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What is a Living Trust?

Help with Your Estate Planning Although it is typically not a topic many people like to think about, it is important to understand what goes into estate planning.  Furthermore, when you work hard your entire life, you want to make sure your assets are controlled even after you’re gone.  Even for people who live modestly, it helps to rest assured you have a living trust in place based on your individual circumstances.  What is a Living Trust? A living trust manages your property and assets after your death.  Likewise, with a living trust no court intervention is...

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Who Pays for Attorney’s Fees in a Divorce?

Divorce and Attorney Fees When you’re going through a divorce, it’s important to understand how will pay for the attorney’s fees which can sometimes be a high amount depending on the circumstances.  Likewise, from time to time a court may make one of the divorcing parties pay the majority of the attorney’s fees based on his or her financial resources.  When fees and costs are awarded to one person in a divorce proceeding the court takes into account the following:Maintenance or defense of any proceedingEnforcement or modificationDefense of an appeal or any other judgmentProsecution of any...

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Handling Divorce with Minor Children

Right to First Refusal During any divorce proceeding that involves minor children, the court will always favor in the best interest of the child.  Such arrangements include awarding either one or both parent’s rights of first refusal to provide child care for the minor children.   Likewise, right to first refusal means that if either parent intends to leave the minor children in care of a substitute child-care provider for a lengthy amount of time during normal visitation times, the parent doing so much first offer the other party to opportunity to watch the child.  The only...

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Help with Estate Planning

What is Estate Planning? ​Estate Planning is something everyone should be prepared for no matter what his or her background or amount of money.  Likewise, although not everyone realizes it, each person that owns possessions of some sort has an estate.  Such items are included in an estate are:Real estateBanking accountsInvestmentsLife InsuranceFurniturePossessionsIt is a wise decision to execute a will or trust with a skilled Edwardsville estate planning attorney so you can know what will happen to your things after you are gone.  That way you can ensure all of your wishes are carried out the way you want them, and...

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Relocation After Divorce

Parent’s Rights to Relocation After Divorce Even when a divorce is final, that doesn’t mean complications and complexities with the situation can’t arise.  Furthermore, if one parent seeks to relocate with the child, there are certain procedures that must be followed.  Likewise, since relocation of a parent means substantial change in circumstances for a child, the following must be kept in mind for the party seeking to move:Date and address of parent’s relocationLength of time the relocation will last60-day written notice of the relocation to be filed with the court Rights of the Non-Relocating Parent If the...

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Divorce and Disabled Children

Navigating through a Divorce with a Disabled Child The term “disabled” refers to a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially inhibits major life activities, someone who has a record of impairments, or is known to have an impairment.  Divorce is hard no matter what the situation, however, when it involves a disabled child it be trickier.  Likewise, deciding support for a non-minor child with a disability can be equally as mentally and emotionally taxing as the actual divorce.  When a couple divorces and have a non-minor child with a disability, the court may award money out of the...

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Car Crashes Can Happen to Anyone

Kris Jenner Involved in Car Crash ​Unfortunately, car crashes can happen to anyone at anytime, and even the rich and famous are not immune to the situation.  Likewise, celebrity matriarch Kris Jenner was recently involved in a car crash in California when her vehicle collided with another.  The car crash happened in Calabasas Rd. when Jenner was driving west, and a vehicle heading west turned in front of her just before the 101 freeway.  Although Jenner attempted to stop her Rolls-Royce before the car accident, she was unable to do so and collided the front end of her vehicle with a Prius.  Although...

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Illinois Divorce and Maintenance Laws

Maintenance and Divorce During a divorce, legal separation, or declaration of invalidity of marriage occurs one of the spouses may be entitled to maintenance.   Likewise, when divorce proceedings occur and maintenance is awarded for either spouse, the amount and period of time it is paid out to the spouse is determined by the court without regard to marital misconduct.   If you are in the process of needing help with a maintenance issue, help from a skilled Illinois divorce attorney can greatly help you through the process. How is Maintenance Paid?Maintenance during a divorce may be allocated...

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Visitation by Non-Parents During Divorce 

Visitation Rights by Non-Parents During a divorce, custody and visiting arrangements can be complex and confusing, especially in such an emotionally charged time.  Likewise, many don’t realize that certain people who are non-parents can still have rights to visits with children as well.  Certain appropriate people who can be granted non-parental visitation include:GrandparentsGreat grandparentsSiblingsStep parents​ Means of Visitation: Non-parental visitation during or after divorce can include electronic communication facilitated by the phone, electronic mail, instant messaging, video conferencing or other technology such as the Internet.  Likewise, visitation means in-person time as well spent between the child and...

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Estate Planning: What’s the Difference Between a Will and Trust?

Wills and TrustsThe terms will and trust seem to often be used interchangeably, however, most people are unsure what the difference is, and how they are used with estate planning. Likewise, although estate planning is something that should be done, the grim thought of looking into the future when you’re gone is not something most people want to do.  On the other hand, when wills and trusts are skillfully executed by a professional Illinois estate planning attorney, you can rest assured that your family members will be well taken care even after you’re gone.  What...

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