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    Can a “Deadbeat” Parent Inherit from the Neglected Child?

    At Hays Firm, we recognize that an individual’s family does not always include those people who are defined as “family” under the law. We have helped many families of all shapes and sizes navigate the probate process after the death of a loved one. In two recent cases, we have invoked a rarely used procedure,…

  • Trust Litigation

    What is Probate?

    Get the Facts Straight About Probate The word “probate” often makes people nervous or worried about an extended legal battle. We have all heard stories from family and friends about property being “tied up” in probate. We have often been encouraged to avoid probate by attorneys and financial planners. However, the probate proceeding is simply…

  • Chicago IL Power of Attorney

    What Happens If I Don’t Have a Power of Attorney for Healthcare?

    What If I Don’t Have a Power of Attorney for Healthcare? The Power of Attorney is the most effective estate planning tool that an individual can have. It is also the easiest to put in place. It is impossible to predict an accident or the onset of a serious illness. With a Power of Attorney…

  • Power of Attorney Chicago

    What is a Power of Attorney for Healthcare?

    Understanding Power of Attorney’s Role in Healthcare Many people believe that estate planning is only important for determining who will receive your assets when you die. In fact, estate planning includes much more than executing a will or a trust which will take effect upon your death. A comprehensive Estate Plan will help provide stability…

  • Who Should I Appoint as My Power of Attorney for Healthcare Agent?

    Appointing a Healthcare Agent for Your Power of Attorney A Power of Attorney for Healthcare allows you to nominate a person to act on your behalf to make healthcare decisions based on your personal values and wishes when you are no longer to make these decisions for yourself. Here is a link to the form….

  • Elder Abuse Litigation After a Loved One Passes

    Elder Abuse Litigation After a Loved One Passes As people age, they become more susceptible to financial exploitation by those around them. These types of incidents are becoming more common and represent a growing problem in Chicago, the suburbs and the entire nation. Unfortunately, many people do not realize that their elderly loved one was…

  • Using Guardianship Proceedings to Protect Your Elderly Loved One

    If you have a loved one who still lives independently but you believe that they are vulnerable to thieves and financial predators, guardianship may be appropriate to protect them. Hays Firm LLC has recently opened several guardianship estates for individuals who are still capable of living independently. One client still drives to visit friends and…

  • Chicago Elder Law Power of Attorney

    Protect Your Elder Loved Ones With Durable Power of Attorney Documents

    One of the simplest and most effective ways to protect your loved ones against exploitation as they age is to create an estate plan which gives power to a selected agent to manage their personal and financial affairs. Any well-crafted Estate Plan will include durable power of attorney documents. In power of attorney documents, a…

  • Elder Law Attorneys in Chicago

    Financial Exploitation of the Elderly is a Growing Problem

    Financial Exploitation of the Elderly is a Growing Problem As people age, they become more susceptible to financial exploitation by those around them. Unfortunately, these types of incidents are becoming more common and represent a growing problem in Chicago, the suburbs and the entire nation. In November 2014, the United States Department of Justice issued…

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    Tools to Protect Your Loved One Against Elder Abuse

    Tools to Protect Against Elder Abuse We have seen an increase in probate cases of elder abuse involving aging adults who are taken advantage of by people they know, trust, and love. Family members often discover too late that their parents or grandparents have been preyed upon by a caregiver or new “friend.” Senior citizens…