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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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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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George Louis Schoenbeck Lawyer

George Louis Schoenbeck

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Corporate, Estate Planning, Real Estate, Business

George Schoenbeck represents clients in estate planning, estate administration, business succession planning, business general counsel matters and com... (more)

Jay  Kaufman Lawyer

Jay Kaufman

Estate, Estate Planning, Trusts, Wills & Probate

Jay C. Kaufman founded the law firm in 1980. He has spent the last thirty years dedicated to representing individuals, families and closely held busi... (more)

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Wendy R Morgan

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Divorce & Family Law, Estate, Elder Law, Estate Planning, Wills

Wendy R. Morgan is the founder and owner of The Law Firm of Wendy R. Morgan. Wendy has been practicing law since 1981 and has been concentrating in Fa... (more)

Cynthia H. Hutchins Lawyer

Cynthia H. Hutchins

Elder Law, Estate Planning, Wills & Probate, Estate, Guardianships & Conservatorships
Dupage County Wills & Trusts Lawyer | Chicago Estate Planning Attorney | Estate Tax Planning

Estate planning and elder law attorney Cindy Hutchins has over 25 experience practicing law. Her law firm, the Law Office of Cynthia Hayes Hutchins, P... (more)

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Kurt  Carlson Lawyer

Kurt Carlson

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Family Law, Divorce & Family Law, Estate Planning, Real Estate, Business
Wheaton Divorce Attorney | DuPage County Divorce Lawyers | Wheaton Wills & Trusts Attorney | IL

As a private practitioner in DuPage County, I continued practicing in these fields, and added representation of clients in divorce and other domestic ... (more)

James  Kelly Lawyer

James Kelly

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Bankruptcy & Debt, Divorce & Family Law, Estate Planning, Criminal, Real Estate
The Law offices of James M. Kelly specializes in divorce litigation and bankruptcy practice.

The Law Offices of James M. Kelly, P.C. specializes in complex divorce and Bankruptcy matters. James M. Kelly, has 21 years of experience in trial wo... (more)

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Sean Lanier Robertson Lawyer

Sean Lanier Robertson

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International Tax, Estate Planning, Business, Estate

Attorney Robertson assists clients with family law matters such as child custody (also known as allocation of parental responsibilities), spousal main... (more)

Joseph M. Lucas Lawyer

Joseph M. Lucas

Elder Law, Estate Planning, Personal Injury, Real Estate, Divorce

Employment History * 1984-Present. Lucas Law Owner of general practice law firm concentrating on Business Law, Family Law, Personal Injury, Real E... (more)

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LEGAL TERMS

COUNTERCLAIM

A defendant's court papers that seek to reverse the thrust of the lawsuit by claiming that it was the plaintiff -- not the defendant -- who committed legal wron... (more...)
A defendant's court papers that seek to reverse the thrust of the lawsuit by claiming that it was the plaintiff -- not the defendant -- who committed legal wrongs, and that as a result it is the defendant who is entitled to money damages or other relief. Usually filed as part of the defendant's answer -- which also denies plaintiff's claims -- a counterclaim is commonly but not always based on the same events that form the basis of the plaintiff's complaint. For example, a defendant in an auto accident lawsuit might file a counterclaim alleging that it was really the plaintiff who caused the accident. In some states, the counterclaim has been replaced by a similar legal pleading called a cross-complaint. In other states and in federal court, where counterclaims are still used, a defendant must file any counterclaim that stems from the same events covered by the plaintiff's complaint or forever lose the right to do so. In still other states where counterclaims are used, they are not mandatory, meaning a defendant is free to raise a claim that it was really the plaintiff who was at fault either in a counterclaim or later as part of a separate lawsuit.

PUBLIC ADMINISTRATOR

Someone appointed by a probate court to oversee probate proceedings when a person dies without a will or heirs, and his or her property is expected to pass to t... (more...)
Someone appointed by a probate court to oversee probate proceedings when a person dies without a will or heirs, and his or her property is expected to pass to the state. Some states have public administrators who are responsible for temporarily preserving the assets of an estate if there are disputes about specific provisions in the will or about who will be appointed the regular administrator.

