IL Estate Planning Blog

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

What to know when selecting Medigap supplement insurance

Why seniors should choose wisely when selecting Medigap supplement insurance

Gail MarksJarvisContact Reporter  Chicago Tribune September 10, 2017


A plan to shut the doors on the most popular insurance policies used by retirees on Read more . . .

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Hidden fees when buying a home....

Buying a home? Misc. fees could cost you thousands. Here's what to expect.

When Nors Beatriz bought a condo in this Albany Park building, she’d saved up enough for the down payment — but she wasn’t prepared to pay an extra $10,000 in closing costs. She now rents out the condo to pay the mortgage.
Read more . . .

Tuesday, September 12, 2017


By Ellen James Martin (Chicago Tribune August 20, 2017)


Competition for affordable entry-level homes in desirable neighborhoods remains intense, due to a shortage of available property. This has many first-time buyers very frustrated.


What’s worse is there’s no end in sight to the problem, says Svenja Gudell, the chief economist for Zillow, the real estate database company.


“Simple demographic change is contributing to incredibly high demand, as millennials reach their prime home-buying years and begin to enter the market in droves,” Gudell says.


Competition among rival buyers is prompting some young home-buying hopefuls to consider properties they would otherwise have ruled out -- like homes in rundown condition or those in neighborhoods not to their liking.
Read more . . .

Monday, August 28, 2017

Top 10 FBI Behavioral Unit Techniques for Building Rapport With Anyone

Eric Barker

May 13, 2014


Robin Dreeke is head of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Behavioral Analysis Program.

In his book It’s Not All About “Me”: The Top Ten Techniques for Building Quick Rapport with Anyone he simply and clearly spells out methods for connecting with people.
Read more . . .

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Four Steps to Take Now if You Plan to Sell Your Home Later

By Nicole Anzia
 The Washington Post
It requires a lot of time and energy to maintain an organized home, but the benefits of that labor can pay off — while you’re living in your house and when you’re ready to sell. Real estate agents consistently report that potential buyers don’t overlook a house’s organizational elements. In fact, buyers-to-be value organization. Orderly storage spaces signal that the current owners have carefully maintained their home. This, in turn, can translate to less time on the market and higher sales prices.
Read more . . .

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Ways to Provide for Your Disabled Adult Child's Future

FORBES JULY 12, 2017

Ways To Provide For Your Disabled Adult Child's Future


By Janet Reynolds, Contributor 


Read more . . .

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Combination of Strength, Aerobic Training Found Best for Obese Elderly

Combination of Strength, Aerobic Training Found Best for Obese Elderly
For obese people over age 64, the combination of aerobic exercise and weight training is better for improving physical functioning than either form of exercise alone, a new study concludes.

Each type of exercise and a combination of the two produced 9 percent reductions in body weight over six months. But the combination provided the best mix of protection against muscle and bone loss with improved aerobic capacity. Aerobic exercise and weight training, also known as resistance training, "have additive effects in improving your physical function," chief author Dr.
Read more . . .

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Why Exercise is the Best Medicine for Your Brain

Why Exercise Is the Best Medicine for Your Brain
Given time, any brain can succumb to dementia — memories fade, thoughts scatter, basic abilities wither on the vine. Brains don’t come with lifetime guarantees, but there is one major step you can take to protect yourself from Alzheimer’s or other causes of mental decline: exercise your body. Nothing protects the brain quite like regular exercise, says Jennifer Heisz, a cognitive neuroscientist at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. Not crossword puzzles, not supplements, not prescription medications.
Read more . . .

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

IRA Charitable Rollover is Now Permanent

IRA Charitable Rollover Is Now Permanent

By Robert C. Anderson, CELA, CAP, LLM

With the passage of the PATH Act of 2015, the ability to make qualified charitable distributions is now permanent.

Taxpayers who are 701/2 or older can now exclude from taxable income up to $100,000 per year if they make a donation directly from an IRA to a charity. This is called a “charitable rollover” or a “qualified charitable distribution” (QCD). This is a significant advantage over deducting donations of cash to charities on Schedule A as an itemized deduction.

Read more . . .

Tuesday, May 30, 2017




This reminds me of the television public service announcement, “Do you know where your children are?” Every night at 10pm this question was asked all across the country as a public service announcement for parents.  This important question made parents stop their busy lives for that moment and do a mental check.  Are they home?  Do I know where they are?  Are they safe?  Then parents were back to what they were doing.  Crisis averted.


Same is true with your estate documents.
Read more . . .

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Introducing Property Check

Lake County Recorder of Deeds Mary Ellen Vanderventer has implemented an additional service for homeowners to fight against identity theft and mortgage fraud, called "Property Check".

This new 24/7 service is free to use and allows residents to sign up on the Recorder's website to receive an email and/or text message, alerting them whenever a document has been recorded against a specific name or property address.

Users create and maintain their own name list that is cross-checked as each document is recorded in the Recorder's office.  If a matching name entry is found, an email and/or text message is sent out immediately.  

Lake County residents are encouraged to sign up for FREE property check alerts on the Recorder's website at Lakecountyil.

Read more . . .

Archived Posts


With two offices in Oak Lawn and Oak Brook, Stephen M. Sutera assists clients throughout Cook County, DuPage County and Will County IL including Chicago, Hometown, Barrington, Burbank, Burr Ridge, Chicago Ridge, Darien, Downers Grove, Evergreen Park, Geneva, Worth, Bridgeview, Palos Park, Palos Hills, Palos Heights, Hickory Hills, Midlothian, Willow Springs, Oak Forest, Orland Park, La Grange, Brookfield, Berwyn, Tinley Park, Hinsdale, Villa Park, Clarendon Hills, Westchester, Westmont, Lombard, Elmhurst, Western Springs, Berkeley, Downers Grove, Fox Valley, Glen Ellyn, Willowbrook, Aurora, Addison, Lisle, Forest Park, Bensenville, Wheaton, River Forest, Itasca, Shorewood, Frankfort, Mokena, Naperville, Crest Hill, Homer Glen, New Lenox, Bollingbrook, Schaumburg, Channahon and Woodridge.

© 2019 Law Offices of Stephen Sutera | Disclaimer
4927 W. 95th Street, Oak Lawn, IL 60453
| Phone: 708-857-7255
2021 Midwest Road, Oak Brook, IL 60523
| Phone: 630-396-6800 | 708-857-7255
250 Monroe Avenue Northwest, #400, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
| Phone: 616-717-5752 | 708-857-7255

Estate Planning | Advanced Estate Planning | Asset Protection | Pet Trusts | Special Needs Planning | Probate / Estate Administration | Elder Law | Business Law | | DocuBank | Staff Certifications | Legacy Plan | Healthcare Guides | Our Unique Process

FacebookLinked-In Company

Attorney Website Design by
Zola Creative