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Revocable or Living Trusts

A revocable trust is a fluid trust arrangement whereby trust provisions can be revoked or changed during the settlor’s life, depending upon the settlor’s changing needs and wishes. The trustee, appointed by the settlor, holds and manages the trust assets, and has a fiduciary duty to follow the trust’s directions, which usually includes distributing assets and income of the trust to beneficiaries, which may also include the settlor.  Upon the settlor’s death, the living trust becomes irrevocable and assets are distributed according to the trust’s terms. Unlike probate, the living trust’s terms and distribution of assets remain private, and the burden upon your family members to figure out your estate in the probate process is eliminated.

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Revocable Trusts

Some benefits to the flexibility and privacy of a living trust are the avoidance of the confusing and slow probate process, avoidance of probate court costs, and avoidance of additional attorney’s fees. Moreover, if the trust assets include settlor-owned real estate located outside of the settlor’s state of domicile, ancillary probate of the real estate is avoided, making the process easier on your loved ones.

While revocable trusts have clear benefits, there are a few key aspects to consider before making a decision. Creating a revocable trust takes time and effort, even with a skilled attorney. Assets have to be placed into the trust to avoid probate. Your estate plan has to also be watched annually to make sure that your revocable trust is properly maintained. This usually is best handled by a skilled trustee, who will need to be paid for these efforts. Finally, property in your revocable trust can still often be reached by creditors, so if the goal of your estate plan is asset protection, then this may not be the proper trust for you.

How can I get more details on revocable or living trusts?

Learn more about how to set up a revocable trust by scheduling a consultation with the team at LaCava Law Firm, LLC in Geneva, IL. Estate planning attorney Michael LaCava has the attention to detail and legal knowledge to ensure that your assets will be protected according to your wishes, and regularly partners with other professionals such as accountants and wealth managers to ensure that your estate plan is robust. Get into touch with Michael by calling (630) 444-7504 or schedule a call today to start planning your estate with a revocable trust.
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How our estate planning process works


Initial Discovery Call

We walk you through the estate planning basics and explain and discuss those options in more detail with you during our initial discovery phone call. If you are ready to schedule this now, please click the Schedule A Call link below.

The Questionnaire

Once you decide to move forward, we educate ourselves about your needs based on a questionnaire that we provide to you. CLICK HERE to download.

The Simple Estate Planning Strategy Session

Once we review the forms you provide to us, we schedule a follow-up Simple Estate Planning Strategy Session to explain and discuss the best options available to you, so you can decide how to proceed.


Once you decide on how you want to proceed, we draft your estate plan based on your wishes and present the drafts to you for review.

The Signing

Once you review and finalize the estate planning documents, you then sign the finalized estate planning documents and breathe a sigh of relief knowing that you have taken a major step in simplifying your end-of-life needs and goals.

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Michael LaCava

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Attorney Michael LaCava has a remarkable passion for helping people navigate the intricate realms of real estate and estate planning, and his journey is a testament to his unwavering dedication to both his professional pursuits and his role as a devoted family man.

Since 2013, Michael has honed his skills to become a trusted advisor for individuals seeking guidance in their property transactions and estate planning endeavors. His expertise extends beyond the technicalities of the law, as he is genuinely committed to understanding his clients’ unique needs and ensuring their financial and legal well-being.

Outside the professional realm, Michael finds comfort and joy in his role as a family man. He is a loving husband to his wife, Melanie, and a devoted father to three awesome kids. In his free time, you’ll find Michael and his family immersed in a variety of activities. From camping trips that bring them closer to nature, to fishing adventures that instill a love for the outdoors, to sporting events where  Michael enthusiastically cheers on and coaches his kids in their various sports, Michael cherishes these moments as opportunities to connect and share his life’s journey with family and friends. 444-7504
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Michael LaCava Attorney

LaCava Law Firm, LLC is dedicated to providing affordable, responsive, and personal service to each client.

Our commitment to each client remains consistent, we treat each client with the professional attention and service they deserve, without cutting corners. The results of that dedication are evident in the reputation we have built. Our clients love us for good reason, we deliver and provide the level of service we promise.

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