Month: November 2016

New Illinois Law Amends Inheritance Rights of Unborn Children
Posted November 22, 2016

This year, the Illinois Legislature passed the Illinois Parentage Act, which makes a significant change to probate law in regards to posthumous children. Under the terms of the new provisions, a posthumous child will not be considered a decedent’s child for inheritance purposes unless the child was in utero at the time of death. Although […]

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The Truth is Stranger than Fiction
Posted November 17, 2016

The Truth is Stranger than Fiction Provided By: Alan G. Orlowsky This story is based on a real case involving a man who created a solid plan for his estate that, unfortunately, went completely wrong. Here is what happened. In 2005, Joe Bartlett, owner of Optimum Manufacturing, created a will leaving everything except his business […]

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Contesting a Forged Will
Posted November 08, 2016

Contesting a Forged Will Provided By: Alan G. Orlowsky Courts are reluctant to throw out a person’s will because of the presumption that wills represent the intent of their makers. However, in some cases, it is possible to overturn a will if there is evidence of fraud, undue influence, or forgery. Because of the state’s […]

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