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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for Illinois on
Q: Can you disinherit a minor from your will in Illinois?
Charles E. Hutchinson
Charles E. Hutchinson answered on May 19, 2020

A person can make a claim of disinheritance in their will, yes. It must be an act of affirmation - in other words you need to state that you are disinheriting person "X". The disinherited party would still have an opportunity to show cause to a judge as to why they should take of the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Banking and Estate Planning for Illinois on
Q: Can a bank sell a vehicle from an estate sale without entering in the estate auction for everyone to bid?

My mom‘s fiancé recently passed away in September. He had a 2009 Lincoln MKS that I was driving up until two months ago when I took it to the bank for them to put it in the auction with the intention of buying it back. They told me that I had to wait until the auction opened up and bid on the... Read more »

Charles E. Hutchinson
Charles E. Hutchinson answered on May 2, 2020

If you turned title to the car over to the bank, then yes - they own the car and can do with it what they want. Unless you have a written agreement with the bank that obligates them to put the car up for auction so you could bid on the vehicle, the bank had no requirement to do that.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Family Law for Illinois on
Q: I have a question about parents cremains. Sister has my moms and I'd like them split along with my dads.

My sister has my moms cremains and I'd would like them split. So my sister and I each have 1/2 and my parents are together. My sister says because she has had the remains at her house because my dad didnt want them at his house when she first passed away that they are hers. Legally do they... Read more »

Charles E. Hutchinson
Charles E. Hutchinson answered on Apr 1, 2020

The easy answer to this is "no", your mother's ashes do not legally belong to your sister. I hope the two of you can work out this matter amicably and not have to take it to court.

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Q: What happens when a beneficiary on an annuity is deceased? How is his portion distributed If there is a trust?

The annuity is not in the trust but list beneficiaries. The trust designates the deceased portion to go to his children. How can we assure that happens?

Charles E. Hutchinson
Charles E. Hutchinson answered on Mar 30, 2020

Without seeing the annuity itself it is difficult to answer. However, if at the time the payout is made, the payout is made only to the living beneficiaries, there are several options they can take to ensure that the descendants of the deceased beneficiary receive his equal share under the... Read more »

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