Experienced Local Attorneys

Compassionate Guidance For Estate Matters

Making a plan for the future can be a complicated process. Dealing with the estate of a loved one who has passed away can be extremely emotional. In both of these situations, having an understanding, experienced lawyer on your side can help make things easier.

At the Wood River office of Unsell, Schattnik & Phillips, P.C., we are committed to helping our clients with wills, powers of attorney, estate administration and more. Using more than 90 years of combined legal experience, we tailor the approach we take to suit your specific circumstances and goals. Our lawyers and staff pride themselves on our local involvement and are invested in protecting the rights of those in our community.

The Creation Of Wills And Powers Of Attorney

Creating a will is an important step to take in protecting your wishes and the assets you have worked so hard to accumulate throughout your life. A will provides legal protections for your assets and can help make the process of distributing your estate easier after you are gone. In a will, you can also name individuals to have power of attorney, allowing them to make financial and healthcare decisions on your behalf in the event you are unable to communicate or are incapacitated.

Unsell, Schattnik & Phillips, P.C., provides other services as well, including:

  • Our firm helps clients understand the different types of advance directives, the types they may need and we then tailor the documents to your specific needs.
  • In the event that there are minor children or adult children with special needs, our firm can assist in establishing guardianship designations and paperwork.

Our Estate Administration Services

After the passing of a loved one, there is still the matter of their estate to be settled. All assets and property of the estate must be distributed to the named beneficiaries and legal heirs according to the will if there is a valid will, or according to Illinois law if there is no valid will. Our lawyers understand the complexities of the estate administration and probate processes and can help you navigate your way through. They can also explain how the laws of the state apply in your case and what they mean for you and for the estate.

Get More Information About How We Can Help

To further discuss your specific estate needs, call our firm at 618-216-6792 or send us an email. You can schedule a consultation to meet with a member of our respected legal team. We represent clients located throughout Wood River, Madison County and the surrounding Illinois communities.