Category: Probate


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

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 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

How Not To Plan Your Estate

  Estate planning combines several things that people dread, in no particular order: (1) accounting for ALL of your money, assets, and debts; (2) facing your own mortality; and (3) sitting for a prolonged amount of time with a lawyer. In all seriousness, there are some proven mistakes that I have seen over the years  … Read more

Beware of Hidden Creditors

  Creditors can be an unavoidable nuisance in life. In death, there is still no avoiding them as they can make claims against a deceased person’s estate. In fact, if you have been named the executor of an estate greater that $100,000, or if you plan to become the administrator of an estate without a  … Read more

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