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FAQs About Probate

One of the most often misunderstand terms in estate planning is “probate” and what it means so we answer the most common FAQs about probate here: WHAT IS PROBATE? The term “probate” refers generally to the process by which the estate of a decedent (person who died) is administrated and distributed to the heirs and/or people named […]

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Estate Planning Trend (or the Lack Thereof)

The sign is a clue to what a recent article in the Trusts & Estate section of identifies as a trend away from estate planning and, therefore, toward more probating of estates. (The Shift from Estate Planning to Estate Probating)  In other words, the author believes the national trend indicates a penchant for putting off doing estate planning. The […]

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New Law Makes Small Estate Administration In Illinois Easier

The handling of small estates has always been problematic. The probate process is not quick, or easy or cheap. The probate process can particularly be a burden on small estates. For years, the State of Illinois has provided an alternative mechanism for handing small estates, but the limitations excluded many estates that might otherwise qualify, making it […]

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Estate Planning for Second Marriages

When people are in love, they are not usually preoccupied with death; they are focused on living. Second marriage situations, however, present issues that should be discussed and addressed, especially when there are children from a first marriage. Whether the second marriage follows a divorce or the death of a spouse, careful consideration of estate […]

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