What is a Certification of Trust?

What is a Certification of Trust?  If you have a Trust and have either put assets into it or are attempting to put assets into it, then you may have been told you need a certification of Trust, a/k/a certificate of Trust. For instance, it is common for a home loan lender to require a

What Happens to My Student Loans Upon Death?

What Happens to My Student Loans Upon Death? If you went to college and now have significant student loan debt, you may be worried about what might happen to those student loans if you were to pass away before repaying them. Student loan debt has been steadily rising in the United States, with soaring college

Is My Home Protected in Medicaid?

Is My Home Protected in Medicaid? If you own a home in Illinois and are going to need nursing home care or other long-term care in the near future, you may be considering whether your home will be protected when you apply for Medicaid.  Medicaid has certain financial requirements, including total asset value limits and

Illinois Appellate Court Turns the Mortgage Rescue Fraud Act into a Powerful Foreclosure Defense Tool

Illinois Appellate Court Turns the Mortgage Rescue Fraud Act into a Powerful Foreclosure Defense Tool On June 30, 2016, the Illinois Appellate Court, Second District, handed down a decision in the case ALSJ Inc. v. Kurtz, 2016 IL App (2d) 150492. The Defendant, Laura Kurtz, had fallen delinquent on her real estate taxes and sought

What Happens If I Do Not Have a Power of Attorney?

What Happens If I Do Not Have a Power of Attorney?  There are two types of powers of attorney in Illinois, a power of attorney for healthcare and a power of attorney for property. These are both legal documents that can and should be drafted in advance of needing them. They are easy documents to

Wells Fargo in Hot Water …Again.

Wells Fargo in Hot Water…Again. You may have seen it. Watching a sporting event, maybe just aimlessly surfing channels to kill some time. Wells Fargo’s new commercial, it does something, it just pulls at your heartstrings. Maybe it’s the appeal to history, maybe it’s the horses, or maybe it’s the idea of a comeback story.

Is There a Benefit to Doing a Short Sale?

Is There a Benefit to Doing a Short Sale?  Many people falling behind on their mortgages and facing foreclosure wonder whether there is a benefit to doing a short sale versus simply riding out the foreclosure and leaving the home upon eviction. Both options have their pros and cons, and so it is advisable to