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Can I Exclude My Spouse from Inheriting My Estate While My Divorce Is Pending?

Writing testament my last will on a paper with several $100 dollar bills People in Illinois must take action to exclude their spouses from inheriting their estates if death precedes the finalization of their divorces. Many married people name their spouses as a sole or partial beneficiary of their estates when creating their wills. Only the final divorce or annulment order or a revised will can revoke bequests to the surviving spouse. Surviving spouses who are disinherited will still have the … [Read more...]

Five Reasons Every Startup Needs a Business Plan

Hand holding a business plan board A business plan offers several benefits to startup companies in Illinois. Business plans are written documents that provide a description of a company’s business, goals, the intended methods for achieving the specified targets, and the time frame for reaching the stated goals. Business plans also often include details regarding the company’s funding and financial projections. 1. It Serves as an Operational Blueprint Nailing down the big-picture issues … [Read more...]

Is Settlement Planning Right for You?

Plan word 4 characters are written on each woodblock Settlement planning helps Illinois residents who have already received or are expecting to receive a large settlement meet their immediate needs, preserve benefits, and maintain their wealth to take care of future expenses. What Is Settlement Planning? Settlement planning helps people preserve the funds received through a personal injury judgment or settlement or via inheritance. This multi-disciplinary approach combines services … [Read more...]

What’s Hot and What’s Not in Chicago Real Estate?

A small house model and piles of coins at the background Some housing market trends in the Chicago area remain strong, while others falter. The real estate market in the Chicagoland area has shown some slowing through 2019, however, it has not stopped entirely. Certain areas of the market continue to see significant movement. Stability in the Market Despite concerns over a possible recession and crime in the area, the Chicago housing market remains stable. With a population of over 2.7 … [Read more...]

How Long Does it Take to Settle an Estate?

Closeup of three business people are having a meeting It takes time for the estates of decedents in Illinois to pass through the probate process. From submitting the will for probate to paying off any outstanding debts and distributing the assets to the specified heirs or beneficiaries, settling an estate can take an average of six months to one year. Going to Probate Probate is the legal, court-supervised process of settling the final affairs of a deceased person. Through this process, … [Read more...]

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