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Estate Planning & Probate

While many people are savvy enough to take important steps to avoid probate, this does not eliminate the need for some basic estate planning. For example, a will can serve as a security blanket for any assets that were not properly titled during a person’s lifetime. One should also consider the frightening possibility that both parents of a family could be killed simultaneously in an accident. A simple will can address those and a myriad of other possibilities, giving the person signing the will the peace of mind that their affairs are in order and will be taken care of when that time comes.

A Power of Attorney is also important. It allows people to direct how they want their healthcare and finances to be handled should they become disabled or unable to manage their own affairs while still alive. Given the advances in medical technology, people are living longer, often to an age where they may be unable or even unwilling to manage their own affairs. A Power of Attorney form is a very useful and relatively inexpensive tool that allows people to delegate those critical responsibilities to a trusted loved one should the need arise.

Upon death, a simple consultation with an attorney can confirm whether or not the probate process is necessary or worthwhile. The probate process can sometimes be avoided if the estate is relatively small and any assets were held in joint tenancy with rights of survivorship (or perhaps with a “transferable on death” or “payable on death” designation with a financial institution). However, the probate process is sometimes absolutely necessary to properly transfer the title to certain assets. The probate process is complex and difficult and can be confusing for anyone that lacks an attorney’s help. The attorneys at Hart Cantrell have been helping the people of Southern Illinois for decades with all of their estate planning and probate needs.

Testimonials

"Murphy Hart is an attorney who makes you feel confident: He has law experience to go along with his knowledge of real estate — and there is a lot to know because laws are always changing. Buying a house is a serious thing, and most people know nothing about it. It's good to know that Hart Cantrell is not only a title company: It's a title company and a law firm. Murphy is so accommodating and has a nice way with people, plus he comes from a long line of attorneys. I really appreciate his flexibility and his ability to talk to people." - Lynette Ing, Real Estate Agent

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“After a suffering a serious injury at work, I hired Jonathan and he did a great job making sure my benefits were paid throughout a lengthy recovery process. Although my health never recovered enough to go back to my old job, Jonathan was able to obtain a substantial settlement to help my family be set up for the future. I would recommend Jonathan to anyone who has been injured at work.” - Brett M.

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“After getting nowhere with the insurance company, I hired Jonathan to help me with my worker’s compensation claim. I was impressed at how fast he was able to get my case settled, and I am very happy with my settlement. If I ever need an attorney in the future, Jonathan will be the first person I call.” - Adam R.

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“My son suffered a serious injury, and I had no idea what our rights were and whether I could get my son any help. To my pleasant surprise, Jonathan was able to help us secure a significant settlement that has my son’s future looking much brighter.” - Jonathan H.

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“My family went through a very difficult and lengthy lawsuit involving disputed inheritances, finances, and real estate rights. Jonathan took our case to the appellate court, where he was successful, and he helped us resolve the entire case after years of legal battles. Jonathan did an outstanding job on behalf of my family, and I would recommend him to anyone looking for a good attorney.” - Joyce W.

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“I had to go onto Social Security Disability as a result of my work injury. Jonathan was able to get me a good settlement for my worker’s compensation claim while making sure my social security benefits were not affected. I am very happy that I made the right choice by hiring Jonathan.” - Michael S.

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“My wife and I hired Hart Cantrell to revise our Wills and update our estate planning. The attorney did a great job explaining our options, and we ultimately chose them to prepare our new Wills and Power of Attorney documents. We are very happy we chose Hart Cantrell.” – Ronald B.

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