Tag: Probate

Top Illinois Estate Planning Questions Answered

Posted on June 22, 2021

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Did you know that only 40 percent of Americans have a will? Even fewer have a comprehensive estate plan. A surprisingly large percentage of adults simply avoid estate planning or put it off until it is too late. Estate planning is important for anyone, but it absolutely crucial for those with high-value or complex estates. Read on to learn answers to some of the most common estate planning questions. At What Age Should I Start Building an Estate Plan? Many people wonder, “Am I old enough to write a will, […]

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A Well-Designed Estate Plan Can Help You Avoid Probate

Posted on May 6, 2021

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Proper estate planning is key to ensuring that your assets are distributed according to your wishes. You have worked hard to earn the property you own and you deserve to choose how that property is allocated after your death. Numerous estate planning tools can help you accomplish your goals and provide for your family’s future. The type of estate planning instruments that you utilize depends on your unique needs and objectives. For many, a key goal is avoiding the probate process. What is Probate and Why Would I Want to […]

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Black Panther Star Reportedly Died Without a Will

Posted on November 6, 2020

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The entertainment world was shaken in August when Chadwick Boseman, the Oscar-nominated star of Marvel’s Black Panther, died following a four-year battle with colon cancer. Boseman’s death came as a surprise to fans around the world because the 43-year-old actor chose to keep his diagnosis private, even as he continued to work. Playing the role of a superhero in the Marvel Universe, Boseman has largely been seen as a source of inspiration to people around the world, but it turns out that his story also highlights a serious mistake to […]

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Attorney-Client Privilege During a Will Contest

Posted on March 26, 2015

Lately, I have been hearing a great deal of talk about a case currently before the Illinois Supreme Court. The high court recently heard oral arguments in a case called Brunton v. Kruger, which asks the court to consider the scope of the accountant-client privilege during probate. Specifically, the court must determine what happens to the privilege after the client dies and to what extend this privilege can be waived. Here are the basic facts of the case: An elderly couple hired an accounting firm to perform estate planning services. […]

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How to Proceed in Probate When the Life Status of the “Decedent” is Unknown

Posted on April 29, 2014

Nine years after Samuel Zagaria disappeared, his sister Joanne petitioned the Cook County probate court for a presumption of death. The court complied and appointed Joanne, Zagaria’s only heir, the administrator of her brother’s estate. But in the course of administering the estate and trying to collect insurance benefits, Samuel turned up alive. Unfortunately for Samuel, that was not the end of the story. The physical fact of his existence did not immediately invalidate the legal presumption of death. Samuel had to ask the court to revoke the presumption and […]

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