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Leon J. Teichner Lawyer

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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Zachary  Hunsinger Lawyer

Zachary Hunsinger

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Business, Divorce & Family Law, Estate, Wills & Probate, Power of Attorney

I received my Juris Doctor and Master of Social Work degrees from Loyola University Chicago with a certificate in child law and a concentration in non... (more)

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Ninh Xoung Ma Lawyer

Ninh Xoung Ma

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Divorce & Family Law, Divorce, Wills & Probate, DUI-DWI

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)

Thomas Phillip Boggess Lawyer

Thomas Phillip Boggess

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Estate, Contract, Wills & Probate, Business Organization

T. Phillip Boggess is the principle in his law firm, the Law Office of T. Phillip Boggess. The focus of the law firm and of his practice is to help c... (more)

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630-429-9650

Matthew  Livingston Lawyer

Matthew Livingston

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

Matthew Livingston is a member of the Illinois Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, and the Illinois Real Estate Lawyers Association. Knowled... (more)

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847-544-6657

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)

James J. Siwek Lawyer

James J. Siwek

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Divorce & Family Law, Wills & Probate, Family Law, Landlord-Tenant, Adoption

James Siwek is a practicing lawyer in the state of Illinois who handles Family and Estate cases.

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708-308-1473

Cynthia H. Hutchins Lawyer

Cynthia H. Hutchins

Health Care, 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)

Carol A. Nolan Lawyer

Carol A. Nolan

Estate, Elder Law, Estate Planning, Tax, Wills

Carol A. Nolan has been a frequent speaker on Elder Law, Medicaid issues, estate planning, probate and trust administration, and guardianships for the... (more)

Robert T.C. Kay Lawyer

Robert T.C. Kay

Estate Planning, Estate Administration, Business, Commercial Real Estate, Wills & Probate
Wheaton, IL Estate & Business Law Attorney

Robert T.C. Kay is a lawyer who has been serving DuPage County since 1986. He is the go-to legal counsel for individuals, families, and businesses in ... (more)

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LEGAL TERMS

PUBLISHED WORK

An original work of authorship that is considered published for purposes of copyright law. A work is 'published' when it is first made available to the public o... (more...)
An original work of authorship that is considered published for purposes of copyright law. A work is 'published' when it is first made available to the public on an unrestricted basis. It is thus possible to display a work, or distribute it with restrictions on disclosure of its contents, without actually 'publishing' it. Both published and unpublished works are entitled to copyright protection, but some of the rules differ.

SURVIVING SPOUSE'S TRUST

If a couple has created an AB trust, the revocable living trust (Trust B) of the surviving spouse, after the first spouse has died.

LAPSE

Under a will, the failure of a gift of property. A gift lapses when the beneficiary dies before the person who made the will, and no alternate has been named. S... (more...)
Under a will, the failure of a gift of property. A gift lapses when the beneficiary dies before the person who made the will, and no alternate has been named. Some states have anti-lapse statutes, which prevent gifts to relatives of the deceased person from lapsing unless the relative has no heirs of his or her own. A lapsed gift becomes part of the residuary estate.

GRANT DEED

A deed containing an implied promise that the person transfering the property actually owns the title and that it is not encumbered in any way, except as descri... (more...)
A deed containing an implied promise that the person transfering the property actually owns the title and that it is not encumbered in any way, except as described in the deed. This is the most commonly used type of deed. Compare quitclaim deed.

SECONDARY MEANING

In trademark law, a mark that is not inherently distinctive becomes protected after developing a 'secondary meaning': great public recognition through long use ... (more...)
In trademark law, a mark that is not inherently distinctive becomes protected after developing a 'secondary meaning': great public recognition through long use and exposure in the marketplace. For example, though first names are not generally considered inherently distinctive, Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream has become so well known that it is now entitled to maximum trademark protection.

WARRANTY DEED

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

KINDRED

Under some state's probate codes, all relatives of a deceased person.

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.

SPECIFIC BEQUEST

A specific item of property that is left to a named beneficiary under a will. If the person who made the will no longer owns the property when he dies, the bequ... (more...)
A specific item of property that is left to a named beneficiary under a will. If the person who made the will no longer owns the property when he dies, the bequest fails. In other words, the beneficiary cannot substitute a similar item in the estate. Example: If John leaves his 1954 Mercedes to Patti, and when John dies the 1954 Mercedes is long gone, Patti doesn't receive John's current car or the cash equivalent of the Mercedes. See ademption.

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. ...