How Can You Obtain Emergency Guardianship?

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If an adult becomes incapacitated and does not have a power of attorney in place for someone to take over their affairs, it can be necessary to initiate the guardianship process. However, this process can take time – especially if someone objects – and there might be the need for a guardian to be in place immediately. Discuss the…

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Did Your Loved One Pass Away Without a Will?

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The death of a loved one can be traumatizing, and your family might be going through a difficult period of grief. This difficult situation can become even more so if you learn that your loved one passed away without having a valid last will and testament. Many people underestimate the importance of a will, or believe that estate planning…

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Seeking Guardianship of a Loved One

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If you have a loved one who is struggling to care for themselves, it can be a difficult situation. In addition, if they do not have a power of attorney in place, how can someone step in and take over their affairs? In Illinois, seeking guardianship might be the right option. What is Guardianship? There are two types of…

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Who Would be Your Descendants in Illinois?

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Descendants are – simply put – people who descend from you. These are some of the individuals who will inherit your estate under Illinois law if you pass away without a will. Similarly, if your parent or grandparent passes away without a will, you might inherit some of their property as a descendant. Like every state, Illinois has laws…

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Who is Involved in the Probate Process?

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After a person passes away, their estate must go through a process known as probate. During probate, any will the decedent left is proven, and the estate is administered. Some of the specific tasks that occur during probate include paying off debts and taxes, identifying the assets of the estate, and transferring assets to the appropriate parties. There are…

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Requirements for a Valid Will

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Every state sets out laws with requirements for drafting a valid last will and testament. It is important to make sure your will meets all the necessary requirements to prevent will contests during the probate process. In Illinois, some basic requirements include the following: You must be at least 18 years of age You must sign the will in…

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How Long Does Probate Take?

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After a loved one passes away, the last thing you want is to go through a complex legal process. However, in most situations, it is necessary to resolve a probate case before the deceased person’s estate can be distributed and closed. It is natural to wonder: how long does this generally take? While no two probate cases are the…

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Bankruptcy for Sole Proprietors

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Many people begin operating a business on their own without formally creating an LLC or corporation with the state. This is called operating a sole proprietorship, and there are benefits to doing so, such as no filing requirements and simple pass-through taxation. However, in exchange for these benefits, sole proprietors receive no protections from personal liability for the debts…

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Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Filings Might Increase in 2020

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There is no doubt that 2020 has been a year that will go down in history. Unfortunately, many households will remember 2020 as a year of unemployment and financial struggles. Whether you were temporarily furloughed, had your hours reduced, or lost your job entirely, your family might have fallen behind on debts and/or relied on credit cards to get…

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Trust Administration Disputes

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A critical part of creating a living trust is to choose who will be the successor trustee. A successor trustee takes over the management and administration of the trust if the trust creator becomes incapacitated or passes away. A trustee stepping in has many duties related to trust administration, including a fiduciary duty to the beneficiaries of the trust….

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