Avoiding Probate in Illinois

Avoiding Probate in Illinois

After the death of a family member, the process of settling the deceased person’s estate can be expensive and time-consuming. With proper planning, most or all of a person’s estate can be settled without having to go through the probate process. Probate is a court supervised procedure

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Who Pays for College After a Divorce?

Who Pays for College After a Divorce?

It may already be in your divorce decree.  It has been tested several times as to its constitutionality, and has been found to be correct.  Courts in Illinois have the ability to require divorced parents to contribute toward their child’s college education expenses. So how do we determine

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Collaborative Divorce in Illinois

Collaborative Divorce in Illinois

Few people look forward to having to visit a lawyer. In most cases, having to hire a lawyer means you are involved in a stressful, contentious process, especially when you are getting a divorce. Fortunately, it does not have to be that way.  A collaborative divorce is

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Too Late! Power of Attorney vs. Mental Capacity

Too Late!  Power of Attorney vs. Mental Capacity

I frequently receive phone calls from people who want to bring their elderly parent in to execute a Power of Attorney (also called an “advanced directive,” or “POA”).  Let’s say the call is from a Son in this case.  Dad, now in his late 80’s, conveniently put

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Parenting Plan in Illinois

Parenting Plan in Illinois

The law in Illinois governing what was formerly called child custody and visitation underwent a significant revision in 2016. The terms “custody” and “visitation” eliminated  in favor of “allocation of parenting time and responsibility” or a parenting plan. Parenting Plan All parties to a divorce or parentage

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SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO? Discernment Counseling

SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO? Discernment Counseling

There are three types of people who come to an initial consultation for divorce in our office.  The first type is someone who has already, firmly, made the emotional commitment to divorce.  They are ready to sign, ready to get that divorce on file.  The second type

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