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1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Illinois on
Q: My family has been trying to settle an estate in probate (no will) for over 5 years. All debts have been satisfied.

The attorney (friend of one heir) keeps returning to court, has not expeditiously settled this and does not relate information to the heirs. He insists it’s due to IRS tax due but the payment was recently returned from the IRS to the estate administrator. Please advise how we can finish this.... Read more »

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Bryan R. Bagdady answered on Aug 17, 2020

It is difficult to answer your question. When the administrator was appointed, the court would have ordered the estate as supervised or independent. If supervised, then the administrator is responsible to file an inventory and regular accounts. It does not sound as if that has been done. Anytime... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy and Business Law for Illinois on
Q: If I file Chapter 7 due to small business loss, could I lose my home?

I am a sole proprietary business owner and married. I started my home business in August of 2019 and I work another job. The business has taken a hit due to COVID because most of the income is generated in-person sales. I was thinking of filing a chapter 7 but I was unsure how that could impact... Read more »

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Bryan R. Bagdady answered on Aug 3, 2020

In Illinois a homeowner is entitled to an exemption for their home. The exemption amount is $15,000 per person - so $30,000 if a married couple (assuming both spouses file). Since you are married, if you have more than $30,000 in equity, then you may have issues. If you have less than $30,000 in... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Illinois on
Q: My dad passed away in 2017 I am his biological child, I was never notified. His estate was intestate went to probate

Closed May 2018. What can I do to claim as his legal heir

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Bryan R. Bagdady answered on Jul 14, 2020

You need to look at the probate file and determine what happened. You will need to see who was identified as an heir. There should be an order declaring heirship. If you were not identified as an heir, then there is a likely issue. I have no idea if your address was unknown to the person appointed... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Banking, Bankruptcy, Business Formation and Business Law for Illinois on
Q: Hello, I am a business owner. I want to know if bankruptcy is an option for me.

I am a banquet hall business owner. My bank has refused to give me relief on mortgage payments because I was already behind 2 payments due to the increase in property taxes in the county. The bank has filed for foreclosure during covid and intends to appoint a receiver in June 2020. At this point,... Read more »

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Bryan R. Bagdady answered on May 18, 2020

I can't tell from your facts if you are facing a business bankruptcy, a personal bankruptcy or both. However, it sounds like you need a mechanism to stop the litigation and to liquidate debts in an orderly fashion. That is one of the functions of a bankruptcy case. I need to know more about... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy, Estate Planning and Probate for Illinois on
Q: My mom passed away I have her house in probate can I file bankruptcy

Or do I have to assume the loan first

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Bryan R. Bagdady answered on Apr 14, 2020

A debtor's assets in bankruptcy include property received by bequest, devise or inheritance. Please review section 541 of the bankruptcy code before making any decisions. If you are inheriting the house and there is equity, you need to analyze how that equity is treated if you file for... Read more »

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.

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 »

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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... 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"... 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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