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June, 2021 Archives

Understanding the Life Cycle of Your Will

A Will goes through three major stages: initial planning, drafting, and execution. Understanding what the three stages entail can help a testator leave a well-drafted and executed Will to his or her family members. It will also ensure the testator’s wishes are honored after his or her death. Initial Planning Initial planning is the first and most crucial stage of creating a Will. It involves determining who will inherit the assets once the testator dies. Depending on the testator, the … [Read more...]

Did You Receive a Notice of Lis Pendens?

Lis pendens, a Latin term that means “pending litigation,” is a notice pronouncing that a suit has been lodged against a property. This notice can hurt the sale price or likelihood of a sale because any pending lawsuits are usually disadvantageous to the owner. A notice of Lis Pendens warns potential homebuyers that there is litigation concerning the property such as a foreclosure or dispute in the ownership of a property and a lawsuit has already been filed. Common Reasons for Filing a Lis … [Read more...]

Preventing Will Challenges in Illinois

Properly drafting and executing a Will, explaining it to family members, incorporating a no-contest clause, proving competence, establishing trusts, and regularly reviewing the Will are some of the effective strategies for preventing Will challenges in Illinois. By implementing these strategies, the testator (property owner) will prevent disputes among his or her beneficiaries that are likely to result in Will challenges. Properly Drafting and Executing a Will Working with an estate … [Read more...]

Chicago Sees Record Number of Real Estate Closings

The Chicago Real estate market managed a powerful start in 2021, with January recording the highest number of closings in 14 years. January 2021 reported a 17.1 percent higher closing than January last year, as the market strives to compensate for lost home sales during the early months of the pandemic. A huge chunk of the increase in sales came from condos that have been falling behind until January 2021. Condo sales increased by 21.4 percent while sales of single-family homes rose by 6.0 … [Read more...]

Get the Answers to FAQs About Probate in Illinois

Probate is a difficult legal process, and many questions emerge during the administration of the decedent’s estate. The following are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about probate law in Illinois: When Does Probate Come into Force? Once a person dies, his or her estate goes into probate. In Illinois, the formal probate process is usually compulsory if: The estate comprises assets individually owned by the decedent; andAll estate assets are worth over … [Read more...]

What You Should Know About Foreclosure Protections

Mortgages financed by Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, or the federal government have two foreclosure protections. They include a temporary suspension of foreclosures and COVID-19 hardship mortgage forbearance. These protections were availed to qualified homeowners after the enforcement of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Since then, these protections have been expanded to offer additional help to eligible homeowners under the supervision of Fannie, Freddie Mac, and … [Read more...]

All in the Family: Estate Planning to Preserve Your Home

Estate planning is the most reliable way for a person to preserve a family home and have it transferred to the heirs upon his or her death. It can also help him or her reduce tax obligations. Estate planning can offer a framework in case a person becomes incapacitated. An estate trustee, for instance, can take the responsibility of managing the estate in case the original owner is unable to do so. Options for Preserving a Family Home                          Co-Ownership Updating the … [Read more...]

Get Prepared for the Unexpected with Powers of Attorney

A power of attorney is a great option for ensuring proper management of a person’s finances when unexpected issues like incapacitation, severely disabling conditions, accidents, or other circumstances arise. While it’s difficult for anyone to imagine that a time may come when he or she will be unable to make crucial financial decisions independently, there is a possibility that such a time will come. Having a financial power of attorney in place will ensure a person is prepared for the … [Read more...]

Online DIY Will Kits: You Get What You Pay For

Using a DIY tool to create a will saves both time and money. However, using this option could result in costly estate planning blunders. Issues such as typos, missing documents, and lack of personalized online support are common with DIY will kits. Online DIY Estate Planning Vs. Hiring an Attorney   Online wills and trusts may not sufficiently address all the personal and financial concerns of a testator. While many people would prefer to use DIY tools to create wills, getting … [Read more...]

Rising Home Prices Are Straining the Real Estate Market

With home prices rising exponentially, the supply of affordable homes has dropped significantly over the years. The scarcity of safe and reasonably priced housing is hurting more potential homebuyers almost daily. Potential effects go past individual prospective homeowners, with increasing consequences for the society as a whole. How Rising Home Prices Are Affecting Home Buying Successful homeownership fosters economic well-being. Homeowners have a high likelihood of investing in their … [Read more...]

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