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Aaron L. Robbins Lawyer

Aaron L. Robbins

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

At Robbins and Seville, LLC, we specialize in providing 21st-century solutions to our clients' legal challenges. This includes utilizing cutting-edge... (more)

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Harry Zembillas

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Divorce & Family Law, Bankruptcy & Debt, Criminal, Accident & Injury, Estate

Welcome and thank you for visiting us online. At Gasparis & Zembillas, we are attorneys who specialize in all facets of law including family law, bank... (more)

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Andrew Phillip Martin Lawyer

Andrew Phillip Martin

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Divorce & Family Law, Criminal, Accident & Injury, Estate, Real Estate
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Andrew Martin was born in Chicago, Illinois and lived in the Chicago suburbs his entire life. Mr. Martin lived in Schaumburg, Naperville and Plainfiel... (more)

Laura L. Rybicki

Estate Administration, Estate, Civil & Human Rights, Transactions
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Margaret Royce Galvin

Wills & Probate, Wills, Trusts, Estate Planning
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Mark A. Thiros

Estate Planning, Family Law, Criminal, Business Organization
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  34 Years

Minh Wai

Wills & Probate, Family Law, Civil Rights, Bankruptcy
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Michael Donovan Dobosz

Litigation, Estate Planning, Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  32 Years

Barbara M. Shaver

Wills & Probate, Estate, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Elder Law
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  37 Years

Amy Kathleen Nowaczyk

Trusts, Estate, Elder Law, Civil & Human Rights
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  9 Years

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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.

ESTATE PLANNING

The art of continuing to prosper when you're alive, and passing your property to your loved ones with a minimum of fuss and expense after you die. Planning your... (more...)
The art of continuing to prosper when you're alive, and passing your property to your loved ones with a minimum of fuss and expense after you die. Planning your estate may involve making a will, living trust, healthcare directives, durable power of attorney for finances or other documents.

RESIDUARY ESTATE

The property that remains in a deceased person's estate after all specific gifts are made, and all debts, taxes, administrative fees, probate costs, and court c... (more...)
The property that remains in a deceased person's estate after all specific gifts are made, and all debts, taxes, administrative fees, probate costs, and court costs are paid. The residuary estate also includes any gifts under a will that fail or lapse. For example, Connie's will leaves her house and all its furnishings to Andrew, her VW bug to her friend Carl, and the remainder of her property (the residuary estate) to her sister Sara. She doesn't name any alternate beneficiaries. Carl dies before Connie. The VW bug becomes part of the residuary estate and passes to Sara, along with all of Connie's property other than the house and furnishings. Also called the residual estate or residue.

REMAINDERMAN

Someone who will inherit property in the future. For instance, if someone dies and leaves his home 'to Alma for life, and then to Barry,' Barry is a remainderma... (more...)
Someone who will inherit property in the future. For instance, if someone dies and leaves his home 'to Alma for life, and then to Barry,' Barry is a remainderman because he will inherit the home in the future, after Alma dies.

SELF-PROVING WILL

A will that is created in a way that allows a probate court to easily accept it as the true will of the person who has died. In most states, a will is self-prov... (more...)
A will that is created in a way that allows a probate court to easily accept it as the true will of the person who has died. In most states, a will is self-proving when two witnesses sign under penalty of perjury that they observed the willmaker sign it and that he told them it was his will. If no one contests the validity of the will, the probate court will accept the will without hearing the testimony of the witnesses or other evidence. To make a self-proving will in other states, the willmaker and one or more witnesses must sign an affidavit (sworn statement) before a notary public certifying that the will is genuine and that all willmaking formalities have been observed.

BYPASS TRUST

A trust designed to lessen a family's overall estate tax liability. An AB trust is the most popular kind of bypass trust.

TAKING AGAINST THE WILL

A procedure under state law that gives a surviving spouse the right to demand a certain share (usually one-third to one-half) of the deceased spouse's property.... (more...)
A procedure under state law that gives a surviving spouse the right to demand a certain share (usually one-third to one-half) of the deceased spouse's property. The surviving spouse can take that share instead of accepting whatever he or she inherited through the deceased spouse's will. If the surviving spouse decides to take the statutory share, it's called 'taking against the will.' Dower and curtesy is another name for the same legal process.

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.

PROBATE COURT

A specialized court or division of a state trial court that considers only cases concerning the distribution of deceased persons' estate. Called 'surrogate cour... (more...)
A specialized court or division of a state trial court that considers only cases concerning the distribution of deceased persons' estate. Called 'surrogate court' in New York and several other states, this court normally examines the authenticity of a will -- or if a person dies intestate, figures out who receives her property under state law. It then oversees a procedure to pay the deceased person's debts and to distribute her assets to the proper inheritors. See probate.