Understanding Estate Taxes in Illinois

Planning for federal estate taxes with a large estate can be incredibly challenging. Attorneys spend years learning and mastering the various approaches to helping clients maximize their estates and leveraging tax advantages. This is so that their loved ones can benefit as much as possible. The state of Illinois adds an additional layer to this  … Read more

Temporary Orders in a Divorce

Separations and divorces are a time of great turmoil and disruption for everyone in a family. There are huge logistical questions that have to be answered, like the future of the children, your finances, and everyone’s living arrangements. Beyond these big questions are the raw emotions, fear, and anger that can manifest themselves in poor  … Read more

Establishing a Trust for Your Child

We love our kids and would do nearly anything for them. We want to keep them safe and to provide for them. However, they can drive us absolutely crazy sometimes because they are prone to making terrible decisions. For example, when your pre-teen rang up a $300 bill making in-app purchases playing “Pokemon Go.” Or  … Read more

The Duties of an Executor

When a person dies with a will, the will designates an executor. This is a person trusted by the deceased to take all of the legal steps necessary to make sure that the will is carried out. Sometimes, this person knows that they will be the executor, and sometimes it comes as a complete surprise.  … Read more

The Simplified Probate Process

Many people simply do not leave behind sizeable estates when they pass away. In fact, so many people leave “small” estates behind that if probate courts had to fully flesh out these cases, the entire probate system would collapse with completely unmanageable dockets. The Illinois state legislature recognized this, as well as the fact that  … Read more

The Tax Lien Powers of the IRS

Are you unable or unwilling to pay your high tax bill to the IRS? If your answer is yes, I’m sure that you have legitimate reasons for not paying. However, if you have already received a demand for payment from the IRS, I would suggest that you immediately contact an attorney. The reason I say  … Read more

Should I Consider a Living Will?

Nobody wants to contemplate a disaster befalling them. To take it further, no one wants to plan for it, because it feels morbid and unnatural. However, if you become terminally incapacitated due to illness or injury, consider this: who is going to make medical decisions for you? Also, did you communicate your medical desires with  … Read more

Divorce and the Family Business

  Divorce and a Family Business Married couples sometimes go into business together. This arrangement can take several forms. An example is when one spouse primarily runs the business while the other manages the household or holds another job. Another possibility is that both spouses collaborate on the business. It is therefore inevitable that when  … Read more

The Benefits of Mediation in a Probate Proceeding

  Probate proceedings are often an emotional, tedious, and expensive process. You may be locked into a legal battle with another family member, which is painful enough as it is. Unfortunately, the problem may be compounded by court delays and growing expenses related to litigation as you approach trial. In addition, probate courts, like most  … Read more

What You Need to Prepare for Your Tax Appeal

Tax Appeal

  If you have been audited by the IRS and they raised your tax obligation, you have probably received a notice of your right to appeal the auditor’s report. These appeals go through the IRS Tax Appeals office, which is a separate office from the one that conducted your audit. The tax appeal officer who  … Read more