Heggie Wochner carries on a forty-year legacy of protecting individuals, families and business owners from costly court battles, taxes and asset loss. Our team is dedicated to tailoring estate and business plans to align with our clients’ legacy goals. Our attorneys can go to court when a probate judge must determine who will receive a decedent’s assets. Our attorneys advise trustees, executors, and business owners in their roles.
Our attorneys have been at the forefront of estate planning. The firm’s founding partner was an inaugural member of a national estate planning association of lawyers until his retirement. John Heggie and Corinne Cantwell Heggie are members of the Illinois State Bar Association’s Trust and Estates sections. Corinne and John have consistently received the peer-rated Illinois Super Lawyer designation in estate planning. Our lawyers have training and real life experience that makes them effective partners to advocate for clients who face or are in or on the brink of medical transition.
Heggie Wochner employs a holistic approach with their clients to identify and achieve each client’s planning goals. Potential clients can expect to meet with an attorney for a one-hour free initial estate planning consultation where the attorney will review the estate planning questionnaire and discuss client’s needs and goals. We can meet by phone, Zoom or in person. Then the attorney can provide a scope of work and fee which, if agreed upon, will be documented in an engagement letter to foster transparency and communication from the beginning of our working relationship.
As our partner, clients will have an active role. Our attorneys engage our clients in decision making about real estate, business interests, insurance, retirement accounts and bank accounts. After our clients sign estate plans, we provide funding instructions. This is to enable and empower our clients to fund their trusts because a trust that works is a trust that is funded! Our team is happy to field funding questions too.
Our attorneys welcome the opportunity to review clients’ estate plans. We recommend clients contact us as their lives unfold with a home purchase, birth of a child, death of a spouse or business partner, inheritance, business acquisition, business liquidation. Changes in state and federal law can also impact trusts, wills and powers of attorney. We are a resource for all our clients’ estate planning questions.