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    What is an advance directive in estate planning?

    What is an advance directive in estate planning? Advance directives are an essential part of estate planning. An advance directive is a document that spells out your wishes for the time period in which you are unable to make your own personal, financial, and health decisions. The time period in which you are incapable of…

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    What is a durable power of attorney in Illinois?

    What is a durable power of attorney in Illinois? A “Power of Attorney” document grants a person the power to act on behalf of another person. General power of attorney documents are frequently granted for a limited time or purpose. For example, in a real estate transaction, the seller of the property may give his…

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    What does “probate” mean in Illinois?

    What does “probate” mean in Illinois? The probate process in Illinois is the process in which a person’s assets are distributed after they die. The probate process in Illinois may also be related to a person who has become permanently disabled and needs a guardian. The probate court will monitor the disabled person’s health and…

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    When is a transfer presumed to be fraudulent?

    Illinois Fraudulent Transfer Act – When the Law Presumes Fraud The Illinois Fraudulent Transfer Act refers to transfers of money or property in order to avoid paying a creditor or a potential creditor. The Fraudulent Transfer Act is also called the “Voidable Transfer Act” because the transaction may be “voided” or reversed by a court….

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    What is a claim against an Illinois probate estate?

    Claims against a Probate Estate in Illinois After a loved one dies, their surviving friends and family are left to manage any debt that the deceased individual left behind. Once a probate estate is opened, it is the job of the representative of the estate to resolve any claims seeking a payment from the estate….

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    Estate Litigation: Filing a claim or lawsuit against the executor of a will or estate

    Estate Litigation: Filing a claim or lawsuit against the executor of a will or estate When a person creates an estate plan, including a will, they will be required to name an executor who will be responsible for a number of tasks including the distribution of assets and payment of outstanding debts. While most executors…

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    Ways to help an older adult age in place

    Ways to help an older adult age in place According to a survey conducted by AARP, 90 percent of seniors hope to remain in their homes as they get older. This is called “aging in place.” However, the survey also showed that only around 43 percent of people aged 70 and older thought it was…

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    Understanding Estate Planning legal terms

    Understanding Estate Planning legal terms While you are in the process of planning your estate, you will hear certain terms spoken by your estate planning lawyer or see it referenced in legal documentation. When you work with a lawyer you can feel comfortable knowing that he or she will answer your questions and address your…

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    Is it time for Home Care?

    Is it time for Home Care? Sometimes it can be easy to tell when an aging family member needs home care, such as when an injury or serious illness occurs. Other times, it can be more difficult to determine if an older adult could use some help to stay safe, healthy, and comfortable in their…

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    Can an Estate be closed if a lawsuit has been created?

    Can an Estate be closed if a lawsuit has been created? There isn’t anything that slows down probate more than a pending lawsuit. Probate makes sure that all of the loose ends are tied up in a deceased’s life. If someone creates a lawsuit throughout the proceedings, the estate typically is not able to be…