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Considering an Estate Plan? The ISBA Advises

Question: We are a young couple with children. At what point should we consider an estate plan? Answer: Estate planning is not just for older or wealthy people. Young people, especially those with minor children, should have a will and estate plan in place in order to give instructions to their loved ones to follow in the event of a debilitating accident or untimely death. Celebrities like Heath Ledger, Anna Nicole Smith, Princess Diana, John F. Kennedy, Jr., and Michael Jackson all died unexpectedly, yet each had a will and estate plan. For more information about Illinois law, visit If you have a legal question, send it to

Illinois Law Now is a series of newspaper and internet posts prepared by the Illinois State Bar Association that address legal issues of interest to the public. For additional information about the law, visit