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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Illinois on
Q: How can I protect myself as a contractor?
Bryan R. Bagdady
Bryan R. Bagdady answered on Mar 30, 2020

Take a look at my article on ten essential business contracts. This is a good starting point. Best of luck. - Bryan.

http://celsinfo.com/essential-business-agreements/

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for Illinois on
Q: Are online wills legally binding in Illinois (overriding existing court filed wills)?

My wife and I had a will completed in 2003. We would like redo. Due to pandemic circumstances we were considering completing on line. If we were to complete on line today. Would the will be (in force) as of its filing on today?

Bryan R. Bagdady
Bryan R. Bagdady answered on Mar 21, 2020

755 ILCS 5/4-3 of the Illinois Probate Act states that every will shall be in writing, signed by the testator and attested (witnessed) by 2 or more witnesses. Preparing something online only does not comply.

3 Answers | Asked in Business Formation, Intellectual Property and Trademark for Illinois on
Q: I want to trademark "Trill Apparel" but "TRILL APPAREL CLOTHING COMPANY" is taken.

Our company also does clothing but we would trademark it as "Trill Apparel" and not "Trill Apparel Clothing Company". Would we be able to do this?

Bryan R. Bagdady
Bryan R. Bagdady answered on Jan 31, 2020

I agree with my colleague, Mr. Brooks. In my experience, your request is dead on arrival. If there is a likelihood of confusion, your application will be rejected. - Bryan.

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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Real Estate Law for Illinois on
Q: What happens if original will states one thing, but decedent changes his mind but it wasn’t recorded?

My father in law passed away (in IL) over thirty days ago. In the original will it stated his home was to be sold and split among the heirs. A couple months prior to his passing he stated he wanted my husband to have the home, which my husband agreed to (it is not paid off). My husbands name was... Read more »

Bryan R. Bagdady
Bryan R. Bagdady answered on Jan 22, 2020

When you state that your husband's name was added to the deed, what exactly do you mean. As a general principle, the will governs the disposition of the decedents property as that property exists at the time of death. If your father-in-law conveyed and properly recorded the deed of conveyance into... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Illinois on
Q: My great aunt passed away and my brother and I are names are on the will, we haven’t seen the will and they wanted us

To sign a paper that was typed up and we didn’t do cause it wasn’t the actual will and now it’s a family fight and we don’t no what to do

Bryan R. Bagdady
Bryan R. Bagdady answered on Dec 26, 2019

If your Great Aunt died with a will - meaning she died testate - then a copy of the will is on file with the clerk of the court. You should go to the probate clerk and ask to see a copy of the file or the will. This will allow you to read the will for yourself and determine if the "paper" is an... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Illinois on
Q: Can a judge in chancery div. Cook County send you down to file appearance and while gone rule in favor of plaintiff?
Bryan R. Bagdady
Bryan R. Bagdady answered on Dec 7, 2019

A judge may ethically enter any order that the judge deems appropriate under the circumstances and matters presented to that judge. From the way you phrased your question, it sounds like the judge abused his or her discretion under the circumstances. When a judge orders you to file an appearance,... Read more »

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