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Leon J. Teichner

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Estate, Wills & Probate, Trusts, Real Estate

Leon J. Teichner and Associates is a law office in Chicago, IL. Attorney Teichner has been practicing law for 45 years. He obtained his bachelor’s d... (more)

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Mark T. Neil

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Estate, Estate Planning, Trusts, Wills & Probate, Business
We Listen to Our Clients' Needs and Develop Practical Solutions.

Mark T. Neil is an Honors graduate of Shimer College and a graduate of Northwestern University School of Law. He served as law clerk to Honorable Howa... (more)

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Clement J. Carroll

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Estate, Wills & Probate, Tax, Business

Clement J. Carroll, Jr. is a practicing lawyer in the state of Illinois specializing in Estate planning. Lawyer.com Member Questionnaire Pl... (more)

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Ninh Xoung Ma

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Ninh Ma is a graduate of University of Southern California Marshall School of Business. He attended DePaul University College of Law in Chicago where ... (more)

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Kenneth Stoppa

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Estate, Real Estate, Trusts, Wills & Probate

A founding member of the Law Offices of Garrido & Stoppa, P.C., Kenneth Stoppa is a dedicated attorney who consistently strives to provide affordable,... (more)

Michael Andrew Otte Lawyer

Michael Andrew Otte

Estate, Elder Law, Wills, Trusts, Real Estate

Michael A. Otte concentrates his practice on estate planning, trust administration, and contested and litigated estates and trusts. Additionally, Mich... (more)

Dennis Vincent Composto Lawyer

Dennis Vincent Composto

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Real Estate, Wills & Probate, Business Organization, Estate
LLM in Real Estate Law

Graduated from DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois in 1987 with majors in Philosophy and Political Science and minor in Business Administration; rece... (more)

George Louis Schoenbeck Lawyer

George Louis Schoenbeck

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Estate, Estate Planning, Business, Estate Administration
At our law firm, our clients' best interests are our most important priority.

Attorney George Schoenbeck represents clients in estate planning, estate administration, business succession planning, business general counsel matt... (more)

Michelle  Bugajsky Lawyer

Michelle Bugajsky

Estate, Wills & Probate, Estate Planning, Family Law

Michelle Bugajsky is a co-founder of SBK Law Group, a family law, estate planning, business law, and immigration firm with offices in Downers Grove an... (more)

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Bernard Wiczer

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Estate, Wills & Probate, Trusts, Estate Planning

Bernard Wiczer has practiced tax and securities law for 50 years, beginning his tax practice as a Certified Public Accountant. He has litigated comple... (more)

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LEGAL TERMS

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.

SPENDTHRIFT TRUST

A trust created for a beneficiary the grantor considers irresponsible about money. The trustee keeps control of the trust income, doling out money to the benefi... (more...)
A trust created for a beneficiary the grantor considers irresponsible about money. The trustee keeps control of the trust income, doling out money to the beneficiary as needed, and sometimes paying third parties (creditors, for example) on the beneficiary's behalf, bypassing the beneficiary completely. Spendthrift trusts typically contain a provision prohibiting creditors from seizing the trust fund to satisfy the beneficiary's debts. These trusts are legal in most states, even though creditors hate them.

PROBATE

The court process following a person's death that includes proving the authenticity of the deceased person's will appointing someone to handle the deceased pers... (more...)
The court process following a person's death that includes proving the authenticity of the deceased person's will appointing someone to handle the deceased person's affairs identifying and inventorying the deceased person's property paying debts and taxes identifying heirs, and distributing the deceased person's property according to the will or, if there is no will, according to state law. Formal court-supervised probate is a costly, time-consuming process -- a windfall for lawyers -- which is best avoided if possible.

ABSTRACT OF TRUST

A condensed version of a living trust document, which leaves out details of what is in the trust and the identity of the beneficiaries. You can show an abstract... (more...)
A condensed version of a living trust document, which leaves out details of what is in the trust and the identity of the beneficiaries. You can show an abstract of trust to a financial organization or other institution to prove that you have established a valid living trust, without revealing specifics that you want to keep private. In some states, this document is called a 'certification of trust.'

FAILURE OF ISSUE

A situation in which a person dies without children who could have inherited her property.

ENDOWMENT INSURANCE

Provides that an insured person who lives for the specified endowment period receives the face value of the insurance policy--that is, the amount paid at death.... (more...)
Provides that an insured person who lives for the specified endowment period receives the face value of the insurance policy--that is, the amount paid at death. If the policy-holder dies sooner, the beneficiary named in the policy receives the proceeds.

TRUST CORPUS

Latin for 'the body' of the trust. This term refers to all the property transferred to a trust. For example, if a trust is established (funded) with $250,000, t... (more...)
Latin for 'the body' of the trust. This term refers to all the property transferred to a trust. For example, if a trust is established (funded) with $250,000, that money is the corpus. Sometimes the trust corpus is known as the 'res,' a Latin word meaning 'thing.'

SPECIAL ADMINISTRATOR

(1) In the law of wills and estates, a person appointed by the court to take charge of only a designated portion of an estate during probate. For example, a spe... (more...)
(1) In the law of wills and estates, a person appointed by the court to take charge of only a designated portion of an estate during probate. For example, a special administrator with particular expertise on art might be appointed to oversee the probate of a wealthy person's art collection, but not the entire estate. (2) A person appointed to be responsible for a deceased person's property for a limited time or during an emergency, such as a challenge to the will or to the qualifications of the named executor. In such cases, the special administrator's duty is to maintain and preserve the estate, not necessarily to take control of the probate process

NET ESTATE

The value of all property owned at death less liabilities or debts.

SAMPLE LEGAL CASES

In re Estate of Ellis

... Bauman was the pastor of the church of which Ellis was a member. When Ellis died in 2003, the 1999 will was admitted to probate. ... The circuit court of Cook County dismissed all counts as untimely pursuant to section 8-1 of the Probate Act of 1975 (755 ILCS 5/8-1 (West 2006)). ...

Wackrow v. Niemi

... James Woods died in August 2002. Letters of office were issued and Woods' will was admitted to probate on October 23, 2002. ... The estate did not deliver the property or the $300,000 to plaintiff. On October 24, 2003, the probate court denied plaintiff's claim against the estate. ...

In re Estate of Feinberg

... freedom. The Probate Act places only two limits on the ability of a testator to choose the objects of his bounty. ... desire. Under the Probate Act, Max and Erla had no obligation to make any provision at all for their grandchildren. ...