Family Feud! When Beneficiaries Fight Over an Estate

  Families are torn apart over inheritance money, courtroom battles, lies, manipulation, and dirty tricks! These are things we’ve all seen on television dramas. But it doesn’t happen in real life, does it? The answer is yes; families often fight over an estate. However, before you drop everything and begin regularly observing probate hearings, I’ll  … Read more

Probate Proceedings? You Need an Expert

Probate proceedings are complex, time-consuming, and can be fraught with peril. In fact, did you know that there is an entire body of statutes in the Probate Act of 1975 which describe the legal requirements of bringing an estate through the probate courts? On top of that, there is constantly evolving case law in the  … Read more

Obtaining a Power of Attorney

Life can be unpredictable. But you can plan for the unpredictable. For example, if you become incapacitated, there are important decisions that must be made on your behalf. Who is going to make medical decisions for you and authorize treatment? Who is going to pay your bills and manage your finances?   What is a  … Read more

Planning for Your Second Marriage

If you are planning to get married a second (or third) time, congratulations! While planning your wedding and honeymoon will no doubt monopolize your time, it is also essential to make time to sit down with an attorney to adjust your estate plan to reflect the changes in your life.   What Do I Need  … Read more

Why Are My Wages Being Garnished?

Have you been having problems with the IRS? Have you noticed that you are consistently taking home a smaller paycheck? If your answer to both of those questions is “yes”, there is a good chance that the IRS is garnishing your wages. Further, it probably does not come as much surprise to you, as the  … Read more

Dissipation of Marital Assets

Dissipation of Marital Assets

At the end of a marriage, emotions are raw and tensions are sky-high. Unfortunately, this is when some people choose to blow off steam or punish their estranged spouse by spending a lot of money on themselves. The state of Illinois has a legal term for this, the dissipation of marital property. The Supreme Court  … Read more

Challenging A Will

Challenging A Will

We’ve all read news articles and seen television episodes about people who prey on the elderly for their money. Let me tell you, it is real and it actually happens. In fact, there is actually an entire state agency dedicated to protecting adults from financial exploitation. While it usually isn’t as dramatic as on television,  … Read more

Preparing Your Will: A Checklist

Preparing Your Will A Checklist

A lawyer can help you plan your estate to ensure that your loved ones are taken care of. When I help a client prepare a will, I need complete and accurate information to provide the best legal guidance possible. For this reason, I’ve put together a checklist of information that you will need to gather  … Read more