What Are the Capacity Requirements to Execute Estate Plan Documents in Illinois?

What Are the Capacity Requirements to Execute Estate Plan Documents? If you have a loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s, dementia, or cognitive issues related to a stroke, mental illness, or other disorders, it is important to determine whether that individual has the capacity to execute an estate plan. The documents associated with an estate plan

IRS Announces the 2019 Estate Tax and Gift Tax Exemptions

IRS Announces the 2019 Estate Tax and Gift Tax Exemptions The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced the estate tax exemption and gift tax exemption amounts for 2019. The 2019 Federal estate tax exemption will be $11.4 million. The Federal gift tax exemption will remain $15,000 annually for the time being. If your estate is

What is Title Insurance in a Real Estate Transaction?

What is Title Insurance in a Real Estate Transaction? If you are buying or selling real estate you have most likely heard of title insurance. Many people simply know title insurance to be that charge that appears on the closing statement. The title insurance charges are significant, and that is for good reason. There is

How Are Heirs Determined in Illinois?

How Are Heirs Determined in Illinois? An heir is someone who is legally entitled to receive property upon a person’s death. Every state gets to decide who the natural heirs of a decedent are, and the states will publish their own laws of descent and distribution outlining heirship.  The laws of descent and distribution are

Is my Will Valid in Other States?

If I Move to Another State is my Will Still Valid?  If you had your Will created in Illinois but plan on moving to another state in the future, there are many things to consider. If your Will was validly executed in Illinois, then other states should honor it. If it was not validly executed

What is the Illinois Estate Tax?

What is the Illinois Estate Tax? Many Illinois residents are surprised to learn that Illinois has an Estate Tax separate from the more familiar Federal Estate Tax. The Illinois Estate Tax provides for a $4,000,000 exemption from tax per estate. If you have more than $4,000,000 in assets, it is important to speak with an

What To Do If You Are Named Executor of a Will

What To Do If You Are Named Executor of a Will in Illinois If you have been named Executor of another person’s will in Illinois, then you are probably wondering what needs to be done during the person’s lifetime and upon their death. Acting as an Executor is a crucial role but one fraught with