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Navigating the Illinois Court System in Foreclosure

Navigating the Illinois Court System in Foreclosure If you are in foreclosure, upon receipt of the summons and complaint, you will receive information as to what court the foreclosure suit was filed in.  The Illinois state courts have three levels: the circuit level, the appellate court, and the Illinois Supreme Court.  If this is a... Read more »

What Assets are Considered Part of My Taxable Estate?

What Assets are Considered Part of My Taxable Estate? As you may be aware, both the State of Illinois and the Federal government impose estate taxes. An estate tax is a tax that is levied upon a person’s death. The tax takes a percentage of a person’s entire estate. Both Illinois and the Federal government... Read more »

Should I Put My Home in an Illinois Land Trust?

Should I Put My Home in an Illinois Land Trust? If you own a home you may have heard of an Illinois land trust. We real estate and estate planning lawyers at Johnston Tomei Lenczycki & Goldberg LLC often see clients with land trusts. Sometimes the land trust is beneficial, sometimes it is not. Whether... Read more »

What is a UTMA Account?

What is a UTMA Account? If you have minor children, you may have heard of a UTMA account. UTMA stands for Uniform Transfer to Minors Act, and it governs how the money of a minor should be handled for the minor’s benefit. The UTMA permits the use of a UTMA account, which is a type... Read more »

The Mortgage Foreclosure Summons and Complaint

The Mortgage Foreclosure Summons and Complaint After a bank has sent its notice of intent to accelerate, the next document a homeowner will receive will be the Mortgage Foreclosure Summons and Complaint.  These documents will be served upon the homeowner at the homeowner’s residence. The Mortgage Foreclosure Summons will be directed to each named defendant in the foreclosure... Read more »

What Information do I Need for an Estate Planning Initial Consultation?

What Information do I need for an Estate Planning Initial Consultation? If you are interested in determining what estate planning you might need, you will want to gather the following information to be fully prepared for an initial consultation with an estate planning attorney: A List of Close Family Members. It is important for an... Read more »

Do I Need a Will and a Trust?

Do I need a Will and a Trust? If you have determined that your estate planning will include a Revocable Trust, you may also be considering whether you need a Will as well. Understandably, many people believe that a Trust is superior to a Will and thus supersedes a Will. This is untrue, as a... Read more »

Should I Participate in Foreclosure Mediation?

Should I participate in Foreclosure Mediation? Cook County, Lake County, and Will County all offer foreclosure mediation programs with varying results.  At its heart, mediation is the court-sanctioned opportunity for the homeowner to sit down with the foreclosing bank’s representative and hash out an agreement to either permit the homeowner to stay in the home,... Read more »

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... Read more »

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