Our Chicago Estate Planning Attorneys
About Eric G. Matlin
A 1978 graduate of The John Marshall Law School, Eric has concentrated his law practice on estate planning for over 25 years.
Eric has helped thousands of families with their estate plans, always striving to achieve a meeting of the minds regarding clients’ goals and delivering quality representation to meet those goals. He believes in maximum transparency in pricing and service, which is why Matlin Law Group offers free initial estate planning consultations coupled with flat-fee pricing for most clients.
Eric enjoys teaching people about the importance of estate planning, including those who know they need it, but don’t understand its urgency. A critical takeaway from his book The Procrastinator’s Guide to Wills and Estate Planning (Penguin Group 2004) is that since many of life’s most momentous events are not calendar items, the time to plan is now.
His latest book, Not Dead Yet (so plan your estate) (Ozanam Publishing, 2017—Amazon.com and MatlinLawGroup.com (insert link to where book-related page will be on new web site), is a serious estate planning handbook which includes a hand-drawn graphic novel that demonstrates the kind of nightmares that occur when people do not plan for life’s uncertainty and death’s finality.
Eric’s core philosophy is that estate planning benefits everyone — the amount of planning people need is just a matter of scale. Whether you are rich or poor, 18 or 108, the picture of good health or seriously ill, estate planning provides harmony and peace of mind, a gift to loved ones.
In addition to proselytizing about the need for estate planning, Eric is a board member of The Josselyn Center (www.josselyn.org), a community mental health resource provider and volunteers for CJE Senior Life at Lieberman Center. He enjoys his family, catching sunsets and moonrises over Lake Michigan, and practicing his ukulele.
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What Our Chicago Clients Are Saying About Us
"Eric, Thanks again for helping me get this signed and completed. It's a big comfort knowing that my will and estate is in order. Thank you again for your generosity and friendship. I really appreciate being able to get this taken care of and with a certain level of confidence. I trust you and feel really comfortable with your advice. I've already referred some friends to you. I will continue to be your advocate and biggest fan!"
"We felt very comfortable with both attorneys. We would feel comfortable if we had to call to have questions answered. The atmosphere with Mr. Matlin was great, and we left the office feeling positive about something that is so important to us."
"I believe Eric did an excellent job communicating the related issues, options and was very helpful in assisting in making final decisions. The process was very helpful and resulted in us making the right decisions for ourselves. It was very easy and educational to work with Eric Matlin and his team."
"There were areas that we had no idea how to handle. Eric Matlin always had a reasonable, often unique, solution. I would definitely recommend this firm."
"I highly recommend Julie Koldziej for Estate Law. She is detailed, concerned and truly invested in you as a person. She takes time to listen to all the ins and outs of your situation and helps to make decisions based on the total picture. With my complex family dynamics, she has brought me a lot of peace of mind in moving forward with my Mother's affairs after the death of my Dad. Great Results, Personable, High Integrity."
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