For more than 35 years, the law office of Alan F. Smietanski has been serving clients in Bradley, Illinois and surrounding areas.
I am known for effectively and favorably resolving clients' cases. I attentively listen to your concerns, clearly and precisely explain potential legal strategies to you and share my in-depth knowledge of the area of the law where you need help. I have a reputation for being honest and professional. My firm has earned a BV Distinguished Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell for its professionalism and ethics.
I can help you with legal matters related to:
-Trusts and wills
Commitment to clients is a top priority:
The law firm of Alan F. Smietanski works hard to obtain the best resolution for you in the most cost-effective, efficient manner possible. My goal is to provide each of my clients with unsurpassed personal attention from the initial consultation through the conclusion of your case.
I assist clients in a wide range of matters of varying degrees of complexity. Whether you are going through a divorce or child custody battle, are planning your estate or have been injured due to the negligence of others, contact my firm to obtain the legal assistance you need. Skillfully handling your case to move it through the legal process as smoothly as possible, while protecting your assets and upholding your best interests, I will help you achieve a fair resolution in all your legal issues. You can feel confident the firm will stand up for your rights.
When a case proceeds to trial, my firm provides the most zealous courtroom representation for its clients. I am respected for my winning strategies in the courtroom and my commitment to resolving my clients' cases in the most cost-efficient and effective way.
236 North Industrial Drive
Bradley IL 60915
Preserving your family's wealth for future generations
Whether you're planning the parameters of your future medical care or establishing support for loved ones upon your death, the law firm of Alan F. Smietanski can help with all aspects of trusts and estates issues, including:
-Estate tax issues
-Choosing the appropriate executor
Securing your legacy:
You work hard for your family, so knowing that you have planned for their long-term well-being and financial security can bring you comfort. I thoroughly analyze your estate and strategize the best means of transferring your assets, minimizing taxes, establishing guardianship for your children, caring for your pets, supporting personal philanthropic causes and protecting your loved ones.
Draft your living will and last will and testament:
A will is essential at every stage of your life. Your living will sets the parameters for medical intervention should you become incapacitated. This assures that when you are most vulnerable, your wishes will be honored.
Your last will provides the opportunity to distribute your property, establish care for your children and otherwise express your wishes upon your death. A will is necessary if you intend to leave property to a person or entity other than a blood relative, such as a domestic partner, a friend or a charity. If you die without a will, the court determines how your property is distributed, who cares for your children and even what happens to your pet - making decisions that might not reflect your desires.
The law firm of Alan F. Smietanski can draft valid wills that ensure your intentions are honored.
Changing your will:
As your life changes, so might your estate plan. You may need to update your will throughout your life. My office drafts valid codicils that address changes in your financial situation, marital status, number of children, philanthropic interests and general lifestyle decisions.
Appointment of guardianship:
If you have minor children, your will allows you to make decisions about their future care. This is especially crucial if you are a single parent or if both parents die in a common incident. If you do not name a guardian, the court will appoint a guardian for your children and can make decisions adverse to your ultimate parenting goals. You can also make arrangements for your pets' care in your will, including naming a guardian to take responsibility for your pets.
-Wills and trusts
-General civil and trial practice
-1977, U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
-1986, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
including Trial Bar
John Marshall Law School - Chicago, IL, J.D.
Memberships and associations:
-Chicago Bar Association
-Kankakee County Bar Association
-Illinois State Bar Association
-The Florida Bar
John Marshall Law School - Chicago, IL