Deborah B. Cole is a partner with Hoogendoorn & Talbot LLP. Ms. Coleƒ??s areas of practice include estate planning, guardianship, probate, estate and trust administration and commercial and residential real estate. Ms. Coleƒ??s professional work and civic contributions reflect her belief that estate planning is essential for every adult. She feels that while every estate is unique, the basic goals of the process are the same for all: retaining maximum control over a clientƒ??s own assets and affairs, and achieving the greatest protection available from the ravages of excessive taxes, lengthy public probate, and/or guardianship proceedings and unnecessary expenses. Ms. Cole is dedicated to ensuring that her clients achieve these goals. Ms. Cole's clients have saved millions of dollars in estate taxes, probate costs and expensive litigation. It is Ms. Coleƒ??s belief that preservation of family relationships and protecting legacies are her greatest achievements. In an article published in Chicago Magazine's November 2011 issue, Ms. Cole was listed as one of the 2011 Wealth Planners who provide "exceptional service and overall satisfaction". Hoogendoorn and Talbot LLP is a law firm focused on the legal needs of individuals and families, business entities, and charitable, faith-based, and not-for-profit organizations. While our firm is best known for its work in the area of estate planning, probate, guardianships and estate and trust administration, our lawyers also skillfully advise clients on a wide range of issues such as business formation, taxation, financing and operation, complex commercial contracts, litigation of almost every variety, real estate acquisition, sale, and leasing, and family law matters involving dissolution of marriage, custody, paternity and adoption. We believe that the purpose of the law is to serve the community through the principles of fairness, integrity, and justice.