** The following forms can be filled out and submitted online: **
For prospective clients:
Information Packet 2020 - 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 and fill out by hand)
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.
2020 Federal Estate Tax Rate: 40% maximum
2020 Estate Tax Unified Credit Amount: $11,580,000
2020 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.)
2020 Illinois Estate Tax Credit Amount: $4,000,000
- an Illinois QTIP trust is available for the difference between $4,000,000 and $11,580,000.
2020 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.