Joliet Estate Planning Lawyer

At Gateville Law Firm, our real estate and estate planning lawyers understand the challenges that present a family when a loved one is incapable of providing for themselves.  Furthermore, we understand the power of legacy and estate planning for generations of family members and loved ones.  While estate planning is often seen as for the wealthy and powerful, despite being for typical Americans that aim for a better tomorrow.  Preparation is critical in life and estate planning provides financial and economic security for one’s family and future.

Estate Planning Professionals in Bolingbrook and Shorewood

Attorney Sean Robertson provides customized estate planning services for residents of Will County including the following areas:

  • Joliet
  • Crest Hill
  • Lockport
  • Bolingbrook
  • Shorewood
  • Plainfield
  • Romeoville
  • Frankfort
  • Homer Glen
  • Minooka
  • Naperville
  • Aurora

Attorney Robertson is eager to serve the Will County area.  Attorney Robertson and his team of attorneys and staff have empathy and passion for access to the American dream.  We are sensitive to persons from a variety of backgrounds including but not limited to African Americans, Latinos, Asians, and Indian communities among many others.  We represent diversity and appreciate the opportunity to empower communities with education and financial empowerment.

Powers of Attorneys

One of the basic estate planning strategies is use of a Power of Attorney.  There are two (2) types of power of attorneys:  financial powers of attorneys and health care powers of attorneys.  A power of attorney appoints an agent to make financial and health related decisions when one is either incapable to making their own decisions or they have limited capacity or mobility which inhibits their ability to serve their own needs.  Attorney Robertson educates people and empowers seniors and family members on protecting their financial rights.


A Will is one of the estate planning strategies that people consider.  A Will unfortunately is ill equipped in most cases to easily transition one’s assets to their family members with ease and conflict.  Our law firm employs Pour Over Wills, which work cooperatively with Trusts to protect one’s family members, pass wealth from generation to generation with ease and minimum cost and gives family members peace of mind.  Unfortunately, many family members are first generation families with means.  Their parents and grandchildren could not educate them about the importance of estate planning.  A Will also has guardianship language, which protects minor children.


Trusts are a powerful estate planning strategy if used correctly.  Trusts are potent because they avoid probate court and create legacies that can last for generations. Trust provide financial protections, which surpass Wills and other estate planning strategies.  Trust provide privacy and creditor protection for beneficiaries.

Advanced Healthcare Directives

Like a Power of Attorney for Healthcare, Advanced Healthcare Directives assist loved ones to make the correct health related decisions to empower family members in case of incapacity.  Advanced medical directives also include living wills, which instruct family members how to proceed in case of emergency situations. Emergency situations require advanced instructions on how to proceed with these complex medical and healthcare situations.

Deed in Trust

A Deed in Trust is a type of real estate deed for Trust.  A Trust provides the following benefits:

  • Privacy
  • Smooth transition upon death and probate avoidance
  • Enables one to create realistic incentives and structures to protect future generations of children and family members
  • Provides creditor protection for beneficiaries
  • Creates a smooth transition upon an incapacity or death
  • Instructs family members on a person’s gift, estate planning, and inheritance goals


Sean Robertson and Gateville Law Firm provide customized and high-quality estate planning and asset protection services in Joliet, Shorewood, Plainfield, Crest Hill, and Will County.  Gateville Law Firm and its’ staff empower and educate people and families on their specific estate planning goals.  Our estate planning staff and lawyers provide legacies that empower and pass wealth from generation to generation.  We welcome the opportunity to serve diverse communities.  We have a diverse staff that speaks Spanish and English and we employ staff members that attempt to reflect the diversity of Will County.  Attorney Sean Robertson may be reached at 630-780-1034.

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