Avoiding Probate
Probate Attorney
Posted March 08, 2018

After a person passes away, the administration of his or her estate is overseen by a probate court. Unfortunately, probate can be time-consuming and expensive, especially if one of the decedent’s heirs contests the estate or the estate planning documents are unclear. There are ways to avoid the probate process completely, which can save your […]

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The Consequences of Failing to Plan Your Estate
Estate Planning Attorney
Posted February 21, 2018

Although most people don’t like to contemplate their own death, the reality is that deciding how our assets will be distributed after we pass away is crucial to ensuring that our loved ones are provided for after death. Unfortunately, those who fail to take this step and who do not create a will or establish […]

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Small Estate Affidavits
Contested Estates Attorney
Posted February 07, 2018

Even when a person goes through the process of drafting a will or creating a trust, his or her estate must still go through formal probate proceedings, which can be time-consuming and costly. During this time, a disgruntled family member could also come forward and claim that the estate plan is invalid, which could result […]

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Holographic Wills: Are They Valid?
Contested Estates Attorney
Posted January 22, 2018

Under Illinois law, only wills that comply with specific rules are considered valid. For instance, all wills must be in writing, while the testator must be at least 18 years old and have sufficient mental capacity to know what he or she is doing. Finally, the will must be signed by two credible witnesses. To […]

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