Family & Small Business Legal Services

At Frisse & Brewster Law Offices our goal is to help families and small businesses protect what is important to them. Our practice areas are focused on Estate Planning, Elder Law, Trust and Estate Settlement, Farm & Business Planning, and Veterans Affairs. Our overall approach is a unique combination of teaching and listening.  We want to truly understand what our clients are facing, listen to their concerns and goals, and recommend ways that we can help.

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Call 217-465-1234 (Illinois) or 812-234-2777 (Indiana) to consult with one of our caring attorneys. We will take time to guide you through the maze of government benefits and counsel you on other important special needs issues, including some you may not have considered.

Special Needs

Protecting government benefits, such as SSI or Medicaid, for yourself or a loved one can be a very important part of an estate plan. It’s very easy to make mistakes where special needs are concerned, and those mistakes can be costly, if not scary. If one of your children or grandchildren, or even your spouse is disabled, you probably also want to assure that they will continue to be protected and well-cared for when you are no longer able to provide for or monitor their care.

Call 217-465-1234 (Illinois) or 812-234-2777 (Indiana) to consult with one of our caring attorneys. We will take time to guide you through the maze of government benefits and counsel you on other important special needs issues, including some you may not have considered.

For Your First Meeting:

It is important that we have some basic information about you, your family and your assets prior to meeting with you. Please complete the following forms and send them to our office at least 2 days prior to your first meeting.

Special Needs Trust Questionnaire
Initial Meeting Special Needs Trust Questionaire

Farm & Business Planning

Whether you’re starting a new business, maintaining an existing business, inheriting a farm, or planning for succession, let us help. Our experienced team will guide you through the entity selection process, help you with minute books or other documentation, and help you plan for a smooth transition when buying, selling, or transferring your business or farm to others.

Learn more about the advantages and disadvantages of various business entities.

Please call our Paris, Illinois office at 217-465-1234 or our Indiana office at 812-234-2777 if you would like to schedule a meeting to discuss business planning.

For Your First Meeting:

It is important that we have some basic information about you, your family and your assets prior to meeting with you. Please complete the following forms and send them to our office at least 2 days prior to your first meeting.

Formation of Limited Liability Company Illinois
Formation of Limited Liability Company Indiana
Formation of Corporation Illinois
Formation of Corporation Indiana

Estate Planning

Estate planning isn’t about “how much” you have, it’s about what’s important to you. It’s about planning for your life as well as for your death.  Our experienced estate planning attorneys understand how personal your decisions are.

We provide guidance and counseling to those who want the most basic estate plan, like our Simple Will Service, as well as those facing complex situations such as blended families, businesses or farms, children with special needs, and everyone in between. We are ready to listen to your goals, hopes, fears and dreams, and help you design a plan to protect what’s important to you.

Your “Estate” isn’t just your “stuff” – it’s really your legacy. Our Family Heritage Planning is a comprehensive Trust-based planning that can help you leave a legacy of love and values as well your wealth.

Did you know that everyone over the age of 18 has to have a Power of Attorney for Healthcare, a Living Will, and a Power of Attorney for Property? We call these documents What Everybody Needs. In addition to completing your own estate plan, it’s important to encourage your loved ones to do the same for themselves.

To take that first important step, or to review your current estate plan: Call us at 217-465-1234 (Illinois) or at 812-234-2777 (Indiana).

Definition of Estate Planning:

I Want to Control My Property While I’m Alive and Well; Plan for Me and My Loved Ones if I Become Disabled; and Provide for My Loved Ones After I’m Gone.

Give What I Have

To Whom I Want

When I Want

The Way I Want

All with fully disclosed and controlled costs, both to me and those I love.

For Your First Meeting:

It is important that we have some basic information about you, your family and your assets prior to meeting with you. Please complete the following forms and send them to our office at least 2 days prior to your first meeting.

Initial Meeting Estate Planning Questionnaire

Nursing Home Planning

The Medicaid Program was created to provide financial assistance for the health care of those in need. The federal government designed Medicaid and funds the majority of the program. Each state is required to enact laws to reflect the federal Medicaid rules including rules that govern the eligibility of its own citizens.  Some of the federal statutes give states choices on how to implement the federal rule and sometimes states interpret the rules differently.  As a result, Medicaid eligibility rules vary from state to state.  In addition, Medicaid eligibility rules are often confusing and it is challenging to find accurate and useful information anywhere.  In fact, many families are actually given the wrong information regarding eligibility rules and what can be done to protect assets.

Statistics show that most of us will face at least a temporary stay in a nursing home facility at some point in our life and many of us will encounter the need for a long-term placement in a nursing home.  The Department of Health and Human Services estimates that over nine million people will need long-term care this year and that 70% of all persons over age 65 will need some type of long-term care services during their lifetime.  This presents a serious problem for those families that are not prepared, because long-term care is expensive and there are only so many ways to pay for it.

Medicare was never intended to pay for our long-term care expenses on a long-term basis, but Medicare may pay for a maximum of one hundred days. But only under certain conditions and Medicare shifts to a co-pay after the first 20 days.  Once Medicare benefits end, many families begin to pay out of pocket for the cost of long-term care until they become eligible for Medicaid benefits.  Very few people have long-term care insurance to help with this cost.  Most people would want to avoid the excruciating process of watching their assets being completely used up by the cost of their long-term care needs, if they knew how to avoid that situation.

But the situation is not hopeless.  We can help a family protect assets even after a spouse or parent enters the nursing home.  We view Medicaid Eligibility Planning as the transfer of assets and the investment of assets in a way permitted by state and federal law that increases the contribution made by Medicaid to the cost of long-term care and as a result reduces the contribution the family makes toward that care.

In Indiana and Illinois, for our clients participating in our Medicaid Eligibility Planning process, the expectation is that a significant amount of assets can typically be protected for the family after the loved one enters the nursing home.

Please contact our office if you need additional information or would like to schedule an appointment with one of our attorneys or check out the workshop calendar on this website for a workshop on this topic.

For Your First Meeting:

It is important that we have some basic information about you, your family and your assets prior to meeting with you. Please complete the following forms and send them to our office at least 2 days prior to your first meeting.

Medicaid Planning Questionaire
Medicaid Client Information Questionaire

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Trust Administration & Probate

The death of a loved one is a traumatic event for most families. Whether the death is sudden or expected, most people need help sorting out what should be done after their loved one passes away. Our firm is experienced in both Trust settlement and probate estate settlement in Illinois and Indiana. Our staff and attorneys will treat you and your family with respect and understanding during the difficult time of bereavement and guide you through the legal steps that need to be taken.

Most people have little or no experience settling an estate and there are several issues that need to be reviewed such as marital status, dependent children, asset title, governing laws, debt owed by the decedent, taxes, and many, many more. Sometimes, well-meaning friends and relatives give outdated or misleading information, therefore it’s best to receive the advice of your chosen attorney before coming to any conclusions about what should be done.

Please call our Paris, Illinois office at 217-465-1234 or our Indiana office at 812-234-2777 if you would like to schedule a meeting to discuss settling a loved one’s estate.

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