Local attorney to provide guidance on key planning issues
Submitted by Lavelle Law, Ltd.
The Palatine library will be the site for an upcoming seminar for expectant mothers, providing guidance on issues such as estate planning and child support. The guest speaker at the Thursday, April 26, event will be Palatine attorney Kristina Regal. The free event is open to the general public and will begin at 7 p.m.
The central topic to be covered will be the overall readiness for parenthood from a legal perspective. Issues like living trusts, estate planning and child support will be covered.
Kristina Regal is an attorney with Lavelle Law, Ltd., in Palatine. She is involved in the Estate Planning and Family Law practice groups at the firm which was the 2009 Palatine Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year and a 2012 small business winner for the Annual Awards for Business Excellence. Regal works with many female clients and hopes to use this seminar to provide some guidance, whether the mom is expecting their first child or adding to an existing family.
"There is so much joy and excitement in becoming a parent and the majority of the attention is on preparing things like your home, safety issues, and choosing pediatricians," said Regal. "Those are all great areas on which to concentrate, but we also like to encourage moms-to-be to step back and give some thought to protecting their children in the long term."
Regal said it is very common for parents to not want to deal with the "what ifs" in life, but not doing so can be very detrimental if something should happen to a parent. "We all worry about protecting our kids with the right car seat and safe toys, but most of us don't want to think about protecting them if we are not there. Taking the time now to put a simple will or trust in place can provide a lot of peace of mind, and ensures that your child is cared for in the manner you would want in the unfortunate case of a loss of life, or extended disability."
Regal will also discuss child support as the number of single mothers continues to grow. "This does not need to be an adversarial situation, but it really makes sense to get a formal agreement in place to protect the financial security of a child for a single mom."
The seminar will run from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Palatine Public Library, 700 N. North Court St., in Palatine. Regal, herself the mother of two toddlers, said that while the topics to be covered are important, the event will be fun. "We will make it interactive and take lots of questions. Clients are often skittish about this type of planning, but we will work to put everyone at ease and show them how simple planning can actually be a very comforting experience."
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