Estate Planning

Dennis A. Delman, Attorney at Law provides experienced estate planning, probate and trust administration, and guardianship services to clients in Evanston, Skokie and throughout the greater Chicago area.

Estate Planning

Estate planning is a process that provides for the management and distribution of your assets, as well as establishing a plan for your personal care and health care during your lifetime if you become unable to care for yourself. We carefully consider your estate planning needs and objectives, and provide comprehensive, tax-sensitive estate planning documents individually tailored to your specific situation. We can assist you with:

  • Wills
  • Revocable Living Trusts
  • Durable Powers of Attorney
  • Health Care Powers of Attorney
  • Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts

Probate Administration

Probate is the court-supervised process of proving the last will and testament of a deceased person, giving effect to the provisions of that will, and distributing the person’s estate according to the terms of the will. If the decedent died without a will, their estate will be distributed in accordance with Illinois law governing intestate succession. We can assist you with the probate administration of an estate of any size, ranging from simple, modest estates to large, complex estates involving significant assets.

Trust Administration

We assist clients with every aspect of trust administration, including preparing required notices to beneficiaries, valuing assets and preparing inventories of the trust assets, obtaining tax identification numbers, preparing trust certifications, and changing title to real property. We advise trustees all aspects of trust administration, including the trustee’s duties, standards, and powers; management and investment of trust assets; accounting and recordkeeping requirements; creditor’s rights against trusts and beneficiaries; trustee compensation and attorney’s fees; subtrust funding; and taxation issues.


Documents such as trusts, durable financial powers of attorney and health care powers of attorney provide a plan in the event of a person’s future incapacity. In the event a person becomes incapacitated, and does not have estate planning documents in place designating who will manage their financial affairs or make decisions regarding their care, we can assist in requesting and obtaining the appointment of a guardian and can advise the guardian of their fiduciary duties and obligations.

Providing Experienced Trust and Estate Advice

We welcome your inquiry regarding our estate planning, probate and trust administration, and guardianship services. Contact Dennis A. Delman, Attorney at Law to schedule a consultation.

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