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  • 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…

  • Chicago Estate Ligitation

    Chicago Estate Litigation Estate litigation is similar to other types of civil litigation, with several key differences. Specifically, the probate court is governed by the Illinois Probate Act, which has special time limitations relating to the filing of claims or actions. Therefore, it is essential that you retain and attorney who understands the unique rules…

  • Trust Litigation

    Trust Ligitation

    Trust Litigation The role of trustee is a serious undertaking. Once an individual or entity is named as trustee of a certain trust, they owe fiduciary duties of honesty, prudence, and loyalty to the beneficiaries of that trust. When the trustee fails to satisfy any of the duties, the trustee may be held personally liable…

  • Asset Protection Planning

    Asset Protection Planning The goal of an asset protection plan is to protect an individual’s assets from future creditors. The most common type of creditor who poses financial risks comes from a lawsuit or inner-family dispute. A complete asset protection plan considers a client’s entire wealth structure then identifies and resolves potential weaknesses. The solutions…

  • Trusts

    What is a Trust and Do I need one? Hays Firm LLC drafts trusts for clients including young families with small children, business owners, and retired individuals. For each client, we walk through the complete estate planning process which begins by analyzing the client’s financial circumstances and goals. We then educate our clients about the…

  • Will Contest

    WILL CONTEST Conflicts often arise regarding the validity of a deceased loved one’s Will once the executor files it with the Court for settling the decedent’s estate. These disputes take many forms; however, the most common grounds for challenging the validity of a Will are the following: Undue Influence or Duress. This cause of action…

  • Construction Law

    Construction Law

    Construction Law Practice Hays Firm LLC works with its clients to help them navigate the many complex, competing interests at work in any construction project. This complexity relates to issues arising from questions of liability, mechanics lien law, labor disputes, etc. The firm’s experience in construction law, real estate law and business transactions allows us…