Meet Our Chicago Estate Planning Attorneys & Probate Attorneys
At Matlin Law Group, we are not your typical lawyers. Our founder, Eric G Matlin has never worked for a traditional law firm and so our firm does not have the culture that is so feared by most dealing with attorneys. We pride ourselves on taking great care of our clients and employees alike.
- We believe in compassionately guiding our clients and their families through life’s transitions, while trying to maintain harmony in family relationships.
- We are a team that collaboratively works together to meet the needs of our clients and provide quality services.
- We are a work family that respects each other’s contributions and strives to have every employee feel valued and appreciated.
We are driven by our values and philosophies which are:
- Everyone Needs Estate Planning. From the 18 year old, who needs a Healthcare Power of Attorney, the newly married couple with a baby who need to appoint guardians, the middle aged soon to be retired who need trusts to avoid probate, or the elderly individual who needs help with decision making, everyone needs estate planning with wills, trusts and powers of attorney.
- We want to help as many people as possible set up the planning they need for themselves and their families in the event of death or disability.
- We guide Executors, Trustees, Guardians, and Agents Under Power of Attorney to get through a loved one’s disability or death with family relationships intact and without litigation.
Meet Our Attorneys
What Our Clients Are Saying About Us:
Attorneys Mary E. Vanek and Talia M. Shambee Achieve Appellate Court Victory
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What Is Mental Capacity, and Why Does It Matter?
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New Attorney Spotlight
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Estate Planning Spring Cleaning Checklist
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Should I Stay or Should I Go…Seeking a Warmer Tax Climate?
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A Guide to Estate Planning for Young Families
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Estate Planning Checklist: 5 Essential Steps to Protect Your Future
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Will Planning Guide: How to Make a Legal Will in Illinois
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When Do You Need Estate Planning? How to Start at Any Age
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"Be Kind; Everyone You Meet is Fighting a Hard Battle"
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Estate planning attorney Eric Matlin pleads guilty to entertaining readers
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Barbara Bush’s Comfort Care Decision at End of Life – Rest in Peace
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Should Your Executor Be Your Eldest Child?
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Local author pens estate planning book
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Being a trustee or executor is stressful. Become de-stressed.
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How to Contest a Will in Illinois
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Should I agree to serve as executor?
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DO “DINKS” NEED ESTATE PLANNING?
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In re Estate of Marion Young Tait 2017 IL App (3d) 150834
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Living Without a Will
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Should You Use A “Do-It-Yourself” Estate Planning Service?
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DO YOU KNOW WHO YOUR HEALTHCARE AGENT SHOULD BE? TAKE THIS QUIZ TO FIND OUT.
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Electronic Records and end-of-life plans
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Spring Cleaning – Getting Your Documents Organized for Your Estate plan
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Top 12 Reasons People Delay Estate Planning
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Are You Covering Your Children’s Health Insurance Costs Without Any Access to Their Medical Information?
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