Estate Planning Attorney

Wills, Probate Avoidance Trusts, Powers of Attorney, Uncontested Probate and Real Estate Matters

Planning for the love of family, self and peace of mind.

Our firm was founded from a place of compassion. Estate planning, or the lack of estate planning, touches the lives of everyday people.  When a major life event happens to a loved one, such as death or disability, the lack of planning can cause confusion, can be costly and can create family conflicts which can affect the lives of family members.

Estate planning involves creating a plan to indicate how your estate will be distributed upon death and also includes a plan for the administration of your financial and healthcare matters in the event of a disability. 

 Examples of estate planning documents include but are not limited to documents such as Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney for Property and Healthcare and Living Will Declarations. 
 

We create estate plans based on your family situation and create a plan unique to you!  We deliver detailed service based on years of experience in the fields of estate planning and probate law.

We also handle uncontested probate matters in Cook County.

Attorney Profile

Jenny Cruz Pedroza, Attorney

Jenny Cruz Pedroza is an experienced attorney who is committed to assisting her clients with estate planning and probate matters. Jenny attended DePaul University in Chicago where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 1998. She attended The John Marshall Law School, now known as UIC Law, and became licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois in 2001. While at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, she was a Member and Staff Editor of The John Marshall Law Review. Jenny has also been admitted before the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
Her focus on estate planning, including the drafting of Wills, Trusts and Powers of Attorney, has evolved as a result of her sincere dedication to helping and counseling individuals. Her attention to detail and sincere dedication to helping her clients has allowed Jenny to expand her practice to become one of the primary probate and estate planning attorneys in suburban Cook County. A fluent Spanish speaker, Jenny provides much needed estate planning services in the Spanish speaking community and she has earned a reputation of being thorough and compassionate.
Jenny enjoys reading and spending quality family time with her husband and three children.
Jenny is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, the Illinois Real Estate Lawyers Association and Wealth Counsel.

Practice Areas

Estate Planning

Estate planning is the process of arranging and managing your assets during your lifetime and deciding how they will be distributed after your death. It involves making important decisions regarding your property, finances, and healthcare to ensure that your wishes are carried out and your loved ones are provided for according to your intentions.

Probate

In some cases, the estate of someone who dies owning property must be probated. Probate is a court process by which a deceased’s property is transferred to those who are to receive it and in which the deceased person’s financial and legal affairs are administered and finalized.
 
 

Real Estate

Real estate closing services encompass the final steps of property transactions, ensuring legal compliance and smooth ownership transfer. These services include document preparation, title search, escrow management, coordinating the closing meeting, funds disbursement, document recording, and post-closing assistance.

Key Components of Estate Planning:

Wills

A Will is a document that controls the disposition of a person's property at death. A Will also allows you the opportunity to nominate the individual or individuals whom you would like the court to appoint as guardian of your minor children.

Trusts

A revocable living trust is primarily a vehicle for managing your property during your lifetime, including even if you become incapacitated, and might also allow you to pass property on to your beneficiaries at death without probate. A trust, generally, is an agreement in which one or more persons (the trustee of trustees) holds and manages property for beneficiaries of a trust.

Powers of Attorney for Property

A power of attorney for property provides for another person to manage a person's property either effective immediately or upon an incapacity. In a power of attorney, you name an agent and you give that agent certain powers to act on your behalf.

Powers of Attorney for Health Care

A power of attorney for health care provides for another person to make health care decisions on your behalf either immediately or upon an incapacity.

Living Will Declaration

This is a statement given directly to your doctor that makes clear one's wishes as to how he or she would want to be treated when death is imminent.

Client Testimonials

Patricia M.
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Jenny is very patient and thorough. She explained everything very well to my parents who are elders. They felt very comfortable working with her and are grateful they did. She treated their matters with compassion. My parents mainly speak Spanish and she is speaks Spanish fluidly. My parents used Jenny for their entire estate plan and couldn't be happier. We highly recommend her!
Julius L.
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Very patient lawyer! She makes everything clear and speaks Spanish! This was a plus for me as my grandmother only speaks Spanish. I would recommend her to anyone!
Sandra
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We have hired Jenny for several real estate transactions over the last 12 years. I highly recommend her to family and friends. Ms. Cruz is professional, knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with. Thank you Jenny for all your help throughout the years!
Patricia
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Jenny Cruz Pedroza provided great service and piece of mind to my parents. Jenny helped them with their complex plan. My parents mainly speak spanish and she is fluent in Spanish. I was impressed with how she was able to get them to understand and feel confident about their wishes. She was very accommodating and even met with us on a Saturday morning.
Norma
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Jenny is an exceptional attorney. Not only is she professional, knowledgeable and smart, she is also thoughtful, caring and empathetic. These qualities were important to me when Jenny was hired as my parents estate planning attorney. She took her time with them and was very patient in explaining everything clearly in Spanish so my elderly parents could understand. My parents and I highly recommend her services. Thank you Jenny!!
Manuel G.
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Incredible responsiveness and professionalism, highly recommend this business. Was extremely patient explaining things to my elderly mom.
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