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Frequently Asked Questions

Illinois Short Form Power of Attorney for Property

Joliet, Plainfield, and Bolingbrook Power of Attorney for Property Lawyer
Illinois Short Form Power of Attorney Law Firm

1. Who should have an Illinois Power of Attorney for Property?

The simple answer is everybody should have a power of attorney for property. A Power of Attorney for Property appoints a person who is called an agent to make decisions regarding your finances. The Power of Attorney for Property becomes effective upon an event that you specify such as your inability to make financial decisions for yourself.

2. What is the Purpose of an Illinois Power of Attorney for Property?

For residents near Joliet, Crest Hill, Bolingbrook, and Naperville, the purpose of an Illinois Short Form Power of Attorney for Property is to appoint a person to make financial decisions for you when you are incapable of making these decisions for yourself. Generally, a person will appoint a person to manage their finances in the event of an accident, their diminished mental capacity, and/or their inability to travel to the bank or pay their ordinary bills.

Homer Glen and Frankfort Quit Claim Deed Attorneys

Mokena and Will County Quit Claim Deed Attorneys

What is a Quit Claim Deed?

A Quit Claim Deed is a transfer of property and title through a real estate deed where a person gets the same property rights and liabilities as the person who transferred to the real estate title to them.

Unlike a Warranty Deed, a Quit Claim Deed does not guarantee good title. A Warranty Deed is where a person transfers title to real estate where the person transferring title assures the person receiving the property (grantee) that they have good and marketable real estate title.

Sean Robertson and Robertson Legal Group, LLC work with a lot of people over the telephone, in person and over the internet to assist them with their Quit Claim Deed issues including preparing quit claim deeds for people. We find that there are a variety of reasons why somebody wants to do a quit claim deed including the following:

  • A Death in the family;
  • Wanting to add somebody to title or eliminate somebody from title person the person wants to refinance the property;
  • Adding a spouse or relative to title due to a marriage or removing a spouse from real estate title due to a divorce;
  • For any other reason.

Generally, there are several important questions that must be answered to properly draft a Quit Claim Deed. Often, attorneys that do not practice real estate law and other people do not properly fill out Quit Claim Deeds correctly, which causes title related issues. Here are important questions that must be answered:

Asset Protection Planning for Physicians and Doctors

Joliet and Shorewood Medical Asset Protection Lawyers
Lockport and Crest Hill Physician Liability Protection

Almost all professionals know that there are two unpleasant truths that come with being trusted with a client or patients, finances, legal affairs, or health. First, is the need to carry malpractice insurance to potentially cover yourself in the event something goes wrong in the course of practice and second is the extreme amount of liability a professional can face if the malpractice insurance is not enough to cover a potential liability suit or a professional forgets to acquire coverage. Few people know the importance of this more than physicians or doctors. Being trusted with someone’s health, and potentially someone’s life is a very risky position and carrying malpractice insurance is a must for a Physician or surgeon. In fact, some malpractice insurance for surgeons can cost as much as $34,000 per year! ( Still, it is all too often the case that medical malpractice suits settle for what can be tens of millions of dollars and medical malpractice insurance alone will not protect a physician or surgeon and they might be held personally liable. For that reason, it is highly recommended all medical professionals create an asset protection plan in the event they wind up on the wrong end of a lawsuit. The following is a list of asset protection tips that would be extremely beneficial for doctors:

How Does Being Separated For A Long Time Affect Your Divorce?

Joliet and Will County Divorce Attorneys

Basic Will County Divorce Information

The Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act, 750 ILCS 5/ governs the divorce process in Illinois. Often, we see divorcing couples that have been separated for a long period such as two (2) years or greater that want to start the divorce process. There are a variety of reasons that a person may want to start the divorce process. Unfortunately, some divorce cases involving couples that have been separated for a period may not like the results. Often, two divorcing people believe that their assets and liabilities acquired during their separation period should be irrelevant. Divorce cases involve an examination of the length of the marriage, the income and asset of the parties, and liabilities of the parties including any retirement assets such as a 401(k) or pension plan. Thus, the period of separation is likely irrelevant in your divorce case except that it may work for or against one party. The divorcing parties particularly the high-income wage earner has a great incentive to begin and finalize the divorce process. Robertson Legal Group, LLC regularly works with divorcing couples in the Will County areas including Bolingbrook, Romeoville, Frankfort, Mokena, Homer Glen, Minooka, Crest Hill, Rockdale, Aurora and Plainfield, Illinois.

Residency Requirement

A. Adults without Children

Generally, there is a 90-day rule prior to initiating a divorce in Illinois. Thus, one party must have lived or resided in the State of Illinois prior to initiating the divorce proceeding. One of the necessary elements in finalizing the divorce process often called a “prove up” is whether one party has resided in the State of Illinois at least 90 days prior to the filing of a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. This rule applies to divorce couples without children.

Citations to Discover Assets: Will County 101

Joliet Citations to Discover Assets Attorneys in Will County
Post-judgment Asset Liability Planning Lawyers in Lockport

Anyone who has been through litigation knows that there was a process referred to as “discovery.” This process includes gathering up your taxes, pension information, check stubs, and pretty much any other asset listing or financial document you have to hand over to your spouse and his or her attorney so that the litigation can proceed. This is done so that both parties can be fully informed as to what assets the other has and the judgment can be as accurate as possible and the court as fully apprised of the facts as it can be. The question is, what happens if similar issues arise after the Judgment? What happens if someone is seeking to enforce their judgment? Do we issue discovery in a post-judgment case? The answer is no, instead, we use Citations to Discover Assets.

Will County and Joliet Citations to Discover Assets Legal Group
Will County Rights Under Citations to Discover Assets in Joliet

Citation to Discover Assets?

The Citations to Discover Assets are a mechanism through which a creditor can find out what assets a debtor has for purposes of enforcing their judgment. Whether this is the prevailing party in a contract dispute, a parent looking to enforce child support, or a creditor’s rights attorney who has a judgment for monies, it is important to know what your debtor has so that the creditor can collect and begin the mechanism through which they will collect.

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