** The following forms can be filled out and submitted online: **
For prospective clients:
Information Packet 2019 - please contact us for a copy
Information Checklist - this is the form for all prospective clients to bring to their initial meeting
(or you can print out this Information Checklist PDF)
For existing clients:
Funding Checklist - use this list to fill out with your assets
(or you can print out this Funding Checklist PDF)
List of Advisors - use this list to your send advisors to the firm.
List of Referrals - use this form to send referrals to the firm.
2019 Federal Estate Tax Rate: 40% maximum
2019 Estate Tax Unified Credit Amount: $11,400,000
2019 Illinois Estate Tax Rate: starts at 9.6%, increases to 16.0%
(effective rate up to 28% - click here for the rates or use the IL Attorney General estate tax calculator.)
2019 Illinois Estate Tax Credit Amount: $4,000,000
- an Illinois QTIP trust is available for the difference between $4,000,000 and $11,400,000.
2019 Gift Tax Exemption: $15,000 per person, per year
What Do Americans Think About Estate Planning - awareness survey
Who Needs Estate Planning
Estate Planning Week - 3rd week of October
Dynasty Trusts vs. Outright Distributions
Spendthrift Assets - creditor protection
Tenants by the Entirety - protection for homestead real estate
Notary Public Requirements in Cook County do not apply to deeds to trust
Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe: Yes, the "secret" recipe for the cookies that Ted delivers at Christmas. Click here for the recipe.