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    • Adult & Minor Guardianship FAQs

      Many jurisdictions across the country have provisions for those who want to apply to be a guardian for a minor child or an adult. Proceeding through this process can be complicated. However, with the help of an attorney, you can understand all the benefits and challenges of gaining guardianship of another individual. Here are a…

    • How to Navigate the Probate Process in Illinois

      After someone dies, their assets go through a process known as probate. With that, the courts will ensure that their will is valid, along with identifying and distributing the property. Often, it can be lengthy and time-consuming.  How can you better prepare yourself to navigate the probate process in Illinois? Here are a few tips:…

    • Is Probate Required in Illinois?

      After someone passes away, their estate may end up in probate. Generally, this process involves ensuring that the deceased individual’s will is valid. The court will also identify and distribute their property to the person’s heirs. Many people want to avoid these proceedings because they are lengthy and costly. Is probate required in Illinois? Here…

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    • real estate revocable trust

      If you are a new homeowner, congratulations!  Maybe someone recommended to you recently that now that you own a home, it is beneficial to put your real estate in a revocable living trust and you’re wondering why.  Read on!  By putting real estate in trust, clients ensure that their home will be transferred to their…

    • selling a house without probating

      One issue that we come across frequently is a deed that has been sitting in a deceased parent’s name for years, and finally a child is ready to sell the property, but doesn’t have the authority to sell because their name is not on the deed.  One way to go about selling the property is…

    • what is probate

      The first time I heard the word “probate” was after I had finished law school and passed the bar exam.  If you are lucky, the probate process is a foreign concept to you.  But most people come across it at some point in their lifetime, and we are here to demystify what exactly probate is. …

    • living trust estate planning

      There are two types of estate planning: will-based planning and trust-based planning.  Our office only does trust-based planning.  While a Last Will and Testament will direct your executor how to distribute your property, your executor will be required to go to probate court to collect and distribute your property, opening up your estate to the…

    • who needs an estate plan

      Folks often believe that only the wealthy need a will or a trust. As a matter of fact, having an estate plan is not only about passing wealth on to future generations or avoiding taxes.   People Who Need an Estate Plan Estate planning has numerous benefits for all of the following groups.   If you fall…

    • losing a trust

      What do you do when you’ve lost a trust? You go back to basics: the elements of a trust, and when all else fails, probate!  A Short Story About a Client Who Lost a Trust We had a case where a client’s mother (let’s call the mother Betty Smith) had deeded her home into trust…