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Estate Planning FAQs
At Russo Law Offices, we understand that estate planning can be complicated and confusing. There are a lot of moving parts and numerous complexities with each individual case. We strive to provide a transparent experience by keeping our clients informed through every step of the process. We are always here for you and will make ourselves available to answer any concerns you may have. Some of the most commonly asked questions are below, accompanied by our thorough explanation. Feel free to check them out and reach out to us with any other questions you may have.
Q: How long does the estate planning process take?
A: We work to stay within a one-month timeframe for the preparation of your estate planning documents, although the timing can vary depending on your availability to review the draft documents. After your first meeting with us, you will receive draft documents within two weeks. You will need to review the documents and respond to us with questions or changes. Once any changes are incorporated, we schedule a time to sign the documents. We will provide you with title instructions to guide you in the funding of your trust and we are always happy to help or answer questions as you work through the retitling process.
Q: What does a typical estate plan include?
A: A basic estate plan includes a will, a revocable trust, an assignment of tangible personal property to the trust, a power of attorney for property, a power of attorney for health care, and a living will (declaration).
Q: What information should I bring to my initial meeting for estate planning?
A: If you have existing estate planning documents, it is helpful to bring them to our first meeting. Beforehand, consider the individual you will choose to make financial and health care decisions for you as well as the persons you will name as guardians for your minor children. Also, consider to whom you would like your assets to be distributed after your death. We will send you a questionnaire when you schedule your appointment to help you gather this information.
Q: What are your fees?
A: We understand that no one likes to pay an attorney, and we strive to set our fees at a competitive and reasonable level. Many of our clients prefer flat-fee arrangements, and we are happy to offer that option whenever possible. Russo Law Offices works hard to be upfront and transparent, which includes a candid discussion of projected fees and expenses at our first meeting. Our fee structure changes on a yearly basis, so please call (630) 608-6697 we will provide the current information to you.
Q: What are your hours?
A: Russo Law Offices maintains regular business hours for appointments. We understand that you are busy, so we work hard to make your interaction with our office as easy as possible. We offer meeting times on the weekends or evenings upon request, online appointment scheduling, video conferencing, online bill pay, and secure online document review.
“My experience with Russo Law Offices, LLC was exceptionally supportive. Attorney Allyson B. Russo assisted me with legal advice that made clear the legalities of my parent's property and how I needed to respond to a related summons.” - Caprice W.
“Allyson is very knowledgeable about estate matters and shares her experience in a clear and forthright manner. She was very pleasant and patient with our questions and prompt with written and oral responses.” - Rita H.
“We enjoyed working with Russo Law Offices for our estate planning. They took their time to explain the details of this process and walk us through all of the steps. They helped us navigate this journey even during the pandemic.” - Mark M.