Filing a Claim against a Decedent’s Estate

When a person dies in Illinois, anyone who has a claim against a decedent’s estate  —whether it is a contract, tort, or statutory custodial claim—may file that claim with the estate representative or with the court. (Note that if you file the claim with the representative, he or she has no obligation to file the claim […]

What Happens When You Do Not Leave behind a Will or Lawful Heirs?

When a person dies intestate (without a will), his or her property is distributed according to Illinois rules of descent and distribution. Depending on the family’s circumstances, the property might go the decedent’s spouse, children, parents, siblings, or other family members. But what happens if a person dies intestate and has no known legal heirs, or […]

When Life Support Decisions Are Made by a Surrogate

Accidents, sudden illnesses, lifelong health struggles—these things happen. And when they do, it is easier for you and for your loved ones if you have filled out an advance directive (or living will) outlining your wishes regarding life support. But not everyone chooses to make that decision in advance. Illinois provides for this contingency in […]

Know Your Estate Tax Burdens in Illinois

When you are planning your estate, it is important that you consider the impact the estate tax can have on what you leave your spouse and other beneficiaries, including religious institutions. You will need to consider both the federal and state estate taxes when estate planning in Illinois, though unlike other states there is no […]