Top Frequently Asked Elder Law Questions, Part 1, by Rick Law, Senior Estate Planning Attorney in Chicagoland

When Is The Best Time To Start Planning?

Have you ever thought about your retirement, your future, and your golden years?  Have you ever considered whether the planning you’ve already done is going to be enough to sustain you and your family through the rest of your life and beyond?

Let me tell you about Glenda…

Glenda and her husband Paul were a typical happily married couple. She was a small business owner, and he was an engineer. For most of their adult lives and through their 38 years of marriage, they had budgeted and scrupulously saved and planned for their retirement.

What they did not expect was for Paul to fall ill with Parkinson ’s disease just 2 years before his retirement. Paul’s diagnosis made them realize that they truly didn’t know if their life savings was going to be enough.

Glenda’s steadfast research brought her to the conclusion that there was hope. There was indeed a way for them to get through this ordeal without going broke….but not without help!

So how will you know when to start planning?

Quite simply, planning sooner rather than later is always best.  The earlier you start, the more options you may have.  Don’t let yourself or your loved one end up out of money and out of options before you take the next step.

If you’re ready to start getting your estate in order and secure your assets for the “worst-case” scenario, please give our office a call at 800-310-3100 or 630-585-5200. Your first consultation is absolutely free. We’ll let you know what steps you need to take, right now, to protect yourself and your family. Call now.


Rick L. Law, Attorney, Estate Planner for Retirees.

Rick was named the #1 Illinois elder law estate planning attorney by Leading Lawyer Magazine. He has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, AARP Magazine,, and numerous newspapers and articles. Rick is the lead attorney for Law Elder Law, LLP, focusing in Estate Planning, Guardianship, and Nursing Home Solutions. His goal is to give retirees an informed edge when it comes to dealing with an uncertain future. Get flexible retirement strategies that work during good times and bad, plus information on how you can save your home and assets from being used to pay for long term care. Appointments available in Chicago, Aurora, Oak Brook, Schaumburg, and Joliet. Call 800-310-3100 for your free consultation now!

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