Providing Peace Of Mind

Estate Planning and Administration North Barington, Illinois

Responsible for administrative support for attorneys in the estate planning and/administration department including drafting legal documents, handling client inquiries, preparing all documentation in a precise manner and performing technical duties as needed on a daily basis.

Responsibilities:

  • Communicate with clients to gather necessary information, provide updates on case progress, and answer questions regarding estate and trust matters.
  • Assist attorneys in managing estate and trust administration cases, including organizing files, maintaining calendars, and tracking deadlines.
  • Draft and prepare various legal documents, such as wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and estate administration forms.
  • Facilitate the probate process by preparing and filing necessary court documents, communicating with court personnel, and coordinating asset valuation and distribution.
  • Assist with the administration of trusts, including funding trusts, maintaining trust records, preparing accountings, and distributing assets to beneficiaries according to trust terms.
  • Compile and maintain detailed inventories of estate assets, including real estate, financial accounts, personal property, and other assets.
  • Communicate with beneficiaries regarding their inheritance, provide information on estate and trust matters, and facilitate beneficiary distributions.
  • Assist with the preparation and filing of estate tax returns, including gathering necessary information, calculating tax liabilities, and ensuring compliance with tax laws.
  • Conduct legal research on estate and trust laws, regulations, and procedures to support attorneys in case preparation and strategy.
  • Reconcile financial accounts, review statements, and ensure accuracy in asset valuations and distributions during estate and trust administration.
  • Maintain accurate and organized records of estate and trust administration activities, including correspondence, documents, and financial transactions.
  • Collaborate with attorneys, other paralegals, and support staff to ensure efficient case management and delivery of high-quality legal services to clients.
  • Maintain office procedures;
  • Maintain and update existing document production forms and systems;
  • Maintain confidentiality and work independently;
  • All other projects as assigned.

Required Skills:

Telephone/Meeting Etiquette, Oral and Written Communication Skills, Professionalism, Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Teams, Legal Terminology, Interpersonal Skills, Organization, Planning, Proofreading and Grammatical Skills, Time Management, Familiarity with office equipment, machines and software programs.

Education/Training:

BA degree or paralegal certificate preferred and a minimum of three (3) years related work experience required

Job Type:

Full-time

Salary:

Based on experience

Benefits:

  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Vision insurance

Schedule:

  • In-Office 8 hour shift
  • Monday to Friday

Supplemental Pay Types:

  • Bonus pay

Education:

  • Bachelor’s (Preferred)

Experience:

  • Microsoft Office: 1 year (Preferred)

License/Certification:

  • Paralegal Certificate (Preferred)

Work Location:

In person