What is the Best Way to Communicate With My Advisory Team?

March 14, 2019

It is recommended that you and the team members agree on a communication plan with which you are comfortable. The communication with various team members will differ. You may need quarterly communications with your financial advisor, and possibly annual communication with the attorney, accountant, and insurance advisor. The rule of thumb is if your lifestyle… Read more »

I’ve Created and Funded My Living Trust – What do I Need to do to Maintain It?

February 28, 2019

It is simply not enough to create a living trust, no matter how well designed and drafted. Changes in your personal and financial circumstances, changes in the law, and changes in your attorney’s knowledge and experience, affect the long-term viability of your estate plan. It is important that you periodically meet with your attorney and… Read more »

Can I Withdraw my Retirement Plan Dollars at Any Time?

February 15, 2019

Whether or not you may withdraw the money in your retirement plan at any time depends upon the type of retirement plan. Generally, with regard to an IRA, you are allowed to withdraw any amount any time. However, if you are under 59 1/2, the 10 penalty tax will apply unless you meet one of… Read more »

What is a Donor-Advised Fund?

February 08, 2019

An alternative to a family foundation is a donor-advised fund. Many brokerage firms and investment companies offer their own versions of donor-advised funds. These funds are established as public charities and contributions are tax deductible as charitable gifts. They can be established with a relatively small contribution (many require an initial gift of only $5000)… Read more »

Does Life Insurance Play a Role in the Success of My Financial or Estate Plan?

January 25, 2019

Insurance policies are an important part of your overall wealth plan. They are purchased to protect against an unexpected loss which could cause your financial or estate plan to fail.  While life insurance is not compulsory in developing financial and estate plans, it does offer an opportunity to fill gaps in the plan in an… Read more »

Preparing Your Will: What You Should Not Forget

October 25, 2018

Death is not something that most people care to think about. However, if you have entered your senior years you should begin the process of estate planning. This is the only way to ensure that your assets and estate are divided and distributed according to your wishes. If you have amassed a considerable fortune and… Read more »

Corporate Counsel: How It Can Help

October 14, 2018

In business, you need to have the right strategy; that is no different when it comes to your legal resources. If you do not have a strategy in place, you could end up missing out on opportunities and putting yourself at more risk than you need to. Having corporate counsel can help you in many… Read more »

Why You Should Have an Attorney for Venture Capital Issues

October 06, 2018

When it comes to the business world, venture capital is in a category all its own. You need to approach it with the right strategy; if not, you could have huge issues on your hands. That is why you want to have Chicago Illinois business lawyers on your side at Anthony J. Madonia & Associates…. Read more »

Equity Do’s and Don’ts

September 29, 2018

Property values and equity can be overwhelming for a person who is unfamiliar with how they work. These are two concepts that are important to know for estate planning. So, a property owner should understand what they mean and how they apply to them. Equity is an asset that is the value of the property… Read more »

Interfamily Disputes and Why You Need an Attorney

September 16, 2018

Families don’t always agree, especially in legal situations, and they may struggle to make decisions with everyone on the same accord. In many instances, it can be difficult to include everyone’s point of view when a final say is reached about a certain situation. For this reason, a family law attorney in Chicago, Illinois is… Read more »