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How We Help Individuals & Families

Whether you’re buying your first home, planning for your family’s future, or wrestling with elder care decisions, we can help. Our experience with wills, trusts, estate planning and administration, asset protection and real estate law gives you access to the professionals you need and the peace of mind you want when it comes to protecting your family and your future. 

Wills and Trusts

A properly prepared estate plan can help you avoid probate, minimize estate taxes, and help shield your assets from creditors. It can also allow you to control how your assets will be distributed, when they will be distributed, and who they will be distributed to without the involvement or cost of the probate courts.

Since no two families are the same, Kelleher & Buckley, LLC takes an individual approach to estate planning. We create unique estate plans for each of our clients focusing on meeting their personal goals. In many instances, we work with other family advisors, including accountants, financial planners, stockbrokers, insurance agents and other attorneys to ensure a comprehensive approach to a client’s estate plan.

Estate Administration

Estate Administration is the process of managing and distributing assets when a loved one passes away without any advanced estate planning, which requires court involvement called probate. Probate proceedings are highly regulated and can bring additional costs, delays of settlement and loss of privacy if not administered properly. Administering an estate can be an emotional process, but our attorneys act as personal counselors, and we take very seriously our responsibilities as such. Our seasoned attorneys work diligently and efficiently, so you are left with the maximum value of the estate.

 

Trust Administration

Trust Administration is the process of managing and distributing assets when a loved one passes away with a trust plan in place. Trust administration has several working parts, so Kelleher & Buckley, LLC works as your guide through the process. We also work with your advisors, such as your accountant, insurance advisor and financial advisor to create a synchronized plan to meet the goals and needs of both the estate and the beneficiaries.

 

Asset Protection Planning

You may be surprised to learn that proper estate planning not only protects your assets upon your death, but it can also provide significant tax, financial and legal advantages for you and your family while you are alive. Kelleher & Buckley, LLC’s tax and wealth structuring team offers a wide range of services to help you protect your assets and minimize your tax liability in accordance with local, state and federal tax laws. We help our clients reduce gift, estate and income taxes. Many of our tax attorneys are also certified public accountants (CPAs) and have worked in public accounting firms in many different areas of taxation. This means our team offers a unique background and depth of experience for clients.

Our primary goal is to provide the most efficient and effective solutions to exceed our clients’ expectations. We work hard to make sure you keep what you’ve worked hard for.

Pre and Postnuptial Planning

Prenuptial agreements are not just for celebrities and the wealthy. Most couples contemplating marriage should work together to plan and inventory premarital assets to promote both emotional and financial harmony. The attorneys at Kelleher & Buckley, LLC can help establish proper expectations to avoid surprises and disagreements.

Prenuptial agreements provide the opportunity to privately and logically address marital and financial issues, such as the division of marital assets and maintenance well before the emotional strains of a possible divorce. Peacefully addressing marital issues can save significant amounts of time, emotional hardship and legal fees.

Illinois law recognizes postnuptial agreements, so even married couples still have time to put a plan in place. Both premarital and post marital planning can offer financial protection and create a solid marital foundation.

Residential Real Estate

At Kelleher & Buckley, LLC, we believe our clients deserve a legal team that understands a real estate transaction from every side of the table. Our team brings that unique perspective because we regularly work with buyers, sellers, borrowers and lenders. Our real estate and finance attorneys help each party to a transaction focus on the critical issues, making sure you can move ahead with confidence.

Kelleher & Buckley, LLC has a team of real estate attorneys to represent buyers, sellers, landlords and tenants for all of their real estate needs. Our team has over 125 years of combined experience. Our clients can feel confident that their transaction will be handled with the utmost care from initial negotiations to closing.

Even after a closing, clients can rely on our experienced attorneys to assist them with their real estate needs. We regularly help our clients with their real estate tax appeals. There is no fee for our service unless we acquire a reduction on your behalf. For a free, no obligation review of your property taxes, simply fill out our online tax analysis form and we will evaluate your current assessment. You can also email us directly at appeals@kelleherbuckley.com.

 

Elder Care

The cost of long term care can have overwhelming financial consequences for a family. Medical treatments, health insurance, and long-term care can add up quickly without proper planning. Kelleher & Buckley, LLC can help ensure you or your loved one receives quality care while protecting your family’s assets and minimizing the financial cost of long-term care.

Kelleher & Buckley, LLC provides tailored guidance and planning for seniors. Our attorneys can help with long-term care planning, asset protection, Medicaid eligibility, health care and end-of-life decisions, estate planning, probate, trust administration and guardianships. Our attorneys offer personalized advice to meet the unique needs of each client. We are here to help you or someone you love who may need assistance.

 

Personal Injury

Unfortunately, everyday people are unexpectedly injured due to the negligence of others. Kelleher & Buckley, LLC is experienced in handling a wide range of personal injury claims including car accidents, wrongful death, medical malpractice and workers’ compensations. Our team is devoted to advocating for those unfairly injured to recover financial compensation for medical bills, lost wages, reduced earning capacity and pain and suffering.

Family Law & Divorce

Few legal matters are more significant and stressful than those involving children or the dissolution of a marriage. Each family law matter is unique and challenging. The family law attorneys at Kelleher & Buckley, LLC always treat clients with compassion when helping resolve complicated family matters. We understand the impact each case has on the future of our clients and provide individualized counsel and guidance through difficult times.

Meet Our Team of Experienced Attorneys