Estate Planning and Transactional Law Firm

Whether you need an estate plan or need help navigating through business matters, our experienced team is here to help every step of the way.

Services

Our practices

We offer a variety of legal services to both Illinois and New York residents/businesses. Learn more about our practice areas below.

Attorney John Bielski
Attorney SJ Chapman
OUR TEAM

Get Peace of Mind Every Step Of the Way

At Bielski Chapman, Ltd., we provide our clients and their families peace of mind through our comprehensive estate planning and business planning. We are committed to providing personal services to each client to meet their needs, goals, and situation. 

Our experienced team has an extensive track record and solid understanding of Illinois and New York law. Whether you need help with business formation, estate planning, or are dealing with legal issues or disputes that have cropped up, the local team at Bielski Chapman, Ltd. is here to help.

Timeline

Our Estate Planning Process

Our estate plan process consists of about four weeks and five steps. Learn more about our process and what you need to do to prepare for your estate plan.


Initial Consultation Call

During the initial consultation, we gather contact details and answer any questions regarding your inquiry.


Complete Intake Questionnaire

After the initial consultation, we send over our intake questionnaire to help gather more specifics for your estate plan. Most clients take about a week to gather appropriate information.


Design
Meeting

After you’ve completed the estate planning questionnaire, we set up a design meeting to discuss the cost and make sure your needs and wants are met with your estate plan.


Signing
Meeting

After the Design Meeting, we will send over the documents (with all of the names and contacts of your decided decision makers) and diagrams of asset distribution for you to review. During this review process, we will coordinate a signing meeting to finalize the estate plan.


Funding the Estate Plan

The final stage after you sign is putting assets into your trust. We will work with you to schedule another zoom meeting or send you instructions on how to fund your trust.

Why choose us

THE Bielski Chapman DIFFERENCE

We practice law from a place of empathy.  Whether it’s the pride of running your own business, the grief of losing a loved one, the concern for aging parents, or the sale of a treasured home, we’ve been there. 

Both partners started businesses on their own; this firm is John’s “baby” and SJ started a successful company in the IVF space.  We know what the keys are to making sure legal risk is mitigated so your company can thrive. 

We also understand elder law from first-hand experience.  Before his father passed away, John endured the difficulty that comes with a parent with dementia; he knows first-hand the taxing process of trying to find adequate resources and appropriate residential care.  SJ’s father has Parkinson’s; she understands the fear that comes from the prospect of losing your life savings to long-term care costs, how hard it is to find the right nursing home, and the exhaustion that a caretaker-spouse experiences trying to do all they can to help. 

When you choose to work with us, you’ve chosen a law firm that understands you.  

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the areas of law that bilsky Chapman

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practices in is probate and guardianship

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general business transactional and

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litigation law as far as probate and

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guardianship work we are one of the

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larger firms in Illinois as far as

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volume of cases and we practice in

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almost every County in Illinois and we

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have cases pending throughout the United

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States

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we know that our clients are coming from

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all different backgrounds all different

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levels of wealth all different walks of

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life and we treat every single one of

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our clients like a VIP

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most of our cases are flat or what’s

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considered fixed fee cases these are set

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rates that the client knows going into

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the engagements however on certain cases

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in which that is not practical we will

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sit down with the client and explain to

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what the proposed budget will be our

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goal is that the client knows exactly

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what they’re getting into as far as

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rates and fees and we want to

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communicate our rates to them at all

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stages of the engagement an example in

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which fees might be flat would be

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guardianship by Statute and by rule

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judges require that we do that hourly so

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those are at a statutory rate and so

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that would be an example where we cannot

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do a fixed fee some of the more

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complicated estate planning engagements

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in which we’re doing heavy tax planning

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or there is something that is really

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unique those are examples where we would

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engage on an hourly basis but again in

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all those cases we try to put a budget

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rate will be when the engagement is

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completed

Guidebooks & Forms

Download Our Free Resources

Supplemental Needs Trust Questionnaire

Successor Trustee Handbook

Confidential Estate Planning Questionnaire

Cook County Small Estate Affidavit

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