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Family Law and Estate Planning Attorneys Assisting Residents of DuPage and Kane Counties

At the Law Offices of Nick Kulagin, our experienced family law and estate planning lawyers advocate on behalf of people throughout DuPage County and Kane County. With 15 years of experience to guide us, we are committed to protecting your family, your home, and your business. We believe in the importance of learning about a client’s specific needs and goals before crafting a strategy tailored to them. Whether you are pursuing a divorce or seeking to devise a will, we can offer knowledgeable and diligent representation from our Wheaton offices.

Guidance for Individuals Seeking a Divorce

We handle virtually all aspects of family law, ranging from divorce and property division to child custody and support, spousal support, adoption, prenuptial agreements, and protective orders.

Ending a marriage is often an emotionally challenging process, but having a prenuptial agreement in place can help answer some of the key questions that may arise in a divorce. A prenuptial agreement is a legal document that is used to protect each spouse’s assets and property prior to marriage. It explains how they will be divided if the relationship ends in a divorce. In the state of Illinois, prenuptial agreements must be in writing and signed by both parties in order to be valid. They become enforceable once the marriage is formalized.

While a prenuptial agreement may help resolve some issues, it cannot cover everything. One of the areas beyond its scope is child custody. In Illinois, these determinations are based on a standard known as the best interests of the child. There is a legal presumption that it is in the best interests of a child if both parents are involved in the child’s life. This presumption can be overcome with evidence that shows that a relationship with one or both parents would be detrimental to the child’s overall well-being, such as if the parent has a history of domestic violence or substance abuse. Some of the factors that a court may consider in child custody disputes include each parent’s ability to care for the child, the child’s relationship with each parent and other family members, the child’s wishes, any special needs that the child may have, and each parent’s ability to foster a relationship between the child and the other parent.

Crafting a Will, Trust, or Power of Attorney

Estate planning documents play an important role in ensuring that your wishes are fulfilled and that your family’s future is protected. A will or trust allows you to distribute your assets in the way that you choose. There are several options in this area among which to decide, such as whether a revocable or an irrevocable trust better suits your goals. If you choose to craft a will, a lawyer can help make sure that you have met the formal requirements for its validity so that it is secure against potential challenges. Another estate planning instrument, known as a power of attorney, can name a trusted individual to make health care decisions on your behalf if you cannot make them yourself. You also can use this document to designate someone to care for any young children or appoint someone to manage your finances if you are incapacitated.

Consult a Knowledgeable Lawyer to Protect Your Interests in DuPage or Kane County

The family law and estate planning attorneys at the Law Offices of Nick Kulagin can help residents of DuPage and Kane Counties navigate some of the most critical crossroads in their lives. We are ready to devote the energy and attention that is needed to protect your rights and interests. We also represent individuals in Naperville, Hoffman Estates, Geneva, Oak Park, and Mount Prospect. To learn more and to set up a free consultation, call us at 630-480-6399 or contact us online.

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