GROSS ESTATE

For federal estate tax filing purposes, the total of all property owned at death, without regard to any debts or liens against the property or the costs of prob... (more...)
For federal estate tax filing purposes, the total of all property owned at death, without regard to any debts or liens against the property or the costs of probate. Taxes are due only on the value of the property the person actually owned (the net estate) plus the amount of any taxable gifts made during life. In a few states, the gross estate is used when computing attorney fees for probating estates; the lawyer gets a percentage of the gross estate.

ESTATE TAXES

Taxes imposed by the state or federal government on property as it passes from the dead to the living. All property you own, whatever the form of ownership, and... (more...)
Taxes imposed by the state or federal government on property as it passes from the dead to the living. All property you own, whatever the form of ownership, and whether or not it goes through probate after your death, is subject to federal estate tax. Currently, however, federal estate tax is due only if your property is worth at least $2 million when you die. The estate tax is scheduled to be repealed for one year, in 2010, but Congress will probably make the repeal (or a very high exempt amount) permanent. Any property left to a surviving spouse (if he or she is a U.S. citizen) or a tax-exempt charity is exempt from federal estate taxes. Many states now also impose their own estate taxes or inheritance taxes.

POUR-OVER WILL

A will that 'pours over' property into a trust when the will maker dies. Property left through the will must go through probate before it goes into the trust.

LETTERS TESTAMENTARY

The document given to an executor by the probate court, authorizing the executor to settle the estate according to either a will or the state's intestate succes... (more...)
The document given to an executor by the probate court, authorizing the executor to settle the estate according to either a will or the state's intestate succession laws.

AB TRUST

A trust that allows couples to reduce or avoid estate taxes. Each spouse puts his or her property in an AB trust. When the first spouse dies, his or her half of... (more...)
A trust that allows couples to reduce or avoid estate taxes. Each spouse puts his or her property in an AB trust. When the first spouse dies, his or her half of the property goes to the beneficiaries named in the trust -- commonly, the grown children of the couple -- with the crucial condition that the surviving spouse has the right to use the property for life and is entitled to any income it generates. The surviving spouse may even be allowed to spend principal in certain circumstances. When the surviving spouse dies, the property passes to the trust beneficiaries. It is not considered part of the second spouse's estate for estate tax purposes. Using this kind of trust keeps the second spouse's taxable estate half the size it would be if the property were left directly to the spouse. This type of trust is also known as a bypass or credit shelter trust.

ALTERNATE BENEFICIARY

A person, organization or institution that receives property through a will, trust or insurance policy when the first named beneficiary is unable or refuses to ... (more...)
A person, organization or institution that receives property through a will, trust or insurance policy when the first named beneficiary is unable or refuses to take the property. For example, in his will Jake leaves his collection of sheet music to his daughter, Mia, and names the local symphony as alternate beneficiary. When Jake dies, Mia decides that the symphony can make better use of the sheet music than she can, so she refuses (disclaims) the gift, and the manuscripts pass directly to the symphony. In insurance law, the alternate beneficiary, usually the person who receives the insurance proceeds because the initial or primary beneficiary has died, is called the secondary or contingent beneficiary.

INTER VIVOS TRUST

The Latin name, favored by some lawyers, for a living trust. 'Inter vivos' is Latin for 'between the living.'

SAMPLE LEGAL CASES

Dunn v. Patterson

... for them. The circuit court of Will County entered judgment on the pleadings, finding, as a matter of law, that provisions in certain estate planning documents prepared by defendant were contrary to public policy and void. The ...

Fitch v. McDermott, Will and Emery, LLP

... Around the same time, defendants Joseph Dietrich and John Dietrich (hereafter the Dietrichs), both certified public accountants, provided financial and accounting services for estate planning purposes to Victoria and her husband, plaintiff Thomas Fitch. ...

In re Estate of Henry

... Accordingly, the estate petitioned the court to allow the estate to execute estate planning documents for Henry which, it contended, were consistent with his known wishes and which would be "free from the taint of the undue influence and fraud which was assembled upon the ...