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Will County trusts and estate plan attorney

During the probate process, you might find that the last will and testament of the decedent seems suspicious. For instance, perhaps you or someone else from the family has been completely removed from the will without provocation or justification. Or maybe the will seems vastly different from what the decedent had expressed when he or she was alive. This is especially challenging if late in life the decedent had begun losing many mental faculties or had remarried. But before you jump to conclusions and immediately contest the will, you need to know from the start whether you and your case even qualify for such legal actions.

Who Has the Legal Right to Contest a Will?

Essentially, there are two types of people who are permitted by law to contest a will:

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Will County prenuptial agreement attorney

The Illinois Stay-at-Home Order due to the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a surge in pet adoptions over the last few months. Many of these adoptions were made by married Millennials, who often view pet ownership as a substitute for having children. With some parts of the world seeing a rebound from the global health crisis, certain countries have begun to report an uptick in divorce rates. In the States, the health and financial struggles facing couples may have put their relationships and marriages in jeopardy. However, just because your relationship or your marriage might be ending during these challenging times does not mean your lovable “fur baby” needs to feel any negative effects. That is when a “pet-nup” or “pup-nup” might be worth pursuing to ensure that your pet's best interests will be protected in the event you and your spouse get divorced.

“Pet-Nups”: A New Trend in Prenuptial Agreements

According to most divorce laws, pets are typically viewed as property. However, pets have become more of a focal point in most families’ and married couples’ lives, and in some cases, pets may be viewed more like children or members of the family. After all, dogs and cats are not property; they are living, breathing, sentient beings who deserve to be treated with care, especially when they are considered an important part of the family dynamic. This is why states like Illinois, California, and Alaska have recently passed laws to ensure that a pet’s overall well-being is considered during divorce.

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Will County estate planning attorney probate

A person’s last will and testament typically appoints an individual to serve as the executor or personal representative of the estate. The executor is required to file the will in probate court within 30 days after the decedent’s death. There are many steps and legal procedures involved in the probate process. As an executor of someone’s estate, you are likely grieving the loss of your friend or family member. Therefore, considering all the tasks you must complete can be overwhelming and daunting. However, by working with an attorney, this process can be completed as quickly and efficiently as possible. The following are a few tips for how to handle the legal proceedings for this important responsibility:

6 Primary Steps

By law, the Illinois Probate Act dictates that an executor must do all of the following during the probate process:

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Will County parenting time lawyer

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has extended the state's Stay-at-Home order through the end of May. If you are a divorced parent, you may be struggling with how to navigate your parenting plan with your ex-spouse during this time. Consider taking some of the below actions with your children during your parenting time to make the most of your parental responsibilities at such an unprecedented moment in history.

Your Kids Will Thank You if You Do These Things

Spending time with your children has never been more important—or ever-present—than it is now. Many parents are experiencing new challenges related to work-life balance, and since schools have been closed for in-person classes, keeping children occupied during the Stay-at-Home restriction may be a tall order. One thing to keep in mind is that parenting time has been deemed essential, so unless you and the other co-parent make some sort of special arrangements, both parents should continue to spend time with their children as scheduled. Here are some inventive ways to keep your kids engaged during your agreed-upon parenting time:

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DuPage County probate attorney

If you are an executor or personal representative of the estate for a person who recently passed away in Illinois, you will need to file his or her last will and testament in probate court within 30 days of the death. Depending on the will and how extensive his or her estate planning was, this probate process can get particularly complex. Therefore, it is important to seek the assistance of a knowledgeable probate lawyer to make sure everything is done properly. Below is a closer look at key terms from the probate process in Illinois so that you know exactly what it entails.

Key Terms and How They Apply to Probate

Before you even begin the probate process, it is important to define and understand the following key terms:

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By: Sean P. Sullivan

DuPage County Divorce LawyerWhat is a Guardian Ad Litem?

A Guardian Ad Litem or a GAL for short, is a neutral attorney that is appointed by the Court in a divorce case to be the “eyes and ears of the Court” and investigate the best interests of the children. There are numerous factors the Court must consider under the law to determine what is in the best interest of the child, and the GAL assists the Court in gathering information in support of these factors.

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By: Sean P. Sullivan

DuPage County Divorce Lawyer

  1. Do not stay together for the sake of the children.

Often times I have heard clients say that they would have gotten divorced sooner, but they wanted to stay together for the sake of the kids. This generally does not work, and in fact, can often have the opposite effect. When two people stay together not because they want to, but rather because they feel they have to— it actually creates more tension and stress in the home. This, in turn, places more stress on the children. Children sometimes feel as if they have to pick sides between two people they love and this causes them great stress, whether they admit it or not. Do not put your children in this position, if the relationship between you and your spouse has broken down to the point that you are considering a divorce, do not let the fact that you have children stop you from exploring the possibilities of a divorce. In addition to being a divorce attorney, I also serve as a court-appointed Guardian Ad Litem (GAL). As a GAL, I am tasked with “being the eyes and ears of the Court” and advocating for the best interests of the children. In this capacity, all too often have I have seen the emotional toll that befalls children living with parents who no longer like each other. Divorce is difficult for children no matter what. What will help your children through the divorce process is to split apart and establish new routines and living arrangements and to always keep your children’s wellbeing at the forefront throughout the process. Children are resilient and more adaptable than parents often realize.

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DuPage County spousal support attorney

When two people enter into marriage, they seldom think it is going to end in divorce. As the old adage says, “Til death do us part.” However, that promise is not always realistic. Married couples who experience relationship problems often go to counseling to resolve their disputes. Still, studies show that approximately 40 to 50 percent of all marriages in the United States end in divorce. The divorce rate for subsequent marriages is even higher. The stresses on marriage are diverse and myriad, and some couples work through them but others decide that legally ending their union might be in everyone’s best interest. There are various factors that can increase the likelihood of a divorce. If you are considering filing for divorce for whatever reason, it is important to consult with an experienced attorney who can protect your rights to marital property, spousal support, parenting time, and more.   

Issues that Can Destroy a Marriage

Whether a couple has been married for one year or 30 years, they may find that the “honeymoon period” is over. Every marriage is unique and can include different struggles, such as health crises, financial problems, or personality conflicts. A few of the major issues that can break down a marriage may include but are not limited to:

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