Our law firm's mission is to establish lasting relationships with our clients built on trust, integrity, excellent service and effective communication, in order to facilitate our clients' achievement of their personal, family and business planning goals in a professional, friendly atmosphere.
At the law offices of Bellock & Coogan, Ltd., in Oak Brook, Illinois, a western suburb of Chicago, we provide experienced legal representation to individuals throughout the Chicagoland area including DuPage, Cook, Lake, Kane and Will counties. Our lawyers have extensive experience in estate planning, estate and trust administration, and business services.
We provide comprehensive estate planning services, including drafting wills, establishing trusts, preparing business succession plans, planning for charitable giving, employing gift and estate tax minimization strategies, preparing gift tax returns, and developing durable powers of attorney and living will declarations. We utilize these essential legal tools to help clients preserve their net worth in passing their estates to their intended beneficiaries.
The death of a loved one can be an overwhelming and confusing time. We advise and guide families, executors and trustees through the estate and trust administration process. We handle all aspects of estate and trust administration, from opening a probate estate to preparing federal and state estate tax returns, advising IRA beneficiaries, preparing disclaimers to minimize estate tax, and preparing trust and estate accountings.
In addition to our estate planning and estate and trust administration services, we provide related services to our clients, including representation with respect to residential and commercial real estate transactions, organization of business entities, and implementation of other business and corporate transactions. We counsel clients on the selection and establishment of appropriate business entities, the design of ownership agreements, and the purchase and sale of existing businesses. We also provide ongoing services such as maintenance of corporate records, drafting employment contracts and commercial leases, and designing buy-sell agreements between business owners. We have found that for the majority of our clients, such real estate and business transactions are integral components of their overall estate plans.