Estate Planning

We have been preparing estate plans for families for over 30 years. Since we have been doing this for so long, we now have the honor of preparing estate plans for the next generation of our clients’ families. Although the titles of the documents themselves may be common, we customize each and every plan we prepare based on the unique facts and circumstances that we gather while getting to know our client. As a result, no two estate plans are alike.

Estate planning is one of the most important steps any person can take to ensure their final health care and property wishes are honored. An estate consists of all property owned by you at the time of your death, and includes bank accounts, stocks and securities, life insurance policies, real estate, and personal property. Estate plans ensure property will be transferred quickly and with as few legal issues as possible to your loved ones. Estate plans can also avoid probate, which can be a long and expensive process, as well as minimize the amount of inheritance taxes that will have to be paid by your estate.

An estate planning attorney handles all documentation that is important before and after your death. The most common documents are:


Revocable Trust


Irrevocable Trust


Last Will and Testament


Power of Attorney for Property


Power of Attorney for Health Care


Living Will


HIPAA Authorization

Supplemental Needs Trust

A Supplemental Needs Trust might also be recommended if you have a loved one with special needs. This type of trust ensures that your family member can continue to receive their public benefits, while you provide for the things that the public benefits do not cover.

If you already have an estate plan in place, it is important to have your documents reviewed periodically. If you have recently experienced a loved one passing, a medical diagnosis, a disability, a divorce, or your documents are over 5 years old it is important to have your existing estate planning documents reviewed.

Do You Have Children In College?

We recommend that young adults, including college students, execute Powers of Attorney for Property and Health Care. One never knows what is going to happen in life and these documents can benefit anyone 18 years old or older. Powers of Attorney are the documents that allow a person to nominate who they want as their agent in case they need assistance with handling their health care decisions or financial affairs.

Illinois Estate Planning Attorneys

Our legal advisors utilize a wide range of estate planning tools based on your requirements.

An estate planning attorney will determine best combination of tools that are fit for your situation. We achieve this by carefully examining your assets, income and other important details. We will design an estate plan that will safeguard your property as it transfers onto the next generation. The transfer will be achieved in a manner that you prefer minimizing any possible delay, taxes, and administrative costs. When you choose us, you can be assured that we will have your goals as a main priority.

AuBuchon & Pennuto Law are estate planning attorneys serving Cook County, DuPage County, Kane County, Kendall County, & Will County. We have two office locations to better serve you. Visit our Estate Planning Attorneys at our Plainfield, Illinois office or our Warrenville, Illinois office

Email us or call us at 630-412-0412 for a consultation with our Estate Planning attorneys.

What Our Clients Are Saying

Estate Planning and Recent House Sale


We’ve used, Lenita AuBuchon and her team for our estate planning, my in-laws’, estate planning, and the recent sale of our house. Lenita and team are fantastic – I highly recommend them.

Doug R.
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Melissa Explained Everything


My husband and I needed to have a trust made. Melissa Pennuto was recommended to us through a Facebook group. She was outstanding! Very professional and thorough. She explained everything and answered all our questions. She’s extremely knowledgeable and our trust was completed within two weeks. I highly recommend her.

Erin S.
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Relief and Peace of Mind


My parents and I worked with Lenita on creating our family wills and trusts. I had been dreading it, but was surprised at how easy and manageable Lenita made the process. She addressed most of our questions before we had a chance to ask and covered important areas we hadn’t thought of. I can’t think Lenita and her team enough for her thoroughness and also for the relief and peace of mind she’s given our families. I highly recommend Lenita and her team!

Patricia Hernandez
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An Extremely Kind, Caring and Professional Team


An extremely kind, caring and professional team. The helped my parents with the process of establishing their trust and getting their affairs in order. They were wonderful with ensuring everything was current; quickly answering any questions or concerns that came up. When my mother recently passed Lenita guided me through the process of closing out the estate with professionalism and compassion, easing what was an emotionally challenging time. And now, Lenita and the team at AuBuchon & Pennuto Law are helping me with my affairs. I am thrilled and confident with the service I’ve received.

Olivia Jordan
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Our Experience With Estate Planning Couldn’t Have Been Much Easier


Our experience with estate planning couldn’t have been much easier. We were able to meet with Melissa virtually twice, exchange multiple emails, and then complete the signing in person. Melissa was patient with my 59,402,085 questions, and I feel so relieved about having our planning complete!

Jessica Capati
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