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  • Inventories and Accountings in Probate

    What is an estate inventory? An estate inventory is essentially a list of assets that the deceased owned. It can include personal property, real estate, automobiles, bank accounts, investment accounts, business interests, and animals. It is the responsibility of the executor or personal representative toRead More

  • To Gift or Not to Gift – a Primer on Annual Exclusion Gifting

    Many individuals incorporate annual gifting into their estate planning strategy for good reason – it is an easy way to remove assets from what may otherwise be a taxable estate without any gift tax consequences to the donor.   What is considered a gift?   Generally, anyRead More

  • What is a Right of First Refusal?

    According to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act, a Right of First Refusal relates to when a party intends to leave the minor child or children with a substitute child-care provider for a significant period of time.  In that event, that party must firstRead More


    With everyone heading back to campus, it is important to discuss an important piece of estate planning with your young adult. While typically Power of Attorney documents are thought to be primarily for more established adults, anyone over the age of 18 should have them inRead More

  • Handling Parental Alienation in Divorce

    What is Parental Alienation? Divorce with children is difficult on its own, and parental alienation can make divorce even more challenging. Parental alienation is when one parent purposely undermines and sabotages the child’s relationship with the other parent. i The offending parent uses a varietyRead More

  • Moving During Co-Parenting

    What is Relocation Under the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act, a parent’s relocation with the child to a new residence is governed by Section 609.2. The Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act has three definitions of relocation:  “(1) a change of residenceRead More

  • Approaching Premarital Agreements

    Although many weddings have been put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, couples are continuing to become engaged and plan for the future. The prolonged period between the engagement and the wedding offers couples a unique opportunity to explore the protections of a premaritalRead More

  • The Cost of Dissipation in Divorce

    What is Dissipation, and How can it affect my Case? In divorce proceedings, dissipation is the spending, by one party, of marital property for a non-marital purpose. Dissipation must occur after the marriage is “irretrievably broken.” Dissipation can take many different forms but is mostRead More

  • Planning for the Unforeseen: Securing Maintenance with a Life Insurance Policy

    At the end of divorce proceedings, parties enter into a Marital Settlement Agreement (“MSA”) with their soon-to-be ex-spouse. The MSA is incorporated into a final Judgement for Dissolution of Marriage that is entered by the Court. MSAs contain agreements between the parties about the divisionRead More

  • Securing a Child Support Obligation through A Child Support Trust

    Divorced parents often rely on child support from their former spouse as a way to make ends meet and provide support for their children. Generally, Courts award child support in a manner that suits the best interest of the child and statutory guidelines. In 2017,Read More

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