Benefits of Utilizing an Advance Healthcare Directive in Your Illinois Estate Plan

directive, DuPage County estate planning lawyerFor many people, it can be hard to know which estate planning tools and documents are appropriate for their circumstance. Estate planning has become almost synonymous with a Last Will and Testament, but drafting a will is by far not the only important aspect of estate planning. One estate planning tool which you may not have heard of is an advance healthcare directive—the most common type of which is a living will. A living will allows a person to make decisions about their potential future medical care in advance. If you are someone who wants to have a say in the types of medical intervention you could receive if you become incapacitated through illness or injury, an advance directive may be right for you.

A Living Will Puts You in Control

Few would argue that medical advances made in the last several decades are anything short of remarkable. Many people are able to survive and even recover from illnesses and injuries which would have led to death even just a few years ago. Because of this, more and more individuals are realizing how important it is to make decisions about medical treatment and end of life care in advance. A living will allows you to dictate the types of medical intervention you do and do not want if you are incapacitated by illness or injury. More specifically, a living will can allow you to:

  • Refuse certain medical treatments;
  • Know the results of your medical treatment;
  • Ensure doctors follow your wishes regarding medical intervention and care; and
  • Authorize medical treatments you may want in the future.

An Advance Healthcare Directive Can Help Your Family Avoid Burdensome Decisions

One of the biggest benefits of a living will is that it saves your family from having to make medical decisions on your behalf if you become incapacitated. The famous Terri Schiavo case is a dramatic example of the importance of proper estate planning. The young woman fell into a persistent vegetative state in 1990 and required a feeding tube to live. An aggressive, public battle between Schiavo’s parents and her husband regarding her feeding tube resulted. Her husband believed Schiavo would not have wanted her life artificially prolonged in this way while her parents vehemently believed that she should be kept alive at all costs.

Family members of individuals suffering from an incapacitating medical condition often disagree about the types of life-prolonging care their loved one should receive. By creating a living will, you can significantly reduce the need for family members to make these types of burdensome decisions.

Contact a DuPage County Advance Medical Directive Lawyer  

Contact our experienced Wheaton, Illinois estate planning attorneys today if you have further questions about living wills or other estate planning tools. Call 630-665-2500 to set up an initial consultation.

 

Sources:

https://www.cbsnews.com/pictures/look-back-in-history-terri-schiavo-death/

https://www.forbes.com/sites/northwesternmutual/2015/08/26/what-you-should-know-about-advance-directives/#3dcc31ac6b4c

Examining the Different Types of Business Mergers and Acquisitions

DuPage County mergers and acquisitions lawyerMergers and acquisitions are highly misunderstood legal terms, and are often considered to be synonymous among small business owners and the general population. However, there are some distinct differences between the two; understanding them and how they change the dynamics of a business transaction can be critical for ensuring a company’s future success.

Mergers

A merger is a business transaction in which two companies join together to form one company. Many times, one of the two companies ceases to exist. One example is the2007 merger between Digital Computers and Compaq in which Digital Computers was absorbed by Compaq.

Yet, not all mergers are the same. Instead, there are five types of mergers, all of which are listed and described below:

  • Horizontal merger. This involves two companies in direct competition with one another, both in market and product line.
  • Vertical merger. This is an agreement between two companies in a similar industry, but different type of business. An example would be a merger between a framing company and a drywall company.
  • Market-extension merger. An agreement between companies in different markets but with similar products.
  • Product-extension merger. An agreement between companies in similar markets that sell distinct products.
  • Conglomerate merger. Two companies with seemingly nothing in common merge. An example would be an electronics company merging with a company that sells car parts.

Acqusitions

An acquisition is a business transaction in which one company purchases another company. The latter of ceases to exist. In this scenario, the buyers take over the operations and decision-making of the purchased company. Many times, acquisitions have negative connotations, while mergers are viewed in a positive light. Whatever the case may be, it’s important to know that there are three main acquisitions

  • Strategic Remix acquisition. This is an agreement in which the acquired asset, including operations and product line, are combined with an existing business to increase profit.
  • Private Equity acquisition. This is when a company buys another business at a cheap price, pumps it full of resources, and then sells it at a higher cost.
  • Alphabet acquisition. An agreement between two companies that is a hybrid of the other two types of acquisitions. When this happens, the buyers take on the operations and product line of the acquired company with the intention of waiting to see how the acquired company does. If they improve, the buyers have the choice to sell or pump in more resources and potentially keep running the company for their own profit.

If you are looking to enter the world of mergers and acquisitions, contact Stock, Carlson, Oldfield & McGrath, LLC. Backed by more than 40 years of legal and business experience, our Wheaton small business attorneys can help you make informed decisions about your organization’s future. As a small business ourselves, our legal team knows how important a transaction like this can be for your business’ future. Call 630-665-2500 to schedule a consultation with our office today.

Sources:

https://www.investopedia.com/terms/m/mergersandacquisitions.asp

https://www.investopedia.com/terms/m/mergersandacquisitions.asp

https://www.investopedia.com/terms/m/mergersandacquisitions.asp

 

Establishing a Business in Illinois – What Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners Need to Know

Wheaton small business attorneysFew things in life are as satisfying as running your own company and being your own boss, but such a privilege requires a lot of hard work and dedication. There are also multiple steps – some strategic, some legal – to starting your own company. Learn more about establishing a business in Illinois, discover what resources are available to you, and obtain detailed information on how a seasoned business law attorney can ease the process and help to ensure your business is protected in the years to come. 

Preparing for Business – The Initial Steps

Ideally, business owners would start preparing for business long before they plan to open their doors. They would have a complete a market analysis and have an in-depth business plan, and they would have already started to engage with people on social media to ensure they have a solid customer base before opening their doors for business.The world is not perfect, however, and sometimes business owners jump in, head-first, without really knowing what it takes to be successful in today’s digital world.

Thankfully, even if this occurs, there are ways to recover. There are also numerous resources at the business owner’s disposal, such as the Small Business Association (SBA), which offers detailed information on how to create a business plan. Entrepreneurs can also outsource some of the work, like social media engagement and website creation, to ensure they have more time to focus on other tasks, such as:

  • Conducting a market analysis;
  • Choosing and protecting your business name;
  • Developing a marketing plan;
  • Finding financing for your business;
  • Opening a bank account;
  • Hiring your first employees (if applicable);
  • Choosing a location for your business; and
  • Speaking with an attorney to ensure all the legalities of opening a business are covered.

The Legal Aspects of Opening a Business 

In addition to ensuring that your business has a solid customer base, creating a marketing plan, and setting up the company’s financials, business owners must comply with state and federal laws, including those relating to taxes and employment. These laws require that entrepreneurs: 

  • Decide on and create a business entity;
  • Register the business name;
  • Obtain a federal employment identification number, or EIN, (if applicable);
  • Register for local and state taxes;
  • Obtain any required business licenses or permits; and
  • Ensuring you meet all state and federal employment laws (if applicable).

Many of these aspects of opening a business contain multiple steps and complex processes. To reduce the chances of a mistake or missed element, business owners can seek the aid of a seasoned and competent business law attorney. 

Contact Our Wheaton Small Business Lawyers

As a small business ourselves, Stock, Carlson, Oldfield & McGrath, LLC understands the challenges and obstacles that entrepreneurs face when opening their own businesses. We aid in all ways possible, and we can even help protect your business from litigation and other legal issues in the future. Schedule a personalized consultation with our DuPage County small business attorneys to get started. Call 630-665-2500 today. 

Sources:

https://www.sba.gov/business-guide/

https://www2.illinois.gov/business/registration-licenses-permits