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Sidney B Margolis Lawyer

Sidney B Margolis

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Income Tax, Estate Planning, Trusts, Wills & Probate
Sophisticated Income and Estate Planning, Income Tax Return Preparation, and Probate Practice.

Sidney B. Margolis earned a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy Degree from the business school at the University of Illinois at Champaign, Illinois, a... (more)

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Michael Zweig

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General Practice

Mr. Zweig was admitted to the Illinois State Bar, New York State Bar, the California Federal Court and United States Army Court of Military Review in ... (more)

Erik B. Diggs Lawyer

Erik B. Diggs

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Divorce & Family Law, Estate, Lawsuit & Dispute, Real Estate

I am a problem solver, not just an Attorney. I look at the whole picture of the problem then I will help you resolve it. If it is a divorce, custody/v... (more)

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Julia J Smolka

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Bankruptcy & Debt, Banking & Finance, Estate

Julia has extensive litigation experience. She represents both defendants and plaintiffs in lawsuits, which include landlord tenant disputes, homeown... (more)

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Vincent C. Machroli

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Accident & Injury, Bankruptcy, Criminal, Divorce & Family Law, Estate

OVER 30 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN FAMILY LAW, ESTATE PLANNING, REAL ESTATE, AND BANKRUPTCY LAW At the Law Office of Vincent C. Machroli, P.C., we are ... (more)

Peter Anthony Burdi Lawyer

Peter Anthony Burdi

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Estate, Real Estate, Criminal, Traffic, Accident & Injury

Peter Burdi graduated from Northern Illinois University in 1989 before earning his law degree in 1993 from Thomas Cooley Law in Lansing, Michigan. Upo... (more)

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Daniel Walker

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Car Accident, Divorce & Family Law, Real Estate, Estate, Litigation

Dan Walker Jr. is a trial attorney with 35 years of experience. He has tried cases in Cook, DuPage, Will, McHenry, Kane and Lake County. He understand... (more)

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Kiley M. Whitty

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Family Law, Real Estate, Estate Planning, Bankruptcy & Debt, Credit & Debt

Kiley Whitty joined Lillig & Thorsness, Ltd. in 2017 focusing her practice on complex family law matters including divorce, parentage, legal separatio... (more)

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Timothy Paul McHugh

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Real Estate, Estate Planning, Wills & Probate, Business, Guardianships & Conservatorships

My law office is located in Elmhurst, Illinois. The major practice areas include residential and commercial real estate, probate, estate planning... (more)

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Nicolas Nelson

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Divorce & Family Law, Estate, Real Estate, Business, Litigation
Law Offices of Nicolas Nelson

Nick Nelson was admitted to the Illinois bar in 2008. Since then he has focused on serving his clients and offering practical legal advice that accomp... (more)

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LEGAL TERMS

RESIDUARY ESTATE

The property that remains in a deceased person's estate after all specific gifts are made, and all debts, taxes, administrative fees, probate costs, and court c... (more...)
The property that remains in a deceased person's estate after all specific gifts are made, and all debts, taxes, administrative fees, probate costs, and court costs are paid. The residuary estate also includes any gifts under a will that fail or lapse. For example, Connie's will leaves her house and all its furnishings to Andrew, her VW bug to her friend Carl, and the remainder of her property (the residuary estate) to her sister Sara. She doesn't name any alternate beneficiaries. Carl dies before Connie. The VW bug becomes part of the residuary estate and passes to Sara, along with all of Connie's property other than the house and furnishings. Also called the residual estate or residue.

WARRANTY DEED

A seldom-used type of deed that contains express assurances about the legal validity of the title being transferred.

ABATEMENT

A reduction. After a death, abatement occurs if the deceased person didn't leave enough property to fulfill all the bequests made in the will and meet other exp... (more...)
A reduction. After a death, abatement occurs if the deceased person didn't leave enough property to fulfill all the bequests made in the will and meet other expenses. Gifts left in the will are cut back in order to pay taxes, satisfy debts or take care of other gifts that are given priority under law or by the will itself.

SWEARING MATCH

A case that turns on the word of one witness versus another. The outcome of a swearing match usually depends on whom the jury finds most trustworthy.

CONSERVATOR

Someone appointed by a judge to oversee the affairs of an incapacitated person. A conservator who manages financial affairs is often called a 'conservator of th... (more...)
Someone appointed by a judge to oversee the affairs of an incapacitated person. A conservator who manages financial affairs is often called a 'conservator of the estate.' One who takes care of personal matters, such as healthcare and living arrangements, is known as a 'conservator of the person.' Sometimes, one conservator is appointed to handle all these tasks. Depending on where you live, a conservator may also be called a guardian, committee or curator.

QDOT TRUST

A trust used to postpone estate tax when more than the amount of the personal federal estate tax exemption is left to a non-U.S. citizen spouse by the other spo... (more...)
A trust used to postpone estate tax when more than the amount of the personal federal estate tax exemption is left to a non-U.S. citizen spouse by the other spouse. QDOT stands for qualified domestic trust.

DEVISEE

A person or entity who inherits real estate under the terms of a will.

BANKRUPTCY ESTATE

All of the property you own when you file for bankruptcy, except for most pensions and educational trusts. The trustee technically takes control of your bankrup... (more...)
All of the property you own when you file for bankruptcy, except for most pensions and educational trusts. The trustee technically takes control of your bankruptcy estate for the duration of your case.

ADEMPTION

The failure of a bequest of property in a will. The gift fails (is 'adeemed') because the person who made the will no longer owns the property when he or she di... (more...)
The failure of a bequest of property in a will. The gift fails (is 'adeemed') because the person who made the will no longer owns the property when he or she dies. Often this happens because the property has been sold, destroyed or given away to someone other than the beneficiary named in the will. A bequest may also be adeemed when the will maker, while still living, gives the property to the intended beneficiary (called 'ademption by satisfaction'). When a bequest is adeemed, the beneficiary named in the will is out of luck; he or she doesn't get cash or a different item of property to replace the one that was described in the will. For example, Mark writes in his will, 'I leave to Rob the family vehicle,' but then trades in his car in for a jet ski. When Mark dies, Rob will receive nothing. Frustrated beneficiaries may challenge an ademption in court, especially if the property was not clearly identified in the first place.

SAMPLE LEGAL CASES

In re Estate of Feinberg

This case involves a dispute among the surviving children and grandchildren of Max and Erla Feinberg regarding the validity of a trust provision. The circuit court of Cook County found the trust provision unenforceable on the basis that it is contrary to the public policy of the state ...

In re Estate of Feinberg

In re ESTATE OF Max FEINBERG, Deceased (Leila R. Taylor, as Independent Coexecutor of the Will of Max Feinberg, Deceased, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. Michael B. Feinberg, Individually and as Coexecutor of the Will of Max Feinberg, Deceased; Fifth Third Bank, as Trustee under ...

In re Estate of Ellis

Grace Ellis executed a will in 1964 naming Shriners Hospitals for Children (Shriners) as beneficiary of her estate if she died without direct descendants. In 1999, she executed a new will naming James G. Bauman as sole beneficiary. Bauman was the pastor of the church of which ...