Selling Estate Assets to Pay Claims

Many people die with some debt, whether it is credit card debt or unpaid utility bills. The executor is tasked with paying valid claims that have been submitted in a timely manner. When the estate has cash in it, then it is relatively easy for the executor to pay the claims. Problems can arise, however, […]

How to Find a Loved One’s Will

Under Illinois law, the executor must file a decedent’s will with the probate court and, within 30 days, institute a proceeding to have the will admitted to probate. Ideally, the testator would have told relatives where his or her will was being stored while living. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Instead, nobody might […]

What Is an Executor of an Estate Responsible for Doing?

Being the executor of someone’s estate is a serious responsibility. If someone has appointed you as their executor, you may be a bit overwhelmed and unsure of what the role actually involves. An executor is a trusted individual that is appointed to “tie up loose ends” after a person passes away. Whether you have been […]

3 Important Estate Planning Issues Every Unmarried Couple Should Consider

More and more couples are choosing to share their lives together without being legally married. There are many different reasons that a couple may decide not to get married. Some may feel like marriage is an outdated concept while others cite divorce fears as the reason for not tying the knot. Other couples simply do […]

People Helping People in the Midst of the Coronavirus Crisis

The last six weeks or so have been like nothing any of us have ever experienced. In fact, most of us could never have imagined a real-world scenario in which our city, state, and country would need to be shut down almost entirely. Illinois has been under a shelter-in-place order since March 21, and many […]

Life Changes That May Require an Estate Plan Update

If you have already developed an estate plan, congratulations! You are in the minority, but you have taken the steps toward providing security for your loved ones. However, it is also important to understand that there are certain situations or life changes that may require you to update or make amendments to your estate plan. […]

Naperville Estate Planning Lawyer on How Filing for Bankruptcy Can Affect Estate Plans

When debts become overwhelming, a person may have no other choice but to file for bankruptcy. Through bankruptcy, an individual may find relief from crushing debts and enjoy a fresh start. However, bankruptcy may also have an effect on estate plans. If you are struggling financially and are considering filing for bankruptcy protection, you might […]

Naperville Business Lawyer Recognizes Companies That Have Stepped Up to Help Deal With the Coronavirus Crisis

The last few weeks have been some of the most challenging that most of us have ever dealt with. The state of Illinois has been under a stay-at-home/shelter-in-place order since March 21, which means that residents are only allowed to leave their homes for essential reasons, such as to buy food or to care for […]

Naperville Estate Planning Attorney Discusses Protecting Your Digital Assets

When you are looking toward the future and beginning the process of developing a comprehensive estate plan, it is easy to look at account statements, insurance policies, and other documents that list physical assets to determine what property will need to be considered in your will, trusts, or other planning instruments. In today’s increasingly digital […]

Together, We Can Get Through This Trying Time

Over the last few weeks—and especially the last few days—we have all experienced things that we never imagined would be a part of our lives. Local, state, and national leaders have taken unprecedented action in efforts to keep our country as safe as possible from the threat presented by the novel coronavirus strain (COVID-19) that […]