprehensive plan to secure your retirement today.
Legacy Planning Services
Perhaps your goal is to leave a strong and stable family with generational wealth, or perhaps you want to give to a charity that is important to you so you can make a difference in many lives. The bottom line is that when you pass away, you do not just want to leave behind money and assets—you want to leave behind a legacy. We know that you have clear ideas on what you want to be remembered for and how you hope to take care of your family, friends, and causes you care about long after you are gone, so by listening carefully to your dreams and applying our unique knowledge of the law, we can help to make your legacy a strong one.
Estate Planning Services
Life is full of uncertainties, but you do not have to leave your legacy up to chance. The reality that every one of us must cope with is that there is no guarantee of tomorrow. What is guaranteed is that you want to provide for and protect your loved ones always, even if you cannot be here to do it.
Incapacity planning is a broad area of law that covers how you are cared for if you become physically or mentally unable to care for yourself. The type of care could range from simple tasks like buying groceries, paying bills, and handling financial matters to more important decisions such as selling real estate, gifting assets to your children, or making critical medical decisions. Depending on the needs of the individual or family, incapacity planning could include a number of planning techniques, and Hedeker Law can help you to find the right ones.
Special Needs Planning
When someone you care about has a disablity, planning for their future is of utmost importance. Unfortunately, providing for the needs of someone who has a disablity can be complicated for many reasons. A qualified attorney can help you ensure the money is used appropriately for the benefit of the individual, ensure you are leaving enough money behind, and ensure the money and assets you leave to the loved one do not jeopardize government benefits. Make sure they are provided for tomorrow and start planning today. There are strict requirements and specific steps to take to create a special needs trust, so you should get in touch with a legal professional today who can help you to provide for a relative or loved one with a disability.
If you are a pet owner living in Lincolnshire area, the thought that you might die or become incapacitated and leave your pets uncared for is something you never want to seriously entertain. Unlike most of the people in your life, your pet will not be able to provide for his or her own care after you are gone, so now is the time to prepare with a pet trust. By creating a pet trust you can set aside some money that will be exclusively devoted to ensuring that your pet’s needs are cared for in the future, and only a local and experienced attorney can help you do it.
Medicaid and Elder Law
Considering the realities that come with age, especially the legal implications, is what elder law is all about. Whether you are nearing retirement, have an elderly parent you are worried about, or are simply interested in learning more about the legal issues that you might face as you age, talking to an attorney that specializes in elder law and Medicaid issues is a necessity.
Dealing with the death of a loved one is never easy. It is also a situation that can become far more stressful when a probate or trust administration issue arises. Most people have little experience with, or knowledge of, either probate or trust administration. These two areas of the law can require a lot of time, attention, and expertise.