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Intra-Family Loans Are Often An Effective Estate Planing Tool

Written by Charles Newland

hand holding Loans words, estate planningIntra-family loans are an excellent way for families to share the wealth without disrupting their estate and gift tax exemptions. These types of loans, however, aren’t always easy to structure.

While individuals can put intra-family loans together themselves, the services of an experienced estate planning attorney and possibly a tax advisor should be considered to avoid possible complications or having the loan contested by the IRS. Read More

Recent Developments In Estate Planning

Written by Charles Newland

A house, estate planningEstate tax laws were overhauled by the Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015 (“Improvement Act”), by IRS proposed regulation § 2801, and by a series of cases which addressed estate planning issues. These recent developments, while not expansive, could significantly impact some estate and individual tax returns. Furthermore, Congress expanded the number of tax returns that could be subjected to penalties and interest for improper or late filings. Read More

Family Feud: Contesting a Will

Written by Charles Newland

Estate Planning AttorneyValuable estates can easily become war zones. The desire for land, possessions, or other assets can quickly sever family ties. Estates are typically distributed per the wishes of the deceased. But not always. There are cases when a court determines legitimate grounds exist to question a will’s validity. These contests, however, can trigger the beginning of a never-ending, bitter family feud. They are costly legal actions that take years to resolve. Three common grounds used to contest a will, include:

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Settling An Estate Without A Will

Written by Charles Newland

A closeup of signing, probateProperty that is not settled with a will or trust must either pass automatically to the heirs or be devised through probate. Probate is a legal process through which a will is accepted (or “probated”), or assets are devised to beneficiaries. Probate allows potential beneficiaries to submit claims to a person’s estate.

Wills that are not contested avoid probate; the estate administrator need only file a copy with the court as a public record.

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Dying Intestate in Illinois

Written by Charles Newland

A sick old person, estate planningWhen an Illinois resident dies without establishing a will, the State of Illinois will provide an “estate plan” for the deceased. Unfortunately, the state’s plan for asset distribution may not always coincide with the wishes of the deceased. When a will or other estate planning documents are absent upon an individual’s death, it is referred to as the person having died “intestate”. Upon an intestate death, the deceased’s property is passed to his or her heirs under the Illinois intestacy succession laws.

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Taking Control Of End-Of-Life Care With Living Wills

Written by Charles Newland

Lawyers are helping a senior, living will Living wills, advanced directives and health care powers of attorney are all estate-planning documents that allow people to control their end-of-life treatment and who will be able to make medical decisions for them. When people near death, they may be unable to tell their medical team what kinds of care that they would like to receive. End-of-life care is a highly personal decision, and if a person Read More

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3601 W Algonquin RD, STE 990
Rolling Meadows, Illinois 60008


728 Florsheim Dr
Libertyville, Illinois 60048


Phone: (847) 797-9300
Fax: (847) 797-9301