Author - Jennifer Guimond-Quigley

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Jennifer Guimond-Quigley resides in Chicago with her husband Chris and their daughter and son. She is also the principal of the Law Office of Jennifer Guimond-Quigley, concentrating in estate planning/probate and family law.

How to speak with your parents about their estate plan

Estate planning is a topic that can be difficult for all of us. Even more difficult is approaching this topic with one’s own aging parents.  Perhaps there is a feeling that the parent will misconstrue the intent behind the conversation.  Or, maybe there are mixed feelings about whether it’s appropriate for the child to approach this topic because it signifies a role reversal in the relationship that the parents find disconcerting.  However, there are ways for adult children to lightly broa...

Posted on April 03, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Jennifer Guimond-Quigley

Choosing Who Will Take Care of Your Child if You Can't

A lesson in compromise

As an estate planning attorney, I am obsessed with planning for life’s many contingencies. My clients’ files are backed up in so many places I’ve lost track. I have all my electronic passwords written down and sealed in an envelope containing the instruction “OPEN ONLY IN AN EMERGENCY” in a fireproof safe. Not surprisingly, my husband and I had our estate plan in place prior to becoming pregnant with our first child, complete with the designated guardians to take...

Posted on December 14, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Jennifer Guimond-Quigley