Make sure that you have a written agreement. Although I don't see this work as falling under the Home Repair and Remodeling Act, the act requires written contracts for work in excess of $1,000. That should be a tip that a written agreement may be useful here. Have the contractor agree to...Read more »
Just to be clear, affidavits of heirship are filed in conjunction with a petition to open an estate. If your grandparents have filed such a petition, you can appear in that case and let the court know where you stand and provide the court with relevant facts. If no such petition has been filed,...Read more »
The longer answer is that the executor's duty is to "carry out the wishes of the decedent," acting in the utmost good faith to protect the interests of the beneficiaries, "exercising at the very least that degree of...Read more »
It's a collection agency who is taking me to court tomorrow via a zoom call. I've not been able to pay on it due to everything going up in price and I live on a very low income and am behind on my water bill and several other bills. I was behind on rent until just recently, over a year... Read more »
Your inability to pay does not stop the entry of judgment. If there is already a judgment and you are up on a post judgment citation or garnishment, you should read and be aware of the exemption provisions of the post judgment code of civil procedure. Specifically, 735 ILCS5/2-1402 states at (b)(1)...Read more »
There is no such thing as changing the house to your name. You need to look at the deed and determine how it was titled. if in you Mom's name alone, then you will need to open an estate in order to transfer the asset. If the house was titled as joint tenants, then the property will pass, by...Read more »
3 brothers have inherited a large home, one of the brothers are living there and cannot maintain the home due to alcoholism. Each has a 1/3 of real estate as stated in the will. He refused to pay the other 2 brothers rent or expenses. He needs to go to detox and rehab. He is incapable to help with... Read more »
Illinois has a partition statute to handle situations concerning jointly held real property. The statute is found at 735 ILCS 5/17-101, et seq. If you read section 105 you will see that the court has the power to determine if the property can be divided among the parties without prejudice to any of...Read more »
If your husband died with a will, you should review the provisions of the will. If he died without a will, then the Probate Act provides at 755 ILCS 5/2-1, that "Sec. 2-1. Rules of descent and distribution. The intestate real and personal estate of a resident decedent and the intestate real...Read more »
Selling a judgment is not double dipping. During a post judgment proceeding you will be entitled to a credit for payments you made toward the judgment. From your question it does not appear that you have made any such payments. By selling the judgment the judgment creditor has simply transferred...Read more »
NO. 755 ILCS 5/4-3 requires that every will be in writing, signed by the testator or by some person in his presence and by his direction and attested in the presence of the testator by 2 or more credible witnesses. Under your scenario, the "credible witnesses" did not attest in the...Read more »
I won my case for selling a car with a vehicle sales agreement. The other party did not show. I see lots of things on the docket that I am not sure about. Due Date , satisfied, 851- Judgement, what do these headings mean?
You should reference 735 ILCS 5/2-1401 for post judgment proceedings. Make sure that your order is final and appealable, meaning that it resolves all claims brought against all parties in the action. Assuming that to be the case, you will likely want to file a citation to discover assets, a...Read more »
Assuming that your sister did not have proper authority to sell the property or act on behalf of your father's estate, then you need to open an estate (assuming one is not open) or intervene in any pending estate and have the authorized representative file a petition to recover assets. There...Read more »
Ownership, leases, and security interests are all separate matters. You are free to gift or sell the condo to your son, but that does not eliminate or transfer the mortgage. You should look at your mortgage loan agreement to see if it has a due on sale clause. If you "sell" the unit to...Read more »
Plaintiff sued in contract case (Law Division, Cook County IL). I filed Answers, Aff. Defenses and Counterclaim. Plaintiff did not file a formal answer; rather, they filed Motion for Summary Judgment. Did they forfeit any legal points or put themselves to disadvantage by doing so?
Yes they did. Motions for summary judgment are controlled by 735 ILCS 5/2-1005. If you are responding to a motion for summary judgment you need to become familiar with this statute. As a general principle, the court will grant summary judgment if the pleadings, depositions, admissions, and...Read more »
I have an idea that I'm working on that will have to be patented, but i am reluctant about asking people with the knowledge to build the idea for assistance as they may steal it and create it themselves. Is there a type of disclosure document that I can use to protect my idea?
We call then NDA's. You need a signed non-disclosure agreement before you disclose your intellectual property to any party. Remember that public disclosure of a patent idea before you file the patent can interfere with your claim of property protection.
The term executor applies to probate and wills. From your question it sounds like your father has control over a probate estate and a trust. You need to review the Illinois Trust Act. Judicial proceedings and jurisdiction over disputes are identified in sections 201 and 202. The state:...Read more »
I was married for 21 years and have been seperated for the past 3 years. My husband recently passed away and didn't have a will and our two oldest children are just taking whatever they want from the house without even asking me what I want. We had a watch business and we have amassed quite... Read more »
Under the Illinois Probate Act, the intestate estate (property of a person dying without a will) is divided between the spouse and the children. The act states at 755 ILCS 5/2-1 as follows: "Sec. 2-1. Rules of descent and distribution. The intestate real and personal estate of a resident...Read more »
My father recently passed away. One of the siblings is the executor, but my other sister and I feel that the other sister is going against what the will says. She’s not letting us in the house, (we fear she’s already taken things that were meant for everyone to have a fair chance to pick out... Read more »
The executor is lawfully charged with the obligation and the right to marshall the estate assets. Part of the obligation of marshalling includes protecting assets. The executor would be within her rights to secure the house. Having said that, the executor is also obligated to file an inventory...Read more »
Mother died a month ago, my sister is executer, she has covid and last told she is on a vent. Her daughter will not tell me her health status or locations she is in a hospital in Illinois. All three of us are beneficiaries, I don’t know the amt. of the estate, there is a house. No secondary... Read more »
Whoever holds the will at the time of death is obligated by law to file it with the court or as you say "turn the will over" to probate. So don't view that as something done behind your back. You can file a petition to remove the executor and identify yourself as a replacement...Read more »
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