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Joining Zanck, Coen, Wright & Saladin, PC first as a law clerk, then as an associate attorney upon graduation of law school, Heather Kroencke is a welcome addition to our team.

Heather is licensed to practice in Wisconsin, Illinois, and in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. She focuses her practice on all aspects of estate planning, from ensuring a proper and personalized initial estate plan through assisting families administer an estate when a loved one dies. Heather also handles property assessment appeals and general real estate matters. Heather also sits on the board of directors for the Centegra Health System Foundation.

Graduating cum laude from Marquette University Law School, she was a recipient of Cali Awards (highest grade) in The Law Governing Lawyers and The Constitution and Criminal Investigation and was a member of Alpha Sigma Nu honor fraternity. Heather was a cum laude graduate from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Journalism degree.

Heather and her husband live in McHenry County with their three daughters. She currently serves as a board member and Secretary for United Way Greater McHenry County, is involved in the Crystal Lake Young Professionals, has enjoyed volunteering with Senior Care Volunteer Network in McHenry County since 2011, and is a graduate of the 2016 class of Leadership Greater McHenry County. She also serves on the preschool committee at My Father’s World Preschool in Crystal Lake.


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Property Tax Appeals



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Learn about Heather Kroencke

Excerpt: “Hi, my name is Heather Kroencke, I am an attorney at Zanck, Coen, Wright & Saladin, where I focus my practice on estate planning which includes estate administration and probate as well as real estate purchases and sales of commercial and residential properties and also property assessment appeals in McHenry Lake and Kane County.”

How often should I review my estate plan? Heather Kroencke answers

Excerpt: “You should always review an estate plan if you already have one in place. My rule of thumb is any big major event you should take a look at it to make sure it’s still applicable.”

What is probate? Heather Kroencke answers.

Excerpt: “There is a lot of misinformation surrounding probate. Essentially what it is the process where a deceased person’s estate has to go to court before it can be distributed.”

What is an estate plan? Heather Kroencke answers

Excerpt: “What we mean by an estate plan is sitting down, going over your finances to see what you have and how you have it titled and then determining if you can handle all of that through a basic will.”

Do I need to have an estate plan?

Excerpt: “I get asked a lot whether or not it’s important for individuals to have an estate plan because there is this common belief that only the super wealthy need an estate plan and that’s not true.”



About the Property Tax Appeal Board

Excerpt: “If you did your assessment appeal on your own and were not successful at the local level; either you went in front of the board of review and did not receive a reduction or you gave them permission to decide without a hearing and did not receive a reduction in that regard, all is not lost and you can file an appeal to the Estate Appeal Board, also know as the Property Tax Appeal Board.”

Appealing Property Tax Assessment

If you own either residential or commercial property in McHenry County, it’s likely that you have been shocked when you’ve opened your tax bill for that property especially in the last years as it seems that property taxes across Illinois are going up significantly.



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Estate And Gift Planning Basics

An Appealing Choice