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Joseph H. Sparacino

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Estate, Bankruptcy & Debt

Joseph H. Sparacino is a practicing lawyer in the state of Illinois.

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Neil S. Zweiban

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Estate, Real Estate, Wills & Probate, Trusts, Estate Planning

Attorney Neil S. Zweiban has lived in the Chicago area practically his entire life. He completed his Undergraduate Degree at the University of Wiscons... (more)

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Kevin Williams

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Estate, Wills & Probate, Estate Administration, Guardianships & Conservatorships

I am a Kane and DuPage County probate and guardianship attorney. Currently, I serve five counties in the Chicagoland area, namely, Kane, DuPage, Kend... (more)

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Monica P Patankar

Real Estate, Tax, Divorce & Family Law, Estate Planning, Personal Injury

Monica P. Patankar is a partner with the law firm of Piccony & Patankar, P.C. Monica takes a compassionate approach to helping clients solve their leg... (more)

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Dewey Gordon Hollingsworth

Estate, Criminal, Accident & Injury, Business, Divorce & Family Law

Dewey G. Hollingsworth has maintained a law practice in the Fox Valley area since 1979 when the Law Firm of Truemper, Ward, Hollingsworth and Wojtecki... (more)

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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Erik B. Diggs

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Divorce & Family Law, Estate

I am a problem solver, not just an Attorney. I look at the whole picture of the problem in order to help you resolve it, whether it is divorce, custod... (more)

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Michael Zweig

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Accident & Injury, Workers' Compensation, Bankruptcy & Debt, Estate, Divorce & Family Law

Mr. Zweig was admitted to the Illinois State Bar, New York State Bar, the California Federal Court and United States Army Court of Military Review in ... (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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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)

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LEGAL TERMS

STATUTORY SHARE

The portion of a deceased person's estate that a spouse is entitled to claim under state law. The statutory share is usually one-third or one-half of the deceas... (more...)
The portion of a deceased person's estate that a spouse is entitled to claim under state law. The statutory share is usually one-third or one-half of the deceased spouse's property, but in some states the exact amount of the spouse's share depends on whether or not the couple has young children and, in a few states, on how long the couple was married. In most states, if the deceased spouse left a will, the surviving spouse must choose either what the will provides or the statutory share. Sometimes the statutory share is known by its more arcane legal name, dower and curtesy, or as a forced or elective share.

WARRANTY DEED

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

PETITION

A formal written request made to a court, asking for an order or ruling on a particular matter. For example, if you want to be appointed conservator for an elde... (more...)
A formal written request made to a court, asking for an order or ruling on a particular matter. For example, if you want to be appointed conservator for an elderly relative, you must file a petition with a court. See also complaint.

ADMINISTRATRIX

An outdated term for a female administrator -- the person appointed by a court to handle probate on behalf of someone who died without a will. Now, whether male... (more...)
An outdated term for a female administrator -- the person appointed by a court to handle probate on behalf of someone who died without a will. Now, whether male or female, this person is called the administrator.

NONPROBATE

The distribution of a deceased person's property by any means other than probate. Many types of property pass free of probate, including property left to a surv... (more...)
The distribution of a deceased person's property by any means other than probate. Many types of property pass free of probate, including property left to a surviving spouse and property left outside of a will through probate-avoidance methods such as pay-on-death designations, joint tenancy ownership, living trusts and life insurance. Property that avoids probate is sometimes described as the 'nonprobate estate.' Nonprobate distribution may also occur if the deceased person leaves an invalid will. In that case, property will pass according to the particular state's laws of intestate succession.

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.

ABATEMENT

A reduction. After a death, abatement occurs if the deceased person didn't leave enough property to fulfill all the bequests made in the will and meet other exp... (more...)
A reduction. After a death, abatement occurs if the deceased person didn't leave enough property to fulfill all the bequests made in the will and meet other expenses. Gifts left in the will are cut back in order to pay taxes, satisfy debts or take care of other gifts that are given priority under law or by the will itself.

FINAL BENEFICIARY

The person or institution designated to receive trust property upon the death of a life beneficiary. For example, Jim creates a trust through which his wife Jan... (more...)
The person or institution designated to receive trust property upon the death of a life beneficiary. For example, Jim creates a trust through which his wife Jane receives income for the duration of her life. Their daughter, the final beneficiary, receives the trust principal after Jane's death.

IRREVOCABLE TRUST

A permanent trust. Once you create it, it cannot be revoked, amended or changed in any way.

SAMPLE LEGAL CASES

In re Estate of Feinberg

This case involves a dispute among the surviving children and grandchildren of Max and Erla Feinberg regarding the validity of a trust provision. The circuit court of Cook County found the trust provision unenforceable on the basis that it is contrary to the public policy of the state ...

In re Estate of Feinberg

In re ESTATE OF Max FEINBERG, Deceased (Leila R. Taylor, as Independent Coexecutor of the Will of Max Feinberg, Deceased, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. Michael B. Feinberg, Individually and as Coexecutor of the Will of Max Feinberg, Deceased; Fifth Third Bank, as Trustee under ...

In re Estate of Ellis

Grace Ellis executed a will in 1964 naming Shriners Hospitals for Children (Shriners) as beneficiary of her estate if she died without direct descendants. In 1999, she executed a new will naming James G. Bauman as sole beneficiary. Bauman was the pastor of the church of which ...